Novembers Artist of the Month - picky

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Novembers Artist of the Month - picky
First of all I want to thank each one of you who has found the time to get involved and vote, regardless of who you voted for. Also I would like to thank all the people that have given me words of compliment, support, help and friendship!


Picky is Drazenka Kimpel, a woman with a very difficult name to pronounce. I grew up in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia where I lived my first 20 years. About that time my life changed drastically. I got the chance to sit on the plane for the very first time and fly over to the USA to start working in the very booming (at the time,) cruise industry. Since then, I managed to stay on for almost 10 years. I traveled all over the world performing in a large Illusion show. I was able to meet different people, work on my "sea-legs" and most importantly, get the experience of a lifetime.

I was fortunate enough to meet the most important person in my life, my husband. He is my biggest inspiration, influence, supporter, friend and everything that a woman can ask for. Right now we are working for our own software company (Magicgate Software), as a designing force. I have no children yet, but someday will put that on the schedule.


Learning the computer side of things began in '98, with an old 200 mhz laptop, Corel Draw and the Wacom drawing tablet. For somebody that's used to chalk and pencil, getting familiar with the digital tablet was tricky at first but I soon realized the importance and the capabilities of such a tool.

It was not until a few years ago I ran across Poser and that began my concept of rendering. Since then, I have been concentrating on the rendering features in each of the pieces of software I use. However, once the image has been rendered, to give it my own artistic touch, I move the rendered image over to Photoshop where I perform my post work.


I just finished writing a tutorial on how I paint things in post work. That has taken a large portion of my time but it was worth it. I have learned from others, so it's time I give something in return. Perfecting my technique and getting the right ideas for the next series of images has my immediate attention right now. Trying to get my name out there is a quite a project itself.

Learning new things and experimenting with different programs has been an ongoing process for a long time. I am spending my time and concentration on learning vector based graphics and maybe next year, I would like to get my hands in 3D Studio Max and do some modeling and texturing. Photoshop is a program I would like to know better, as the possibilities are endless. Every time I am in the process of creating a new piece of work, I learn a new thing and it's such a great feeling. I know there are a large variety of programs out there and it is very hard to choose one to use exclusively.


To support a variety of different programs I have to have a good, fast and reliable machine. Right now I am working on Dual Pentium III, 1 Ghz (2 Ghz total processing power) computer, with 2 GB of memory and four 60 GB HD's as well as a dual IBM G94 monitor setup. I really love this machine! It just flies!!!

I like to use a few different pieces of software in combination but if I would have to choose only one, it would definitely be Photoshop. It's a strong, expandable, dependable program and it's pretty much the standard that most creative industries use, including the web development industry.

Poser saves me lot of time and since I started to put "ready models" into my images, I spend a lot less time than before. I love to play around with morphing dials and all those beautiful skin textures available. how can you resist!

Then, there is Bryce.. Hmm, well what kind of sky would you like to put into your scene? A house, perhaps? I think this combination really works great for me, right now anyway. I just can't get used to lighting in Bryce and that's the only complaint I had, still have and probably always will have. Luckily, there are other programs that can fix all of that.


I like the power of it! It's very different from the classic form of art, in which once you have painted something it stays there forever. Digital art has wider range of possibilities: cutting and pasting, changing colors instantly without disturbing your render, erasing, using layers, animation, etc. In today's technologically advanced world, it is a very much wanted form of expression.


When I am creating something, I let my imagination run wild. There are no limits to any art form as I am creating my dreams and visions. My art is nothing more than a reflection of my personality and my state of mind, from the moment I start, to the time I finish.

Everything can be inspiring; things that surround me, people, loved ones and nature. The greatest inspiration I find in dreams, music, lyrics and motion pictures, especially the ones based on historic events with lot's of glamour and, of course, futuristic Sci-Fi productions. It happens, sometimes, my mind is just bursting with constant new ideas, while other times there is nothing in it..emptiness, or dry spell, if you wish.

Working too long on one thing makes me loose patience and sense for detail, so therefore I spread the work on the image over several days. I like to look at it the next day to see what kind of impression it leaves on me. That's an excellent way of seeing some mistakes that I probably would have overlooked the day before.

Right now I get a great deal of influence from Baroque and Renaissance styles, as you can probably see from my latest images. I have never admired just one particular artist because each has something unique to give, such as different ways of expression and techniques I can learn from.


I think it's very important to belong to a community. The amount of inspiration I get from this community is overwhelming sometimes. There are so many artists here willing to share opinions, art, help and criticism. All of it is very beneficial in growth as an artist. I have met some very dear people here that I was fortunate enough to become friends with. I have learned about different techniques from artists here through their tutorials, their tips and thoughts. The same way as I have learned from others, I am happy to know that someone out there has learned something from me too.

Most importantly, by displaying artwork here in the galleries, you never know who is going to spot your work and like it enough to engage you in your next big project!


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Member Opinions:
By: Ecstasy on 11/2/01
Hi Picky:)
Congratulations your work is well thought out and executed.Glad to see you made it to AOM.

By: GrayCloudDesign on 11/2/01
Congratulations!!!! Drazenka, zagrebcanko, moje naiskrenije cestititke:-)))))

By: jasminre on 11/2/01
Prekrasne rijeci dolaze od prekrasne osobe i umjetnika exponiranog kroz samopromotivne digitalne umjetnicke puteve. Cestitam ti na uspjehu a svakom bi pozelio kvalitetu tvojih radova koji su po mom skromnom misljenju u istinu unikatni.

By: BJsHaven on 11/2/01
Congradulations on AOM Picky. I have enjoyed viewing your art work since your first posting here. Your art is so original and impressive. Lots of time and love goes into them and it shows. Your postwork is incredible. Thank you for taking the time to make your tutorials to try to help others learn your techniques. Your art work is such an inspiration. Thank you for being here.

By: Slynky on 11/2/01
Congrats to all nominees, and mucho good work picky, u earned it.

By: Pen_Is_Envy on 11/2/01
Drazenka, no one is more deserving of this honour. No one. Your work leaves me breathless each and every time and I look at it...And I go back again and again... It's timeless. Thank you for sharing it with us all.

By: giantmushroom on 11/2/01
Congratulations picky. Your work is exceptional and a well deserved AOM.

By: argus1971 on 11/2/01
I have seen your work and it is fabulous! Do you have a website? If not, you need one. Congrats on AOM!

By: sirkrite on 11/2/01
Congratulations picky! Your work is awesome and breathtaking.

By: laetia on 11/2/01
Congratulations! You've well earned this honor. :o) I really love what you do - your images are always so inpiring! Thanks for sharing them with us, and thanks also for that great tutorial you made for all of us trying to create things as lovely as yours! :o)

By: CarolineG on 11/2/01
Congrats Drazenka (what a beautiful name)!
Very well deserved honor for a great artist *S*

The tutorial you did was marvelous and very important for people like me who do not paint in postwork at all. Now I can learn that too.


By: eone on 11/2/01
I think the right decision was made....thanks for showing us your exceptional work...and congrats on the deserve it.

By: trevor3000 on 11/2/01

By: Maygen on 11/2/01
Hello Picky!

I think you have beautiful work! Congratulations.

By: hobbit on 11/2/01
Congratulations Picky.

By: allengraph on 11/2/01
Congratulations! =-)

By: fauve on 11/2/01
You do beautiful work, Picky... it combines the best elements of 3D and 2D illustration. Congrats on being AOM... :->

By: Lorraine on 11/2/01
congratulations, your images are an inspiration to everyone!

By: jacee on 11/2/01

By: Soranus on 11/2/01
Congratulations! Exceptional digital art and well deserved honor for a great artist and a beautiful lady. (doista uzivam u svakoj Tvojoj slici i ova je nagrada dosla u prave ruke. Draga Drazenka, puno pozdrava iz Zagreba :)

By: foleypro on 11/2/01
Excellent....your work is awesome

By: Thorgrim on 11/2/01
Congratulations, I love your work.

By: Neec on 11/2/01
Congrats Picky!

By: RodolfoCiminelli on 11/2/01
My but you are honest congratulations for picky, it is without a doubt some an artist of a great one and I die creative talent, she is an artist that doesn't stop to surprise me with their imagination, each new work it overcomes to the previous one, their works have a great postwork, I feel very happy of having their friendship, again I congratulate her and I wish him the best thing for you.

By: kromekat on 11/2/01
Very well done Picky! - you are a true painter!

By: Seven Wolves on 11/2/01
Way to go Picky!!!!! I have truly been in awe of your work and I am looking forward to seeing your tutorial. Please keep sharing your work with us, I will never tire of seeing your images :)

By: brycetech on 11/2/01

now thats a computer to drool over

By: tradivoro on 11/2/01
Picky, yours is the best work I've seen of anybody using poser models.. It is truly highly artistic, and an inspiration for us all... thanks for the tutorial...

By: Tammy on 11/3/01
Congratulations Picky your work is fantastic and this is well deserved.

By: cyberpose on 11/3/01
Where can I locate the tutorial you wrote!
Thanks brad

By: aprilgem on 11/3/01
Yay! Congratulations. :) Long overdue and well deserved.

By: Usurer on 11/3/01
Well done! You have fantastic skills and imagination! Best wishes for future creations :)

By: Usurer on 11/3/01
Well Done Picky. Best wishest for your next and all creations :) ~Usurer

By: Richabri on 11/3/01
Congratulations on a well deserved distinction. Your work is truly inspiring to every artist who posts here.

By: sinsister on 11/3/01
Congratulations Drazenka. I really couldn't think of a finer artist to gain this title. Your work is not only breath taking but beyond inspiring. Thank you for sharing your talents with the community.


By: Helen on 11/3/01
Congratulations.. Your work is not only inspirational but beauty in its truest form.
I am never disappointed when I view your gallery :)

By: Misha883 on 11/3/01
Your work is beautiful. And your tutorial is inspiring. Thank you.

Some technical questions: Do the applications you use (PhotoShop, Poser, Bryce) benefit from the Dual Processor? [My motherboard will accept a second processor if I upgrade my OS, but I've been reluctant to do so without obvious benefit.] Also, does the dual processor improve the responsiveness of the pen tablet?

By: Talos on 11/3/01
Picky is the queen of romantic art.

By: Placebo on 11/3/01
Congratulations and thanks for the tutorial. I will go through it tomorrow! Your pictures has orginality and are beautyful.

By: trelihan on 11/3/01
well done !!

By: gg77 on 11/3/01
You da bomb! Very Classic.

By: HMG_Designs on 11/4/01
Congrats! I so much admire your work and your tutorial is incredible.

By: Ironbear on 11/4/01
Excellent. Congratulations on AOM, Picky. ;]

By: Sking on 11/4/01
Congradulations on AOM Picky. Your gallery here at renderosity has been a source of inspiration and a pleasure to view. I really love the time and emotion you put into your work. Again concrats and looking forward to seeing more of your work. ----- Scott.

By: sakauble on 11/4/01
I like them very much because they look more like a 2D painting with 3D qualities. I think too often renderors try too hard to make pieces 3D and and forget that in the end it is still a piece of art, not a life force. Keep it up Picky

By: dalinise on 11/5/01
Hi sweety, I am very glad to see that you finally have been made a.o.m.! But even more to see that people finally have a chance to get to know the beautifull and generous person behind the name.
Congrats my dear friend.
Hugs, Dal.

By: Syyd on 11/5/01
Hello, and congratulations, I have long admired your incredible work....I just don't know how you do it, its some of the most graceful and beautiful poser art I've ever seen. I got your tutorial but Im still dumbfounded, I will take some time with it though, and it is a generous gift to all your admirers.

All My best,
Syyd Raven

By: emorin on 11/5/01
The beauty of your Soul is truly displayed in your creations. It is an honor to finally meet you. You are blessed. Ellie

By: zenken1 on 11/5/01
Congratulations, Drakenza! Your tutorial is great, and perhaps something will come of it for me, though perhaps not as good as your work. :)


By: mmmjd on 11/6/01
Pozdrav iz Zagreba

By: ralphmanis on 11/6/01
Your work is truly worthy of such an honor! It has been my pleasure to get to know it.

By: Dejan on 11/6/01
Moje iskrene cestitke na nagradi i nadam se da ce tvoj uspjeh potaknuti mlade ljude "tu doma" na rad i kreativnost, te im dati nadu da mogu nesto postici svojim radom. P.S. Slike su velicanstvene i ovo je premalo priznanje za tebe, ja te predlazem za Nobelovu nagradu. Pozdravi iz ZG-a! ;-)))

By: galiano on 11/7/01
Cestitam ti na ovome. Slike su prekrasne
i svi smo ponosni na tebe. Pozdrav iz Karlovca...

By: Diznum on 11/8/01
Svaka cast, bas mije drago da vidim netko iz Hrvatska da dobije nagrada, oprosti moj Hrvatski nije naj bolji, but I thought you might appreciate a note of congrats in Croation.

By: AGOR on 11/11/01
So glad to see images like yours here... congrats... I think your work is more than amazing it is EXCELLENT in every detail... :)Thank you!

By: Morris on 11/13/01
Congratulations! Your work is truly inspirational!

By: Maira on 11/17/01
Congratulations, picky. You definitely deserved this honor!

By: lynde on 11/18/01
Congrats Drazenka! I have always loved your truly are talented!!! :)

By: racin-jason on 11/24/01
Darn Drakenza, I posted my congrats a ways back, but for some reason (probably mine) they didn't appear. Truly super inspirational work, and definitely worthy of this prestigious award. Your skills are well honed.

By: wgreenlee1 on 11/26/01
PICKY ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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