November 2006 AOM Mimi Sakamoto [MimiCat]


Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... November's AOM is Mimi Sakamoto [MimiCat] from the Vue Gallery. We congratulate Mimi for her outstanding collection of Vue artwork!

Who is 'MimiCat'?

Hello and Konnichiwa! My name is Misako and my nick is Mimi. I don’t want to tell how old I am here, so just guess from my picture. LoL I'm from Japan and have been living in Sapporo, which is the capital city of Hokkaido (the northernmost island in Japan). I have two beautiful and naughty cats, Chatto and Tamu(a cat in the photo is Tamu). They're really wonderful little friends.

I have many interests and hobbies but I especially love seeing ballet, opera (not only listening to it, but singing it myself), musicals, and reading books. In this season, knitting is kind of a custom of mine.I have to do it in a hurry while the cats are sleeping, though, because they like to bite and play with the needles!

I’m always thinking the most important thing in art is ‘telling your heart,' and I am really enjoying my work with freedom. Just for myself.

How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?

For about 8 years or so. My first attempt at computer graphics was with a 2D program(Illustrator), but as I had expected, it was quite a failure unfortunately. I cannot draw pictures with pen and paper at all in real life. However, I kept doodling with it and from time to time helped coloring my friend's designs. One day she showed me some 3D pictures, and I got hooked immediately. Those were really beautiful pictures, and a very new world for my eyes. They were created with Shade, so I bought a copy a few days later and started playing with the program.

Afterwards, I looked around for a 3D program that could help me create backgrounds for my Shade scenes, and then I found Vue d' Esprit 3 on September 2000. It was just a coincidence that I bought Vue. I had not decided whether to buy Vue or Bryce, but when I went to the shop, Vue was cheaper than Bryce a little bit....yes, I chose Vue only by the price lol. If Bryce is cheaper on that day, I might be in the Bryce community now.




Do you have traditional art experience?

No, mostly self taught.

What are you currently working on?

Well, nothing in particular at the moment since I have a lot of things to have to do for work. I want to make a picture which uses rocky mountain for a project among close friends, though.

What software/equipment do you use and why?

Mainly, I've been playing with Vue 5 Infinite and Poser 6 at the moment, and also am using Photoshop and PSP for postwork. As for Vue, it's easy to use and understand especially the interface, and I love playing with the node-based material editor. I also like its Poser export capabilities, and the editable plants, and the EcoSystems are really fantastic of course.

What do you think your best piece of work is and why?

'Gypsy' and 'One Summer Day' because I think both pictures show very well what kind of pictures I make and what I like. If I am asked to show a picture to a person who doesn't know 3D art and my work, I will show these two pieces without fail.

Why do you like to work with 3D software?

Oh, I don't know whether I like to work with it, to be honest lol If I must say something, it gives me freedom, answered my wish and the possibilities are infinite.

Who/what inspires you?

Everything and anything-nature, books, music, people, my cats, flowers on the roads, someone's imagery and words etc.... I'm inspired many artists...too many to list.


"One Summer Day"


How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

Renderosity is my second home. I've been learning a lot of things from the great artists here, and we all help each other, with support and respect. Luckily, I met some wonderful people, and some of them I call 'friends' today.

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

I’ve already said it in the first answer but I really think the most important thing in art is ‘telling your heart'. Just open your mind, be free, and concentrate to reflect the things in your heart into the scenes. Don’t think too much ‘what people say' and ‘what people think' because I believe thinking such things hinder your creation.

And I think there is no shortcut getting technique. Just try, try, try...and try! Your experience and keeping trying will brings you a great technique, knowledge, confidence and result for sure. Have fun!

Lastly, I would like to say 'Thank you', not only for your votes, but also for your kind help and support. You all give me lots of encouragement and smiles every time!

My special thanks to-Linda(FrenchKiss), Walther(wabe), Ken(kenwas), Christie(Djeser), Cie(Trouble), Lyne, Cristi(criss), Scott(sacada), Wendy(coa), Nick(niandji), Davy(madasatadpole), Steve(spider1313), Paul(Polax), Lin(lingrif), Carol(romanceworks), Rod, Christina, Françoise(madame), Britta(BGHart), Peter(petemohr), Eve, Rain(Rainfeather), Lou(originalkitten), Sharyn(Artemis_Sun) and Fredy.

Health, love and music.

Domo Arigato!!!


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Artist of the Month is highlighting a talented Renderosity artist that has been nominated by mods and admins, and voted by the community. Recognition is given to this member for their collection of works for that year.

Since we only select one AOM per month, it is not about their works for that particular month. Instead, it is about highlighting a talented artist's works for that year, and they are recognized during that month.

To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM 2006 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.

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