2015 Artist of the Year: UteBigSmile
I'm very happy to announce that after a week of voting Renderosity members have overwhelmingly chosen UteBigSmile as the Renderosity Artist of the Year! Ute is a strong member of the community having posted over 3,000 of her artworks to Renderosity galleries since she joined in 2005. She was chosen "Artist of the Month" for June, 2015 and works primarily with Daz Studio and Mixed Mediums. As you can see from the video she created of her 2015 artworks (see below), UteBigSmile is a talented and imaginative artist. Renderosity congratulates her on being chosen Artist of the Year for 2015.
In our article/interview with UteBigSmil in June, we wrote about her background:
Ute grew up in Germany in the mid-forties, but moved to Luxembourg where she lived until her daughter passed in 1995 when she moved to Spain. This was where she began to create digital art. Recently, she's moved back to Luxembourg where she lives with her husband and her dogs, Biggi, Trixie and Pixie. She has had to cope with an amazing amount of grief and pain (a lot of which the Renderosity community has helped her to cope), but somehow she always seems to have a smile.
Here is another short excerpt from our June, 2015, interview with UteBigSmile:
Renderosity: Your characters often have very intense expressions. Is this something you work carefully on?
UteBigSmile: I work very carefully on expressions and details, i dont want my characters to look like puppets,i want to breathe life into them with expressions and interaction,i talk to my characters when i create them (lol), my artist-fellows here in the community always call me “queen of expressions”. I also pay very much attention to all details like lips, eyes, make up and outfits. They all have to go together otherwise i am not satisfied.
Renderosity: What kinds of art do you love?
UteBigSmile: I love lots of different art-styles,Toons,comics,mangas,fantasy,apocalyptic,science-fiction and even fractals, depends on in which mood i am , at that very moment when i fire up my DazStudio and start creating, same with music, i love rock, pop and reggae, but also classic, vivaldi, mozart, chopin etc. i am not limited in my mind i have a very open mind and i let the inspirations come in and flow around.
Antartica has the Right to Live by UteBigSmile
Renderosity: How has the renderosity community affected you and your works?
UteBigSmile: Renderosity is for me like a big virtual family, and i often get inspired by other artists works.The community inspires me and keeps me going,the contact and interaction with my fellow artist-friends always stimulates me,and pushes me further and further.
...I can go as far as to say that the art and the community here at renderosity saved my life, After having spend 17 years in spain, we decided to move back to our home country, the main reason beeing that i have another daughter Severine living in Luxembourg, and we wanted to get the “surviving”family as close as possible together.
Our start in our homeland was not that perfect, as within the first two weeks i broke my ankle bones,and now after all these months i still have pain,and its difficult to walk. But because i always kept my smile i use the artist name UteBigSmile
London 1888, Jack the Ripper by UteBigSmile
Renderosity: What kinds of applications do you use to create your art works? What is your work process?
UteBigSmile: In the first line i work with my main application, daz Studio, but i also use pre-made backgrounds or photographs from friends and artists (with their permission of course), which inspire me to do some work with them. But often i start with an idea and the result is completely different from what i started with, it goes as far as to create a completely new work, that has absolutely nothing to do with the original idea. I get carried away so to speak, that's the most fun. I have no “default-linear” way of doing my work, i just let the inspirations carry me away (lol)
Ute's New Website
Ute has a new personal website which features a lot of her work and life. I've pulled a few quotes from the site along with a picture of her adorable "fur-babies".
Utes New Website. (Note that the site is in primarily in German with some English, so you may need to use Google Translate)
Ute: My hobbies are: Listening to music and creating 3D graphics with Daz Studio! With my mixed breed dog lady "Biggi" and the other two Fellnasen playing, fooling around with my husband and naürlich even surfing the internet, there one knows me under the name "UteBigSmile".
My motto is: "Humor is, if you can still laugh at themselves in any situation" (unfortunately that does not always work!)
Here are our three fur graylings
Ute's Selected Works of 2015 Video
Be sure to visit UteBigSmile's Gallery at Renderosity.com to see more artwork from this Artist of the Year.
Uteeee!!! VIVA! I cannot be more happy now! Love you girl, one of the sweetest and most amazing Artist and woman ever. Lots of hugs and kisses and now I have a big smile too. Oh, and those adorable furry angels!!! Please, please, please hug them all for me.