Paul Henshaw, aka "eyeofthebeholder", is the Renderosity community's choice for the July, 2015, Artist of the Month.
Paul joined Renderosity in 2005 and since then he has uploaded 113 images, most of which were created primarily in Planetside Software's Terragen, a professional application that gives the user the ability to "animate and render realistic natural environments"
Paul's work using Terragen is nothing short of amazing. It's not too difficult to see why he was chosen as the artist of the month. And he draws inspiration from his own mountaineering experience, which explains why so many of his artworks are so incredibly realistic. Be sure to visit his gallery so you can see exactly why he is such a gifted artist.
My thanks to Paul for taking time out of his schedule to answer a few questions about his life and artworks.
Ricky Grove: Give our readers a little background on eyeofthebeholder. Who are you?
Paul Henshaw (eyeofthebeholder): Firstly, i would like to say how delighted i am to have been voted artist of the month,and extend my sincere thanks to all those who voted.
My name is Paul Henshaw. I live in a small rural village midway between the towns of Wrexham and Mold,in North Wales,UK. Apart from CGI my hobbies include Mountaineering and music (playing piano,organ and clarinet)
RG: You mentioned you had retired in your Rendorosity bio, what kind of work did you do?
PH:I have recently retired from the highways dept of the local authority,where i had worked for 28 years (mostly outdoors which i enjoyed)
RG: The connections between nature and your work in Terragen are obvious: how did you become such a lover of nature? Do you have any favorite places you like to go to?
PH:One of my main hobbies is mountaineering,hence the obsession with mountains in my work !!.The Snowdonia national park is only an hours drive away,so i have spent many happy days there.I also travel to the lake district in northern england and the Scottish highlands as well as many holidays hiking in the french,swiss and italian alps.I think Zermatt,Switzerland is probably my favourite location.
RG: How did you get started in digital art and why did you choose Terragen?
PH: I started working with digital art out of curiosity to begin with,Terragen classic was the program that i chose.I developed along with the program i suppose,taking advantage of each upgrade as it arrived.It's enabled me to achieve everything i've needed up to now so i have never felt the need to try any others programs (apart from a brief spell trying out Mandelbulb).
RG: One of artworks most chosen as a favorite by Rendorosity community is "Mandelbulb 3D Ruins". How did you create that piece?
PH: I can't remember a great deal about the creation of the Mandelbulb work.I had been very impressed by the work in the Fractal gallery and decided to experiment for a while.I enjoyed using Mandelbulb-but not as much as Terragen.
RG: Paul, how do you know when one of your artworks is done?
PH: When i think a work is finished i tend to put it away for a week or two and forget about it.When i look at the work again before uploading it,i can usually see whether it is completed or whether any more work is needed.
RG: Who are some of your favorite artists?
RG: How has the Renderosity community helped/supported you in your work?
PH:Being a member of a site like Renderosity is a huge plus for any artist.Apart from the fact that one can get critical feedback on the works submitted,the galleries of artwork by all the other incredibly talented artists are a constant source of inspiration.
RG: Any advice for artists who'd like to start working with Terragen?
PH: A lot of people seem to find Terragen quite intimidating to use and certainly it does require a considerable amount of time to get used to.Having said that,however,a great deal of amazing artwork can be achieved by using the program on its default settings and i would certainly recommend downloading the free version and giving it a try. ▲
Make sure you stop in and visit eyeofthebeholder's Gallery.
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