Artist of the Month for January is Artistic_License
I'm very pleased to announce that the Renderosity Artist of the Month for January, 2016 is the artist collective Artistic_license. I say collective because the bio for the artist notes:
Artistic License Promotions consists of a selective group of talented artists who are dedicated in promoting and highlighting 3D content. This exclusive team works closely with vendors to build a collection of original artwork featuring their products. The promotional platform includes many marketplaces (content providers), art galleries and personal galleries providing the highest level of exposure
Congratulations to Artistic_license for being our artist of the month. We had a chance to speak with one of the members of the collective (ladyelf) who answered questions and commented on the group and it's goals.
Renderosity: You mention that Artistic_License is a group of artists in your bio. How many members does it have?
Artistic_License: We currently have 14 artists working full and part time.
Tell our readers a little about the group: how was it formed? how do you work together to create something?
Being an artist is still pretty much a solitary profession,even when working in a group. We work together by communicating during the process, making sure each piece of art is completely different, showing the versatility of the product as much as possible.Remembering that while it is art, our main focus is how we can show the product off to it's best advantage, giving people that feeling of "oh I need this". That is our obligation to the vendor, we have fun, but it still has to be a serious thing. They have entrusted us with their creation, we need to make it shine.*
Choose a favorite work or two and tell us how it was created.
This would be a very hard question to answer, whether working with a group or individually. As with any piece of art, inspiration by the product is the main ingredient, from a strict business point of view, it would have to be, how can I match my style of art with the product we have been given to work with. It's hard to pick a favorite, all are so different because the products are so different. :)
What are the future goals of the group?
Well, maybe Artist of the Year ? LOL! To continue to grow, get better at what we do, expand into other areas of promotion, keep our vendors happy. LOL! They are the lifeblood of Artistic License and without them, we do not exist, at least not in the form that we are now. We are forever grateful to the vendors that allow us to take their creations and make what we hope is beautiful art, showing what their products can do in the 'wild' so to speak when put into the hands of artists outside the constraints of promo images. To be used as a customer would use them is our goal now and in the future. Obviously because we are a marketing group, we would also have the goal of being able to help increase their sales, get their talent noticed. At the same time, have fun doing it, enjoy each other's company as we work together. Our group is wonderful to work with, easy going, our personalities mesh well and we have fun.
Do you have any advice to artists who would like to start creating digital art?
Patience with yourself. Get to know your software and practice, practice, practice. Never give up, not everything rendered is art, trust your instincts, you'll know when it's good after a while, if you aren't sure, ask for a critique from someone that you trust, or ask someone that loves art, people that can't do but love art sometimes see things that the artist does not. Seek out advice from the artists you admire if you can. Study the rules of art, even though our medium is digital, all of the old school rules apply. Lighting, composition, position, subject are all important. But practice, practice, practice.
You've been a member of Renderosity since 2014. How has Renderosity impacted your work?
Actually the individuals in the group have been members for much longer then that. Myself, I've been a member of Renderosity since before it had a store, so I'm a dinosaur in terms of the online communities, I lived through a lot of the aches and pains that we went through for the communities to get where they are today. We started uploading to Renderosity in 2014, but we have all been around for much longer then that.
Impacting our art? The availability of products here give us more possibilities then we probably could have imagined. The tutorials are a very nice resource to have and the forums are invaluable at times. Being around other creative people tends to make someone even more creative, so just the opportunity to do that is a wonderful thing.
Last question: Do you have any favorite artists who inspire you?
Most of the old masters, Waterhouse, Rossetti, Alan Lee, John Howe, Amy Brown, Theresa Mather, Nene Thomas, Ruth Thompson, Boris Vallejo/Julie Bell, Luis Royo, . I think the list could go on and on for all of us :)
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