Artist of the Month for May, 2016, is
I'm very pleased to announce that the Renderosity Artist of the Month for May, 2016 is Kindredsoul. Kindredsoul received the highest amount of votes (by far) from Renderosity members. We congratulate Kindredsoul for this accomplisment.
A Renderosity member since 2005, Kindredsoul specializes in the take-your-breath-away nature scene: sun streaming through the pine trees on to a bed of wild flowers and a small pond where dragonfly's zip here and there. Kindredsoul creates these scenes almost effortlessly using E-on software's VUE, that incredibly powerful landscape and 3D enviroment application.
According to his bio, "Kindredsoul means a kindred spirit, I enjoy making fairies, tranquil landscapes and with kids in it...I started out using Bryce, then later went to Vue after learning it has ecosystems which really benefits in making forest scenes."
Kindredsoul was kind enough to answer several questions (see the interview below) and I've created a video of 14 works I think show the breadth and variety of Kindredsoul's work. But don't forget to visit Kindredsoul's Gallery for yourself. It's really wonderful and filled with carefully crafted environments. Seeing his work full-size is a treat as well.
Still Waters by Jollyself
Interview with Kindredsoul
Tell us a little about yourself; your bio talks about enjoying hiking and puzzles, but what other things do you like to do?
Kindredsoul: I live in Utah with wife of 26 years and have six children I am a teacher both at a Community school and Sunday school at church.. As mentioned I like doing jigsaw puzzles and go up to the mountains if I have the time. I have substantial hearing loss. I speak well in public and use sign language fluently to communicate with the deaf.
Your recent work, Colorado River, is marvelous; how did you create this beautiful scene (some of the steps you went through)
Kindredsoul: Start the scene with a daylight scene. 2. Create a long terrain in the back populate them with conifers, 3. Add another terrain, using the terrain editor sculpt the terrain so we can add a stream there. 4. The waterfall is a little tricky....the waterfall itself is another terrain and is actually a flat terrain, the shape of the terrain was based on the grayscale image i created in photoshop and used that image as the terrain which appears as a waterfall shape and add a foamy water texture to the terrain.. I used a splash picture as an alpha plane to create the splashes.
Colorado River by Kindredsoul
What is it about VUE that appeals to you?
Kindredsoul: I just love their lighting models and atmospheres which is great to make moody or atmospheric images. The software is simple to learn and use.
When did you start creating digital art and what got you interested?
I started creating digital art over a decade ago...I actually started doing graphics before that when someone offered me a side job to create web templates for a company when they knew I can do photoshop in 2001 . I created metallic strips, stars, making soft edges along the borders of pictures and used some java scrips to create animated effects on web pages. Later it just hooked me into an interest in Bryce 5 after i saw some pictures made by Bryce on their website. It was my first 3-d program. I started making pictures from there. Back then the quality of my 3d works were very poor. I just kept working on Bryce and soon I improved.
I later discovered WorldBuilder program after I visited digitalblasphemy website sometime in 2003 ( a site made by Ryan Bliss containing his works of wallpapers for computer screens), his works in Worldbuilder were amazing with vast forest and grasses well populated (this was when Vue has not come up with ecosystems yet). I had to buy that program to make some for myself, although it took a long time to get my pictures to look right.... .Well, later on, Worldbuilder appears to be out of business (or at least they were not upgrading anything) therefore, I started looking for alternative software to keep going, I found Vue and been using it ever since. Been using Vue for about 9 or 10 years now.
Who are some of the artists you admire?
Kindredsoul: I enjoy every artists here but to be more specific I like the works of DOM1 , I just like his settings, cottages,and how he placed many objects into the scene in perfect manner and is very pretty using the Vue program......I also like the past works of Thomas Krahn and Flink even though those two artists's pictures were made a while back, Outside of Renderosity, I like the paintings of Robert Duncan and Nicky Boehme. Both do well with atmospheric paintings. Very peaceful, detailed and realistic. I also like Thomas Kinkade paintings. I have some of his paintings on my walls.
Through the Forest by Kindredsoul
How would you advise a beginner with VUE to get started?
Kindredsoul: Vue is my opinion a highly recommended software for a beginner to learn because it is easy to learn and has a simple interface. Having a decent graphics card is highly recommended to make all features work. When you create a scene, Vue offers several parameters to adjust especially lighting. They have several lighting/atmosphere models to choose from in a scene and offers the dialogue box to the lighting model you picked to make changes . You can move the lighting slider back and forth and preview render it over and over until you get the best results you like (more sunlight, less ambient, brighter, darker, etc.). Make sure you SAVE the best adjustment you like before adjusting some more in case you like the previous adjustments better.
Also it is a good idea to save your works from time to time in case if anything happens ( a power surge, computer crash or a child came and closed the file while you go to restroom etc...those things happened to me before.)
As we all know, practice makes perfect. I look back to one of my first images created in Vue 5 years ago, I was surprised how much I have improved over the years. So as a beginner, start out making simple images and later move on to more complex images as you learn your tricks , methods, etc......as time passes by, you will look back and you will see how much you have improved. Do not give up. There may be times it can be frustrating you cant make something you want... I actually have several files and work on each one at different times than just sticking with one file.
Visit Kindredsoul's Gallery to see more of his remarkable landscapes.
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