Artist of the month for October, 2017 is
Nyala joined Renderosity in 2008. Now she has over 100 followers for her growing gallery of fantasy portraits and landscapes. Exotic and beautiful warriors, witches and elves are rendered with great attention to detail, especially lighting. Color is also something Nyala pays attention to as several of her portraits are suffused with bold primary colors. Her work is filled with emotion and feeling. It's one of the things that make her work stand out from other artists.
Nyala live in Germany with her husband and two children. She is a passionate reader particularly of the fantasy genre.
Nyala kindly answered questions about her work and experience being an artist at Renderosity. Our thanks to Nyala for taking the time and a big congratulations for being voted the Artist of the Month for October, 2017.
Be sure to visit Nyala's gallery at Renderosity.com
Interview with Nyala
You mention in your biography that you are a big reader; so am I! Fantasy is one of my fav genres. Do you find that your reading inspires you to create?
Nyala: Yes, I do. My inspiration comes from reading, good music and film. Also a walk with my family brings me a whole of new ideas. My feelings flow into the pictures, too. Am I sad or happy? You can see this in my pictures. In many of my pictures, I try to capture these very special moods and moments, which, for example created by an author, I render scenes from books or my very own version of a book character.
Who are some of the authors who have inspired your imagination?
Nyala: I like to read and I read a lot – the most books I read are out of the fantasy genre, sometimes thrillers or horror. Of course, the great international authors, such as R. R. Tolkien, George R.R. Martin, Terry Pratchett, Joanne K. Rowling, Suzanne Collins, C.S. Lewis and so on, but also writers from my home country Germany like Markus Heitz, Wolfgang Hohlbein, Michael Ende or Cornelia Funke. My daughter has just discovered the fantasy genre, too. Often we read the same books and annoy the other by have reading more chapters.
How did you get involved with creating images in Daz? Why did you choose Daz to be your tool of choice?
Nyala: I started with DAZ in 2008. At that time I was looking for avatars for my forum character and I saw DAZ pics. They fascinated me. I thought try that too. With DAZ, I have the opportunity to express myself in an artistic way. I can create moods and emotions and thereby also deal with my own emotions. Some write poems or songs
Why did you choose Daz to be your tool of choice?
Nyala: DAZ works. DAZ is the perfect medium for me. For pen and paper I have unfortunately no talent. I had tried it with Poser, but it doesn’t work very well. DAZ offers everything I need for my requirements.
I love your portraits of exotic men and women, but what really impresses me is your skill in posing and lighting. Can you share any tips you might have for posing/lighting.
Nyala: I think it is important that poses and lighting convince. Even if there are pictures in the fantasy section, both must be logical and real. In the beginning, I often put myself in front of the mirror and tried to make the poses myself, that it is more natural in the picture. How far can I stretch the arms, legs, hands, and fingers without the bones breaking. In the light is very similar, I have observed light and shadow at home and in nature. What are the shadows at what time? What happens when I turn lights on and off, how does the shadow behave? I think you can get results with DAZ easily, so that they are really looking good, it takes a lot of practice and a little bit easy experience. You must log intensively deal with the matter.
How has renderosity made a difference in your growth as an artist
Nyala: From the beginning I have a nice mentor, which has brought me a lot and also clearly told me, if something doesn’t work well. I've also been a member of a German community for many years, which is dedicated to teaching people DAZ. There I was a student and later also mentor for some time. I made many pics and I read also a lot of tutorials - also outside of DAZ. For example for graphics programs and photography. Many things are similar.
Most importantly I think it is to educate yourself and to question. And of course, also accept criticism, whether it is positive or negative. Especially with critical voices you have the chance to grow yourself. Renderosity offers the perfect platform to present your work to the public, to meet like-minded people and to exchange ideas about DAZ and art. You will find artists who are so much better than you and they can give you tips. I have found many friends there.
Anything you'd like to add before we close the interview?
Nyala: Always make pictures that you like yourself. Choose designs that inspire you. Accept criticism from others and always try to find your own personal way from the various opinions.
Be sure to visit Nyala's gallery at Renderosity.com
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