December's Contributor of the Month - robert.sharkey

vette · December 2, 2001 2:33 pm

First of all I wants to thank the whole community for all those big help and support. I have found the last two years some special new persons and friends and it would be fun to meet them any time personally. Thanks folks. Renderosity: Who is robert.sharkey? About me, my whole life I was fascinated by everything which is fantasy-related. I collected all tin-leaded fantasy-figures I could found, especially all Elves. Most of them where converted and painted individually, because I'm not abble to leave them as they came out of the box. Now I'm 37 and I can't resist to collect all those fantasy-stuff. It's so fun after a hard day as Chief Technical engineer in a cable-company to come at home and to continue to be a boy while playing with my son a warhammer-game or Magic the Gathering. I hope I would never become a 100% adult and keep my chieldish fantasys. There's one thing I have learned from our so beloved children Steven and Vivian, as long as we believe we can do it, we don't have to give up and at end we do it. My slogan now is: Believe on yourself and you will reach at any time the experience to do it. Renderosity: How long have you have you been rendering? In 1998 as I searched for a new desktop-wallpaper I found the site of David A. Runyon and was impressed what everything is possible in 3D. This was the initiall ignition to take a closer look to 3D-Art. About a search trough Metacrawler I then found Renderosity and was impressed about the sheer mass of info and freebies. Run the next day into the biggest book-librarie in Zich and purchased Poser. But not long as it was with those tin-leaded figures, I wanted to create my own things. Started with painting clothes on the standard-templates but was never really satisfyed. Because with it there's to much limitations. Then we had a party with some other familys and a friend told me that his company changes their software from 3D-Studio MAX to AutoCAD. I ask him, "hey what are you doing whit those old MAX1.2-Version ?". He told me that he can give it to me, because they hadn't no longer use of it. You can believe me, my evening was solved. With this old MAX1.2 I created my first props which the best I think from this time was the Giger-stuff. Now when i take a look on them i see what can be done better, but I will leave them as they are. Let's say just a little bit of nostalgia. For me they woukld never be the same when I changed em. Renderosity: What software do you use and why? As MAX1.2 had given me some limitations especially in organic-modelling I was impressed what can be done in Rhino. First I downloaded a 30day-demo and tryed it out, with all the great help from the Rhino-forum here and especially from Spike soon i was abble to create thing which I never could do with MAX. All my things from the last 1and a half year where created in Rhino and Poser4. One year ago, I think, I wanted to create my own clothings. The ones who help me most by answer all my questions trough messages here and mails was Steve Shanks and PhilC. Thanks a lot for staying there and allways give your helping hand. And then there was this great Tutorial from Styxx which was written the way I could follow with ease. Thanks Styxx. For creating the needed Textures I use first UVMapper to create the Templates and assigne materials. Then in PhotoImpact I create the textures itself. But i confess, creating textures isn't my most beloved thing. Renderosity: What are you currently working on? For the moment I'm not really working in 3D. Dalinise is in the stage to convert all my latest items to self-installing EXE-files which i recognized first on her pieces and beloved so. Thanks really much Dalinise. At the same time I'm in the process to collect the needed info and material for my next pieces. Since a long time I wanted to modell some fashion-style clothes, I decided to do some of the well known Italian fashion-designers. I have found some I like and hope in the next days to start again with modelling of them. Now a short sidestep, it's a recall of all those talented 3D-hairstylist: Please, please create some fashion-style hairs. Most of the time I doesn't plan months before, but the next thing I got in mind is to create a hugh Ice-palace. And well, at anytime I will start this Smilodon (Sabre-Tooth Tiger) I dream on. Renderosity: Why do you like 3D art? It gives me the chance to bring my fantasys to life. But what I most like where the images which much more talented people then me create with my stuff. Renderosity: What inspires you? I can't exactly say what inspires me. It's shure all fantasy-related comics and especially the art of H.R.Giger and Dorian Cleavenger. In most cases I walk trough life, see something and think: "Hey this would be fun to model and see as a 3D-Image" Renderosity: How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning? I have met here a lot of generous people who always had given their time and teached about their experience. I also learned a lot whyle taking a closer look on how all those fantastic stuff is made. It's fun to stay here not only for 3D-art, but here where some people which I'm proud to say friends. In physical life, people behold their experience. Here at the Community it's completelly the other way, everybody takes the time to share all their experience. I have read 3 books for 3D-Studio MAX and one for Rhino, but all of them only explains general things. They don't give you a workflow, and that's what I like here. If you have a problem, the Community gives always more then one answer. And that's what makes it special. Thanks folks and keep on going this wonderful spirit. Never limit yourself. Robert aka SHARKEY

Article Comments


lalverson ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 December 2001

yeah, Robert is one of the originals, and a solid modler. Having worked with him several times. he can really inspire. About time he got regonized for it. Congrats m'freind, you deserve this!

StefyS ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 December 2001

Congratulations my friend, well deserved!

trevor3000 ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 December 2001

Congratulations my friend, it is good to read about you, this is well deserved! -Trev

Devon ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 December 2001

Nice work robert.sharkey. Your work has always fascinated me and I continue to use your creations in my renders.Thanks

dalinise ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 December 2001

Well what can I say other then: Finally!!! You deserve this so much Robert! Thank you for all your awesome work, and thank you for enabelling me to work with your stuff!!! Hugs, Dal.

tda42 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 December 2001

Good To See You Get This Robert.You inspired me in alot of ways with your work.You deserve it my friend!

Tammy ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 December 2001

I think you are an excellent choice for contributor of the month, congratulations. I really enjoyed reading the interview as well.

Jen ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 December 2001

WOOO HOOOO Congrats Robert! I loved reading your interview and putting a face to the name :) Your products are always TOP NOTCH, I love them all! I am so glad you got this honor as you deserve it! :) {{{BIG HUGS}}}} Jen

Debbie M. ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 December 2001

YAY for you Robert!!! Congratulations on an honor VERY much deserved!! Your products are of the highest quality, and I'm honored to work with them. LOVED reading about you, very good interview. So good to put a handsome face to the name :) Keep creating your fantasy stuff, because I am one of MANY that just LOVE it. Thanks for sharing yourself with us all my friend :)

ronmolina ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 December 2001

Robert your work is always an inspiration! Great going! Ron

JeniferC ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 December 2001

I love your Shark images....they're so Cool! You are very deserving of this great honor......I look forward to seeing your next works.

Varian ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 December 2001

Congratulations Robert! Your work is wonderful and very deserving of more recognition. :)

hermit ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 December 2001

Congratulations Robert! All your work is the greatest, but I'm crazy about the excellent vehicles he's made. The best detailer in the biz! ; )))!

Xurge ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 05 December 2001

Congrats my friend. I'm very happy for you. You are one of my favorite artists here and also a good friend. I wish you the best and always look forward to your future creations. Keep that fantasy stuff going, you are the best at it.

Dimare ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 07 December 2001

I bought some angel wings from you, at first they didnt work right but you were soo nice in helping me out to fix all the bugs :) stay cool and keep doing what you love!

dglidden ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 December 2001

Cograts Robert, this is well deserved for you! You have been a big inspiration for me and am glad to have had the chance to pick your brains for info! Thanks! Darrell

Daio ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 December 2001

Robert is definitely deserving of this honor. Not only for his creatvity but for being an all-around nice and gengerous person. Congrats! Daio

Tamela.J. ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 December 2001

Congratulations Robert!! Tamela

Morris ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 December 2001

Congratulation! You so deserve this honor, and it was great to learn more about you! Your models are incredibly beautiful and amazingly detailed! Thanks for sharing you work and beauty with all of us! Sincerely, Jeni

emorin ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 December 2001

I am a big fan of your work and creations as well as your products. It is nice to finally meet the talent behind them. Congratulations. Ellie

Stormi ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 December 2001

Congratulations Robert, I'm very pleased to see you receive this honor as you surely do deserve it. Your models are beautiful, easy to work with, and your talent is tremendous. Thanks for sharing!

zutgorak ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 14 December 2001

First of all, i cant say how much use ive had from sharkeys stuff .. especially the blades that was a joint effort of Xurge and Sharkey, Love em,second, Sharky, ure a GREAT pick as contributor, and also a source of inspiration for us less experienced artist.

elektra ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 16 December 2001

I can't thank you enough for the Angelyna wings. They're absolutely beautiful and I enjoy working with them. Mainly because they are very easy to use. Great work, keep it up.

HandspanStudios ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 December 2001

I'm also a big admirer of your work, it really stands out. Congrats!

chemicalbrother ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 20 December 2001

this is so well deserved... congrats mate. for a long time i have admired your creations (especially your new demon queen : ) and your fantastic weapons. thanks for all your generosity in sharing your work with us and keep up the great work

Magix-101 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 21 December 2001

Robert. Congratulations...your stuff is really great and you deserve the recognition. I love the look of your models, keep up the great work. Hmann

Luis ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 27 December 2001

You have a unique style and a great talent. Your props are marvellous, specially the elven stuff. Why don't you work on something inspired in the Lord of the Rings movie? Nobody would do it as perfect as you. Cheers and congratulations, Luis

vshane ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 27 December 2001

congratulations robert, you really deserve to be recognized, you are an outstanding talent. i first fell in love with your angelyna wings but i think everyone here did, just look in the galleries! vicki

thip ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 30 December 2001

Congrats on well-deserved and long-overdue recognition as one of the top contributors to the community. Your freestuff was among the very first I ever used when I started doing Poser pics (6 out of my 9 first pics were based on Sharkey Stuff, especially that lovely Cassie character). Thanx loads - and looking forward to seeing the Armani of the net ;o)


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