February 2008 Artist of the Month - crommcruac

February 1, 2008 11:16 pm

Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... February's AOM is Marcin Zemczak [crommcruac]!

We congratulate crommcruac for an outstanding collection of works in the 3D Studio Max Gallery!

Hello everyone.

At the beginning I'd like to thank all of you that voted in the contest. It is an honour to be an AOM at R'osity. I was away for couple of weeks and I didn't even know that I was nominated for the second time. It was a HUGE surprise for me when I was back from my holiday to see that you have chosen me. Thank you!

Who is 'crommcruac'?

My name is Marcin Zemczak. I'm polish, but living in London, UK. I'm working as a web designer, developing websites and doing 3D graphics for fun. I've taken my nickname from Celtic mythology. Cromm Cruac was Celtic god/demon of the underworld.

How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?

Who can remember that? It started back in the beginning of the 90's when I got my first so-called personal computer, a ZX Spectrum. There was a program called VU-3D in which I created me first 3D 'renderings'. I also used The Artist for the 2D pictures. The graphics were so poor that my watch has it better now :)

But it was fun to make computer-generated images.


Red Queen

Do you have traditional art experience?

Not at all. I can't draw a smiley correctly :) Just kidding, I can but I don't have skills in art drawing or painting. I never attended any art school. The only drawings which I was good at were technical drawings back in school.

What are you currently working on?

I'm doing 3D images from time to time when I have a new idea and spare time. I've got a couple of images started, and some ideas in my mind.

What software/equipment do you use and why?

I'm a PC user. Currently, I'm working on an AMD X2 4400+, 2GB RAM, GeForce 8800 GTS. Not very impressive in these times, but a new machine is coming, so maybe I will start doing more images in the future.

I'm using 3DS MAX for about 15 years (starting from DOS version). I render with VRay. I also use Poser figures to create my images. Many people complained about it, but I can't see anything wrong in it. I'm just too lazy to model humans. I did it eventually for one of the latest images ('The Red Queen'), but I couldn't force myself to rig it and pose it. Poser is easier, so I used only the head of the model I created. Of course, I'm using PhotoShop as well to create textures and final touches.

Menschfeind II


What do you think your best piece of work is and why?

Very hard to choose. Usually the best piece is my last, but I was looking through my gallery and I've got a couple of picks.

'Menschfeind II' is one of my favourites. It gave me the creeps to imagine this situation presented here while I was making it. It give me the chills even now when I'm looking at it.

Another one which I am attached to is 'The Red Queen', mentioned before because I portrayed my wife in it. She was a reference for the character.

Why do you like to work with 3D software?

Because it gives me freedom to visualize my ideas, as I can't draw and I'm more technically educated. It is like photography, but better. You can create anything you can imagine and turn it into a photorealistic or art-style image. I like the possibility to alter the image as many times as I want to achieve the desired effect. It is impossible in painting or photography. They don't have the 'Undo' function :)


Desert Wind


Who/what inspires you?

Ugh... Tough question. So many of them. The most influential for the style are other artists such Royo, Giger or Beksinski, among others. You can see that.

What inspires my ideas? Lots of things. Books, movies, music, images, etc. Too many to count them. Ideas come to my head all the time and stay there until I visualize them, or I'm dropping them after a while. I'd like to have so much time to render all my ideas :)

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

The R'osity community is constantly encouraging me to do better and better images. The members' feedback is awesome. Their works sometimes are so inspirational that I can't resist creating another image.

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

Patience, patience, and again patience. Creating 3D images is a very time-consuming process. Learning how to do it is even more. I'm doing this for so many years and there is still a vast ocean of possibilities to discover. My advice is to learn doing something. Do not try to learn something just by reading or watching the tutorials. Read them and try to do something that is yours.

Experiment, check other settings, and practice, practice, practice. They say in Poland that practice makes a master!

Please have a further look at crommcruac's Renderosity Gallery!

Be sure to visit the 3D Studio Max Gallery, and also pay a visit to the 3D Studio Max Forum!

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Artist of the Month is highlighting a talented Renderosity artist that has been nominated by mods and admins, and voted by the community. Recognition is given to this member for their collection of works for that year.

Since we only select one AOM per month, it is not about their works for that particular month. Instead, it is about highlighting a talented artist's works for that year, and they are recognized during that month.

To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM 2008 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.

Article Comments

philgreg ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

As someone who hates Flash websites, this is one of the best and most engaging I have ever seen. I visited all sections..Brilliant!

ericfarris ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

You're one of the best in your style, it's well deserved. Congrats!!!!!!!

chrispoole ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Hey! BIG congrats on this recognition, you have a wonderful gallery and lots of skill, and if you designed and made your website, you deserve a film contract. Awesome.

ramhernan ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Very well deserved! your art is one of a kind!

zachary ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Great talent and magnificent work ! Awesome !

calico1 ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 03 February 2008

I like your work. High quality and telling a story. Fine!

DreamersWish ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 03 February 2008

Congratulations! Extremely beautiful work and well deserved recognition!

3Dillusions ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 04 February 2008

Outstanding work and you deserve the win, well done

Gog ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 05 February 2008

Well deserved! Shows why you're in my favourites

LilyHawk ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 February 2008

Way cool :-) Congratulations! Been a fan of yours for a very long time. Glad to see this.

mavros ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 February 2008

Well deserved. Congratulations.

lior ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 February 2008

Congratulations:well deserved!

powerage ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 10 February 2008

I love your work and your web site is fun !! congratulations well deserved !

magickeys ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 10 February 2008

congratulations! very nice pictures in your gallery - i love it!

Vremont ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 10 February 2008

Long overdue!

Kuiski ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 11 February 2008

Congrats, your scenes are amazing!

KarmaSong ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 12 February 2008

Your gallery is pure beauty and magic! I can sense the dedication you've placed in each and every scene you worked upon.Fabulous!

Wurzelchen ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 12 February 2008

Great work!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cosme..D..Churruca ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 14 February 2008

So glad I've discovered you... a genial and impressive gallery. Congrats!

vshane ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 14 February 2008


ToxicAngel ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 17 February 2008

Grats, nicely done!!

MarkHirst ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 24 February 2008

A well deserved recognition of your work, congratulations!

Lydia_ ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 29 February 2008

Your pictures are beautiful, I like your art work.

Heathcroft ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 March 2008

You are greatly talented and meticulous in every detail.

Dilin ( posted at 6:44PM Sat, 26 September 2009

me gusta mucho, es excelente!!

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