February 2014 Artist of the Month - stonemason

February 2, 2014 1:07 am

Tags: 3ds Max, AOM, stonemason

av104222.jpgEach month the Renderosity community votes on the Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... February's AOM is stonemason!

We congratulate stonemason for an outstanding collection of works in the 3ds Max Gallery!


Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is 'stonemason' ?

Hi I'm Stefan Morrell, working from New Zealand as an illustrator and content creator at DAZ3D.

How long now have you been working in digital art?

Around late 2002, I got into using 3ds Max and Photoshop.


One Is The Loneliest Number


What are you currently working on?

Working mostly on DAZ3D content, environments, etc.

Your works are incredibly detailed and cinematic. What can you tell us about the work you put into each piece?

My workflow for creating images is to use 3ds Max to build the scene and render. Many of the models are often re-used between renders, so scene setup is fairly quick. I render out multiple passes (zdepth, atmosphere, specular, ao, gi, shadow, light, beauty, etc.), take these into Photoshop and each image usually takes an evening to setup the scene, render overnight as big as I can (usually around 6 or 8k), then spend the next evening color correcting, paint fx, atmospherics, etc.


The Enchanted Forest


Who, or what, inspires you?

Lately, I've been getting into art by guys like maxim revin, AndreeWallin, Sparth, james paick, Nivanh Chanthara. Images that have strong composition and atmosphere always impress me. Websites for inspiration are Pinterest, nuthin but mech, conceptships, conceptartworld, also a big fan of street art.

What software is in your digital toolset, aside from 3ds Max?

Photoshop, ZBrush, World Machine, After Effects, 123dcatch, PoserPro, Daz|Studio, xfrog, xnormal, crazybump, rayfire and many other small scripts and plugins.


SciFi Cityscape 2


What do you enjoy most about 3ds Max?

It's familar. There's other apps I'd like to be using, but haven't got around to learning them (Mari and Octane spring to mind).

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

Don't really have any favourites. I tend to just see the mistakes in my older images, things I could have done different.

Do you have any tips you would be willing to share on the software you use?

Read the manual.


The Siege


Is there anywhere else that we might find your work?

Aside from the main gallerys at cgsociety & cghub, my main website www.stefan-morrell.com (rarely updated).

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

Initially, Renderosity was a great help in getting my content making career off the ground.

Do you have any parting comments, or advice for other artists?

Advice for artists? Umm...dont mix sleeping pills with laxatives?


We invite you to have a further look at stonemason's Gallery!

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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 page.

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Article Comments

Pierrot_Lunaire ( posted at 2:16AM Sun, 02 February 2014

Just one of the most amazing and outstanding 3D artist ever seen, congratulations!!

Xavier_Leggett ( posted at 8:03AM Sun, 02 February 2014

Awesome! Way to go Stonemason! Congratulations.

atwc ( posted at 5:07PM Sun, 02 February 2014

I have admired this person's talents for a very longtime now. He never fails to amaze me with the quality he puts into his artwork. It amazing to see Stonemason receive the recognition he so righteously deserves!

renecyberdoc ( posted at 3:35AM Mon, 03 February 2014

congratzz,well deserved.

Rottenham ( posted at 8:27AM Mon, 03 February 2014

I have a high regard for this artist. He is both talented and prolific. His work sets the bar for other artists.

powerage ( posted at 7:39PM Mon, 03 February 2014

Yes!! very well deserved, congratulations!

Mark-David-Rogers ( posted at 8:56PM Mon, 03 February 2014

Not before time, it is much deserved, an inspirational artist who is gifted with great vision to create the work that he does. Well done.

robinsk1 ( posted at 9:20PM Mon, 03 February 2014

Excellent work! Congratulations Stefan!

stonemason ( posted at 9:26PM Mon, 03 February 2014

oh cool..Thanks Rendo!

infinity10 ( posted at 9:38PM Mon, 03 February 2014

Without a doubt, a cool artist of science fiction grand-scale scenarios.

arlivre ( posted at 12:53PM Tue, 04 February 2014

Tremendous mastery of both technical and aesthetical aspects of 3D art, congratulations ! !

zarquen ( posted at 1:02PM Tue, 04 February 2014

Congratulations. Most inspiring artist ever!!

LaurieA ( posted at 4:00PM Tue, 04 February 2014

Well deserved :). Congrats Stefan :).

SIGMAWORLD ( posted at 6:23PM Tue, 04 February 2014


jdavison67 ( posted at 10:35PM Tue, 04 February 2014

Bravo! Much deserved!

FroschGott ( posted at 3:59AM Wed, 05 February 2014

Nothing more to say... Congrats to the artist who pushed me into 3D with his models. (no joke ;) )

Turtle ( posted at 12:11PM Wed, 05 February 2014

Your a wonderful artist.

RodS ( posted at 1:40PM Wed, 05 February 2014

Congratulations! Fantastic art, and products without equal - I have several! Well deserved!

ramhernan ( posted at 2:17PM Wed, 05 February 2014

By far a most deserved and mandatory award! congrats Stone Stefan man !!

mrjtklems ( posted at 4:39AM Thu, 06 February 2014


Eugenius ( posted at 1:43PM Fri, 07 February 2014


vitachick ( posted at 3:18PM Fri, 07 February 2014


Cimarron ( posted at 8:10PM Fri, 07 February 2014

Congratulations, this is certainly very well deserved! Long time user of your products with a deep admiration of your skills...love your advice to artists lol!

soffy ( posted at 4:37AM Sat, 08 February 2014

Congrats:)you have a wonderful gallery*********

peedy ( posted at 8:37AM Sat, 08 February 2014

Congrats. You have fantastic stuff! :-) Corrie

drdeep ( posted at 11:38AM Sat, 08 February 2014

Congratulations, I am at awe of the environments' realism - especially the sci-fi. You are a great inspiration.

motic ( posted at 1:13PM Sat, 08 February 2014

Superb scapes and products... lead on my man ;o) and congrats obviously very well earned!

stallion ( posted at 12:56PM Sun, 09 February 2014

Congrats to an Amazing artist

Roxam ( posted at 11:25AM Mon, 10 February 2014

Applause for your talent and also gratitude for sharing your talent with us as a content creator

BE ( posted at 3:19PM Mon, 10 February 2014

Congratulations! Love your work!