am completely fascinated with both art and music, especially when
an artist expresses themselves through both mediums. Seems like a
natural fit to me, especially since I come from the "I want my
MTV" generation. I think it is exciting to discover which
popular artists display this "Dual Expression of the Creative
Mind". It is from that perspective that I continue the quest
to get to know the artists that use both gifts.
What software/equipment do you use and why?
3DS Max, because it reminded me of the way that music software works. I watched numerous training videos before even attempting to use it.
To create the tour video, I used Combustion and Partical Illusion for the fire in the eyes and stuff, then played them on the JumboTron. I also use 3DS Max, Carrara, Poser, and Motion Builder. Once in a while, I go into Maya 6 standard. But basically, because the Carrara-Poser combination works so well, along with the terrain, it makes it easy.
It's funny, Poser reminds me a lot of the loops and samples we have in music. Most of the new music created today, are loops and samples. It's not a bad thing. It's just another tool available for creating and telling stories.
Living in LA I meet a lot of animators. Many of them use Poser, but don't want to admit it. Little by little they are coming out and saying, "yes, I used Poser". It's sort of like musicians admitting they used samples and loops in their music.
It is really about getting to a point where telling the story is more important than what you used to tell it. It's no longer important to have to start from scratch with creating and expressing the story.
Any parting advice or "words of wisdom" you would like to share?
I really appreciate what you guys are doing. It makes it possible for people like me to learn how to do stuff like this. I'll tell my friends, I was up till 3:00am learning another software! I get so excited learning new stuff. I think the secret is never stop learning!
Oh yes, I would love to meet up with Renderosity members all over the world during the tour. You are welcome to contact me via my site at www.rudysarzo.com
(Meet and greet with the fans backstage at the Tuska Metalfest in Finland)
Rudy, it was a pleasure talking with you. Thank you for taking the time to do the interview and for sharing your art and music with us. I know you and the rest of the band are pretty busy with the release of your new album due out May 30th and getting ready for your European/South American Tour next week. We wish you all the best on your tour and with the new job at Ocean Visual FX. Please pop in from time to time and say hello and let us know how things are going.
The pleasure was all mine. Thank you!
go to www.ronniejamesdio.com to get the latest news about the band and see Dio's tour dates!
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Great to hear from the bassmonkey himself :] I know that I speak for the masses when I say that we would love to see more of your CG images Rudy! Thank you so much for taking time from your busy schedule to share your insights on music and art. Best of luck on the upcoming tour! Thank you also Lillian, for introducing Rudy to us. Dee-Marie
I can imagine it gets pretty boring out on the road in a bus for hours and hours, what a wonderful way to express yourself by taking interest in digital art, it sure does pass the time! And I must say would love to see more art from you and you are still hot as ever!!! ;)
love your work and love your passion for music and digital art, rudy, i wish you and ronnie would come and share that passion with us aussies down under we miss out on all the great metal tours, you'd be suprised how many fans you and dio have here! all the best for the future!
As the owner of Ocean Visual FX, it is a HUGE thrill to be working with Rudy. I see in him, what I see in the biggest and brightest in Hollywood, and that is drive. Drive to learn and to better himself and do it all thru art. We have some real exciting stuff upcoming and Rudy has already started a fire here at this studio. We all look forward to BANGING OUR HEADS while creating some top level work. Thanks to Lillian for getting the word out!
Aahh...this is so very, very groovy! Excellent reporting from the road, Lillian! Rudy, it's really great to "meet" you! Keep up the great work in both your music, and your art! Best of luck on the tour, and the new job at Ocean Visual FX. Be sure to keep us posted on your future artistic endeavors!
Wow.... To see one of my high school idols here on renderosity! Rudy is one of the reasons I learned to play bass guitar :) This was a wonderful treat to see and hear from someone as talented as Rudy. Thank you for your willingness to interview and good luck on your next tour!
It's absolutely fantastic to have you within the community, Rudy! I must say that I have followed your musical works since Quiet Riot, and when I first saw this interview I was taken back! Dio has also influenced me quite a bit in my ideals of graphic imagery, and that's what it's all about; inspiration. It's very true how the arts do tell a story, whether it be an obvious one or with hidden meaning. Great to see you aboard, Rudy, and keep rocking!!
As a soon to be co-worker of Rudy, I feel entitled to a post. It surely is a treat to work with a great artist whom I have been a fan of and whos music has been influential to me for so long. Been head bangin' to Rudy's music scince I was only 8 years old. Have fun in Europe Rudy! jefe
Great Article, I first saw you "Rudy" here in Cayuga County when you were with Whitesnake. Then saw you again the second year when Steve Vai was play with you. Your an Awsome Bassist. Good luck to you on your new endevors. I my self am attending ITT Tech in Liverpool NY as a MultiMedia and Graphics Design w/3D Modeling and Animtion Student.. Keep on Rockin . John
Uvmapping a castle, Dio's "Last in Line" bludgeoning the neighbourhood in the middle of the night, set the castle to render, wander over to have a look at Renderosity front page and find this article. Very surreal :) I'm another with Metal Health on vinyl and been a huge Dio fan for ages. Those songs have definitely had a not so small effect on my CG efforts lol. Thanks for the Dio previews and love your work :) David L.
Wow, Rudy is in da house! Nice to have you onboard man, can't wait to see more of your work. Tt's great to know that I'm not the only one who considers loops a good thing - I've definitely gotten my money's worth out of your bass loops cd! ;) Keep Rockin' Rudy, and congrats on the gig with Ocean! --Donnie