July 2007 Artist of the Month - HorseLips
July 1, 2007 11:48 pm
Who is 'HorseLips'?
HorseLips is 44 year old Tony Reynolds, and somehow
along the way...I ended up living in South Mississippi. For years I
was lucky enough to work as a disc jockey for a local radio
station, and then I had the time of my life playing drums for a
traveling southern rock
Those were the good ol' days, but now I'm older and
have bills to pay, so currently I work for the world's largest
retailer as a supervisor. In my spare time I love to cook (a big
Food Network fan), wrestle with my son, throw a frisbee, and play
I started with a free demo of Bryce probably 5 years ago ...so not too long...maybe since 2002.
Do you have traditional art experience?
Growing up, I would draw constantly and was heavily influenced
by Mad Magazine back in the day.
I normally try to juggle 2 or 3 images at one time, just to keep from staring at one detail too long, although most projects eventually stall and end up as scraps.
Right now I am working on a few things in Terragen involving
more postwork than I'm used to, but will hopefully have ready
I'm holding on to Terragen version 0.9 right now. I'm still having fun with it and feel I might have another 6 months to a year with that program, provided my postwork skills dramatically improve. I'll switch over to Terragen 2 when they are ready to release the final version. I do most of my postwork in Paint Shop Pro.
What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
I think my best image is "Last Light". I'm not sure
why it's almost always the simple scenes that require the most
time. I took a gamble and reduced the shadowing to almost nothing,
and it really brought out the lighting and orange glow. The
cinnamon toned desert surface works well with the blue atmosphere,
I think, involving many layers of smooth and rough sand, grit, and
textures. If I could, I would go back and increase the sun's size a
little, but you know, it's hard to ever be completely
After I became comfortable moving my way around Terragen, I soon
discovered that it was extremely therapeutic to be able to focus my
mind on creating my vision of some fantasy world ready to be
explored. They say "the devil is in the details", and
Ruins of the Third System
Who/what inspires you?
Early on, I was blown away by the artwork of gradient, mac8, and
joshus hund...but I think I was most inspired by what Rids could do
in Terragen. Those guys made such a lasting impression on me, as
far as the level of work I wanted to somehow achieve. I use to
First and foremost, the galleries here at Renderosity offer a
wealth of inspiration no matter what software you choose to
explore. I have recieved nothing here but encouragement since
coming to Rendo, and that has meant so much to me, especially those
times when you can't seem to get anything going and feel like
giving up. Most Terragen artist here are more than happy to share
advice, tips, terrains, atmosphere's, ect., and that has proved
invaluable to me over the years.
By all means take what you do seriously, but please try not to take yourself too seriously. That just annoys the crap out of people!
Please have a further look at HorseLips' 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.
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