July 2009 Artist of the Month - azrabella

July 1, 2009 12:50 am

Tags: AOM, azrabella, Mojoworld, Terragen

Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... July's AOM is Robert Nurse [azrabella]!

We congratulate Robert for an outstanding collection of works in both the Terragen and Mojoworld Galleries!

Who is 'azrabella' and how did you come by that username?

Oh well, time for an expose...

My real name is Robert Nurse, known usually as ArNurse - though this was the original intended tag, it was my (then 10 year old) daughter Hollie who invented the name simply because she always mis-pronounced the name of a British TV personality. On hearing this several times I guess it just stuck. Anyway I've used it ever since - not just on Rendo either.

I am a Welshman, living and working in Cardiff, happily married for more than 30 years with 3 grown-up children and two grandchildren. This is the place in which I was born, and probably the place I'll remain. I really can't think of anywhere else I'd rather be, quite frankly. For most of my working life I have been in the book trade. I am an astronomer. I have a good grasp of cosmology and astrophysics. I am a bluesman. I am a photographer. I am all things...I am nothing.

Alien Recon
(Mojoworld Gallery)

How long have you been working with computer graphics?

I guess I was lucky to be around at the start of the PC revolution and had the opportunity to watch the technology grow from something little more than the calculator to where we are now. I had my first graphical computer in the mid 1980's, and learned how to program in Basic. I remember spending one long night entering code to finally make a ball traverse from one corner of the screen to another. Man, that was so cool...I DID THAT! However, it wasn't until I got my first Atari computer with a proper GUI and a mouse and one of the first ray-tracing programmes that I began to realise the possibilities. Though in reality I had to wait for computers with faster processors and mega memory before I could really give up the brush.

(Mojoworld Gallery)

Do you have traditional art experience?

I could always draw freehand and paint and do technical drawing too.

What are you currently working on?

Read on, read on.

What software/equipment do you use and why?

The equipment I use are several PCs (can't afford Macs) which are nothing special - basically bog-standard. Sometimes I'll use a graphics tablet, but only when the mouse just won't cut it.

Software for graphics? Well, obviously Terragen and Mojoworld are my preferred bits of gear, though I have tried most graphics software over the years, ie: Bryce, Blender, Lightwave, Vista Pro to name some of the more popular stuff. None of which really give me the same freedom of expression, though. I occasionally mess about with various fractal generators. But, if I could only have one piece of software and a solar powered laptop on a desert island it would have to be Photoshop.

(Terragen Gallery)

What is it that you like best about creating landscapes?

Dunno, really. I have a deep feeling for the majesty of dramatic, brooding, landscape. If my images, any of them, convey that feeling, then I have achieved my task.

Who, or what, inspires you, and how do you get your ideas?

This is a difficult one...someone once said "It has to be the one I'm doing next". Some days that's true - I guess I'm typically never satisfied and am always looking for tomorrow. I am influenced by surrealism, science fiction (the old school), and Tolkien and Peake.

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

Certainly, the skill, talent and quality of work the people here at Rendo produce has a very profound influence on me. Many artists stimulate my creativity and are very supportive of my efforts. It is to them that I owe so much. You know who you are.

Cairn Toul
(Terragen Gallery)

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

Simply do your own thing. I do.

Thanks to everyone who gave me the vote and congratulations to all the other nominees, all of your work floats my boat.

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Article Comments

bobbystahr ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 July 2009

A worthy and over due selection ...congrats Bob..enjoy your month in the sun.. ...

IO4 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 July 2009

Congratulations!! You have some truly beautiful images in your gallery.

mickeyrony ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 July 2009

I believe well that It is a wise choice and that all deserved savours of glory. But it there has a place to fill best moment what?? Cheer and with all MICKEYRONY Je crois bien que c'est un choix judicieux et que tous méritaient les saveurs de la gloire . Mais il n'y a qu'une place à combler la meilleur du moment quoi?? Bravo et à tous

carlx ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 July 2009


kanzler ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 July 2009

Congratulations!!! I like your work since a long time!

Rainbowgirl ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 July 2009

Congratulations Mr. Nurse! One of the best choices ever made in this competition!

clemens-k ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 July 2009

Congratulations! You have a fantastic gallery!

arthez ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 July 2009

congrats - well deserved, please go on with your work

kasalin ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 July 2009

Yes, you deserved it very well, you have so much talent !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love your pics !!!!!!!!!!!!

c-ram ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 July 2009

Incredible gallery... You're MY favourite artist!

bclaytonphoto ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 July 2009

Congrats...I'm a fan of your work. This is well deserved

Markal ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 July 2009

Way to go man....well deserved....looking forward to more and more!!

marforno ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 04 July 2009


sebaspin ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 04 July 2009

great man!

Rich2 ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 05 July 2009

About time you got here! I've always enjoyed your work, and muchly agreed with your "POV"!

Danny_Gordon ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 July 2009

Congratulations, Your work is very inspiring, Keep it comin !!

Cimarron ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 09 July 2009

Inspiring work and an insightful interview:)

stbc ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 10 July 2009

You deserve the kudos, Robert, for all of your fine work. Long time fan.

npauling ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 11 July 2009

Congratulations on AOM it is very well deserved as your work is very poweful and beautiful.

Alex_NIKO ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 12 July 2009


JAYBEEH ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 13 July 2009

I reckon you deserve an accolade all your own just for your LOTR collection of images!...It's about time your work was recognized with the AOM....Congratulations mate!!

andrewbell ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 14 July 2009

really cool love your work

choronr ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 15 July 2009

Rob, congratulations to you; and, so well deserved.

Raven78 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 15 July 2009

Congrats! Absolutely stunning artist, it's well deserved. Keep up the fantastic work!

sireneidae ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 15 July 2009

Congratulation! Fantastic images here and in your gallery.

johnyf ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 15 July 2009


sstarangel ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 16 July 2009

think ur work is great

romanceworks ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 17 July 2009

Congrats! Your work is superb and your landscapes are definitely dramatic, brooding, and much more. CC

HorseLips ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 17 July 2009

Quality landscape art that takes us to other places we would not know otherwise...well deserved!!

LindaMcC ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 19 July 2009

Congratulations on this well-deserved honor! Your extraordinary work continues to inspire me.