July 2012 Artist of the Month - AndyWelder

July 1, 2012 5:27 pm

Tags: 3D, AOM, Landscape, Terragen, Terrain

file_483280.jpgEach month the Renderosity community votes on the Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... July's AOM is AndyWelder!

We congratulate Andy for an outstanding collection of works in the Terragen Gallery!

Who is 'AndyWelder'?

A husband, father, part-time systems administrator and Terragen addict. He was a cabinet maker and international exhibition builder.

How long have you been working in digital art?

It all began when I discovered Terragen, must have been '98,'99, but it wasn't till I discovered this community that things got serious. It took months of visiting the galleries and the Terragen forum before I dared to post my first render in 2003.

Hidden valley

What are you currently working on?

On an entry for the Terragen 2 "The Coming Storm" Themed Challenge here at Renderosity. I hope I get it finished in time, because of persistent computer problems. Also, I'm working on a tutorial on working with objects and populations in Terragen 2.

What all is in your digital toolset and why?

Terragen Classic, Terragen 2, The Gimp for image adjustments and for creating masks, Arbaro for creating vegetation that fits my needs, and PoseRay for adjusting and converting objects. Also, I still use GeoControl1 to create terrains for Terragen Classic.

Fern Gully Crossroads

What resources would you suggest for new Terragen users to check out?

The Planetside Forums (from the creators of Terragen) are my #1 resource for anything on Terragen.

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

At the moment, I'd say "Fern Gully Crossroads," because all elements come together so well.

Entropy 2
A tribute to the master of surrealism, Salvador Dali, and the Dutch magic-realist painter Carel Willink;
both did influence me a lot.

Who, or what, inspires you?

The spark can come from anything: a piece of music, the departure of a dear friend or pet, the weather, or a dream... The elements used in the image I find close to home: The daily bike ride from home to work, the view over the roof tops and surrounding gardens when hanging out laundry to dry. Also, I'm a big fan of The Discovery Channel and NatGeo and those BBC documentaries on nature.

What do you enjoy most about Terragen?

It allows me to create any kind of landscape I can think of, be it "realistic" or "surrealistic," and the fact it has a small but very productive community that's willing to share.

Sparked by a Rammstein song.

Do you have any tips you would be willing to share on using Terragen?

My answer to that question goes for all similar software: read the manual and visit forums and galleries as often as possible. And, if people have specific questions related to my images, they are welcome to ask.

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

Especially in the beginning with Classic Terragen, I received a lot of support and positive critics that gave me confidence and built the foundations of where I am today.

A Classic Terragen render, maybe not one of my best but very dear to me.

We invite you to have a further look at AndyWelder's Renderosity 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

peedy ( posted at 11:49PM Sun, 01 July 2012

Congrats, Andy! Je verdient het. :-) Corrie

beachsidelegs ( posted at 4:08AM Mon, 02 July 2012

Stunning images Andy, Congratulation's on your AOM :)

Danny_G ( posted at 5:09AM Mon, 02 July 2012

Well deserved Andy, Congrats ^^

doarte ( posted at 5:41AM Mon, 02 July 2012

Congratulations, beautiful work!

lyron ( posted at 12:00PM Mon, 02 July 2012

Congratulations. Well deserved!!!

soffy ( posted at 1:49PM Mon, 02 July 2012

Congratulations, beautiful Gallery******

bebopdlx ( posted at 1:02PM Wed, 04 July 2012

Big congrats Andy!

inkydigit ( posted at 2:32PM Wed, 04 July 2012

long time coming Andy!...well deserved indeed, you have been inspirational for me since my first Terragen renders back in 2004....Proost! :)

winkle ( posted at 2:36PM Wed, 04 July 2012

Fantastic artwork, congrats ,well deserved .

MirageBay ( posted at 2:59PM Wed, 04 July 2012

Congratulations! Your work is beautiful and inspiring!

Kindredsoul ( posted at 3:10PM Wed, 04 July 2012

I just visited your gallery and am impressed with your detailed landscapes using terragon...congratulations for being AOM!

vapo ( posted at 4:32PM Wed, 04 July 2012

Wonderful, creative imagery in your renders... Congratulations! Vashek

KristiS ( posted at 4:53PM Wed, 04 July 2012

Congrats!! It is very much deserved :)Amazing work!

diversepixel ( posted at 5:05PM Wed, 04 July 2012

Congrats! Great artwork! :)

dax2012 ( posted at 5:20PM Wed, 04 July 2012

Excellent compositions! I use Vue Infinite 10.5 and have been using one version or another since 2002. I've been drawing since 1972. Terragen seems to be a good software too!. Keep it up. I'm Sixty! dax2012

Thelby ( posted at 6:59PM Wed, 04 July 2012

Well, It's About Time isn't it? Big, Huge Congratulations Andy! I am Stoked for you my friend!! You helped me so much when I started Terragen Classic and I believe your work is second to none!!! So sit back and Bask in this one, because you Truly, Richly Deserve It!!!!

mgtcs ( posted at 7:11PM Wed, 04 July 2012

Beautiful work indeed! Marvelous!

calico1 ( posted at 10:22PM Wed, 04 July 2012

Congrats Andy. Real talent and enjoyable artwork.

Dotthy ( posted at 8:21AM Thu, 05 July 2012

Congratulations Andy, best wishes and fantastic artwork!!!!

SIGMAWORLD ( posted at 4:01PM Thu, 05 July 2012

Congratulations. Well deserved!

Rids ( posted at 4:22AM Fri, 06 July 2012

Congrats on the AoM, well deserved and overdue :-)

mountmous ( posted at 5:56AM Mon, 09 July 2012

Congratulations! Impressive work. Mooi!!

Art_Sorcery ( posted at 10:18PM Mon, 09 July 2012

Fabulous work!!! I have used Terragen, but had no idea this could be achieved! Congrats!!!

MarciaGomes ( posted at 11:25AM Tue, 10 July 2012

Congratulações!!! Suas obras são extraordinárias.

rocdan ( posted at 5:15PM Tue, 10 July 2012

Congratulations to a truly great artist very well deserved

Sandrose ( posted at 5:51AM Wed, 11 July 2012

Congratulations - this is fantastic!

UteBigSmile ( posted at 10:11AM Wed, 11 July 2012

Congratulation for being the "Artist Of The Month"!

LivingPixels ( posted at 11:23PM Thu, 12 July 2012

I have never really saw many images produced in terragen gotta say what you have produced are a collection of some of the finest scenes I have ever saw!! First class work on every level!!

carlx ( posted at 12:10PM Fri, 13 July 2012


tallpindo ( posted at 1:14PM Sat, 14 July 2012

Veery thorough appreciation of how green and rock interelate. I always love the early images where you found not just confidence but a thorn to be pulled out with another tool.

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