June AOM Voting!

audre · June 1, 2002 2:24 am

JUNE 2002 Artist of the Month Nominees

The AOM Nominations are in! Since this is a relatively new method for selecting the Renderosity Artist of the Month, we've put together this short Q&A to explain how it works:
So who is on the AOM committee, and what do they do?
The AOM committee is a group of at least 10 Renderosity members who, each month, submit a list of no less than 6 Renderosity artists to Renderosity's administrative team of who they think is an outstanding artist worthy of the AOM accolade. Members of the AOM Committee are to remain anonymous --this is to keep the members from being harassed or 'courted' for votes). Once the nominations are submitted, the adminstration compiles a list of those artists nominated and sorts the list by their ranking. The top 12 nominees are then selected for presentation to the community so that voting may occur. The committee comes from as diverse set of backgrounds / talents / tastes / countries as possible to help ensure that no single genre, technique, or style is chosen time after time. Some AOM committee members are chosen specifically as "wildcard" members to help ensure a broad range of nominations. No Renderosity administrator or moderator is on the AOM committee.
Do the committee members communicate with each other to come up with their nominations?
No. Each member of the committee works on their own to come up with a list of nominees. They don't even know who the other members of committee are! This prevents committee members from getting together to 'rig' a contest or discuss candidates.
What criteria do the committee use to select their nominations?
Basically the AOM committee members are asked to take into consideration the following criteria:
  • An AOM nominee should have in their gallery a body of work that is created using the software/genre for the month in question.
  • There should be more than just a sprinkling of that type of image, demonstrating a good foundation in and mastery of the software/genre.
  • Several elements should be balanced and considered when selecting a nominee --things like technical expertise, mood, message, design and content should be taken into consideration. The weight assigned to each element is strictly up to the AOM committee member. That is, if they feel strongly enough about a nominee's ability in any or all of the elements mentioned, they should feel free to nominate that artist.
  • The nominee's gallery should have fairly recent postings to it. (There are quite a few members who are no longer active and therefore no longer available for the follow up interview. We want to make sure that the AOM is available to participate in our follow up interview and hopefully for the AOY selection as well.)
Each month, committee members are to focus on specific galleries. This give a larger variety of members an opportunity to participate in the AOM. The Artist of the Month schedule for 2002:
  • January - Terragen / Bryce / Vue d'Esprit
  • February - Animation Master / Maya / TrueSpace
  • March - All Galleries
  • April - Worldbuilder / MojoWorld
  • May - 3D Studio MAX / Lightwave
  • June - Poser
  • July - Carrara / Cinema 4D / Strata 3D
  • August - 2D / Photography
  • September - Fractal / Imagine / Other Apps
  • October - Z-Brush / Digital Comics
  • November - Rhino / Amorphium / Amapi
  • December - Mixed Medium

How do you pick the thumbnails to represent each nominee?
After an AOM committee member nominates an artist, they are requred to also provide the image which best represent the talent and strength of the nominee. When the administration puts the voting page together, these thumbnails are then used to allow members to get a quick summary of nominees to help them decide who to vote for.
What happens when there is a tie for nominees?
In the event of a tie for the 12th candidate, the administration will cast the tie breaking vote for nominees. This tie breaker will be scientifically selected by running the nominees in question, along with thier their artwork through a parallel quantum molecular emotive neural processing system to determine which of the tied candidates makes it into the final AOM voting process. In the event that the parallel quantum molecular emotive neural processing system fails to reach a conclusive decision, the administration will resort to flipping a coin.
Can anyone be on the AOM committee?
ABSOLUTELY!! (Well any Renderosity member who is neither an Administrator, or Moderator is eligible for AOM committee participation.) If you are interested in becoming an AOM committee member, you will be required to sign a formal Non-Disclosure Agreement. (This is a serious responsibility as committee members are entrusted to select those Renderosity members for the AOM process. We want to insure, to the best of our abilities that AOM committee members are as serious about this as we are.) AOM committee members should be:
  • willing to stay relatively current on gallery posts (especially the month's software/genre in question for AOM nominations)
  • be able to set aside personal bias to evaluate candidates on ALL criteria and weigh things like message versus technique versus style.
  • be willing to explore and learn about various art techniques and styles and even research a bit about software to see what types of things are 'software gimmicks and quick filters.' Knowing what is 'common' for the software in question often helps identify those artists who employ innovation and exhibit a real mastery of their chosen artistic methods.
  • be able to resist the temptation to let personal feelings toward another member effect their evaluation of that member's talent -- personal friendships/animosities should NEVER EVER interfere with your ability to judge a nominee's work fairly.
  • enjoy viewing lots of great art!
If this is something that you think you would like to do, just send an email to: admin@renderosity.com and introduce yourself.

Enough already! So, who is up for nomination this month?

Okay, here they are in alphabetical order (click on a thumbnail or the Artist's name to be taken to their Renderosity Gallery):















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Special thanks go to kbennett, for lending a much needed hand to get this page set up!

Voting is now over!

Article Comments

mf193 ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

While im voting...i am somewhat disgusted with the fact that all the nominees are generally poser related....I think we need more diversity amongst the nominees.

audre ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

mf193, sorry i forgot to add that additional information about the monthly 'topic' to the Q&A section. i've just updated the article to reflect that now. :-)

ladynimue ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

What an excellent and fair concept for nominating the artist of the month. Thanks for the Q&A.

Sipapu ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

Thanks for all the great info on the nomination process. It's good to know that so much thought and care go into it. And what a wonderful result! It'll be verrry difficult to make a selection, that's for sure.

kromekat ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

mf193...er... that's because it's a poser nomination month this month - that was available prior to this q&a section as I saw it! Great batch of artists, the choice is very hard this month!

Eowyn ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

I am SO HAPPY the nominees are now selected by a committee... finally we have a list of true masters from which to choose instead of people being nominated simply cos enough of their friends went and nominated them :P

SkoolDaze ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

This is very cool, I really like this new method of choosing nominees... and I agree, it is going to be tough to choose this month for sure. Oh, where can I get one of those parallel quantum molecular emotive neural processing do-hickey things? I could use one for work :)

ronmolina ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

Ohhh myyy! It is going to be tough picking one this month. Ron

thephreak ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

idd Ron, it has been a tough decission picking the best artist, because they are all great...

pixilator ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

This is the hardest choice yet!Just spent the last hour browsing all the galleries.My hats off to "ALL" the artist,truely some great work from everybody!If I could vote for all of you I would!

melodygm ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

I would say that all the nominees are winners. This was definitely a hard decision to make. Congrats to all for making it this far!

Slynky ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 June 2002

well, elHarry's giving me the finger... not a way to win my vote over, lol

mechmorph ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 June 2002

Congratulations to all the nominees. You all do outstanding work. It's a tough decision this month.

dadamson ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 June 2002

There is just so much talent here. I am glad I don't have the job of selecting the nominees, it will hard enough to narrow it to one choice for the voting!

McF ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 June 2002

damn, it's not an easy choice! so many great works and different artists here..

dreamsosweet ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 June 2002

Thanks for the Q&A - it looks like a very well thought out and fair system - and it sure came up with some outstanding nominees this month, looks like it's working! :-)

boblowery ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 June 2002

I will finally vote for the AOM now that the process has become fair to all. My thanks go to the people who developed this system and I hope that it will continue. Now to go check the galleries and then to the vote. Thank you again.

lynde ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 June 2002

I agree, this month is was really hard for me to choose...there were actually about 3 people I wanted to vote for...anyway good luck to everyone..:)

Curio ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 June 2002

beton's image is from the bryce gallery btw - not that I mind. I think this new method is very worthwhile!

RobinOberg ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 June 2002

i doubt he modelled that in bryce. i vote for "none of the above", too bad that is not an option...

specs2 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 June 2002

Well, I think ToxicAngel is a great artist, but wasn't he on last month? Or was that spot light?

Osirusblue ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 June 2002

Good grief... this is going to be something akin to impossible for me to choose! Thank God the list is only this long!

zorares ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 June 2002

I don't know, I kind of like the old method better. It was a whole lot easier to vote. I mean look at the contestants! Too many favorites! Sure, you new method is better, but it sure makes it harder!

Seven Wolves ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 June 2002

I want to thank the board for making the choice as difficult as they possibly could have! No doubt whomever wins this is more than deserving of the award. I agree with the new selection process. I want to see someone get this on their artistic merits, and not a popularity contest.

thebert ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 June 2002

Congrats, to all and gook luck

Pontigary ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 June 2002

Too-o tough task, really! First of all it is hard to choose as everyone has it's own criteria. The second reason is each artist has individual advantages that are hardly compared (in some cases we need a bike in other - a limo) I. e. one artist is great in poses the other makes exceptional compositions, the third one achieves fantastic photorealism etc. Perhaps there will be reasonable to have some separate nominations: e. g. for Poser it could be - pose - expression - overall composition - textures & photorealism ...

Pontigary ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 June 2002

Why not have some nominations within each "application category": photorealism, expression, composition, etc. We cannot compare 3DLabs to Tyan - each has individual advantages.

Shademaster ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 June 2002

Mmmm...chosing is very difficult this month, I choose beton for being slightly controversial, I like that. That doesn't mean the others are bad or something, they'r all good.

ywaters ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 June 2002

I would actually like to know how would someone be nominated for AOM.

kromekat ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 04 June 2002

vwaters, thats exactly whats being explained above! - by commitee