March 2010 Artist of the Month - gmvgmvgmv
March 1, 2010 12:30 am
Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... March's AOM is gmvgmvgmv!
We congratulate gmvgmvgmv for an outstanding collection of works in the Bryce Gallery!
Who is 'gmvgmvgmv' and how did you come by this member name?
gmvgmvgmv is a husband, the father of two lovely daughters, and an ESL teacher in New York City. My boring member name? I saw an interesting image back in ’03 at Renderosity and attempted to view the full-sized version. This could not be done without registration. Incensed over the indignity of being forced to register and laboring under the burden of a huge resentment, I picked any old name, in this instance, one patterned after my wife’s initials, gmv, and was done with it. Not very creative, huh?
How long have you been working with computer graphics?
I’ve been working with computer graphics since 2001 when I finally got a real computer, scrapping an old 486, 16-color machine that my friend had cobbled together from spare parts, in favor of a PIII machine. A few years later, I began Brycing.
Do you have any traditional art experience?
I have no traditional art training, but my dad was a professional photographer and taught me quite a bit about composition, lighting, depth of field, telephoto compression, that sort of thing. Photography remains one of my many passions, but even in that, I have no formal training. I would really like to take some time off from teaching to study computer graphics and modeling full-time.
What are you currently working on?
I always have a Bryce project going or some kind of model in the works. I’m back into the sci-fi head, and will either be going the Battlestar Galactica or StarCraft route for my next image.
What software/equipment do you use and why?
Embracing change has always been one of the biggest challenges in my life, so I tend to stay with what I already know. I’m still stuck with Bryce5 because that’s what I’m familiar with, not because it’s the best version of this program or the best rendering app out there. It’s somewhat limited, but continues to work for now. Wings3d is my main modeler, but I still resort to Bryce for many modeling tasks. All of my Wings creations are assembled and textured in Bryce. Post work is done in Paint Shop Pro 8. I just can’t seem to get the Photoshop interface. PSP is so easy by comparison and just seems intuitively right. Universe Image Creator, World Machine, and DAZ Studio also get occasional use. My equipment is very modest - some home-built computers, and one, faster, refurbished Dell Optiplex machine. I would probably benefit from the addition of a graphics tablet, which is the only hardware addition I’m currently contemplating.
What is it that you like best about Bryce?
Bryce is great in that it is a fantastic entry-level app with enormous potential for stunning results in the hands of the right person. I most certainly do NOT consider myself one of those adept individuals! The newer versions seem to have done wonderful things with the HDRI lighting engine as well. I have no direct experience with that, but have seen some of the results – breathtaking! The terrain editor is very versatile, allowing for the creation of landscapes and hard-to-model objects from grayscale images. Bryce is also an adequate modeler once one gets the hang of Booleans.
What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
“Mindful of His Master” remains my favorite piece. Everything just seems to work, from the volumetric lighting, to the textures and overall feel of the image. The integration of elements seems relatively seamless compared to most of my other offerings. And, for me, it has a pretty powerful message – the subjugation of humankind to its mechanical constructs. I also like “Chateau Paradiso” which combines my passion for winter and skiing with a profound love of the high country and its bottomless powder.
Who, or what, inspires you, and how do you get your ideas?
Inspiration comes from many sources - real life encounters or experiences, movies, browsing various websites, or just my own imagination. Some really interesting ideas have come from viewing the work of others such as those found on Renderosity or other 3d or matte painting sites.
How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
Renderosity remains one of my most valuable resources. Assistance from other artists, tutorials, and just cruising the galleries is wonderfully helpful and inspiring. Much can be learned by just asking for guidance, of which there is an abundance within the Renderosity community. More than a few artists have helped me with difficulties I’ve encountered along the way, both technical and artistic. It would be really wonderful if, one day, we could all get together, somehow, some way to meet in person.
Do you have any parting comments, or advice for other artists?
First and foremost, thanks so much for the tremendous honor of being selected as AOM for March of 2010. Considering the enormous amount of talent in the Bryce Community alone, I still can’t understand why I was chosen, but remain enormously grateful and appreciative nonetheless!
Regarding any advice I might have to offer other artists, one of the biggest challenges along the way for me was having the patience and discipline to gain the requisite skills to create some interesting, satisfying images. As with many other things in life, if one desires something, then a certain amount of commitment, dedication, and hard work are necessary. I can’t tell you how many times I just wanted to throw a shoe through the computer monitor when things didn’t go my way. Somehow, I stuck with it. It wasn’t so hard to stick with it, though, because Brycing is just so much fun and truly gratifying when, on that rare occasion, things just fall into place and a nice image emerges.
One caution, however - it’s entirely possible to become dangerously obsessed with the virtual worlds we create using our rendering apps. At one point in the not-to-distant past, important relationships with spouse, children and extended family became seriously compromised because of my preoccupation with Bryce. This was expressed in “Worship of Things Unholy.” It was really necessary for me to back off the Brycing and regain some semblance of balance with the other important things in life. With any luck, I’ll be fortunate enough to maintain that balance and enjoy my passion for rendering and my love of family.
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Congratulations...well deserved. Reading your interview I see myself...we are so much alike...I started with Bryce then latched on to Terragen...Sci-fi/Space art is my passion...I was honored as AOM in the fall of 2009...don't know why....but, it still feels good to be recognized...keep on man!!!
I'm with you, I get the "you can just eat out there at the computer"although I do all the cooking" but no doubt you gotta turn it off and go skiing!!!! me and the wife just did Purgatory(Durango Colorado) in a snowstorm today. Great work, I struggled with Bryce so I went to Lightwave(not that I'm any better there) but you have truly got a handle on things. Good on ya mate