May 2008 Artist of the Month - Deagol
April 27, 2008 8:05 pm
Each month the
Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity
Artist Of The
Month [AOM] ... May's AOM
This is cool. Thanks for nominating me and voting me in.
Who is "Deagol"?
I am a 49 year old Engineer. I have 1
wife, 2 adult children and I love being a grandpa to 1
granddaughter. I have a golden retriever tearing up my back
I can’t remember exactly when I learned about fractal art. It must have been somewhere around 1996 or so because Windows 95 had been just released when I got my first computer: a smoking fast Pentium 60 with 16 MB of RAM. Someone at work told me about Fractint and I occasionally played with that for a couple of years, then I downloaded Ultrafractal.
I played with UF for a couple of years as well. All sorts of lights went on when I joined the UF mailing list. That’s where I really learned how to use UF.
Mark Townsend released Apophysis in conjunction with the Ultrafractal 3 release. Apophysis had me hooked for years, but only as long as it worked with UF.
With UF 3 came layer masking and, as I recall, Paul DeCelle was using that to make flame compositions. I noticed all of the plant-like shapes that Apophysis was making, so I decided to make a potted plant.
Apophysis was also good at making feathers, so I made a bird.
During that time I had a reef aquarium
set up in my living room, so I decide to make a coral
Do you have traditional art experience?
I like photography, and a few years ago I played with astrophotography.
What are you currently working on?
My garden and some calendar images,
after my day job.
What software/equipment do you use and why?
I use Ultrafractal, Photoshop and Apophysis. Ultrafractal, because I think that it is the best fractal tool available, and Photoshop, because every image needs to be enhanced.
I have built several of my own
computers. It’s time to build a new one.
What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
I have no idea. It seems that whatever I was obsessed with at the time was my favorite work, but after stepping away from whatever I was doing for a time, my preferences change.
I was obsessed with flame compositions for a while. I like Hummingbird 3 the most out of those.
Triangle Inequality Average is still an obsession and one of my favorites is Planet TIA.
I spent well over a year working a series of flower images. I put the most effort into Flowers 15.
I like photography, so importing photos into fractals has been fun to do. Hibiscuuuus is a recent one of those.
My most recent favorite is
Why do you enjoy working with Fractals?
I am not working on fractals nearly as much as I used to, but when I do I get lost in the process of exploration and creation. It’s like going to a good movie or on a hike.
Who/what inspires you?
My favorite “real” artists are Van Gogh and Monet.
I am inspired by a long list of fractal artists so I will not list them all, but I will say that Rick Spix [Rykk] has consistently provided lots of inspiration and encouragement over the years. Recently, I had the privilege of being invited into his home and I got so see the amazing canvas prints hanging on his wall. Judging from the beautiful house that he designed, I am convinced that he is an artist through and through.
As far as the “what” goes, I am inspired by mountain meadows on a summer day or a pristine beach at sunset.
How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
Years ago, while I was active here, I made a lot of friends whose friendship I still value today.
At that time I was involved in discussions and debate in the forum. I was trying to understand what fractal art was and where I fit in it. I have become much less concerned about that lately.
I believe that the
Renderosity Fractal Gallery has the best fractal art that any
community site has to offer.
Learn your craft. Fractals are fun and easy to make. Fractal art (whatever that is) takes some effort.
A few years ago, I was involved in a discussion about comments and how some people, like me, become obsessed with getting them. When that happens, your motivation to create turns from what you like to what you think that others might like. There needs to be a tipped balance between the two extremes, with more weight on what you like. The main thing is to enjoy what you are doing. That’s when creativity kicks in and art is made.
I think that it is important to get
digital art into the mainstream by printing it and getting it out
there where people can see it hanging next to traditional art. The
Internet will not work for that. Get involved with local fairs or
arts festivals. Digital art needs more “real”
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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.
Keith, You deserve the accolades. You are an inspiration to a lot of us. Thanks for the link to your astrokeith pages. You had some nice pix there. It would be nice to see you return to astrophotography soon. I wanted to become an astronomer, but fate turned me into a newspaperman. Oh well. Bob Margolis