Member of the Month for August - RodS

gToon · August 1, 2018 10:48 am

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The Member of the Month for August, 2018, is

RodS



This passionate and energetic Renderosity member joined in 2009. He lives in Independence Missouri, USA, with my wife Jo. RodS is a Vietnam vet and we thank him for his service to his country!

RodS has an on-going comic series called "The Girls from T.N.A." and enjoys creating scenes in DAZ (see his workflow description below). He likes pinup and fantasy art, but has a good eye for photography, too! I think his best quality is his sense of humor though.

Congrats to you, RodS, for being chosen Member of the Month! Be sure to visit his gallery at Renderosity.com. He also has a personal homepage at www.alanslair.com.

Interview with Member of the Month - RodS

Tell us a little about yourself: who is RodS?

RodS: I am Rod Shelley – a ‘pushing 70’ baby-boomer that refuses to grow up! I served in the US Air Force during the Vietnam conflict, and worked for almost 45 years as a technician in the electronics / office automation industries. I retired in the fall of 2017, and am enjoying my ‘freedom’ immensely. I live in Independence Missouri, USA, with my wife Jo.

August calendar pinup

How did you become interested in creating digital art?

RodS: II have enjoyed art pretty much all my life. I spent countless hours as a kid drawing little cartoons – often to the chagrin of my teachers in school! LOL During the 1980s, I got into airbrushing – and one day I hope to take it up again. Sometime in the 1990s I started messing with computers (being the geek I am), and shortly after that discovered an early version of Photoshop. The die was cast. I began by scanning drawings then adding color in Photoshop. Then, in late 2009 I discovered Poser – Version 8. I was completely hooked! At about the same time, I stumbled onto an amazing website full of jaw-dropping art and amazing artists – known as Renderosity. After spending several hours looking at the inspiring art here, I had to join!


It's a Classical Glass......

What kinds of subjects do you focus on in your work?

RodS: Mostly, my favorite subject is pinup art. I have always loved the work of pinup artists such as Petty, Vargas, Olivia, and several more. Fantasy and science fiction are also pretty high on the list. Vallejo, Frazetta, the Hildebrandt brothers, Alan Lee, John Howe are favorites. Obviously, I also enjoy creating and illustrating stories. My current “Girls From T.N.A.” has been going for almost 9 years! And I still love creating it.

What is your typical workflow for one of your projects?

RodS: I’ll take you through the process of creating a panel for the T.N.A. story – it’s much the same for a pinup or other subjects. First, I refer to an image I’ve seen, notes I’ve jotted down, or often just something I’ve imagined. I’ll set up the scene in Poser (or DAZ, or Vue), then it’s a matter of tweaking the poses, lighting, facial expressions, body language, moving props around, etc. Once I have a “final” render, it’s over to Photoshop for the compositing and final touches. For me, it’s very rare to go directly from Poser or DAZ to the ‘finished product.’ In the case of page from the T.N.A. story, the page – usually 5 panels – is assembled in Photoshop, and the text and speech bubbles are added.


# Coming - Fall 2018

How has Renderosity made a difference in your growth as an artist?

RodS: Oh, my gosh…. How hasn’t it would be easier to answer! LOL There are soooo many talented artists here, it’s impossible to spend five minutes in the galleries without being inspired. The friendships I’ve made here are treasures worth more than all the money in the world. I’ve made wonderful friends not only all over the USA, but all over the planet. There are no borders here, and we all speak a common language called ‘art.’ Everyone is friendly, and happy to share information and ideas. Collaborating with other artists is an absolute joy.

Anything you’d like to add before we close?

RodS: First, thank you for this wonderful honor – I am truly humbled to be chosen as Member of the Month! And to all the wonderful artists out there, keep doing what you do. Your art is both an inspiration and a light in the darkness. Never, ever give up!

Be sure to visit RodS's Gallery to see more of this passionate artist's work! Congrats!



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Article Comments


eekdog ( posted at 6:47PM Wed, 01 August 2018

Woohoo, so happy you made this my friend. A honor so well deserved with your talents.

RodS ( posted at 9:06PM Wed, 01 August 2018

I'm so honored to be chosen as Member of the Month! WooooooHOO!! I just about fell out of my chair when i got the sitemail! LOL

Thanks so much to the Admins, Mods, and all the wonderful artists and friends at Renderosity! And thanks to Ricky Grove for the great video! 😃👍

anahata.c ( posted at 6:52AM Thu, 02 August 2018

I'll get to your gallery soon, but I want to congratulate you on getting M.O.M.---you deserve it in spades! You give so much love here, and so much joy and support and humor and wonder, you're one of those people who give this place its oomph. We all know your mastery of the many arts you do; but you're also a big kid here---in the best sense of the word: So thrilled to be doing it, treating each new piece like it was the first time you ever did it, just lighting up and make everyone feel your wonder and get everyone dancing with you. It couldn't have happened to a finer guy! (Now you gotta demand that everyone kiss your ring, refer to your fans as "the peons" ((or just "my loyal subjects")), and wear purple robes. Ok, I'm kidding---you wouldn't do that if someone offered you all the money in the world---you're too good a person. But still, it would be a riot...) I'll comment soon Rod, but lots of high fives, kudos and congrats: An award wholly deserved!!!

RodS ( posted at 1:00PM Thu, 02 August 2018

😆😅😂🤣 @ Mark....

Well, I'd have everyone kiss my ring, but some ugly little short dude stole it, then fell into a volcano with it.... sigh

Richardphotos ( posted at 11:36PM Sat, 04 August 2018

a very well deserved honor Rod and congrats. you are among the top artists here and always first class

FurNose ( posted at 3:13AM Sun, 05 August 2018

What a cool surprise! Congratulations Rod, you deserved this truly! Go on with your talents and create a lot more of amazing artwork to inspire us! ;-)

Napalmarsenal ( posted at 2:41PM Mon, 06 August 2018

Congratulations Rod!! =) Thanks for creating all the wonderful images plots and story lines !! I also enjoyed your interview!! Keep up the excellent work .......... and don't forget to walk the AT-AT !! =) RLOF!! Well deserved for sure!!

RodS ( posted at 9:34PM Tue, 07 August 2018

😆 Well, I would, but Ar is in charge of walking the AT-ATs! She loves that job soooo much!

Walkin' The AT-AT

beachsidelegs ( posted at 5:19PM Wed, 15 August 2018

Sorry I am just seeing this my friend a big Congratulations to you so well deserved :)

UteBigSmile ( posted at 6:42PM Wed, 15 August 2018

This is simply great & well deserved for sure dear Rod, big hug's from Luxembourg, Ute and the Doc! 😄 😅

McGrandpa ( posted at 3:28AM Fri, 17 August 2018

It's about time Rod! Honestly, this is a seriously overdue recognition of the love you have for 3D and all of us! Congrats man!

MineFujiko ( posted at 4:29AM Fri, 17 August 2018

Congrats, RodS-san!


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