|Each month the Renderosity community votes on The
Renderosity Artist of the Month Junes AOM is Mixed-Media artist,
jgmart [John Molino]. We congratulate John for his outstanding
collection of Mixed-Media images.
Who is jgmart and how did you come by your username? I do have to start out by saying, THANK YOU - Artist Of The Month, WOW! To even have my work shown on this site with all these amazing talented artists is a privilege. I am honored and grateful. The jgmart stands for John G Molino ... No, its not George, thats as much as Im giving you. I live and work in New York. Currently, I work in finance. Art (digital and traditional), I do as much as time allows. Creating art is the one thing that can get me up early and keep me up late. "How did I come by my username?" Its probably the most uncreative thing Ive ever come up with. My initials and the word art - its so boring. I was creating my first website, trying to come up with something clever to put before the dot com. Thats what I came up with. People ask me, JG-Mart, is that like a store? (laughter) How long have you have you been creating computer graphics? I actually started working with computer graphics in 2001. I had no idea what I was doing, but I do know I was fascinated. I had a copy of Painter Classic that came loaded on a computer, or I think it was with a scanner I had just purchased. I messed around with Painter for a while, but it does have quite a learning curve, and at that point I didnt want to invest a lot of time in learning all about it. At about the same time, I came across the e-on software site. Not sure how that happened - could have been a graphics magazine ad, or something. The first time I saw Vue desprit, I thought, I have no idea how thats done, but I have to try that. I purchased Vue 4, and from a link on the e-on site I made my way to Guittas (gebes) site. Her wonderful tutorials showed me how to complete my first landscape with Vue. The link on her website led me to Renderosity and the rest, as they say, is history. Do you have traditional art experience? Yes. Ive worked in acrylic and watercolor for many years. Im essentially self-taught. I started working with oils at the beginning, but they dry WAY too slowly for me. Acrylics and watercolor are more my speed, although, Ive been known to take a blow dryer to my acrylic paintings. I love computer graphics. Software like Vue is so amazing to me - just look through the Vue gallery - the artists there always inspire me. But, as much as I love creating in a 3D programs like Vue, I have a deep desire to push and pull paint around a canvas - and I figured out how to fulfill that desire digitally, with Painter. What are you currently working on? Currently Im working on (digitally) creating images in Painter that I had previously created with traditional media. If you view the last few images Ive posted in my Renderosity gallery - they are all based on traditional paintings I did years ago. Im also getting into printing my work. I print some of my images on Arches Cold Press watercolor paper. I really like the results. I add touches of acrylic paint and pastel to the print. Its an interesting look, and gives me a chance to combine both traditional and digital art. What software/equipment do you use and why? For 3D work, Vue Infinite - Ive barely scratched the surface with Vue, but the look of an image rendered in Vue is beautiful. The main software I use is Painter, currently version 9, and Photoshop CS2. Most of my images are mixed medium. Ill do the majority of the work in Painter, then all color enhancement/correction, in Photoshop. They work really well together. I work with A LOT of layers, and its pretty seamless moving an image between Painter and Photoshop. For hardware - I recently purchased my first HP - its a 3.2ghz, 1gb ram, with a 160gb hard drive, 256mb NVIDIA GeForce graphics card. I have a 19 flat panel monitor. I print on an Epson 2200 ink jet - And, what I consider my most important piece of hardware - my Wacom 9X12 tablet. What do you think your best piece of work is and why? As far as images Ive posted on Renderosity, (can I pick two, please?) Id have to say Old Mill - its far from perfect, but its one of my most complicated Vue images - and Winter Barn - one of the first successful images I created in Painter. It took me weeks to get the effect I was looking for. Those two images are so my style. I love old barns and mills and country scenes.
We invite you to view jgmart's Renderosity Gallery. To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM 2005 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.
Just read your interview, and had to post a second comment. Guitta was one of my best friends [I miss her so much], and your thoughtful words directed toward her brought tears to my eyes. I can see her influence within your gallery images. Thanks so much for keeping her memory alive. Dee-Marie
John.....As you well know your art really has inspired me alot. I am in the process of learning how to make my digital artwork look like paintings, when I saw your artwork it inspired me even more. Your willingness to help me when I have had questions has and still is gratefully appreciated.It does not surprise me a bit that you have earned this high honor.Congratulations to you John and I am looking forward to seeing more of your beautiful art in the future.
Sincere congratulations and wish You further great inspiration and new creative findings! Your outstanding artistic talent and technical skill relly deserve to be specially awarded! Looking forward to seeing more of Your wonderful and fabulous scenery!
Kudos man! I really like what you've done with your pieces. Amazing amounts of detail in that second piece too. Hey, are you upstate? I originally hail from Wynantskill, a small town outside Troy. The Menands bridge over the Hudson, whew, not so nice smelling. Nice to look at though. ;) Peace. Congratulations too!
Yes! Renderosity is a gift where we can share our passion ..a specail place... i looked at your talent today and have a special admiration for your eye and passion - it shines through like a bright beacon of light of your artful soul .. A big congrads to you - you certainly deserve this award!! ,. adding you to my list.. so glad you are here because it made my morn to see your obvious talent and love for expression!~ Kimmer~ ♥ :O)
I have to be honest until I saw you had won Artis of the month I had not seen your work because I usually just look at the Photography section because I don't have a clue about the other digital art. (I'm not even sure I said that right). I looked at your work and was in awe! I assume it must take a tremendous amount of talent, skill, and software expertise to complete such beautiful work as yours. You should be proud! ;0)