June 2005 AOM - jgmart

deemarie · May 30, 2005 5:30 am

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.
Message2288102.jpgWho 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.
Message2283586.jpg Winter Barn
As for my traditional work, I did a watercolor about 10 years ago, that was my best work to that point. I sold it. I dont have one photograph of it, and I dont know the person who bought it. That was a good lesson for me. Digitally created Images are so much easier to keep a record of. Its always good to see how far youve come.
Message2282357.jpg The Old Mill
Why do you like to work with 3D/2D software? I was going to answer this question by saying, graphics software is so easy to undo and correct your work endlessly, but thats not it. As a matter of fact, as I get deeper into working with a program like Painter, I almost never undo anything. I let the image progress naturally and include every brush stroke I make. It adds to the depth and character of the image, I think. Plus, a program like Painter, really has no limits. Its an endless supply of art materials. I dont have to run to the art store to get a tube of Alizarin Crimson in the middle of a painting, and I love brushes. I buy brushes for my traditional work and end up never using them. I just collect them. Very strange. With Painter, you can make infinite brush variants - unlimited looks. Its almost as much fun as creating the image itself. Who/what inspires you? Nature is my biggest inspiration. Living in New York, Im close to the Hudson River. I get to hike along there often. You can pass an area a dozen times and although its a familiar place, theres always something new to see - especially with the changing of the seasons. I believe we come from a source that knows nothing but good. And that source created a world where everything can inspire you, if you take the time to look. And of course, there are so many artists here that inspire me. I dont even want to start naming people, because I know Im going to leave someone out. Lets just say, whenever Im having a creativity block, Renderosity is a place I can go to get the ideas flowing again. How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning? I love Renderosity. When I first got here, I hung out mainly in the Vue Forum - there was Mike J, Varian, and of course Guitta (Gabe). Everyone is so willing to share their knowledge. Even if the person Im asking doesnt have a specific answer for my question, they can usually point me to someone else here who probably has valuable information. Renderosity is a fun, creative place. I think my favorite thing about Renderosity, is that all levels of creative experience feel welcome here. Parting comments/advice to other Artists? Ill finish up by passing on some thoughts that were told to me when I first knew I had a desire to create art Dont wait for others approval to create art. If you think you need someones go ahead to make art a part of your life, youll never start. Were on this earth for a short time. Live now! Create now! I use to think, Ill wait until I retired from my regular job before I became passionate about art. That was pretty bold of me, to be so sure Id be around after retirement long enough to explore the creative process. No one has a guaranteed promise of tomorrow. We only have now. Create wonderful art - in your own style - using the tools the way you want to use them. Renderosity has given us a wonderful place to share our creations. Thank you all! Health, Peace and Love
Graphic3481.jpgWe 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.

Article Comments

vshane ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 May 2005


deemarie ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 May 2005

Congratulations to you John. Your gallery showcases your magical touch with a digital art brush! Dee-Marie

SirJohn ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 May 2005

Congratulations my friend! You are a very talented artist and most definitely deserving of this honor. Kudos on a job well done.

Longrider ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 31 May 2005

Congratulations John,You got a beautiful gallery and rock on man.

Delicate-bird ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 31 May 2005

Congratulation Jgmart . Beautiful gallery !

deemarie ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 31 May 2005

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

UVDan ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 June 2005

Wooohooo! Who knew? Congratulations!

herbstliebe ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 June 2005

congrats!!!!! you're images are absolutly wonderful!!!

Snow_Angel ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 June 2005

"CoNgRaTuLaTiOnS" on becoming AOM! :) I have been so fascinated by your wonderful art for years now! Nice to see you win this great honor! Bravo! :)

Stormi ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 June 2005

Your artwork is absolutely BEAUTIFUL, you deserve this honor. :)

StaceyG ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 June 2005

Congratulations. Your images are wonderful. I love the Winter Barn image, its beautiful.

beetle-car ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 June 2005

Congrats! I always enjoy your images. They have a unique painterly quality that stands out from the rest. Your recognition here is well deserved!

visionart ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 June 2005

~Congratulations" Magnificent artwork!

LadyLisa ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 June 2005

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.

Pontigary ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 June 2005

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!

coa ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 June 2005

Congratulations on AOM! Your images are just fabulous!

ExprssnImg ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 June 2005

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!

tradivoro ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 June 2005

Hey John, congratulations, this is a well deserved recognition... Your art has always stood out and your traditional background has given your digital art a distinctive look... Always a pleasure to look at your work... :)

Sixaxis ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 June 2005

Great images. Well done. :)

Fo3 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 June 2005

Your Heart is Pure,You Deserve this and Inspire me. Congratulations!

fractalinda ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 June 2005

Congratulations! Your work is outstanding. I love the way you use light.

Nightwright ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 June 2005

Congratulations!!! Your artworks are really fantastic ... love them!!!

kimariehere ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 June 2005

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)

Djeser ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 June 2005

Hey, big congratulations, John; I've admired your style of combining the best of Vue and digital painting for a long time; wonderful to know that others feel the same way. Keep up your beautiful work!

Anjour ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 June 2005

Well deserved. Congratulations!!!:o)

pm_hackworth ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 June 2005

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)

MOOOW ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 June 2005

Congratulations John,wonderful and so beautiful artworks in your gallery,best wishes to you!Keep up your beautiful artworks!

Shardz ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 June 2005

Congratulations on this honor! Your work is truly astounding in detail and execution, and your artistic eye truly deserves this recognition! Excellent work on this award!!!

kenwas ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 05 June 2005

Well deserved. Congrats!

SAMS3D ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 06 June 2005

We have always enjoyed your work. It is always so professionally done and you take such time and effort to create the perfect picture. Congratulations on Artist of the Month. You certainly deserve it.