February 2006 AOM - stonemason

deemarie · February 1, 2006 6:44 am

File199.jpg Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] February's AOM artist is from the 3D Studio Max gallery. We congratulate stonemason [Stefan Morrell] for his outstanding collection of 3D Studio Max images.
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Who is stonemason and how did you come by your username?
I worked as a stonemason for several years before getting an interest in CG art. I was doing a lot of historical restoration of old stone buildings as well as newer commercial buildings.

One of my earliest commercial products at Renderosity was a stone wall texture set. It was not only photographed by me, but the walls themselves were mostly built by me.

How's that for ensuring your copyrights are in order :) (lol)
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Anyway..I found Renderosity while browsing the net looking for art sites. I wasn't expecting this to become my second home so choosing a username didn't exactly get a lot of thought. In retrospect I should have used my real name..Stefan Morrell. Though from a commercial standpoint the name 'stonemason' has a value of it's own so it's worth keeping. I'm born & bred in New Zealand.

How long have you have you been creating computer graphics?
About 3 years

Do you have traditional art experience?
No, I'm mostly self taught. I tend to crash through programs ..pushing buttons & wreaking havoc. Eventually you get a grasp of the tools & they become a part of the creative arsenal. I've always made art in one form or another though..pencils, pens, clay, stone, paint, photos, mashed potatoes..etc, etc..whatever works.

What are you currently working on?
Recently my attention is on private comissioned work and learning more about Matte painting/camera mapping.

What software/equipment do you use and why?
3dsmax for it's ability to do pretty much anything you can think of. I've also yet to see a polygon toolset that can match it. I use Z-brush for sculpting high-res geometry & generating displace maps, Photoshop for textures & any 2d work,& a good digital camera for texture & resource collecting.

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What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
I hope it will be my next one! But, I don't know. Once an image is done I rarely go back & ponder it. Everything kind of blends into the next one.

Why do you like to work with 3D/2D software?
The freedom it allows. cntrl-z is something I could never do with oil painting or stone carving..ultimately just the massive assortment of tools that are available.

Who/what inspires you?
Anything..everything. One of my sci-fi scenes was inspired by the underside of an 18 wheeler while sitting at traffic lights. Others are created with the idea of simply making something that looks cool. Actually that's probably my philosophy in art..'make it look cool'. There are no deep messages in my images. It's just eye candy :)

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
I've met some great friends here at Renderosity, friendships that have even grown into business partnerships. I've also found the forums are a great place for learning.

Parting Comments/Advice to other Artists?
Have fun!
We invite you to view:
File101.jpgTo learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM 2006 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.

Article Comments


almeidap ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Wonderful images! I can't say enough about this guy...he's a double threat, I'm surprised he didn't win Artist and Merchant of the Month! Well deserved!

Bobbie25 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

well done stone many hugz

BrokenAngel9 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Sweet, well deserved, and I'm not too sure what's better, his gallery or his store!;-) Congrats Stefan!

ratracer ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Great works so your AOM award is truly deserved(against great competition)! Sincere congrats!

bucketload3D ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

CONRATULATIONS Stefan!!!!!!!! ... now to let every rendergod know about it :) ... runs away

faveral ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Yeah !!! Congrats bud!

karanta ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Congratulations :) Well deserved!

artroland ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Congrats... where would I be without my Stonemason goodies? Where would my sci-fi renders go without Level19 and the standalone props? I wouldn't have even made it to Dystopia! Way to go Stefan!

noggin ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Well deserved! Not only the best environmental modeller in poserdome_ not only a great organic creature modeller_ a great artist and photographer. This guy is superhuman (or maybe he's an alien and that's a self portrait!) Well done stefan! best wishes nigel

garblesnix ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Excellent choice. His work is extraordinary.

Moebius87 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

My deepest respects to you, Stefan. You are an awesome talent, an exceptional modeler, a superb texture artist, an amazing conceptual visionary and above all, a tremendous human being. Your generosity to this community is as inspirational as your talents, my friend. This is well deserved recognition. Cheers! M (founding member, stonemason fan club)

caleb68 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

about time! Wooohooo stonemason!! congrats mate!

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Congratulations and well deserved.

Laurie S ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Congrats Stefan, well done and well deserved!

vlgraphics ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Congratulations! Awesome work all the way around!

IO4 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Congratulations - you make great models and are a talented artist aswell:)

thefixer ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Well deserved of course, never seen his gallery before, superb stuff in there and of course his products are "must haves". Big congratulations!

cosmoz ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

The very best edge of graphics...Well deserved. Thanks for your many freebies as well! Your images pull toward another reality_inspired.

vt100 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Very well done Stefan and About time too!

Blarghd ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Great to see you as AoM I know you how you tried to avoid this but hey, you really deserve it your models are great

Lucca ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

I could see why you won this award when I visited your gallery. :) Congratulations!

RGUS ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Top man, top man.... Congrats Stefan... well deserved!

gulu ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Well done All your things...

madmaxh ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Your stuff is the best. Congrats and hats off to you!

Sans2012 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Congrats! Love all your works;)

shadow_dancer ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

congrats Stefan well deserved

FaustoLucianCain ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

Congrats Stone! A well deserved honor.

MOOOW ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 February 2006

You are a great artist my dear friend ,wonderful modeling,textures and imagination very creattive love you artworks ,best luck in you life Congrats Stefan!well deserved!!!

korrektor ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 February 2006

congrats!!! you are hte BESTEST!!! :"_)

kirisute ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 February 2006

an awesome artist! well deserved reckoning by the community! Bravo!