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.
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?
We invite you to view:
To 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.
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
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)