April 2006 AOM - Matthieu

nickcharles · March 28, 2006 1:51 am


Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The M onth [AOM] — The April AOM artist is from the Cinema 4D Gallery. We congratulate Matthieu [Matthieu Roussel], for his outstanding collection of Cinema 4D images


Who is ''Matthieu"?
Hello, I'm a French freelance illustrator, living in the south of France in the countryside, with my wife and my three children. I used to work whith ad agencies, publishing houses, and a press magazine.

How long have you been involved in computer graphics?
I bought my first computer, an Apple Powermac 7300, in 1997, and after three months I used to do all my artwork with Photoshop. Some months later, I bought Strata3d and started into doing 3d.

Do you have traditional art experience?
Yes, I started as a free-lance illustrator in 1991. I worked with pastel, painting, and ink, producing traditional illustrations. I was also modelling with clay. I made models, took photos of them, and I did the post work with Photoshop. It was a heavy method to make 3d illustrations, but then I discovered Strata3d.

What are you currently working on?
I'm working on a children's book for an editor, I'm illustrating a mascott for an ad agency, and a couple of things for a press magazine. This is the program of this week.

"After the rain"

What software/equipment do you use and why?
I have two Apple g5 dual 2ghz computers, and I work with Cinema 4D and Photoshop all day. Cinema 4D is a powerful piece of software; very easy to use and to learn. Modelling is a real pleasure, and renders are just perfect for me (not too long, and a very good quality of HDRI).

What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
For the moment, it is "The last elephant". I think I succeeded in showing emotion in this illustration. I tell the story of the full life of the character, with the least number of elements and details. Your imagination can make the rest.

"The last elephant"

Why do you like to work with 3D software?
Because I love the 3 dimensions. Even if this one is virtual, you can't touch it, the result is so rich you only have to imagine and you can see it on the screen of your computer. Magical!

Who or what inspires you?
I don't know really, everything around me and the world where we live. The countryside is very inspiring, and I have the chance to live in nature.The city is very inspiring too, and I like to go to Paris to keep the feeling of this "other world " which is not mine for the moment.

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
It is always motivating to post illustrations on Renderosity, because people help you in their critiques or comments. Sometimes it becomes like a game, as you imagine the personality of people who make the comments. It's a good way for inspiration of course, as I am always looking at different galleries and talents.

Do you have any parting comments or advice for other Artists?
You have to find your own graphic style to be free in your creation. Don't try to make things like this one or another, you will do better in a different way. Thanks to all the people who work for Renderosity, giving the opportunity for everybody to show art work from all continents.

We invite you to visit:


Matthieu is also a featured artist on "The Best of Renderosity" DVD.
Check it out!

Click on 'AOM 2006' on the sidebar to learn more about Artist of the Month and to view our past winners.
March 27, 2006

Article Comments

demonfirefly ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 27 March 2006

Congratulations!!! :0)

virtuallyhistorical ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 27 March 2006

A well diserved award! Big Confrats! Mak & Pete

Akhira ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 27 March 2006

Congratulations Matthieu, you deserve it ! Your gallery is very original !

shakes ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 27 March 2006

big congrats Matt! so well deserved! you're one of the hardest working and talented artists in 3d. love your stuff- it's brilliant!

tmathise ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 27 March 2006

YAY! Congratulations buddy! Your fantastic work certainly merits the AOM honor, that's for sure. I'm so happy for you. BTW, I love your gallery! Lots of excellent work there. Splendid!

ratracer ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 28 March 2006

I didn't know your work. My loss until now. Fantastic pictures. Technically great, but what stands out most is the originality and humour. It takes 3d to new levels.

Perry6 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 28 March 2006

Congratulations! I always enjoy seeing your latest work! Hope your Children's Book is a big success! -Perry

asiadog ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 28 March 2006

Well, Its about time! You do wonderful work. One of my favorites on this site for sure.

mommavelvet9999 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 28 March 2006

AWESOME!!!!!!!! Congratulations on a well deserved award! Love your gallery too!

3D_Explorer ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 28 March 2006

Congratulations Matt! I'm a big fan. I love how your renders always have a narative.

CreamCity3d ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 28 March 2006

Il y a longtemps depuis j'ai vu votre travaille, mais tes images sont toujours amusant et de qualitsuperbe. Nice to see you are getting work in the US too!

psion005 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 28 March 2006

Fantastic art... Some of the best 3d i have ever seen.. A well deserved win :)

vasquez ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 March 2006

one of the best 3D artist out there! congrats Matthieu!!!!!

joshus_hund ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 March 2006

Congrats! Your work is outstanding. So original and charming!

handlebar ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 March 2006

Well deserved, i'm a big fan. Always amazed at the speed you work.

Eugenius ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 March 2006

Felicitations! Tu es un tres bon artist avec beaucoup d'imagination et sense d'humeur.

karanta ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 March 2006

Congratulations !!! :D Very well deserved! Youve got such a wonderful gallery :)

memaci ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 29 March 2006

Congratulations Matthieu. It was nice to read the interview to learn more about you. Much success on all your future projects and thanks so much for sharing your vision here at Renderosity for all of us to enjoy.

TheWingedOne ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 March 2006

It was about time to see you on the frontpage, Matthieu. Very well deserved and I'm looking forward to your next images. Keep it up! :)

rockets ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 30 March 2006

Wow, I just visited your gallery for the first time and I LOVE your work! Congratulations and thanks for the inspiration!! Carol

TwoPynts ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 31 March 2006

If you don't deserve this honor, then no-one does. :]

CLDG ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 April 2006

Bravo pour cette nomination ! Votre travail est vraiment super et original ! le style cartoon est tr rssi et la modisation est impable. bonne continuation et encore bravo pour cet excellent travail.

vshane ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 April 2006


Claywoman ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 01 April 2006

Congratulations and thank you for the inspiration and beautiful work you share~

wolfomatisch ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 April 2006

congrats....excellent gallerie...fantastic style u diserve it

stealthman ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 02 April 2006

I'm so glad you're featured here now! It's about time! I've been enjoying your work for a few years now, and I have to say that your attention to detail and the emotion of your characters is always an incredible joy to view... I'm glad I didn't miss this as I'm not on Rosity as much as I used to be... I hope your freelance business continues to thrive! Good luck my friend... ~ stealthman

dragounsleer ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 03 April 2006

conratulations! i took the time to go through much of your work. i'm shocked at the consistency. i failed to find a single image that didn't fit in with the rest. your work is exceptional. all attractive, all with a touch of humor or sweetness or melancholy and/or personality that is all you. i'm very impressed.

idiot_sphinx ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 06 April 2006

Congratulations :) You are very creative and deserve this !

cartesius ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 08 April 2006

Truly well deserved, Matt! I love your work and imagination :)

kromekat ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 08 April 2006

Very well deserved award!