April 2002 Artist of the Month - Mr. Codini

audre · March 26, 2002 10:38 pm

Who is Mr Codini? I live in a once rural suburb of Los Angeles with my wife and son, 2 catahoula attack dogs and several fish. I have a degree in Film/graphics and have worked in the post production end of the entertainment business for over 20 years, in features and television, music videos and documentaries... I was part of the Visual FX team on Star Wars, the first Star Trek movie, Blade Runner and Altered States , to name a few of the bigger ones. I have been doing art since I was ten and I am still constantly amazed that I have been able to make a living from it. It's been an interesting trip and sure beats working at an accounting firm. How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics? For about 10 years. I first got my digital feet wet working on the Avid non-linear editing system.When a friend showed me Photoshop 1 the whole concept came savagely into focus. It's been a long slippery slope since then, and I only hope I can keep my eye-sight long enough to see where it's going to end up. The stuff you can do now on desktop systems is really amazing What are you currently working on? One of my greatest accomplishments! a piece I call the "Almost Blue Dress". I hope to become Mac Arteest of the Year with it. If that doesn't work out I'll probably stamp my feet and scream for a while in an impotent, petulant frenzy , but I'll get over it. I have to remember to chant "we're not in Kansas any more". What software do you use? and Why? Photoshop, After Effects, MojoWorld, Final Cut Pro, Poser, Lightwave,...various sound apps, etc. I use both Windows and Macs and have absolutely no interest in the highly charged "which is better" issue. When it comes to computer platforms I am bi-technical. What inspires you? Small, hairless, mexican dogs for the most part. Besides that, I would have to say that the phrase "Final Wisdom, Total Conflict" has always haunted me. While I take no real comfort in the fact that I am becoming old and even more crazy, that's life and I might as well face up to it. Of course, I am tormented by the knowledge that I may never be capable of telling the whole truth about what inspires me and that you will ultimately find out that these are only flesh wounds.. How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning? There is a lot of great art work here, and there are some truly great people. Unfortunately, there is an element on these boards that seeks to ridicule and defame anyone who does not fit their flimsy definition of "art". They rush into most situations like viagra-charged hogs at a nunnery and insist on ramming their views on art, however narrow-minded and stunted they may be, down everyone's throat. As vicious and petty as these individuals are, they are at least a small percentage of the larger Renderosity community who genuinely care about their fellow artists and realize that there is a greater goal than one of shallow, petty insults and infantile derogatory statements. They get the joke, and more than that, they realize that the joke is what's important. What advice would you like to give other CG artists? Don't take yourself too seriously, don't worry about "not fitting in"; the most interesting art has been made by weirdos and freaks. Originality counts for a lot in my book. Bizarre, brutal times are upon us, and things are only going to get worse, take my word on it. Art may be the only salvation, since there really is no bedrock validity to the American dream , no matter what "they " tell you. Kids, use your art, gather evidence, take the beating and play counter puncher. ~Champion "Jack" Codini Congratulations to Mr Codini for being voted Renderosity's Artist of the Month!

Article Comments

Legume ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 April 2002

I could not have picked a better man myself. Congratulations.

Entropic ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 April 2002

Great to see you made it, Codini! All hail Eris!

TwoBeans ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 April 2002

Yay, we won!

danamo ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 April 2002

I can see right through this Mr. codini! Isn't this all part of the plot to bring about a New Mojoworld Order? Isn't it also true that you are a member of the Tri-Lateral Commision and the Bilderbergers? How about Your MJ-12 connection? Seriously though, while your work is interesting, I think this is a put-up job. April Fools anyone?

boblowery ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 01 April 2002

"Yay, WE won? How many people won? I thought this was a contest for best artist not best group. Sincere congratulations to Mr. Codini. Also sincere congratulations to Legume who has shown true value as a human in making sure he was the first person to offer his hand to any and all competitors worthy.

Antoonio ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 April 2002

Is this a bad joke?

MrJim ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 April 2002

It's the greatest joke ever played on the universe ever. Well done Codini!

ronknights ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 April 2002

Congratulations!!! Ah another month dawns.

bonoboner ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 April 2002

Congrats, Old Timer! Nice to see you make it entirely on your own merits, without any help from anybody! Who's next? That old crabapple, Musgrave?

bclaytonphoto ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 April 2002

Congrats! I enjoy your use of imported objects into Mojo World. Yes, this is the beginning of the Mojo World Order. I would like to see some actual worlds from you tho...

Slynky ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 April 2002

if someone could please enlighten me as to why everyone thinks this is a bad joke, please do so, otherwise, quit whining. As for groups, KromeKatandCurio were nominated (i believe they won too, not sure) once, and that was a two man team doing single images. Collaborations should be welcomed, not shunned. Good stuff Codini

synergyauto ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 April 2002

Yes, it's at least bad Antoonio.

kromekat ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 02 April 2002

congrats! - I am still trying to pick my jaw off the floor!

audiopod ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 April 2002

This is MUCH better than April Fool's, I'm STILL Laughing !!! CONGR-HA-HA-HA-HA-HATS!!!

aktati ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 April 2002

Congrats Jack....the Beanstalk bites back ! LOL : D ( Looking forward to the interview...as I'm sure is the beanstalk ) See it as the beginning of a long and fruitful journey ...I love the supratentorial antidexterous tilt to your artwork and I've enjoyed them all....may there be many more El Codini ! ....Best Regards : )

giovanino ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 April 2002

wow April Fools anyone?

kaiservr ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

After last month why should anyone be shocked....your bio does'nt match your talent though..congrats.

lelionx ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

dude,you're even uglier than legume!cool work though.

Kara ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

This Mr Codini Has only been posting for 3 months, has 12 images in his gallery and gets artist of the month. The joke here is renderosity.

Stranger Aeons ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

WOW!! An "Artist of the Month" that's not selling objects in the Market Place. Now that's gotta be a first. Don't sell out comrade, keep it Real ;-)

bclaytonphoto ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

I was enjoying the interview until you started assaulting other folks belief system. You just did, what you ridiculed others for in the previous paragraph. None the less, I still like your work. Don't lump everyone into one catagory. Congratulations!

AGOR ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

The people in the village were real poor, so none of the children had any toys. But this one little boy had gotten an old enema bag and filled it with rocks, and he would go around and whap the other children across the face with it. Later the boy came up and offered to give back the toy. This was too much! I reached out my hand, but then he ran away. I chased him down and took the enema bag. He cried a little, but that's the way of these people.

Kara ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

You think that just because you can sensor what I say here that people wont hear me...? You are wrong and the word is out. I have contacted Curious Labs, Daz and many other companies. Informing them of the way this place is being handled. Congrats to the greedy morons. You have destroyed yourself.

archetype ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

Congrats Mr Codini. I enjoyed perusing your fine gallery. And that has got to be the best interview I've read! Bi-technical. LOL! You crack me up!

Razorcut ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

My guess would be that people think this is a joke because, if you view Mr Codini's gallery you will only find a small handful of comments and ratings within the entire gallery. This is puzzeling as one would expect to find a greater turnout within Mr.Codini's gallery if he was of such a high profile as to win this award.

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ialora ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

Ooo! Handsome as ever! I loved you in "Quest For Fire". ;-)

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bkelly ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

Congratulations Sir. As for Renderosity, thank you for making my decision for me. This is no longer a place to be inspired. I am very sad this has come to being a joke instead of an honor. Again sir, this is nothing to do with your work, just renderosity. As of today, my gallery, of limited abilities is gone. Good by.

Mr Codini ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 05 April 2002

kaiservr---"your bio does'nt match your talent though.." Not sure what you mean there, Kaiservr ============================================= Sorry Pushin', didn't mean to get you P.O'd nothing personal...I given a space to vent and did so =================================== Kara--- I have been here a lot longer than 3 months, way before the "big Take-over" and I had MUCH more stuff up here than I do now. Sorry if you are unhappy, and good luck with contacting software companies. =========== ialora--- That was my brother, Ike