January 2008 Artist of the Month - Mina Sindley [NekhbetSun]

December 30, 2007 10:25 pm

Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... January's AOM is Mina Sindley [NekhbetSun]! We congratulate Mina for an outstanding collection of works in the 2D Gallery!

Hi everyone!

First, I'd like to extend a BIG THANKS to all of you who voted! It was an immense honor just to be nominated, much less win! All of the nominees are so very talented and unique artists! And, I must say this sure made my day/year, and then some! WOW!

Who is 'NekhbetSun', and how did you come by that username?

Now about that Nekhbet name. Kind of unusual, eh? I've always been interested in Egyptology and raptors (which in itself is a mighty unusual combination), and having found out Nekhbet is the vulture Goddess of ancient Egypt, well, like in the 3 bears tale, it was jusss' right!


 L'Après-midi d'un Faune

How long have you been working with computer graphics?

I've been doing digital art now for a little over 10 years and absolutely love it. I'd like to give a little plug and big thanks to James, aka JLyons here at Renderosity, for getting me started in the wonderful world of digital art, and being an infinitely patient teacher and putting up with all my silly questions (smiling).

I've also done lots of other "artsy" things along the way, too. Living here in Florida has afforded me the opportunity to do art and craft shows all year long (which I did for about 15 years), mostly country crafts, with some oil and acrylic work thrown in for good measure. As far as the digital, I started out with Paint Shop Pro, which I still use, and then progressed to Photoshop, where I was immediately hooked!


 ~*~ Kismet ~*~

What are you currently working on?

Well now, what I'm currently working on, since this is just a hobby, nothing too serious...just always have a lot of irons in the fire going at the same time. Don't know if you all are the same way, but I find it always helps to do a pic, let it sit, then come back in a few days for a fresh look...always helps the perspective (smiling).

What software/equipment do you use and why?

As I mentioned before, I use PSP and Photoshop, and my daughter just got me a Wacom tablet for Christmas, which I must say I was pleased as punch to receive! Thanks Heather! Also, a dear friend gave me a copy of Bryce some time ago, and maybe when I get up the nerve (haha), I'll actually learn the program! Big thanks to you, too, Gene (aka 2Loose2Trek)!

What do you think your best piece of work is and why?

Now, let's see...what do I think is my best piece...whew, toughy...probably "When The Clock Strikes". Guess the planets must have been aligned just right, for this pic came together with remarkable ease. Wish I could say the same for all of them!


 - When The Clock Strikes -

Who/what inspires you?

Inspiration? Easy one here. So many of the wonderful artists here give me inspiration! Really! Since I've been a member of Renderosity for over 2 years now, I feel I've grown as a digital artist and certainly learned a few more things along the way.

So many people always ask me where I get all my ideas from. Well, lots of different things seem to just pop in my head and give impetus to a new image, i.e. song titles, poetry, books I've read, current events, historical interests...well, you get the picture (smiling).

And like the ol' "which came first , the chicken or the egg" thing, sometimes I'll start with an idea and title and go from there. Or often it's just the image that comes first, and then hopefully when done, the Muse will bestow upon me, and the image, an appropriate title.


 - There Is Only This Moment -

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

Now, how has the Renderosity Community enhanced my work?  Ohhh, easy one! I am in such total awe of all the massive talent evident here!  With all the amazing art I see at Renderosity, it certainly is an inspiration to aspire to even better things!


 - f r a g i l e t h i n g s -

Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists?

And my advice to other artists? Well, I guess the main thing would be to just "think outside the box." Don't get stuck in a rut. Experiment. Don't think that one particular tool can do just a certain thing...see if you can squeeze just a little bit more out of it  (smiling).

So in closing, once again, thanks to all who cast their vote my way! I hope you know how much I sincerely treasure each and every one of you...your comments,critiques, tips and most of all your friendship! I am honored...

Please have a further look at NekhbetSun's Renderosity Gallery!

Be sure to visit the Renderosity 2D Gallery, and also pay a visit to the Renderosity 2D Forum!

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Since we only select one AOM per month, it is not about their works for that particular month. Instead, it is about highlighting a talented artist's works for that year, and they are recognized during that month.

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Article Comments

rmtagg ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007

I really like this artists work. Congrats on winning :) You are starting off the New Year right :)

lior ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007

Hello Mina, I'm really very happy for you!Congratulations! Well deserved! Joy Peace and Happiness Happy New Year!

A_Sunbeam ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007

Well deserved - congratulations!

amirapsp ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007

Congrats Mina. Stunning winner indeed. Hugs

deviney ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007

way to go! boy it was a tough race but I voted for you,now you'll have to pick your brain for all the questions. congats for the New Year!

SndCastie ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007

Outstanding work and well deserved

IO4 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007


kurtsart ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007

Wow ..! Congrats Mina! Have a great new year as well! Hugs Kurt

watchman2005 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007

Congratulations, accolade very well deserved!!!

flaviok ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007

Merecido, Meus parabens

3Dillusions ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007

Minaaaaaaaaa, well done lol, well deserved :) Angela

darktower ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 31 December 2007

Congratulations Mina and a Happy New Year!!! Hugs !!!

Arbelain ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 January 2008

Excells, Mina !!

RodolfoCiminelli ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 January 2008

My but you are honest congratulations for this award very deserve my dear friend Mina....!! It puts me very happy that is this way...!!! That you have a great year 2008 full with big personal realizations to reiterate him my congratulations...!! #:O) Rodolfo

pewe67 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 January 2008

Congratulazion, I am so glad, you made it! I love your artwork and I am a big fan!! Looking forward to see your wonderful images in 2008!!

Ladonna ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 January 2008

OMG..hon. Congrats. I am so happy to see you on the front page. Big hugs!!!!!

Digimon ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 January 2008

Congratulations Mina!! You so deserve the attention!! You rock, and your art is wonderful!!!

CaressingTheDark ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 January 2008

Way to go. I love your work so much and you richly deserved this honor. Love ya.

koogie ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 January 2008

Congratulations - So well deserved! Way to start the year!

calum5 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 January 2008

Well done Mina,it was a very close race between a couple of you fine 2d artists and you done it!Well done ,congratulations:-)Happy New Year! Cal

Richardphotos ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 January 2008

congratulation Mina on the honor which is deserving for your gallery and you as a person

npauling ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 January 2008

I am such a fan of your beautiful imaginative images and I am delighted that you have made the AOM, it is so well deserved as you put such a lot of effort into your presenting as well. Congratulations.

Claywoman ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 02 January 2008

Yeaaaaaaaa!! Big congrats Mina!!! you deserve it! Thanks for all of the awesome beauty you share with us!

shadownet ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 02 January 2008


saretta ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 02 January 2008

Congrats dear Mina,a well deserved tribute to your dreamy wonderful Art!!A big Hug!!Sara :-)

chall-art ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 02 January 2008

Congrats, and very well deserved!

stevey3d ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 02 January 2008

Congrats Mina! Well done!

calico1 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 02 January 2008

Congrats. I've always thought your work was interesting.

fractalinda ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 02 January 2008

Congratulations, Mina! Your work is outstanding.

highcrow ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 02 January 2008

Congrats Mina... Very well deserved win! Can't wait to see what you have in store for 2008.You have so much variety,I can't believe you keep giving us more! You must see the world as one big canvas with which to make your beautiful art! Hugs...Michele