June 2002 AOM -- ToxicAngel

audre · June 8, 2002 3:19 pm

It's really an honour to be selected as the artist of month especially in Poser gallery. It's the largest gallery of this site, and truely has some unique and excellent artists who submit their masterpieces into it everyday. Things that i've learned...? What I've learned from the during my last year-and-a-half that I've spend here on-line is how different everybody is with their art - everyone's skills are unique and that makes or art different. I personally enjoy watching quite a few people here. I also try to get some influences from all of those artists here on-line that I respect to the highest level!! But, the most inportant thing of all is that, I've learned that the people here are really willing to help you out when you want to learn and know how one does the things he/she does. I want to thank each of you separate and together, who had supported and helped me out in many things during these last 1,5 years !!! Why Poser as a tool? Well... why not?! - It's not the most top notch rendering tool IMHO, but it's one of the easiest solution to get "real looking" characters done quickly. Poser has quite a few lacks, but in the end it's a powerfull tool, which you can learn pretty fast, and even get good results out of it. Poser is also a great tool for learning the basics of lights and human body. It had also helped me to develope my drawing skills (pencil - I really love to sketch things out before rendering...). Is there any other software that you use? As a matter affact there are many tools that I use to create my images, but the main tool is still Poser. I use Bryce too to create backdrops and stuff like that - I also do some modelling myself, but that's really not worth for mentioning *LOL*. Ah, and one musn't forget the most importan two tools for me. Photoshop and Wacom tablet - without those two I would be in total loss... :) Little about me... I'm 100% self-taught person, as many of us are. I once tried to get a scholarship to one of those fancy art-schools, but they said that I don't have what it takes, so I decided that I'll just learn techniques by that try-mistake method. Why am I keen on this stuff? -I really don't know, but I think that the reason is that it helps me to stay somewhat sane in this ever-insane-world we're living in. My history in brief... Ever since they first placed a pen into my hand when I was just a little kid, I enjoyed drawing. Later on I spent more and more time studying the human body, and various lighting technigues that I tried to incorporate into my drawings (more or less successfully :) ). As years went by, I managed to get my hands over the various programs and AMIGA 500 (YES!!!). I tried to figure out more about digital painting and 3d. More recently, I managed to get myself a PC (now I have 4 of them...) and Photoshop, and those really neat programs like Poser, Bryce and 3DSMax. Within these last 2.5 years, I've learned much about digital arts in general - not to mention about those wonderfull people that I've met since I joined Renderosity. My idols and stars to bow... My favourite artist... hmmm... there are so many of those, but to make it short i'll include those who had affected me the most. Luis Royo, Boris Vallejo, Olivia and of course, Larry Elmore. Those artists gave the basics of that air-brushed look that I wanted to incorporate to my arts. And I'd especially like to raise Mr. Royo to the stand here: I studied his lighting technique, and developed my own from his wonderful technique! As for the digital artists and the community members here - there are so many brilliant artists here to mention that my list would get too long to be published ;) My images... Well, they are more-or-less a mixtures of pin-ups and fantasy art. I've always been a fan of fantasy literature, so the choice was obvious for me. I've never even tried to do something which is "really there" - like portraits and stuff like that. Using fantasy sets and sceneries in my art gives me that escape that my mind needs from time to time, to get out of this reality. Now... As for me, I'm currently working for my own company (ARCTIVE), offering webdesigning, e-commerce, and custom design services. We just got started few months back, and are really working our butts off for it. They say that "it's never easy to be your own boss", but I hope it'll pay back the efforts eventually! Well, I'm battling with few projects at the moment, and I'm doing some beta testing whenever I have time (i wish that days would have 48 hours :) ). Basically my work concentrates on album cover arts and posters as well as some to custom artworks (either with pencil/colored pencils or rendered...) Many people have asked me about my music taste - well... those of you who know me, know very well that, but as I do this cover art stuff, you have to jump from one style to another I just have to say that my music taste is quite far ranged, but mostly it's progressive metal or metal in general ;) What I'd like to do in the future is expand my abilities as a modeller and animator, but then again - time is limited and there's that eternal question of money :)
This month's Voter of Note is Agny. Stay tuned to hear a bit about why she voted for ToxicAngel.
Congratulations to ToxicAngel and all of this month's nominees for making our choice so very tough! Click here to visit ToxicAngel's Gallery Click here to see the Nominees and Voting Opinions
ToxicAngel 24.1%
beton 22.3%
Laurie S 16.1%
Blackhearted 10.1%
dragongirl 6.2%
marulaz 5.7%
eon 4.1%
MikeArizma 3.9%
elharry 2.3%
moonshadow 2.3%
Kiera 1.8%
kzarah 1.0%

Article Comments

Lon Chaney ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 09 June 2002

Congrats ToxicAngel. Very fine work. It was mighty hard to choose this month as they were all fine artists

Blackhearted ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 09 June 2002

Congratulations, my friend - you definitely earned it. Youve consistently pushed the limits of poser and bryce, and your imagination, and always come up with awe-inspiring images that set the standard which we all strive to achieve. Good luck to you and your new graphics business... cheers, -Gabriel

linkinpark ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 June 2002

Big Congratulations Toxic... You do a great work which is (by my opinion) an inspiration for many artist.. I wish you a lot of luck,health and I hope you will continue in your masterful work Have a good time :) LP

Dnick ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 June 2002

I voted for Beton.... but a good choice was made.... :) awesome work !!!!!

Ravnheart ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 June 2002

Grats Toxic! For someone that I highly respect as and artist and a true friend, you have given me someone to look up to, and aspire to be like. Your images are awe inspiring and always beautiful. Thank you for sharing your hopes and dreams with us.

Laurie S ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 June 2002

Congrats! I love your work and enjoyed getting to know more about you .. you do such amazing things with light and shadow .. your images have often inspired me. Good luck with your new endeavor!

Ehrilaz ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 June 2002

Huge Congrats Toxic. I've followed your art for awhile now and have been a huge fan. Its very well deserved. Its been a pleasure taking a peek at the world through your perspective. Bravo!

reddog37 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 June 2002

Your work has truely been an inspiration. I wish you well and hope to see more of your work here or in the general public.

dglidden ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 June 2002

I am glad you won my friend! It is about time you got you moment in the spotlight! Very well deserved!

KimberlyC ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 June 2002

Congrads!...you very much deserve this..you are such an inspiration. Your works are always amazing..and beautiful. Congrads again :P I look forward to seeing more of ur work :)

Sking ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 June 2002

Congratulations Toxic. It is about time you got this honor, it is well deserved. I have been following your work for a while now and I am always inspired everytime I look. Toxic, thanks for posting your wonderful images here. ---- Scott.

Cimerone ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 June 2002

Congrats!! You're great and I have to say that I have alot of fav artists (most of which were in the running) so it was hard to chose. But I am happy for you! :)

BB ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

Congratulations ToxicAngel! Thank you for your exellent images and your Tutorials for people like me, still at the beginning stand and thus the possibility and the incentive has (by the sight of your pictures and the assistance by does) also times so large works to create; -)

Antoonio ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

Congrats, title well deserved. Best poser stuff around.

kromekat ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

BIG congratulations Janne!! - your work is one of the few that I will wade through the Poser gallery to see! - great talent, great technique and greatly deserved honour! :)

ralphmanis ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

A well deserving spotlight... though all the nominees are deserving! Congratulations!

Rio ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! he he he Big hugs and reindeer skulls, Rio ;)

ladydawg ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

Congrats Angel! It's so great to see you get this honor. I love your work and I love the tutorials that you have given us in learning lights and darks. I, too, am self-taught, and you have shown me that you do not have to go to a high-price art-school to be an awesome artist such as yourself. You are very deserving of this honor. Again Congrats, and here's hoping all your wishes come true. (especially that of having 48 hours in a day, there is never enough time to learn everything)

RedSonja ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

Congratulations!!! Love your work and you deserve the title. Wish you good luck with your business and hope to see more of your fascinating images!!

mickey2 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

I couldn't agree with everyone more, this is well deserved !!! Carry on you, are my hero !!

Bobbie25 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

BIG congratulations hun your very good at what you do

Stormi ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

Congratulations Janne, I'm very happy that you recieved this honor, it's so deserved! You're such a fantastic artist and your heart is as big as your talent.

Tempus Fugit ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

Congrats, Toxic! Your work is a great inspiration to me, and I love studying the details. Great artist, and a well-deserved honor!

lynde ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

I am so glad to see that you've won, you definitely deserved it!! Congratulations! hugs

SkoolDaze ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 June 2002

check YOU out :) Spotlight AND Artist of the Month back to back... jeez...lol!! can't say that all these things are not deserved for your work is absolutely without peer... Congratulations!!

Giana ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 June 2002

Heaps of congrats, Janne!! Utterly brilliant & breathtaking work! :)

Eowyn ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 June 2002

HUGGLES Congratulations! I am so happy you won, you truly deserved it :)

dalinise ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 June 2002

Way to go little bro!!! (... bowing down humbly to her master...) Hugs!!!

Blackhearted ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 June 2002

by the way - happy birthday, Janne! hope everything goes well for ya. cheers, -gabriel

dandavis ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 13 June 2002

Well, I have to admit that I don't visit the Poser gallery much but I did take a stroll thru your gallery, and I must say that this is a WELL deserved honor. Congrats!