HobbyHopper -- September 2002 Artist of the Month

audre · September 17, 2002 11:14 pm

Who is HobbyHopper? I am 50 years old of Japanese man, who has lived in the U.K. for about 5 years, whose real name is Sadamu Higuchi -- and no, I am not an Iraqi :-) I am an electrical engineer working working for CDMA mobile phone development in a laboratory. I am getting old and my favorite engineering work is now being done by young engineers *sigh* -- Alas, I am just doing engineering management now. However, this management job is stressful and this fuels my drive for my 3D art work! How long have you have you been rendering? I started my 3D work about 3 years ago. I started doing 3D because my son gave me some 3D software tools as a gift (He had won them in a contest). Before then, I created my art using 2D tools and software. Special thanks to my son for his gift, which opened up new avenues for me! Since then my art was moved to 3D. Do you have traditional art experience? I used to draw MSDOS-based 16-color images for computer programs which is an extremely useful resource for my 3D art. What are you currently working on? Besides my real job, I create my 3D artwork as a hobby. In the field of 3D, I am submitting 3D images to many galleries now. However, I think Renderosity is one of the most friendly sites. I can feel American freedom and democracy here! What software do you use and why? I use "Shade" made by EX-Tool Co, Ltd. This tool has Bezier Curves modeling and ray-tracing. This is low cost and popular software in Japan. What do you think your best piece of work is and why? I like "Zoroaster-29". This has very cute girls and good perspective view. I tried to express summer sunshine and shade under the arcade. Fortunately I had found a good view angle of the girls in this image. The contrast of the sky and architecture gives the feeling of summer too. Why do you like to work with 3D software? Basically, I like craftsmanship and art. 3D tools are an easy way to create as opposed to something like oil paints, which are not easily re-drawm or redone. Also 3D tool allow me to check out many camera angles and often, I find the best one by chance! I like that element of surprise. What inspires you? I have an interest in fairytales, science-fiction, you know, stories such as Star Wars. I like to create images such as musical stages and my characters are my favorite shape. How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning? Other artist's images here always give me inspiration and make impressions on me. To know the culture of each artist is my favorite thing, and their images give new ideas to me. I look not only at the "expert's" image but also beginners images too since I think all images are great for ideas. I also enjoy the comments here. I think this culture at Renderosity and the commenting mechanisms in the galleries most helful and inspirational. -- It makes for a nice community "culture." It's so nice to get feedback from people too, when they tell me Which part of my images gives them the most. This is good feedback to me! Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists? Thank you for taking the time to read my interview. I looked around all of nominee's image galleries and those were excellent! I would love to exchange information with them about arts in the gallery. Please give your helpful comments to members in the Renderosity gallery. Renderosity has good art couture! Thank you! HobbyHopper Thumb2105.jpg
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click here to see the nominees for September 2002 Click here to learn more about the Artist of the Month

Article Comments

Sacred Rose ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

Congratulations Sadamu on a well earned honour! It is always a pleasure to see your artwork in the various galleries online. Thank you very much for sharing it with us all. Respectfully, Sacred Rose

Mixednutt ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

Congratulations man, you did it! I am very impressed by shade, and you are able to manipulate it so wonderfully. You very much earned this recognition, and I'm glad that everyone else here can see it too. Once again congrats, and I like the new Zoroaster-34. I think my favorite so far is Zoroaster-29, because of the lighting mostly ;) Talk to you later ~Mix~

as07 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

congratulationsss for the aom, you really deserved it!!

specs2 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

This is great, to finally associate a face with the person that does those cool pics. I think it was a good idea to expand to 3d since it's limitless in my opinion, if you just take the time to search for the right way. Certainly you have found that route. Congrats my friend.

foleypro ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

Congratulations my friend your textures and modeling are sweet love what you do with Shade...

Pen_Is_Envy ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

Congratulations, you really deserve this honour. Your work is wonderful and so professional looking. I've said it a million times, but it looks like the best of the cd rom computer game graphics, which in my mind is a huge compliment. Congratulations again!!

RobinOberg ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

Nice! Great to see someone who deserves to be an Artist of the month :)
Shade is a really nice program,
i hope you stick by it as long as possible :)
Also fun to know that my vote made a difference in the poll :)

shadownet ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

Congratulations! There are so many artist posting to the galleries these days it is hard to see everyones work. I had not come across your art prior to this article, so glad I did. Really nice. Keep on doing what you are doing, it seems to be working. :O)

ronmolina ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

Way cool! Ron

theglenster ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

u da man!

Rochr ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

Congrats my friend! :) A well earned prize and honour for your great works! I hope to see much more of it! Rudy

lourdes ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

Congratulations! You very much deserve to be aom and have fully earned it through your incredible work. Keep it up and thank you so much for sharing them with us!

picky ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

Congratulations on becoming an AOM! Your work is very imaginative. Keep it up!

emorin ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

I enjoy your originality and imaginative work! Great to finally get to know you. Be Blessed.

Rendered2Blue ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 18 September 2002

Well Done~Well Deserved! Congratulations! Now how do I get one of those Jet Bikes???

senjin ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 19 September 2002

Well done my friend and so glad that you are being honored. Domo Sadamu-sama

Shademaster ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 19 September 2002

This is the first time I saw your art and I feel ashamed that I didn't notice it earlier! All your works are so well put together, not only technically put also artistically! I am looking forward to seeing your next peice of art.

tattie ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 19 September 2002

Higuchi sama, Double Congratulations. First for your artwork which I have always enjoyed both for its imaginative scope and excellent execution. Secondly for bringing Shade to the forefront of peoples minds. I look forward to your future works.

hobbit ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 19 September 2002

Congratulation Sadamu, your work is very imaginative and you have a great eye for composition and detail, I enjoyed viewing your works. Nice to see someone from the UK too,,,:)

Seven Wolves ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 20 September 2002

A very well deserved award Sadamu. I have enjoyed, IMMENSLY enjoyed your renders. I look forward to every new installment with your gorgeous scenery and lovely models.

vapo ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 21 September 2002

Congratulations! I have been admiring your pictures for a long time... Love those flying figures and fantasy inspired scenes... :)

ShadowWind ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 22 September 2002

Congratulations Hobby, you are a wonderful artist and I have been following the story of Zoroaster for a long time. Keep it up...

Ironbear ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 22 September 2002

Congratulations Hobby. Impressive body of work, and I love the detail you put in.

TKraccoon ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 22 September 2002

huh...WOW! That is some very impressive work! Simply amazing. I'm glad I stopped by and looked at your gallery or I would have missed some incredible ideas! You really deserve the AOM.

davidm ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 23 September 2002

Congratulations Sadamu! Your artwork is FABULOUS! Thank you for sharing it with all of us here on Renderosity! :-)

sirocco ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 24 September 2002


MadYuri ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 25 September 2002

Congratulations! I really enjoy your pictures. :)

ianross ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 29 September 2002

I'm both impressed and encouraged..... particularly as I'm only one year behind you, in the 'age department'...... And seeing as to how prolific you have been with your 3D, in the space of 3 years! Well done, and wishing you many more years at it!

turx ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 30 September 2002

Congreatulations for being AOM!

jenay ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 October 2002

congrats :) i love your istambul and zoroaster series - esp. your great architectonic perspectives. very elaborated. (i think i saw your work first at 3d-ring). jenay