December's Featured Artist - TBKoen

tim · December 5, 2000 11:11 pm

First of all, I would like to thank Renderosity and all the people that helped me along the way. I would also like to thank all the members for keeping the site alive. Who is TBKoen (aka TBK)? My real name is Koen Koopman. I am a 17 year old from The Netherlands (Holland). My hometown is Groningen. How long have you have you been rendering? And have been posting images on Renderosity since the beginning of my 3D addiction, which is 2.5 years now. What are you currently working on? I just started attending Deltion College. It is a graphical school for commercial development. My main goal is to become a professional visualiser, which makes illustrations for advertisements. I really hope my 3D hobby could be a part of my profession. What software do you use and why? I started out using Poser4and I'm glad I did. I think I would have given up a long time ago, if I had started with a program like 3DMAX (because of all the terms and almost unlimited options). But Poser taught me the basics. Later on I started using MAX and I love it. I have also tried Lightwave, Raydream and others. Although the rendering output is better in Lightwave, MAX has a better interface that helped me learn the modeling techniques quickly. I also use Photoshop to edit my picture, a lot, so I can improve the realism of a picture myself. Why do you like 3D art? The reason I like 3D so much, is that I can create a non-existing figure (or other model) and make it look like it's real. I only work with organic creatures, because they inspire me. Every now and then, I make a mechanical form, but Ive notice that they still have organic features. What inspires you? You can see that my inspiration was based on movies like Jurassic Park and Walking with Dinosaurs in a series of my pictures. I'm always very focused on the realism with a sense of style and composition. At first I had to make my pictures with poser models. But since I have started using 3DMAX, I'm able to create my own fantasy models. It took me lots of time and effort to master the modeling techniques. Each time I thought that this would be it; I came up with another problem I had to figure out. But the positive comments from the Renderosity members helped me get through it--and the fact that I was determined to create my own models.

Article Comments


Jan-Michael ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

This young man does fantastic work... we will be all able to say I remember him when... as he achieves great things... great choice and CONGRATS TBKoen.. :)

desdemona ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

Congrats TBKoen! You do splendid work, and admire Your modelling and texturing skills....You are trully gifted :::DES:::

Syyd ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

This guy is a formidable talent, tried and true....I have followed his work for some time, in awe of his modelling and texturing, and then his posing of his models. He is also a great person. Congratulations friend, you certainly deserve it! Syyd

TBKoen ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

OOooowh! stop it guys, you're making me blush=) there are lots of members that deserved this more then I did..TBK..

remc ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

Yeah! Well done dude! I love your crazy work! Long live to TBKoen!

palmix ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

I've never made a comment on your works... but I've to admit that you are an exceptional talent drawing and texturing. Your famous Serpent Head it's one of the very best pics here.

Adonis ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

Neither did I make any comments on your pieces but there is no doubt that you're very talented and it is delightful to see your work here. Keep up the great job, please! ^__^

nnuu ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

good job TBKoen you diffienetly have my support

Glengarry ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

You da man. Fantastic portfolio. I love your work. Congrats. GG

--Divide-By-Zero-- ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

Way to go TBK! I knew you'd win...

Teyon ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

TBKOEN is just too darn good not to get work in the film industry! I can't wait to say I knew you when!

Virus ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 06 December 2000

Congratulations TBKoen!!!! Your stuff is amazing and you deserve very well to be Renderosity December's featured Artist. Congratulations again, and please keep making magic for all of us with your creative work!.

Antoonio ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 December 2000

Could not be better choice. Congrats pal, you deserve all the glory. Enjoy. And like Teyon said, when G. Lucas is going to hire you, I'm gonna watch all of your movies.

Eshal ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 December 2000

Excellent work TBK! Regards Eshal

hobbit ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 December 2000

Good work TBKoen, admirable drawing,modelling and texturing skills, well done

Lorraine ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 December 2000

Great job and your work is always inspiring...Keep on making those wonderful pictures...

3da ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 December 2000

I dont know you but I know your work and its fabules,amasing,and in swedish "SKIT BRA!!" Im glad for you! /3DA

Tuesday ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 December 2000

Congratulations, very well deserved

Binx ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 08 December 2000

TBKoen is the best...not only is his work based upon complicated models....but the end up being perfect...he deserves this for sure....TBK rules....

futuramik ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 08 December 2000

you,sir, are awesome.no otherword for it.

ARADTech ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 08 December 2000

Most excellent bro , very pleased to see you get it. You are a most talent young dude. Keep with it !! Peace and Creativity Chris

SHiVER ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 08 December 2000

congrats, you rock! ;-)

nick2k ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 08 December 2000

TBK is great artist who just happens to have some amazing talent when it comes to 3d work. Its good to see someone as young as me get this:). keep up the great work.

mussert ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 08 December 2000

Gefeliciteerd ! Tof dat dankzij jouw Nederland ook scoort in het grafische/modelleer wereldje. Je dino-serie heb ik met interesse gevolgd, de realistische insteek die je hanteert spreekt mij zeer aan. Zoals een bekende televisie-jurylid altijd al zij "Vooral doorgaan".

huribead@charm.net ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 10 December 2000

your work is incredible...congratulations...

rcnash ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 11 December 2000

Congrat's You are one of the best!!!

Freedom ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 12 December 2000

Congratulations for your GREAT work.

Ironbear ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 12 December 2000

Heh. Looks like I'm a day late and a dollar short chiming in here... ah well, I sent you my congrats via PM. Still - very nice. You definately deserve the accolades. Your modeling and poseable work is some of the best I've seen. Kudos.

souln2life ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 12 December 2000

Become my mentor!!!

swfreeman ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 12 December 2000

hes already my mentor :P naa.. joke