Featured Artist of the Month January

tammymc · January 10, 2001 4:40 pm

Who is hobbit? My name is Andy Simmons currently living and working in England. My current, not preferred, profession is an electronics engineer. I am passionate about all things creative. I like to write music for guitar and keyboards and to spend long hours in front of the pc creating digital images. My ambition is to work fulltime as an artist. How long have you have you been rendering? I first got rendering when the Bryce 3d demo was featured on a magazine cover disc in 98. I saved like crazy for months until I could afford the full version. Have not put it down since. What are you currently working on? I've had some requests for background type images for a RPG D&D style game, so over the next few months I will probably be concentrating on Tolkien'esk style landscapes, more trees and waterfalls and maidens on horseback I expect, lol. I also want to try and develop my modeling skills. I've still got a lot to learn there. What software do you use and why? Bryce, Poser and Photoshop are my main software packages. Bryce still remains the heart of all my creations. Of all the 3d packages I've tried, Bryce still is the easiest to use and has the shortest learning curve for me (except for the deep texture editor, lol). Poser I find easy to use too, it's ideal for getting poses quickly and easily out into Bryce. I use Photoshop more and more since I recently bought a wacom graphic tablet. Post work for me is the most important part for completing the image, I like to make subtle changes in light, hue and focus and recently have added a lot of detailed 2d brushwork to blend in. Why do you like 3D art? I've been a fan of 3d art ever since Pixar produced that animation with the two desk lamps, I remember playing around with retracing on my old amiga computer and have been hooked ever since. It's only now with the current software and pc capabilities that anything your imagination can dream up you can almost do. The main thing for me now, with 3d art, is the speed at which ideas can be created. Unlike traditionally painting where I would sketch ideas and play with oils for days, weeks, on end. I can have an idea take and it into Bryce while it's still fresh and complete it within hours (sometimes). Most of my work in the galleries took no more than 1 or 2 evenings to complete; I like to work fast while the ideas are flowing. I'd like to do more on the animation side though, I just wish Poser and Bryce could be integrated; the big software packages like Lightwave and max are way out of my budget. What inspires you? I get a lot of inspiration from other artists, traditional and digital. Also from films such as Disney's 'Dinosaur' and the BBC documentary 'Walking with Dinosaurs' the former has pushed the boundaries even further. I'm also looking forward to the release of 'The Lord of the Rings'; there is a lot of 2d/3d work going into that. How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning? I think without Renderosity I would not be where I am now. I have had such a positive and professional response from my image posts, which has helped me develop my own style. It's been and still is a great learning experience here. I'm hoping to give something back by writing a few tutorials in the future. There are so many talented artists residing here. I'm honored to have been chosen for this spot. Thank you to everybody at Renderosity for your help, support and especially your vote. Back to Bryce now, Hobbit To view other AOM (click here)

Article Comments

biomorphius ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 10 January 2001

Weel I've been seeing hobbit's work and I must say it's amazing!!! Congratulations!!!

ronmolina ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 10 January 2001

It is more than amazing it is excellent.

Jan-Michael ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 10 January 2001

So glad to see images like yours here... congrats... I think your work is fantastic... :)

dragongirl ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 11 January 2001

Very enjoyable to hear about how you work. You have a real Gift, and I hope your artist goal is soon fulfilled. best regards - dg

Eowyn76 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 11 January 2001

Congratulations! You sure deserved this :) I love your work!

desdemona ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 11 January 2001

Congratulations one more time Andy :)

Simon_W ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 11 January 2001

congratulations! i also really like your work very much, you have style and talent.

Syyd_Raven ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 11 January 2001

Andy I remember the first time I saw your work on the Bryce Forum Gallery. My jaw dropped. It wasn't hard to decide that morning, and I have done nothing but follow your work since. Congratulations, well deserved, and look forward to seeing more.

Helen ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 11 January 2001

Congratulations and well deserved.. Like the others I was amazed at the beauty and excellence of your work... I feel part of the image when I view it. To do this one must have a talent that comes from within and you have that talent / gift.

Styxx ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 11 January 2001

A most heartfelt Congratulations Hobbit. Your work is beautiful and the AOtM is well deserved!

Glengarry ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 11 January 2001

Well done. Your work is consistantly wonderfull. Congratulations.

hobbit ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 11 January 2001

Thanks everyone

Eshal ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 11 January 2001

Congrats....truly beautiful work, you deserve this !

Ironbear ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 12 January 2001

Congrats Hobbit... you do wonderful work.

Shademaster ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 13 January 2001

You are very talented to make your scene's very lifelike. This is something you are the best in. I always follow your work closely and I will remain doing this because, hell your good at this!!!

Grelll ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 14 January 2001

Congrats Hobbit (your Dragons are perfect!)

ARADTech ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 14 January 2001

Fantastic!! Love your work. Always a very enriching experience viewing your creations. Chris

TBKoen ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 16 January 2001

Love it, love it, love it! Keep on posting;P TBK.

TVartDude ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 18 January 2001

awesome work. i love checkin' out every new one you do.

Daramski ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 19 January 2001

All the images are really great Andy, and all are a real pleasure to look at. Very good work mate!! Darren

egor ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 19 January 2001

Great work Hobbit! Thanks for all the enjoyment and inspiration your work brings.

TheArchangel ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 21 January 2001

Congratulations, Andy!!! Well deserved for a real inspiration work for all of us!! Keep posting ;-)

jasminre ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 22 January 2001

This is my first time to see your works, but not the last time. You are very talented artist...our real jobs are almost the same as our dreams...keep it up that excellent work.

Lorraine ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 22 January 2001

Congratulations, I have followed your work and you are indeed an inspiration! Great work and keep it up!

Curio ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 22 January 2001

You are a master of making renders not look like renders - FANTASTIC

BrainMaster ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 25 January 2001

Wonderful pictures.. Master of creation..And I love them... I use one of your pictures as desctop picture becoue I love RPG :)

ShadowCaster ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 25 January 2001

Congrats, I love your work. I would be scarry to see what you could do with 3ds. Maybe someday. Keep up the incredible work.

binder ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 27 January 2001

Well...your work as remained unbelievable....I have yet to gain such clearity....you are truly gifted and I hope you keep those images coming....

Tammy ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 28 January 2001

Congratulations, viewing your gallery is so consuming its like entering a whole new world I could hours in thier just browsing in awe of your wonderful talent.

Megapixel ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 29 January 2001

Congrats Hobbit, nice work! I'm glad you got you a tablet, it is soooo difficult doing that with a mouse that will not follow isn't it; I just killed mine this week-end :) hahaha If you ever get MAX - BE PREPARED, the Learning curve is unbelievable. It's a down-right Night-Mare. It takes a long time to become 1 with that one!!!! oh-yea Talk to ya later, keep up the good work!