hobbit - 2004 March AOM

tammymc · March 3, 2004 1:15 pm

Who is 'hobbit'? Hobbit is Andy Simmons, living and working in the UK. My daytime occupation is in the electronics industry, working in a research and development group. How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics? This is my 4th year of serious computer graphics work. I started in 1997, using my first copy of Bryce, with the intention of creating fantasy landscapes to transfer onto canvas as oil paintings. I ended up getting so absorbed for 3 years that I bought a wacom and Photoshop and started to blend 3d with 2d painting techniques. I haven't painted upon a canvas since. Do you have traditional art experience? Yes. I am self-taught from 1993 and I have studied landscape and seascape painting in oils, plus pastel portraits of animals and children. This essential part of my learning process helped me to make the transition so much easier from the traditional painting techniques to working in digital. What are you currently working on? I have recently finished a tutorial for a new book called 'Digital Sci-Fi Art' which is due out in the spring of 2004. I'm currently re-designing my website and working with a printing company to get my work onto canvas. This last month I have been designing 3D models and presentation layouts for electronic components, hence my gallery has been lacking in updates. I hope to be back on track soon and re-fuelling my gallery. What software/equipment do you use and why? I'm still faithfully using Bryce 5, Poser 5, and Amapi 7 for 3d work. I like all of these programs because of their simple learning curves and intuitive interfaces. I have several other 3d packages, like Terragon and Vue, all of which I like, but find myself spending too many hours trying to get what I need and time is important to me as I have none. Photoshop 7 is still my main tool for postwork and 2d painting, although I'm tempted to move to Painter 8 soon for 2d painting, when my budget allows. I tried the demo and like the natural brushes feel over Photoshop. As for hardware, I use a 19" monitor, Athlon XP1800 with a gig of ram and, of course, my trusty wacom 5x4 (yep, that's the smallest one), the Wacom Cintiq 18SX or A3 tablet which is still on my wish list. What do you think your best piece of work is and why? Of my current work I would say 'Stormy Seas.' which took only a couple of hours to paint, after rendering the Victory model in midair with no other objects, in Bryce. I set myself the challenge of painting the atmosphere and waves and was pleased with the result. Because I just love the sea because it evokes so many different moods and emotions and is a great challenge to paint, I just enjoyed this one immensely. Other favourites would be 'Abborlon' and 'Isle of Oric' as milestones for me pushing Bryce and 'Edgewich' for complete 2d painting. Why do you like to work with 3D software? I find it an invaluable tool for creativity, and the way it seemlessly blends into todays media makes it hard to see where reality stops and fiction begins. I'd like more time too explore 3D's full potential. Who/what inspires you? I draw inspiration from almost anything, but more so from my son and the landscape. When I first started in digital, I always made a few stops at Clay Hagebusch's and Martin Murphy's sites for Bryce, and for 2d work, of course, the great Craig Mullins, who is always a good source of digital inspiration. How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning? Renderosity has been with me since I started digital art and I, like many others, have sought knowledge through the many talented artists who reside here. It has always been a buzzing community full of great people and I'm glad to be a part of it. Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists? If asked to sum up my development and success over the years, I wouldn't necessarily credit the latest software or tools, since I am generally using the same ones now as when I started. I would, rather, put my growth and achievements down to practice, study and a little patience. So, my advice is to not stop creating and painting!! Lastly, thank you to everyone who voted me into this spot and to all the comments and support over the years. See you in the galleries. Andy
Be sure to check out hobbit's gallery! Click on 'AOM 2004' on the sidebar to learn more about Artist of the Month and to view our past winners.

Article Comments

plj ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

Congratulations Andy. You really deserve this. Your work is amazing, as is your talent. You have a gift, my friend.

coolcatcom ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

I'm glad that "hobbit" was voted this months artist..to me he's a master in this field "CG"..his art is outstanding. Congrats and very best wishes "hobbit"..and by the way a very interesting and informative interview!!!!!!!

capsces ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

You definitely deserve this. Your images are the kind I want to walk into, and the kind that make me say, "How did he make those dang trees?" They're just gorgeous. :)

DMFW ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

Congratulations Andy, the AOM award is well deserved! I'm a big fan of your work and it's an inspiration to know that you don't need the latest, greatest software to produce fantastic art. Practice, study and patience it is then, but I think it would take a LOT of those before I created anything matching your talents....

orbital ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

A true master, everything you do is a real treat for the eyes.

Laguna ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

You are very inspiring artist! congratulations for AOM title.

gillbrooks ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

This award is 100% deserved and couldn't go to a nicer bloke!!! I admire his talents immensely and maybe one day I'll be half as good as he. Cheers Andy!!

Cybermonk ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

Congratulations Hobbit. You really deserve the recognition.

Pen_Is_Envy ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

Andy, my heartfelt congratulations to someone who more than deserves this honour. You have been inspiring us all since you've been here, and continue to do so even though you haven't been around much... we can still go to your "older" images and remind ourselves if we forget. Again, congratulations. I'm one of the countless who voted for you. :D

islandgirdesigns ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

I just recently saw your art and I have fallen in love with it. I love getting that email that says you've uploaded something new and quickly go to see what eye candy awaits me. One of my very favorite artists here at Renderosity. Congratulations!

karanta ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

Congratulations :) I love your images :)

Varian ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

Congratulations Andy! Your work is always a pleasure to view and an ongoing inspiration as well. Please keep it coming! :)

eaglesse ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

Haaa!!! I am so happy to see you at these place Andy! This is really very justified by your magnificent artworks:) You are so talented! Very, very sincerely:):) Sylvie B.

woodhurst ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

congrats andy, a well deserved honor! Your gallery continues to be where I go when I am low on inspiration.

racin-jason ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

Andy my friend - this honor is long overdue, and with it I hope something truly great happens. I've always said, your gorgeous art should be gracing the covers of books, magazines, and/or CD's. I could not be happier that you walked away with nearly half the votes, it shows that many of the people here at Renderosity recognize great art when they see it. Congratulations my friend - you are the best!

lemonjim ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

I'm very happy to see the well-deserved recognition, Andy! I've enjoyed each of your images, and been very inspired. If you've not used Painter before, you're in for a treat! :-))

rhiafaery ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

Congratulations! An honor truly deserved. ((hugs))

SQS ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

A very hearty congrats!! As always an inspiration and a real treat to visit. Thanks for sharing, Andy

loswl_ ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

Congrats again :o) Loved your Interview, I finally got the chance to put a face to the name, I remembered when you first came to Renderosity, you have never stopped amazing me with your extraordinary talent, you have truly improved over the years, Your advice to me increased my knowledge of Bryce (BIG SUN ! ), You really helped me to dig a little deeper than the surface in each program I use, and who can forget a codename like Hobbit anyway :o)keep pumping out those great artwork!!

kennyliu ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004


Cada ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

In life we either follow paths or make trails .... you my friend are a trail maker! Congratulations and may you continue to inspire us with your beautiful artistry & visions.

spubba ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

So glad to see an interview from one of my favorite Renderosity artists. Your advice and accomplishments are an inspiration to us all!

Mel3d ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 03 March 2004

congrats Andy Your talent never stop to amaze me and inspire me a lot. You're the best Both in art and Music.hehe :^)

baher ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 March 2004

congratulations!You are a great master!!

j-art ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 March 2004

my congrats andy - if one deserves to be the aom than you - you are the one who inspires us all - thanks for your wonderful and always exiting and inspiring art!!!

jaydiva ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 March 2004

Congratulations Andy!!! This is more than well deserved and about time too ! Your artwork is always a true inspiration both for technique and style. Sometimes i just love looking at your pictures and get lost ... All the best to you and lots of creative moments

pimpol ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 March 2004

Congratulations, Andy, you are one of the best artist in this gallery !

Alfons ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 March 2004

Congratulations, i admire your work!

Lon Chaney ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 March 2004

Wonderful work Andy. I have always been a fan of yours. Keep on making great art. Congrats

wdiniz ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 04 March 2004

Congratulations for the well earned prize.