Rochr - 2004 April AOM!

tammymc · April 19, 2004 9:14 am

Who is 'Rochr'? Well, Rochr is Rudolf Herczog. 33-year old hobbyist, born in Budapest, Hungary and currently living in Halmstad, Sweden, along with my girlfriend and 3 cats. How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics? My very first experience with computer graphics, was actually on the old Amiga, and Deluxe Paint. That didnt last long though. Years later, a friend of mine started a production studio doing commercials for local companies, and they were using Lightwave. We used to hang out there after work and play with the software, and even though i liked Lightwave, i could never use it the way i wanted. (laziness) Then about five or so years ago, the same friend pointed me towards Bryce and i was instantly hooked. It was easy to learn and, once i passed beyond the obligatory shiny spheres-images, a tool that suited me perfectly. Do you have traditional art experience? Not really. Or it depends on what you call art. :) Ive been drawing since childhood, mainly futuristic cities, cars etc, but it was all in black/white. Ive never really used paint or even colors until the Amiga. Never went to any art classes, im self taught. What are you currently working on? Apart from personal images, and a new design for my webpage, im currently working on some concept images for a feature film. Cant reveal anything about it unfortunatly, as its still in the early stages. What software/equipment do you use and why? My primary tools are still Bryce 5, Photoshop 7 and Universe Image Creator. Plus, ive recently started learning Cinema 4D (or at least trying to), for models i cant do inside Bryce. I find the combination of these applications to be perfect for the type of images i want to create. When it comes to hardware, i currently use a P4 2.26 Ghz, 512 mb RAMBUS and a Wacom Intuos2, but im planning on building a new machine with a lot more power. Already purchused some of the parts, but im not rushing it. What do you think your best piece of work is and why? I must say my last one, "Skylab". I have a bad habit of always trying to push myself, and the hardware, one step further with each image, and this one really turned out exactly how i want my images to look like. One of very few im 100% satisfied with...or at least 99... An other personal favourite is "Downtown", an older piece. It was sort of a tribute for my fellow Bryce artists, and to this day, my best compositioned scene. Plus it was fun to make. :) Why do you like to work with 3D software? Its 3D...? No, but seriously, 3D adds a certain depth and feel to the images, i personally cant achieve with pure drawings. Even though i usually draw some of the details in an image, i always, (with one exception), start out with a 3D base. Who/what inspires you? Everything really. Movies, real life, other artists. I also have a huge library of industrial photos, where i get inspiration from when needed. But for some strange reason i get most of my ideas at work. Still trying to figure out why, because its not that exiting... How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning? I was actually about to give CG up, when i found this community. When i posted my first image here, my progress with Bryce had been standing still for a long time, and i was getting bored. Finding this place with its great members and all the knowledge was a real boost, and i always recommend new artists coming here for learning. I can easily say that ive got to know some fantastic people here, many ild like to call my friends, and i still consider this a second home. :) Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists? Learn as many tools as you need, and keep working with something you love, no matter what people say. And dont worry about getting a personal style, itll come automatically after a while. And naturally...practice, practice and practice some more. Thanx a lot everyone! :) Rudy
Be sure to check out Rochr'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


twisted_angel_9 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 13 April 2004

well derserved. Congrats!

Blog ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 13 April 2004

I've been a long time follower Roch, your rock! Glad you won this month...

Django ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 13 April 2004

Well deserved .. he always does outstanding work

Flak ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 13 April 2004

Great to see you win this, Rudy - most deserving and hearty congratulations. And boy, am I glad you found this place - I would've hate to have seen you give this up.

jlgarcia0 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Congratulations! Really you deserve it. Your works are magnificent and your unmistakable style...Hope to see new pieces soon. ;)

Cada ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Congratulations and best wishes for the future!

linkinpark ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Rudy, you deserve this for a long time. Your art is really unique and truly wonderful in Bryce gallery as well as in Renderosity comunity!!! Keep up this amazing work, and have a nice time. Long live the king.. LP

drawbridgep ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Very well deserved. But you didn't mention the tentacles. ;-)

JenniSjoberg ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Best choice for AOM in a long time! Very well deserved!

orbital ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

A deserved winner, I 've lost count of the number of times I've been in awe of your work.

ben_martin ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

No surprise at all! Deserves this and all the best that can come! Keep on!

herbstliebe ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

congrats!

pipo_peanut ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

YOu rocked my month man.. (just call me kid. . INtensity: 10. :)

kenwas ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Congrats on a well deserved award and recognition!

pmermino ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Many congratulations for AOM .... you deserve it... your work is absolutely beautiful...

kromekat ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Doesn't matter how busy I am, if I get an email saying that Rochr has posted a new image, I have to have a look, and I have never been dissapointed! - This award has been a long time coming my friend, very well deserved - big congrats to you!! :D

MarkHirst ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

A continuing inspiration to us all. Well done

jagill ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Congrats Rochr! Very well deserved. You are an inspiration to myself and many other artists. Long live Bryce!

Syyd ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

I just have to tell you, perusing your gallery was Eye candy! Glad to see you have this recognition.

Incarnadine ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Congrat's Rudy! Your work has always been an inspiration for me. (although I must agree with drawbridgep about the tentacles issue)

vshane ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Congratulations to you, well deserved!

hobbit ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Congrats Rudy,,, well deserved.

signsofdeath ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

his work is fascinating. I flicked through is gallery just now and it is something amazing. He deserves this

eaglesse ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

I agree with all, your artworks deserve this honor:):) Congatulations Rudy, I am happy to see you here, at this place! Friendly. Sylvie.

Curio ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Congratulations! Very well deserved!

ChrisNz ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

A well deserved award. Great stuff, as such, must be noticed.

texboy ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

about time, Rudolf! a million congratulations!

ocddougdotcom ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Congrats! If anyone deserves this it's you ;-)

talisman018 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 14 April 2004

Supremely well deserved! Kudos! Gratularar!

Vile ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 15 April 2004

congratulations! Your art is very inspirational!