May's Featured Artist - Archangel_Gabriel

vette · May 7, 2001 9:12 pm

When he's not fighting crime or battling off-world clones, Archangel Gabriel is Daniel Scott Gabriel Murray, living in Central Maine USA. Father of 2 and a third by Acquisition, I am 39 years old and married to the beautiful Tracy Ann. My history contains many lives. Art school droogie, concert audio engineer, police officer and then back around again to graphic design. (Go figure that chain out..) My life has taken many interesting and adventurous turns. Currently I'm employed as a [Title] Senior Graphics and Web Designer for an outsourcing technical support company. And, as mentioned, I'm living in central Maine, but the process has begun to relocate to Southern California. Why,.? Just because. I've been working with digital media since the Commodore 64 was released. With a solid background in traditional mediums I found (then) digital drawing platforms were clanky and brutish. But, with the release of Photoshop 2.5 beta and armed with my blistering fast DX2-33 AND a whopping 12 meg of RAM, I discovered that digital was evolving very fast. From Photoshop I then discovered Visual Reality, a low end but workable tool for true 3d Model creation and rendering. The process has lead onto poser 2, then 3 and finally 4. The same evolution has lead up through the Bryce releases and onto Strata Studio 3D and 3D Studio MAX. Currently I'm working on a series of posters based upon the classic comic heroes from when I was young(er). Also slated, I've done the preliminary work on a series based on the Hanna Barbara cartoon series from the 1960's. Back when cartoons were made for their own sake, not to hawk action figures. (Renderosity: Why do you like 3D art?) Why?, Because it allows me to see things I wouldn't normally see otherwise. Example: many times I've started a project with a particular posed/set/form in mind. And often, quite by accident, I'll fiddle with a camera or a light and POOF completely new angle and concept, often taking me into a completely new direction. 3D also allows me to create world and feelings difficult to translate into 2D mediums. For work I use Photoshop 6 daily. I've found very little that it cannot do. For my personal projects, I use a combination of Poser 4, Bryce 4, Photoshop and Painter 6. They allow me to create the characters from my youth and give them life in a matter of hours rather than spending (literally) weeks drawing and airbrushing. I tend to stick to the Michael and Victoria models for poser. I need the Hi-Res for close-up work. The general release Poser models are ok for long shots but they then to lose something in close. Everything inspires me. Comics, classical sculpture, Mozart, Peter Gabriel, Van Gogh, Ed Wood, Ridley Scott, The Bible, The Bagavadgitta, the Quran, The book of the Dead, you name it, I'm inspired by it, Old Star Trek, 50's B movies, Blade Runner and an imagination that never shuts off. My mind is constantly in motion. Ask my wife, it drives her nutty. Working and posting with Renderosity has allowed me thousands of sets of eyes to note and critique projects I create. Although perhaps only 10% of what I do gets posted (Many commercial projects never are seen) it allows folks to point out errors or glitches that I fail to notice OR how a particular part of an illustration can be made differently or better. Plus I get to share images for viewers to enjoy. Which, ultimately, is the best part. Visit Archangel_Gabriel's Gallery (click here)

Article Comments


trevor3000 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 07 May 2001

congratulations!

Tamela.J. ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

Congratulations Gabriel!

desdemona ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

My congratulations to You. Great to know something more about You, I am Your big fan :) Best, :::DES:::

Billy ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

Congratulations Daniel, its great to see you here. Love your work and found your tutorials realy helpful and fun. Thanks for sharing. I follow the same path of inspiration and it drives my wife nuts too, they should get together and compare notes. All the best to you and your family. Cheers, Billy

ronmolina ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

Congratulations!

Khaled ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

The best. Made me feel Poser-sick (home-sick), I'm launching Poser now... Love your work. Good luck

henriqueaguiar ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

Congratulations,my friend!!!:))) Riko.

cake1 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

That was really fully deserved. Congratulations, and a happy tommorow ;o) Cecile

februus ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

Your work is wonderfully creative and imaginative. It's great to see someone willing to sweat the details and refine their work to the extent that you do. Congratulations, sir!

Thorgrim ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

Congratulations! I enjoy your work and find it inspiring both for the technical expertise and the way you seem to be able capture the essence of the characters you are portraying.

Helen ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

congratulations... :)

Brandi ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

Congratulations! :)

alamo ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

You are an outstanding artist & I am proud to call you a friend- Good luck on your relocation. Your talent becomes more impressive every time I see it. Congrats :)

alamo ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

You are an outstanding artist & I am proud to call you a friend- Good luck on your relocation. Your talent becomes more impressive every time I see it. Congrats :)

Jody ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

VERY good interview. Love the art. Spiderman is the best!!!!!!

Steel2Wolf ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 May 2001

Daniel, Your artwork has always inspired awe and admiration in me and I'm glad to see that it has the same effect on everyone else :) I'm sure that there will be many more awards and many more great artworks in the future, and I'm anxiously waiting to see each and every one of them :)

sturkwurk2 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 09 May 2001

First off.. your artwork is amazing, among the very best in it's field. but, don't forget to try and give credit to those who make the files you've used.

Olympus ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 09 May 2001

Congradulations. Love your work. The new Muaddib is Killer!

Poppi ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 May 2001

Gabriel. You are my favorite artist in this here, Renderosity. You are wonderful at doing facial expressions. In your case a picture IS worth a thousand words. As for the move to Cali....well, I am from there. I hope you don't hate it. If you do...well, Florida is very similar, but, without the earthquakes, jackings, and, energy problems. (Yes, I have heard that we are not smart enough to vote,here. If you have a problem with that stay in Cali...giggle.) Best of luck. Pop...Pop...Poppi

Shademaster ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 May 2001

Great artwork man! You are a real crack at poser and photoshop!

SHiVER ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 May 2001

congrats, mister archangel :-)

Redgoddess ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 May 2001

So many talented people here. All with their unique talents. But your stuff knocks me out. Characters that have souls, images that have movement and breath. I love you comic renderings. So many comic characters are so flat. Yours are alive. A well deserved honor. If you ever go pro I know an agent .

Cassiel ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 13 May 2001

Thank you, for all the inspiration and motivation your art gives.... Best of fortune to you... in whatever you do.

dolly ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 14 May 2001

All the best son you deserve it

trogboy ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 14 May 2001

umm. poser? i thought you modeled them yourself. oh well. Dont take this the wrong way. but i am a third generation Californian and well, we dont need anymore people in California. especially the Bay Area. stay where you are :) but i still like the photos.

SyS ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 14 May 2001

Nice one geezer.... SyS

JordyArt ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 16 May 2001

I first noticed you when I found your Batman character - since then I've spent hours of slow online time looking at your works - amazing. Thanx.

dwarvenkind ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 25 May 2001

Whoa, just stumbled across this.. Congrats buddy!

Archangel_Gabriel ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 28 May 2001

To all who voted and to all who replied with the kind words, thank you. It's a wonderful feeling to know that something I did has brought enjoyment to other's lives. May you all be well. I hope to continue to be worthy of your good wishes and praise. Best regards, Daniel - Archangel Gabriel

ralphmanis ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 16 June 2001

Bravo! Congratulations Daniel!!!