Valentina - June '04 Artist of the Month!

tammymc · June 8, 2004 11:53 am

Who is 'Valentina'? I am just a simple Poser artist who creates art in her free time. I am pretty much addicted of Poser and I will probably be addicted of it many years from now on... About me, I don't have many things to say... How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics? I started 2 years ago when my sister bought Poser 4. I wasn't interested of it at all at the beginning because the program seemed very difficult to me. My sister started to work with Poser 4 at the firm she was a designer, so I started to play with it too. I was very impressed of Posette and the fact she was a poseable 3D model. I started to make simple renders, pin-ups especially. But later a lot of ideas were coming in my head and I noticed that poser was the perfect program to create all kind of scenes I wanted. Do you have traditional art experience? For me art started with Poser, I was an artisan before, I used to make jewelry, clay dolls and hystorical doll outfits. Photography was also one of my passions. What are you currently working on? I want to write a sci-fi book for children with my sister, Lory. She is a 3D modeler and she can create exactely the right sci-fi items I would need for this book. Hopefully the book will be ready next year. What software/equipment do you use and why? I use mainly Poser and PSP for post work on a simple P III/ 800Mhz, 512 RAM. What do you think your best piece of work is and why? I don't have a favorite image of mine, because I get bored very easily of them... but if I would name one, I would say "The Sleeping Machine"... I made it thinking about my sleeping problems... I was tired that day and all I had in mind was a machine that could help me fall asleep immediately. Why do you like to work with 3D software? Because it is really fascinating to create all those scenes without actually painting and do all the hard work a real painter would do. It is easy, you just bring the objects in the scene and then you make some post work with a program and voila, an image made in few hours or less. It is fun and easy, it is like playing with magic toys. Who/what inspires you? Well, my sister's sci-fi drawings since she was in high school inspired me the most. She was painting some really interesting images, fantastic worlds and amazing creatures... she was probably the the most original artist kid in her class. I tried that time to paint this kind of art too... but it didn't work at all, as my talent for drawing is not really special. So, when I got Poser, all these things were suddenly possible, I could create those sci-fi scenes too. And then, there is Placebo. I noticed his art when I joined the Renderosity community and I was really impressed of his original ideas and style. He was and he is unique here and his art was always an inspiration for me. The characters and the props I use in my images are also very very important... Placebo's and akahastur's characters, Django's 3D items, Lory, specs2 and ElorOnceDark's outfits... And there are also the sci-fi movies which inspire me a lot now. How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning? I made some good friends, not too many because I am quite an isolated and shy person, I studied the style of many talented artists and I learned about composition and post work from them, I found out things about new programs and products, I had the chance to buy amazing packs from the Renderosity market place and for me this community is actually a very important part of my life, because i spend a lot of time here and there is always something new to learn from here. Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists? I never give advice, but I want them all to follow their hearts when it comes about creating... I thank everybody who voted for me and sent me wonderful messages. Being the AOM is a real honor for me and I actually never expected this would ever happen to me. And I also want to thank the Renderosity team for offering us, the artists, a home for our art and the chance to meet other wonderful artists. Thank you.
Be sure to check out Valentina'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


romanceworks ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Congrats, Vali. I enjoyed your interview so much. You have a rare and wonderful talent that I am glad you are sharing with us.:o) CC

sirocco ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Congratulations Valentina! I'm so glad and proud of you sweetie :-) Big Hugs

ph0enixx ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Vali, you truly deserved this. You are on the very first people I met here, and I am honored that we became friends. Your ART is amazing, and I am so happy you won this. Your original work influences the entire Renderosity 'haystick', and it is so easy to tell that you are the needle. Keep up the amazing art baby. Love ya.

The_Sandman ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

This is truly a well deserved and long overdue honour!! Congratulations Vali. M x

luciferino ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Compliments sweety you deserve this honour your image are like your soul beautyand full of emotion, big kisses your friend Orietta

Seven Wolves ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Hey! Congratulations - well deserved honor! Great to see you get recognized for your very unique art. Great job :)

knightonahorsie ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Hi valentina, congratulations on winning artist of the month, I love your style of work and look forward to seeing more in the future :-)

Aeneas ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

I may be the first...thanks for sharing those very intense visions of yours. You clearly broke through to the other side. I hope you'll go one following your heart. There is no other way, as you well know. Congrats for this Artist of the Month. May it be the beginning of an avalanche of very rewarding and intense contacts with people who feel your world. Your artistic family so to speak.

Giana ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Congrats, dear Vali... it's been so pleasureable thus far to watch you develop your style and vision... keep going, and as you said above, keep following your heart & dreams!!

i-popba ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Congratulations my dear !!!...love your style... you rock my friend:-)

calum5 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Congrats my wonderfull friend Val!You really deserved this ,I know you were worried when you saw my name in there(LOL)But I always knew you would make it!Your art is brilliant and I wish to be as good as you someday!Congrats to you and all the other artists that were selected !Thanks Renderosity for making such a thrilling award!Thanks to all who voted for me too:-))Godbless you Vali:-)xx

ElorOnceDark ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

This is a very well-deserved honor for an extremely talented, creative artist and a cool person to boot! I love your work Vali! It's an inspiration to me. Congratulations!

elfinp ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Congratulations :) You do absolutely superb artwork and I'm a huge fan of your products as well. Its inspiring to know that you've only been at it for two years. There's hope for the rest of us yet!

brycek ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Congratulations Vali! A well deserved honor to a wonderful artist. Great interview my friend! :)

saiyan ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Congratulations !!! Your digital mastery is truly dazzling. Everything you do is awesome, from character creation to wonderful postwork, scene composition ... in two words : you rock ! Hold on to your dreams and don't let go. Can't wait to see your future creations... and may the force be with you :)!

Magician ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Congrats Vali, my friend, you really deserved it. You know I like your artwork very very much. Wish you all the best and many inspirations to create wonderful images in future.

AlteredKitty ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Congratulations Vali :) I'm so glad you got this as it is very well-deserved. Both your artwork and characters are wonderful, and you're also a sooper-dooper person :) ali x

gildedlily ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Congrats sweetie, you know I believe you are very much deserving of this and your artwork speaks volumes. You have been an inspiration to me since my beginning here at Renderosity and I am proud to be able to call you a friend. Huggs, Gilded Lily

Kemal ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Oh, I knew this is gonna happen, i'm so happy 4 you. Congratulations !!!!!! :)

Pen_Is_Envy ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

No one deserves it more, Valentina. For your wonderful talent, for your unique vision, for your endless generosity of spirit. You are very special. :O)

Vampi ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 11 June 2004

Vali, you are SO deserving, sweetie :)

Longrider ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 June 2004

Congratulations Valentina and ...rock on.

philebus ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 June 2004

Congratulations. We always look forward to your work - you seem to get the best and most out of the items you use. Best of all, you bring your visions to life with your individual use of colours - we don't need to see your name under the thumbnail to know its your work. I look forward to seeing many more.

white_tygerz ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 June 2004

Congratulations on the first of what will probably be a long line of these kind of recognitions of your talent! Extremely well deserved, your abilities are a true inspiration!

arwenone ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 June 2004

Congratulations dear Vali!!!You are the best and I love, love your work!!!hugs, Martina

Avalonne ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 June 2004

Congratulations sweetie....this is a well deserved honor for you, and I am sooooooooo pleased for you :-)

FearaJinx ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 June 2004

:o) Congrats hon! You deserve it! Your imagination is incrediable!

kitz ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 June 2004

Congratulations Vali !

DOGFROST ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 June 2004

Congrats, you deserve it, ammazing work and a great artist.

Sylvia ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 June 2004

~~Felicidades Vali~~ from giovanino and me... Enjoy your well-deserved award!! You are a Very Talented Artist and a Sweet & Special Lady. Renderosity wouldn't be the same without You! God bless You always... Sylvia & Gio