Doublecrash - August 2004 AOM!

tammymc · August 2, 2004 10:39 am

Who is 'Doublecrash'? My name is Stefano and I am a 38 years old Italian writer. I already published some books in Italy and the next one will be on the shelves next March: I'm quite excited, because it will be my first book published by one of the Italian Majors and the first one to be nation-wide launched and distributed. I live in Milan, I love classical music, I translate novels from English to Italian and I'm a big, big, BIG fan of Inter FC, one (the "real" one, LOL) of the two Milanese soccer teams. How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics? I started in 1997, when I found a copy of Imagine for Dos in an Italian graphics magazine. I was immediately hooked: those pictures were astounding! But I hadn't the money to buy the real software, so I switched to POVRay (what a fantsastic app and philosophy!) and trudged my way into 3D with no interface and text programming. Then my writing took over and I left 3D until, in '99, I discovered Bryce. Bryce has been my real first 3D love: with Bryce2, I became really addicted. I started making landscapes and then tried to do something more with Bryce4 and Poser2. At the end of 2002 I discovered Renderosity, and I have been here ever since... how couldn't I? :) Do you have traditional art experience? Absolutely not. It's frustrating: my hands seem to refuse to follow my brain's orders, LOL. I play piano more than decently, I take decent photographs... gosh, I'm even able to *knit*, but I completely lack any drawing skills. Everything I try to draw comes out like sticky-boy. What are you currently working on? Mostly proof-reading my book and writing my next novel. When I have time (and I have almost none in this period), I go to the studio to see how the anim progresses and learn, learn, learn watching others using XSI and Maya. There I produce a still from time to time because I love to post in the R'osity galleries. What software/equipment do you use and why? After Bryce, I switched to Cinema4D because I wanted to have modeling tools at my hands. Then, last winter, a small Italian studio bought the rights of one of my Sci-Fi short stories and decided to realize a 3D short animation of it. I was excited to the max, and I gave up on the most part of the money to be in the team: I didn't care if I have to bring coffee to the animators, but I wanted to learn, so I began using Softimage|XSI and, later, Maya under their guide. And everything changed: XSI is fantastic, but Maya is... super! The GUI, the architecture of the program... it seems to have everything I always dreamed in a 3D app. I'm amazed. Right now I'm using Maya 6, but I use it only when I am in the agency because I don't have the money to buy it. At home, on my AMD XP2400 with 1 gig of RAM, I use Cinema4D and Maya 5 PLE. One of the first things I'll do if my book sells good will be to buy Maya Unlimited and a monster-PC so I will be able to use it at home. Then, I think my outdoor days will be over, LOL... What do you think your best piece of work is and why? I'm specially fond of "Arcade!", made with Bryce, because it was so incredibly funny to realize. I wanted to write a short story for all the friends in the Bryce Forum, and then I began to "visualize" it... in two weeks, I modeled a "Tetris-Stadium" and it was really a wonderful time. I even won the Bryce Forum Challenge with that one! :) If someone is interested, there's the short fiction of "Arcade!" among the articles in my Artist Page. Why do you like to work with 3D software? I think that my lack of traditional art skills is the main reason for my absolute love with computer graphics: 3D allows me to express myself in a form that I always loved but that, before, for me was completely forbidden. It allows me to paint and "visualize" my fantasies: otherwise, they would remain secluded in my mind. And 3D is fantastic: with it, you can literally "create" worlds, emotions, situations. Incredibly addicting. Who/what inspires you? It's impossible to answer. Like for my books, I think that the only correct answer would be "everyone, everything": other people's work, music, situations, thoughts, views, feelings... I could go on for pages. How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning? Incredibly. You really can't imagine how much. When I signed in my membership in 2002 and started to post my first pitiful Bryce images, I was confronted with the works of Rochr, Sbleci, AlvinYlaya and many others. I received a boost, a fantastic inspiration. And an incredible, totally unexpected support. And, even if it's more than one year that I don't use Bryce, the Bryce Forum is the first place I look when I log in: there I have friends and people that helped me a lot and taught me even more. And, with time, I had the opportunity to exchange opinions and advice with fantastic artists in all the various forums of Renderosity: it will be impossible to name them all, but I can easily say that, without Renderosity, maybe I'd still be making the ever-classic "Shiny Sphere On A Checkered Plane". Parting Comments / Advice to other Artists? I'd like to thank Renderosity and all the people who always supported me. Some of them became friends also outside the graphics community. Advice? Well... the most obvious one: be thankful for the appreciative comments, but examine always with double attention the negative ones, because without the ability to accept criticism there is no possible growth. And, when talking to a newbie, never, never forget that Shiny Sphere On A Checkered Plane that is somewhere in the Hard-Disk of everyone of us. :) thanks Stefano
Be sure to check out Doublecrash'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

SeaCrystal ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 August 2004

Congradulations Stefano, for being chosen AOM!!! I'm so happy for you!! :) My best wishes to you on your novel(s), and your artworks!! -SeaC- :)

drawbridgep ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 August 2004

Bravo Doublecrash. Since I joined Renderosity you have been an inspiration and your comments on my work have done nothing but help and encourage me. You deserve to be AOM. Congratulations. Phil

derjimi ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 August 2004

Congrats! You really deserve it.

alvinylaya ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 August 2004

My dear friend! I'm so overjoyed to see you get this AOM. Very well deserved!!! Youv'e been a great inspiration to me, and to so many. Congratulations and continued success! (confetti, fireworks, music, and loud applause!) Alvin

Anjour ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 August 2004

My best wishes for you getting AOM. It was always a pleasure for me to watch your art and enjoying your comments. Youve been away for a while and I was glad to see you back again. Hope that you will delight us for a very long time !! Anjour :o)

hyperborea ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 August 2004

Congratulations Stefano! You really deserve this and we hope your writing will pay of so you can follow your next dream :-) In the mean time enjoy the moment because it's yours!!! Willem and Madeleine

gerbach ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 August 2004

Congradulations Stefano! I like your statements and your renders, and I wish you big success on your new novel.

Flak ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 August 2004

Well done and congrats on the award, DoubleCrash. A worthy winner :)

Drsuess ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 August 2004

Good Luck On The Novel!

tcdrushgeddy ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 August 2004

mucho congrats doublecrash, i remember when i first started posting bryce images here, you and alvinylaya would always comment and offer encouragement and useful critiques, and i still have one or two of those chrome spheres laying around :)

woodhurst ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 05 August 2004

congratulations man! Well deserved and long overdue. Jordan

Ang25 ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 06 August 2004

Congrats! Wonderful to see you get this. And I'm hoping your writing gets you that new computer. Hugs Angela

Rochr ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 06 August 2004

Wohoo! Congratulations Stefano! Nice to see you get this most deserved plug. And best of luck in the future my friend!

-Stormi- ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 06 August 2004

Congratulations! It is about time you won this award. I'm so happy for you. :-)

SerenityBlue ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 06 August 2004

I have always enjoyed Doublecrash's images. [The thing that makes me curious is how did you come up with the name "Doublecrash" ??] Congratulations on a well-deserved award!

danamo ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 06 August 2004

Many congrats Stefano! I hope your new novel becomes a runaway best-seller so you can afford Maya Unlimited. Your work just keeps getting better and better!

CarloTraversi ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 06 August 2004

Congratulazioni, Stefano, finalmente il giusto riconoscimento per la tua grande opera - grande anche a livello qualitativo - e per la tua continua ricerca di forme espressive sempre particolari ed emozionanti. Un grande augurio, anche per ciche verr:)

Swade ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 06 August 2004

Contratulations Stefano... You have definitely earned this recognition. You have been an inspiration to me as well as many others there is no doubt. You are doing some fantastic things with Maya and I thoroughly enjoy seeing your new works. Hope you have great success with your new novel. Wade

draculaz ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 06 August 2004

mascalzone, how ya doin'? :D

Blitzz-Licht ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 07 August 2004

Hi Stefano. You are really an alround Artist. Everything you make is excellent. Since i have not worked with bryce i lost you here out of my eyes. Its cool to see you as AOM - Congrats - Frank

frndofyaweh ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 07 August 2004

WOW! Just awesome that you got AOM! VERY interesting interview. It makes me believe I will make it someday myself. I make great coffee in any office, LOL. For me the pencil speaks wonders and my writing skills are stick men, metaphorically speaking. Hehe. I did get an honorable mention at Rosity's prose contest last yr. I'll be SURE to read your short story. I can't wait! Anyways, congratulations and absolutely deserved!

Akinom ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 07 August 2004

Congratulations, Stefano! You really deserve being AOM! Your work is gorgeous... keep it up! God luck to your new novel too! Monika

Vali ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 07 August 2004

Hey, Stephano ! You are the best ! I am not a Bryce artist, but I know your gallery very well and all i can say is that you have been born with a tone of talent for art ! I wish you all the best in the world and may the succes never leave you ! Big hugs, my friend !

Claymor ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 07 August 2004

CONGRATS old friend!!!! Glad you're still around. We still need to schedule that cup of coffee in some Italian cafe.

aceface041973 ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 08 August 2004

Congrats Stefano, and goodluck with everything. Cheers my friend!!

linkinpark ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 08 August 2004

Well deserved honor for you Stefano, your work is really excellent and you prooved that you can do amazing jobs in every soft! ;-)

Elsina ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 08 August 2004

Congratulations Stefano, Way to go! Loved your Bryce work and looking forward to your Maya/Cinema art!

OritH ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 08 August 2004

BRAVO Stephano!! You are a fine 3D artist and you deserve it! I enjoyed reading your interview here. Keep up the GREAT WORK!!!! Orit

jstsittinghere ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 08 August 2004

congrats Stefano!a well deserved honor! :)

Gog ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 09 August 2004

Well deserved Stefano, thanks for all the images and enjoyment you've given us all.