October 2014 Artist of the Month - KRYKOS
October 1, 2014 1:29 am
Each month the Renderosity
community votes on the Renderosity Artist
Of The Month [AOM] ... October's
AOM is KRYKOS!
We congratulate KRYKOS for an outstanding collection of works in the Writers Gallery!
Who is 'KRYKOS'?
Technically, KRYKOS is a character I created long ago. I was always fond of the name and decided to use it as my user name here on Renderosity.
My name is Chad and I'm a 37 year old mailman in Owatonna MN, a rural carrier to be precise. I've been delivering mail for about seven years now and really enjoy it (at least most of the time). It's not uncommon for me to work six days a week, this is a big part of why I say that time is my sworn enemy.
How long have you been writing?
I started writing in January of 2013, though I'm not sure I would really call it writing. On January 14th, 2013 I uploaded into the Poser gallery my Path of Unspeakable evil: The Prelude. You see, I have really always been more about the art, it just so happens that with this piece I included a few sentences; a few words words to add a little more depth than just the picture could alone. When it was all said and done, I really liked the idea of including some story with the picture.
I decided at that point to turn it into a series, 4 parts I thought would be perfect! LOL. Well, the 4 parts came, followed by 10, then 20, then 30 until finally I ended the series at 50. I believe it was somewhere around part 9 that I stopped writing just a few sentences and started to include multiple paragraphs. This is how I ended up in the writers gallery, as suddenly the poser gallery didn't offer a large enough character count and I was unable to upload my work. Another member informed me of the writers gallery, telling me of the much larger character count, but in return I would have to accept limitations on image size. This made following my series very difficult, as different parts of the story were uploaded in two different galleries.
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I'm working on a story called The Kindred, Dark Lineage. Its my first attempt at writing a novel; there is no art, just words. Unfortunately, with my time restrictions it's coming along rather slowly at the moment and also due to the size of each chapter I am unable to upload it here at Renderosity. Even the writers gallery doesn't offer the character count required for 6500 word chapters. If it's okay to say, and if anyone is interested in checking it out, I have been posting it on Wattpad under my same user name KRYKOS.
What do you think your best piece of work is and why?
I'm not sure if it's my best work, but I'm most proud of my Path of Unspeakable Evil series as a whole. The series fulfilled a life-long dream of being able to bring my characters to life and share them with the world. It is also what gave me the courage to put myself out there. Writing is new to me, I have no real experience with it, so putting it out there for the world to read is scary. I never had that problem with art, but writing for some reason leaves me feeling much more self conscious and vulnerable.
But, what I really love about The Path of Unspeakable Evil is the fact that the story is being told on two fronts, you have the words, but also the art. On my personal computer I have the series set up as my screen saver and am blown away every time it kicks on! As the pictures cycle through, it's incredibly easy to follow the story even with out the words.
Who, or what inspires you?
This is a hard one. I think it all comes back to comic books. Growing up, I was a huge X-Men fan. I loved the characters, the incredible stories by Chris Claremont, and the AMAZING art by Jim Lee. In a sense, my series is my comic book. Its a story about characters I love brought to life through words and also through art.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
What I love most about writing are the endless possibilities. You can literally do anything!
Do you have any tips you would be willing to share on the writing process?
LOL, I'm not a writer. As for my process, I get comfortable with my Ipad and simply begin typing. I let my mind and fingers take over. I don't plan anything out in advance, I just write as it comes to me.
How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
Renderosity is a wonderful community! Its nice to have a place
you can post your work and allow others to give feedback, and also
have a place to view others work as well. There are some truly
talented people here,
much more so than myself. The community as a whole is friendly. I have met some really wonderful people here.
Do you have any parting comments, or advice for other writers or artists?
As for parting comments...I would just like to say how honored I am to receive this recognition. I just wish it would have come when I was more active within the community. I admittedly lost my faith in my abilities for a time. My views and comments were always low and I felt I wasn't offering people what they wanted to see or read. I know I shouldn't be creating for others, but particularly with the writing I was looking for help and feedback, something telling me that I was on the right track.
As I mentioned, the writing left me very vulnerable, it was hard to post my writing when I was so unsure of myself and my ability. There were a handful of loyal followers who commented on almost everything I posted. These individuals know who they are, and their support meant the world to me!
Thank you to all who were part of the nomination and voting process. Being selected as an artist of the month is an achievement I truly never thought would happen. It's the validation I was looking for! Thank you.
We invite you to have a further look at KRYKOS' Renderosity Gallery!
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Artist of the Month is highlighting a talented Renderosity artist that has been nominated by mods and admins, and voted by the community. Recognition is given to this member for their collection of works for that year.
Since we only select one AOM per month, it is not about their works for that particular month. Instead, it is about highlighting a talented artist's works for that year, and they are recognized during that month.
To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM page.
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