Renderosity Free Stuff Artist - Stonemason

nickcharles · April 17, 2006 9:00 am

Each month we showcase a Renderosity Free Stuff Artist, in appreciation for their thoughtfulness, and countless hours spent creating free items for the Renderosity community. This month we are proud to showcase the works of Stefan Morrell, better known to his Renderosity fellow artists as Stonemason.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? I'm living in New Zealand, currently self employed making 3D content.

Did you begin with modeling, or did you begin with Poser? I guess I started with everything at once: Bryce, Poser, Max, Maya, and even Photoshop, all at about the same time. I wanted to see what everything had to offer. 3DSMax and Zbrush are now my weapons of choice.


What version of Poser do you use, and why do you like it best? Professionally, I use PP, P4, P5, and P6 (for testing and product creation). My preference for Poser is version 6. The new lighting and material options are making it a very powerful program and I'm eagerly waiting for the next version. D|S is also looking good.

The architecture in your models is magnificent. Where do you get your ideas from? Blame it on the coffee ;) Movies, books...the real world? Anything can inspire. I have a background in construction and design which helps in the environment models.

Is there a specific type of structure you like to model more so than others (i.e. sci-fi, historical, etc.)? Why? Sci-Fi has always been a favourite. I find it easy to model, as there are no specific rules to live by in modeling sci-fi, and I like all the fiddly detailing. Urban environments are also great fun.


What was the first model you ever made? Did it come out the way you planned? It was probably a sci-fi model of somekind. I doubt it came out as expected. Most of my early 3D endeavours are best left alone :)

When things just aren't going the way you planned, what keeps you going? Coffee!

Of all the models you've made, what's your favourite? Why? Urban Sprawl, probably not the most detailed model, but it has been very well received by the community. Urban Future is another of my favourites. It's like asking who your favourite child is. I like making the Hellcolumns too. These are a set of freebies made in Zbrush. Expect more of these in the future.


Do you have a favourite free stuff provider? Who is it and why? Not so much freebie providers, but I'm very thankful for all the people who provide insight into how the program works, and are always around to answer the difficult questions. Little dragon, Stewer, etc. The list is very long, but a big thanks to all those walking encyclopedias on how Poser works.

What is your favorite image created with your free stuff? I honestly couldn't pick any single image as my favourite. I'm happy seeing my models being used creatively.


How long have you been a member of the Poser Community? What do you like best about it? My introduction to Poser, and 3D in general, was through Renderosity in late 2002. I've found it to be a great place for learning about the various programs we use.

Do you have any advice for someone just starting out modeling and sharing their free stuff items? Be original, and have fun! Oh, and don't use "!" in your folders ;) A sincere thanks for all the support I've received through this site.



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Article Comments

IO4 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 April 2006

Congrats. on being nomitated this month. Your freebies really are fantastic - thank you so much for sharing them with us all:)

AlteredKitty ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 April 2006

Thank you for ALL your 'stuff' both free and commercial. I like the way you take time to visit the forums at various sites and are always willing to help out and toss ideas around :) _____ali x

BARTWORX ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 April 2006

Nice to read some background info about you :} . And THNX for being a great inspiration to me seeing your work made me think, Yeah i wanna do that too. Chris A.K.A. BARcode

kirwyn ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 April 2006


infinity10 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 17 April 2006

Congrats and thank you for your generosity.

TCopsey ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

HUGE Thank you for all your awesome creations. You give artists an outlet. Your interview was great and I sense a touch of orneriness in you! Fantastic creations, comments and gentleman. Thanks again!

Acadia ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

A well deserved honour. Thank you for all that you do :)

Casette ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

Thanks Stefan for your fantastic work !!! :)

bogwoppet ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

Congratulations and thank you for your products and free stuff, it's really appreciated. You are a very tallented artist and an inspiration to all of us here at Rosity and I look forward to seeing your next project - Bravo!

Foxseelady ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

Congradulations well deserved your work is wonderful and much appreciated! Thank you very much. :)

zap326 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

Too true, thanks for those great Freebies! - Okay Stef, now make sure your cat keeps popping in now and again okay? :-) - ('Urban Sprawl' owners can see a cameo of him as a wall poster for "Naked Kitty Petfood") -- Meow! :-)

Richard T ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

Congratulations and thanks for your models and inspiration.

SamTherapy ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

Huge congratulations and many thanks.

Dave-So ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

its great to see someone like you, Stefan, be chosen as Free stuff POM.....You're work is some of the finest around, plus you're always there to answer questions, provide support, and ideas. Congrats :)

originalkitten ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

Congratulations and thank you!

jadedjane ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

pours stonemason another cup of coffee Let the inspiration flow :o) Thank you for all your contributions to the community.

mathman ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

Well deserved.

LeChatDesigns ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 18 April 2006

I love all of the imagination and details that go into your creations, Stefan. You've been generous beyond what any reasonable individual could ever imagine. By the way, your heavy cable prop still scares me! I cringe in fear of some unspeakable dental horror everytime I see that thing. ;-) Thank you so much for sharing with us!

akahastur ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 19 April 2006

Thanks so much for all this fabulous models!!! I'm a big fan ;)

cosmoz ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 19 April 2006

His 'Freebies' are the absolute best, an accomplished artist and cool store as well! Love, the results of his careful attention to detail, a foundation for the Digital comunity!

PapaBlueMarlin ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 19 April 2006

Stefan, you do such cool stuff. Keep up the excellent work :)

alzartz ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 20 April 2006

Thanks Stefan, your skills and kiwi imagination have been great assistance and inspiration to us all, I'm sure.

ExprssnImg ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 20 April 2006

You da man! Steam on, full ahead, motor up!! I think we're drinking the same coffee, . . in gallons?

Claywoman ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 23 April 2006

Awesome interview and great products a huge thanks!

2126 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 27 April 2006

Thank you Stefan for sharing with us all that your creativity!! Your art is of filling the eyes!!:) Congratulations!! Beto.