I personally favour Kromekat and Curio since their Second Empire series is some of the most exciting and accomplished work on renderosity IMHO, and is so consistantly good. If you havent looked, check out their gallery and see for yourself the scale of their talent! :-)
It's about time some 2d artists got their due in my mind. Rohyphnol's work has had me submitting his name for an AOM nomination since I arrived at renderosity, and Antoonio's stuff, like Rophyphnol's, is in a league of its own. Also, I don't think there should be a 2d/3d distinction in the AOM polls. The great 2d artists here are on the same level as the great 3d artists here, justa different genre. If we make distinctions on 2d 3d, who's to say we can't make a distinction between 3D Studio and Lightwave for AOM nominations?
This was the toughest so far. jjsmlee is awesome, the best sci-fi stuff in here no question. picky is also a great favorite of mine, the romantic images are 2nd to none. I'm not gonna say how I voted because it was agonizing enough to pick from those two.
I agree the two can stand toe to toe. However, I'd like to chime in on my personal opinion about AOM...especially to the Poser community. It's time the MODEL MAKERS got their due also. THese are the folks whose hard work makes it possible for you to make the pretty pictures you go oooo and ahhhh over. Without an artistic model, your 3D image would start off on an uphill battle. Just a thought. IF you don't wnat to go there, please folks, consider a 2D artist next month. Afterall, you make the call,not us mods. :)
There are many very talented people here who put a tremendous amount of time and energy in creating some of the most amazing and inspiring images. The person who has most inspired me is trevor3000...his ability as an artist and his brilliant imagination come together to create a wide and varied array of images that never cease to astound me in their quality, their diverse nature, the emotions they depict...and their simple elegance and beauty. His gallery is well worth the trip...take a peek...totally gets my vote for AOM!