Renderosity hosted a Movie Poster Contest and Renderosity member Cobra Blade (cobrablade) won in the Poser Forum! So, I decided to interview him about what his background consists of.
What brought you to Renderosity?
Back in 2008 I had just discovered DAZ Studio and I was using it to help me create my first Mac game, Soulless. While the DAZ store had a lot on there, there were also other things I wanted for my game that were nowhere to be found. Rather than give up, I tried searching the net for what I needed, which lead me to Renderosity. Renderosity had exactly what I was looking for and then some. I've been a regular here ever since.
How has art changed your life?
That's a tricky one, since there was no precise point I took to art. Rather, art has been a part of my entire life from as far back as I can remember. Growing up, I wanted to be an artist, but around the time I was leaving school, art was becoming digital so I too evolved into digital art. So, I can definitely say if it wasn't for my pursuit of art, I wouldn't have embraced computers like I did.
What is it about art that you love?
I love being able to express myself. You can share so much more, literally a piece of yourself through art I don't think you can with words alone. I also love just how lost I get in my art. Hours slip away so quickly while I'm working; it is a real feeling of belonging. It really is my element.
Would you consider yourself more of a hobbyist?
That's an interesting question. My art later evolved further into game creation, which to me is still creating art. Financially, the best I've done so far is to break even with the costs vs. income from sales. Because of this, I still have a day job which unfortunately takes priority so the bills get paid, etc. Because of this I see myself as a hobbyist, even though I've been doing it for so many years and it is my true passion. Incidentally, this has led me to feeling caged, and lately I've been contemplating quitting the day job and seeing how far I get selling my services as a graphic/web designer.
What does art mean to you?
In a single word: beauty. No matter if it is drawn, painted, pixeled, photoed, sculptured, 3Ded or musical, there is a story behind it. Even if it were a dark and twisted tale, one with sorrow or hope and happiness, there is always a beauty. Art is the delight that we can treat our eyes with, or as the artist, express the inexpressible.
How did you become so passionate about art and why?
To be honest, I think it has a lot to do with the way my brain is wired up. I was an underachiever with words and numbers not really coming up to full speed until around secondary school. Artistically though, I've always thrived. I outshone all my classmates and it all just came so naturally to me. My family was also fairly poor, so the ability to draw or create replicas of your favorite cartoon or video game characters further fired up my passion for it in my earlier years. The best example of this for me was wanting the Ninja Turtle Van as a kid but knowing there was no way I could ever get it. So, I created it myself out of cardboard and paint. Not only was I proud of what I had created, the other kids were so impressed. As you can imagine, it also meant so much more having created it myself.