I love asking Renderosity members how they found out about our site. You'd be surprised at the responses I receive. This time I interviewed Renderosity member svdl. So, for your enjoyment, please read how he got started with 3D art.
What brought you to Renderosity?
Once upon a time... I worked as a lecturer at a university of applied sciences, department of Media Technologies. One of the courses taught there was 3D modeling, texturing and animation. It was not one of the courses I taught, my field was hardware, networking and programming, but it got me interested in 3D in general. Then I visited Siggraph 2002 and got hooked.
So I scoured the Internet for 3D tools and resources, found Blender and couldn't get my head around it, found 3DS Max and couldn't get my wallet to cooperate.
Then I found Poser Pro Pack, the trial version. And it was both easy to learn the basics and fun to use. So I started looking for Poser resources, and I found Renderosity. A few weeks later Poser 5 was released. I bought it, got hooked on its new features, and started posting in the galleries.
How has art changed your life?
That's a tough one. In some ways, it hasn't changed my life at all. I've always been creative, playing the piano, drawing sketches, designing and building wooden boat models. Creating things for the fun of creating has always been a significant part of my life.
On the other hand I've seen images and movies, I've read poems and stories, I've heard music that deeply touched me, and made me look at things differently. In that way art has pushed me to become a more thoughtful, and hopefully better person.
What is it about art that you love?
Creativity and emotion. Without creativity, there can be no art, and I love creating. And art evokes emotion, and a life without emotion is not much of a life at all.
Would you consider yourself more of a hobbyist?
When it comes to making images, I'm a hobbyist. Most of my work is just illustrations that go with a (usually short and irreverent) story, some of my images are about technical experiments in Poser. Only a very select few of my images evoke emotions all by themselves. And that is why I feel only those few images could be considered works of art.
In 3D, I'm more of a craftsman than an artist. I enjoy figuring out what else Poser can do, how to push it to the max, and sharing that knowledge. But sometimes I have a vision in my mind that I just have to get out, and at those moments I'm an artist.
When it comes to writing, I'm slightly more serious. Although that could be disputed, considering most of the illustrated short stories I've posted here.
What does art mean to you?
Besides being fun, creating art is an outlet for my creativity. This means I'm more productive artwise when I can't unleash that creativity at work. This also explains why I haven't produced a lot the last few years: I - finally! - found a workplace where creative out of the box solutions are appreciated instead of barely tolerated.
Maybe Willem Brakman (1922-2008) said it best:
But art shows; it shows what it cannot say"
How did you become so passionate about art and why?
Another tough one. Passionate is such a serious word, and I've learned not to take myself too seriously, including my passions.
On a serious note, I believe expressing oneself through art is on the same level as expressing oneself through speech. Both require freedom.
On a less serious note, I thoroughly enjoy creating and looking at pretty pictures.