There are a number of online communities for digital artists: Deviant Art, Renderosity, Cornucopia 3D to name but three.
Each site has hundreds, if not thousands of member artists, many of whom inspire others and give of themselves by creating tutorials for other artists, and also providing content, such as materials and backgrounds, for others to use in their own work.
This week, I thought I would share with you three of my favorite digital artists.
Digital artists not only have to have the normal artistic skills such as composition and a sense of proportion and perspective, but they also have to learn the technical aspects of working with which ever program they use. Gill, who hails from England, has been working in Vue since 2002, long before I had ever heard of it.
I love her work, some of which is fantasy art, such as the image I have shown above, called "Follow Me" and some is inspired by the scenery and landscapes of England.
I have some materials created by Gill in my own "digital toolbox", in the form of some very realistic water textures that I have used in a number of my own pieces.
You can view Gill's portfolio on Cornucopia here.
You can view her gallery on Renderosity here.
Another English artist I admire is Dominic Davison. His works make me think of a digital version of Thomas Kinkade. His attention to the smallest detail and the quality of his lighting make every one of his images picture perfect.
Even when I use the exact same 3D models in my own art, I can't get anywhere near this quality yet, but I'll keep trying!
You can view Dominic's portfolio on Cornucopia here.
You can view his gallery on Renderosity here.
I don't know what Flint_Hawk's real name is, just the "handle" they go by on Renderosity. I'm not even sure if it's a he or a she!!
Flint_Hawk does some wonderful fantasy art in Poser, and a lot of it includes horses - my favorite subject!.
As with many of the artists on Renderosity, Flint-Hawk helpfully posts details of how they composed their image, which textures they use, details of any extra models they have used and where one can get them.
Renderosity members can view Flint-Hawks's gallery by searching for Flint_Hawk at www.renderosity.com. The artist asked me not to post a direct link.
Each of these artists, as well as many others, have inspired me in my art. Which could be why I don't seem to have my own unique style... but that's another blog post.
Which artists have inspired you?