3DValley Featured 3D Artist of December 2006 – Sil Ariaans. Sil was the first female artist at 3DValley.com to submit her artwork. She has always been interested in art and besides a talented 3D artist she is also a skilled traditional artist. Everything she knows about the computer and 3D/ CG art she has taught herself. For her artwork Sil uses programs like 3D Studio Max, Poser, Photoshop, and Flash. Read the interview and get to know a little bit more about her.
Christa: Can you tell us a bit about yourself: Who are you and what do you do in your daily life?
Sil: I live in Holland and I am 44, married and mother of 3 sons. In the first place I support and take the best care I can of my family, our house and the animals. I try to live as healthy as possible… and have a lot of hobby’s and never enough time 🙂
Christa: When did you first notice you had artistic talent?
Sil: As a very young girl I felt happy with low quality paper and a pencil, or chalk to draw on the street. I couldn’t draw well, but adored peoples that could so I practiced very hard to learn it too.
Christa: Do you have traditional art experience?
Sil: Yes. At high school I had chosen drawing and (art-) history to start art-school. When I graduated I turned out to be too young to start, so did education for Director Secretary first. Then I started working in an office and living on my own, so didn’t have the chance to do art-school, but I started to follow lessons beside work at the Free Art Academies. I studied realistic drawing and painting for many years. Did clay-sculpting a few years and followed basic airbrush-lessons too as airbrushing was back then a great passion! As I wanted to draw and illustrate as a freelancer, I followed a course professional commercial drawing and painted with oil-paint and acryl. After getting my certificate I started to work for graphic studios (without computers). I bought every book that I found and could afford that could help me to improve my skills. Everything I know about computers and 3D is self-taught.
|No computer, no TV||Inviting 640|
Christa: Which software packages do you use for your artwork?
Sil: I work mostly with 3ds Max, Photoshop, Flash and Poser. (And for game-art the Unreal-editor.) For landscapes I tried different programs, but very much like Mojoworld.
Christa: You can’t use your software without the hardware, so what do you use?
Sil: I work now with a AMD Athlon ™ 64 Processor 3500+, Clock speed 2.21 GHz and 2 GB RAM with ATI graphic card and a Pentium 4 2.60 GHZ CPU and 1 GB RAM, the older computers are used by the kids now… and I have a laptop too, but only with 512 MB RAM, just enough to do basic things.
Christa: Can you tell us a bit of the way you work on your art?
Sil: I don’t start something with the intention “to make art”. When I started with computer graphics 9 years ago, my intention was to learn as much as possible, so every image that I made contained at least one new thing that I learned or experimented with. I made my own challenges and don’t follow strict rules. I love modeling, so I like to use a self-made models in the renders and as I love painting, I like to do things with Photoshop too, but it’s only the latest few years that I can use the tablet a little longer without getting cramp/pain. The images that I show here at 3DValley are not commercial images; it’s a small selection of what I made for personal development.
|Sssst||The Zebra and the finch|
Christa: What and/or who inspires you?
Sil: Daily life inspires me… and the techniques that are possible these days. I can see something in my mind or on the internet or around me and get that feeling/drive that I HAVE to model it, or to create a (simple) short animation of it… I live by the day and try to follow my feelings. Sometimes peoples ask me to create something, like the English Student that I made for a collaborative project on CGTalks or graphics or an animation for a website, then that has priority.
Christa: Do you have a favorite genre?
Sil: As a painter I was most interested in the 17th Century techniques of our countries famous Realistic painters, for example: Rembrandt van Rijn. I liked much Realism, Magic Realism, Surrealism and Fantasy Art, especially Rodney Matthews, Boris Vallejo and Judy Bell, L. Royo, Frank Frazetta, Henk Helmantel but I also adored Escher and Anton Pieck. I always loved to look at illustrations in children books and on the computer. I like everything that has to do with CG and especially 3D-movies.
Christa: Do you have a favorite piece of your own artwork and if so, why?
Sil: No, not really. I like them all to see the development. One thing often leads to the other but of course it gave me a more satisfied feeling when I modeled a lady, a chimp, clothes or a house myself. I like very much the lady on the car as I love the reflections, the composition the colors and the atmosphere and I like how the clothes turned out and her look and hair painting. Every image contains things that I like.
|Lady and car|
Christa: You are currently working on creating an adorable little monkey. What do you use as reference?
Sil: I only had a little face-picture. I adjusted it and used it to model the front view. All the rest is free fantasy modeling.
Christa: Besides 3D Valley, which other CG sites do you visit regularly?
Sil: At the moment I spend most time at CGsociety and at Renderosity where I still have my first started gallery… Because of Renderosity I found 3D Valley 🙂 Lately I read more in forums. I spend less time behind the computer then I used to for many years, so I try not to lose too much time with looking, reading, clicking and forgetting about the time 😉
Christa: What is your goal as an artist?
Sil: Never to lose my inspiration and passion, to stay healthy and to learn more. I have to avoid too much stress, so short deadlines are not good for me. Right now my goals are to finish together with my brother and a friend finally our own website Samiranet.nl and to finish little Chimpy… to make some nice clothes or attributes for him to make some nice renders or perhaps anims. I will see what comes on my path…
|Chimp||The kites and the kites|
Christa: Do you have any tips for the artists who admire your work?
Sil: Follow your own heart and interests. Health is so important, so don’t stay for hours and hours behind the computer: keep that body moving! 🙂
Christa: Is their something you can’t work without?
Sil: I like the most to work in silence. Real life is often very busy crowdie and noisy with three kids and their friends, so to keep the balance I love to work in rest and peace behind the computer to concentrate on the graphics.
Christa: When you are not working or creating something what do you do?
Sil: Because of Multiples Scleroses 4 years ago, I lost for the 6th time within 12 years for many months the functioning of both my arms, hands and legs, so I take rest in time, try to avoid stress. I daily take time to walk and/or bike to keep a good condition. Last year my husband and I started with breeding of birds (especially zebra-finches) so I take care of the birds and I like to take pictures of them too. I love to talk, to read and write, to try to make music with a keyboard or music software and watching great movies, playing games or just looking around in computer games. Last year I started singing in a new choir again, like I did for years in the past, so I sing a lot too and it’s nice to make new real life friends with the same hobbies. I’m busy with the kids, the family, the house, shopping, walking, looking around and breathing fresh air, taking pictures, cooking… & enjoying life : ) Thank you very much Christa : )
Christa: Thanks for your time and the interview Sil!