I've heard time and time again people losing themselves in art. It's a distraction from their mundane life and for me; writing does the same for me. When I'm writing an article, nothing else matters except for the piece I'm working on. And, for Renderosity member Brandy Everett (-BrandyE-), art is an escape. Read about how she found Renderosity, fell in love with art and some other things you may not know about her.
What brought you to Renderosity?
Many, many, many moons ago I was a dabbler in the tubing and tagging community and made many friends that are now vendors and artists in the 3d community. At some point, we started seeing people creating their OWN artwork in poser and several of us were drawn in instantly. I've been here ever since! I've worn many hats in the "poser-verse" and I've been a store tester from my very early days. I even owned a large brokerage for several years. I've been a vendor, but my real love is the art and the people.
How has art changed your life?
It's brought me a great deal of joy! Lots of my close friends of many years are people that art and 3d have brought into my life! Art has brought me a confidence in my skills and in being whoever it is that I am. The more I create, the more I understand about myself and the world around me, and how I react to it and perceive it.
What is it about art that you love?
I have always had an extremely vivid imagination...nature, music, colors, poems, books, and movies all inspire me and touch me. And, art allows me to tell the stories in my head, to express the emotion and to capture those little vignettes that I see and share them. Fantasy, gothic romance and emotive imagery are my wheelhouses, but I dabble in pinup and other styles and am a fan of artists in almost every genre.
Would you consider yourself more of a hobbyist?
I consider myself a semi-professional artist. I've had some modest success with book covers, clip art sales, commissions and commercial work. I've also sold a lot of my pieces incorporated into wearable art..jewelry, tattoos, etc. I have had the honor over the years to beta test for some of the most talented vendors in our community. So, I take pride in knowing that even in a tiny, tiny way, I've helped to make our industry vibrant and thriving. I also have done a great deal of marketing and promotional art for vendors and stores, both personally and through my promotional art group, Sympatico Studio. I will probably always dabble in the commercial arena, but I don't pursue it because my time and energy is limited and I never want my art to be a chore. If my art is anything, it's therapy and a source of joy and I want it to remain that.
What does art mean to you?
Art is beauty, passion, joy, pain, grief, wonder, and fear, all the range of human emotion expressed in a medium that can be shared with others and which evokes a feeling or response in them. Art is what makes the world special, which helps us rise above the mundane and the utilitarian.
How did you become so passionate about art and why?
I've always loved art and how through an image you can get inside someone's head and they can show you, in a tangible way, their passion, imagination, their fear and their emotion. I'm so grateful that I discovered 3d. It's been a constant in my life from the very day I made that first, truly horrible image that I thought was AMAZING! For me personally, my art is a release of emotion, tension, stress, fear.
I--as well as my sons-- have a serious genetic condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome that causes lots of pain and mobility issues, so art is my escape. When I'm creating, I lose myself in it and all the pain and worry fades into the background. I'm a natural empath so, I'm always feeling things. I am easily able to be tuned into others feelings, both negative and positive. Art has allowed me to pour some of that feeling into an image and release it, which is a blessing for me. When I'm creating, it gives me a sense of calm and focus that I really don't find in many other places.