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Gill Brooks (gillbrooks): The Creative Side of Gill

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Whether you're a hobbyist or an artist full-time, creating art is meant to enjoy. And, Renderosity member Gill Brooks (gillbrooks) switched from doing commissions and creating products for sale to doing it because she loved it!

"It's quite liberating actually, now that I can create what I want, when I want and purely for fun and enjoyment," says Gill.

After hearing that, I wanted to know more information about how being an artist altered her life.

I wouldn't say that it's changed it in any way other than I've met an awful lot of great, like-minded people that I never would have done, many now going back for almost 15 years, and some of those people have become very good friends, rather than just fellow artists.

Then, I asked the burning question, 'what is it about art that you love?'

Escapism and freedom of expression. The real world can be a daunting place sometimes. When I'm creating something, it's all I focus on, so for that time, I can forget all the bad stuff going on in the world.

Immediately after that, I dove into the question, 'what does art mean to you?'

It's just something that has been in me for a very long time. The first I recall of something I did being "wowed" at was when I was 10 years old. I'd had a Chihuahua pup for my birthday and I used to carry a little scrapbook folder around with me. I'd done a pencil sketch of him, and a few weeks later, I'd taken my folder to school. The teacher saw the sketch and asked who had done it. He couldn't believe it was me! Sadly, I don't know what happened to that.

I took up oil painting in my late teens, and also did some work in acrylics. It dropped off after a few years, mainly due to lack of time, but I'd do the odd sketch once in a while.

Discovering digital mediums in 1999 was a turning point, and I got hooked well and truly. I'd always been a fan of fantasy art and at that time, programmes like Bryce, Poser, and a little later Vue, made it all so easy. Vue quickly became my favourite programme to use, and I drifted away from fantasy and more towards [mainly] realistic landscapes. I also became extremely determined to create realistic plants, using the "Solid Growth" trees that ship with Vue, but also XFrog and Onyx. I live near to a forest so was able to get plenty of high resolution photographs of leaves and bark for my endeavours.

I suppose I'm generally a creative person. I love interior design. At one stage, I was continually changing our home decor. Remember all that colourwashing, stencilling, rag rolling and various other paint effects in the 1980's and 90's? I was well in there with that! I love the current trend of upcycling furniture and other objects. I like to be creative in the kitchen too. I don't think I'll ever stop creating one way or another. It's with me till I die.

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