Renderosity hosted A Caption Contest and Renderosity member Wonga won in the Carrara forum. The prize was to feature him, so if you haven't spoke with Wonga or don't know too much about him, get to know him today!
What brought you to Renderosity?
That is a question in which I have to go back a few years to remember what led me to joining up. It was back in early 2006 when I joined Renderosity, at the time myself and my brother were working on a synopsis for a novel. I wanted to have some artwork included but being an impatient type I didn't want to sit around for hours drawing. I searched around the net to what was available and came across the Renderosity site.
The freebie section at that time was what drew me in then finding what I needed in the store had me thinking that this could be the answer to my lack of patience.
How has art changed your life?
I don't think art has changed my life as I have grown up with it and has been a part of me since forever. I remember at primary school I was always chosen by the teacher to add to her written work on the blackboard with sketches of whatever the subject may have been. I remember that dinosaurs were my favorite drawings when I was about six years old so had plenty of opportunity during class to do my art on the board for the class to copy.
However, I never pursued a career of art maybe because of my family's situation at the time; you know the story, hard life, out in the bush, not a penny to spare and then girls.
What is it about art that you love?
I am continually amazed by the many forms of art. Whether it be a painting by a master or a simple render or sketch by a hobbyist or a young child, to look at art and let your mind and imagination go with what is either happening, happened or is going to happen really gets me going. My imagination goes wild at times and my brother has a similar imagination and once we start bouncing things off each other, it's got to be the best high you can get. More recently though I have enjoyed watching my eldest daughter work her way through art school and the National Art School of New South Wales. Her work for me is just brilliant.
Would you consider yourself more of a hobbyist?
Absolutely a hobbyist, as I mentioned above, the opportunities of my early times in life didn't allow for me to get into an art based job. I do enjoy getting creative but I think that having to work on a piece of art for more than a couple of days would bore me to tears. Therefore, that's why I enjoy the 3D world of piecing things together to fulfill my creative imagination and then to portray a story that can be interpreted in so many different ways by so many different people. I get a real buzz out of that.
What does art mean to you?
This is a deep question. What does it mean to me? Art to me means life, to see what an artist puts out there shows what he/she has put into it, their love, their hates, their deepest most feelings all come out in their artwork. It may not be seen or interpreted by all that view it but for those that see beyond the drawings and paint and colours is a world full of life's stories and hidden secrets. It also means the opposite to me as well. It's the darker side of a person's thoughts and tribulations; you can't have and enjoy one without the other to balance it all out. To try and interpret the story of someone's art you need to see and try to understand the whole story that is being portrayed and life isn't rosy for everyone and their stories are most often seen in their artwork. Art means a lot to me and has done since ever I can remember.
How did you become so passionate about art and why?
I don't think I am passionate about art in the sense of the question you ask. I think I was blessed with a gift when I was born. Art is just one of those gifts and is my way of expression to whoever wants to look at it and hopefully finds something within it that they can relate to. I am more passionate in the art of finding out whom I am and why I am. Art is one of those tools to hopefully help me discover along the journey of life what it is I am looking for. And I have been looking for a long while and enjoying the art I see along the way but the answer still evades me to this day.