My name is Artur Rosa and I was born in Portugal (which is also where I’m currently living at). In 2006 I got interested in 3D because of a game I used to play called SimCity, a 3D city simulation game. Initially it was just another game but eventually I discovered that it allowed the addition of custom made buildings. So I decided to learn how I could do that. That led me to study 3D software in general, of which I knew absolutely nothing about at that time. One thing led to the other and eventually I found Vue and it was “love at first sight”. Vue allowed me to unleash all the images I had in my mind, with some help from a few other tools.
Digital artwork is just a hobby for me, my “real life” profession has nothing to do with this. Maybe one day it will be my profession, who knows…
- Unfinished Circles
I love clouds. The cloud variety that nature has to offer is wonderful and I wanted to capture a bit of that. The symmetry provided by a water plane is a perfect complement to the chaos of the clouds. The natural circle formed by clouds and sea (we all know the water cycle) required another circle across it. Hence the (unfinished) circle of island, grass and man (mineral, vegetal, animal), united with the bigger circle by the sun and the water itself.
I used Vue to make this image, with a help from Poser and Zbrush to make the character. Vue is great at cloud manipulation and creating such environments. In Vue this is a fairly simple image, from the technical point of view.
- Six Stones
The sense of mystery is a great incentive to hold the viewer in an image for as long as possible, imagining what happened before and what will happen next. That’s what I tried with this image – to trigger the curiosity of the viewer. The overall purple hue provides an additional sense of strangeness, which contributes to the overall mood.
This was made with Vue for the environment, materials and render, with a little help from GeoControl2 to create the mountains in the background (which were imported into Vue, for the render).
- The Secret Cove
This is part of a dear series to me, “Days of Awe”, featuring the journey of this little girl and her black cat across awe inspiring settings. With this series I wanted to capture a bit of the joy of the innocent discovery, the thrill of the simple mysteries, the beauty of simplicity and innocence from childhood. Again, the sense of mystery is very important in this series and particularly in this image. What’s in that cove? What are they seeing? Where will it lead?
This image was made and rendered in Vue, with help from Poser for the girl and cat. The vertical rock walls are simple terrains and the cove was manually carved in the terrain editor. The sand is a procedural Vue material, made by me.
- Devil’s Tongue
This image came to my mind together with the title. Words can be a strong source of inspiration. It happens to me many times that a title appears in my head, or I hear something in a song or somewhere else, and that title triggers a visual impression in my mind. I imagined that if this place existed in reality, people could call it “Devil’s Tongue”, the central rock being the tongue.
This was made and rendered in Vue, with simple terrains manipulated in the terrain editor. The vegetation below is a simple ecosystem of standard trees. All in all, this image was made in under an hour.
- Where Clouds embrace the Sun
Again my passion for clouds shows… Clouds can be a filler of empty spaces, as a compositional aid, or they can be the focus of the composition, like in this case.
I made this in Vue, which is great at making clouds, although render times can be very long. This image took almost 20 hours to render on a 8 cores CPU…
- Dragon Surfing
Flying is always an inspiration to me. I would love to be able to fly and I frequently dream that I’m doing it… and it feels great! But humans can’t fly on their own so why not use a flying dragon? But not in the usual style, sitting on it, that’s “boring” and expectable. Do it like we’re surfing! Think about different perspectives to normal things. Mind you that this image was in 2007, long before the Avatar movie came out, which later popularized this kind of flight.
This was made in my early days with Vue. I would change a couple of things now (for example, I would increase the diversity of the vegetation). The terrain was prepared in the terrain editor in Vue and populated with an ecosystem of trees.
- Secret Pond of the Tiny Men
Forests are always a source of inspiration for me. Maybe because of the primeval instincts that they awaken. Again, I wanted to capture a bit of mystery here. A perfectly normal pine tree forest (very similar to the ones near my house) but with an expected twist: stairs around a tree! Who built them? Where do they lead? The title is important for this image because it triggers the viewers to search the image for the tiny men. They don’t see them anywhere but suddenly, they see the stairs. Speaking of titles, they are normally important to any image because they create the right mood, they’re a kind of an introduction.
This was made and rendered in Vue, as usual. This kind of environment is perfect for Vue because of the ecosystem feature: you define a material for the terrain and in it define what objects or plants it should have, the distribution rules and a few other things. Then just click “populate” and the terrain is magically filled with those objects or plants.
- Micro-World of Thales
This image was inspired by a new feature introduced in Vue 7.5: the “planetary terrains”. In previous versions of Vue, a terrain was an infinite plane but since 7.5 it became possible to make it a sphere, with all the features of a world (an atmosphere, with clouds and all). I was playing around with this and this image popped up.
This is a planetary terrain, with 10Km of radius (hence, the “micro-world” name; Earth has 6400Km radius, for example). The ring is a simple torus primitive made invisible and with an ecosystem of rocks of top. The terrain itself is procedurally driven and all those craters and stuff are indeed just a standard fractal function in Vue’s advanced material editor.
- Micro-World of Soul Sphere
Just like the “Micro-World of Thales”, this image was inspired by the “planetary terrain” feature introduced in Vue 7.5. The spheres there, and the connections between them, was inspired by a song I was listening at the moment. Songs can be a great source of inspiration if the poems have “visual” references.
- Between Clouds 8 and 9
Again my passion for clouds surfaces… This was inspired by the expression “cloud 9” that I heard somewhere. When I heard it, I was immediately intrigued about what “cloud 8” was… One thing led to the other and a corridor between two cloud layers (8 and 9) appeared in my mind. Then I opened up Vue and tried to create these two cloud layers. It wasn’t too difficult, just a matter of 2 or 3 hours to get it just like I wanted it. The ships were modelled in Zbrush, textured in Vue and then placed between the two layers. Click render, wait a few hours, and I was in cloud nine. ☺
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