Artist of the Month: August 2015 – Richard Fraser

Posted by Xfrog on August 1st, 2015

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1. Q: Where are you from and how did you get involved with computer graphics, and how long ago?
A: I’m from London, UK and have been involved in graphics since leaving college. I first became interested in Computer graphics when Amiga’s first appeared. I was doing a stage design that required some specific warped geometric designs and using a computer to do this made life so much easier.

2. Q: Do you use computer graphics for work or personal art, or both?
A: I used computer graphics in both personal and professional work.

3. Q: Do you have artistic training/background or self-taught? Where did you study and what?
A: I was trained as a Graphic Designer and somewhat surprisingly (to me) also an interior designer. I’m not a very tidy person 🙂
4. Q: What software do you use?
A: I use XFrog of course. I also use Lightwave, Photoshop, Terragen, After Effects and Nuke (a little).

5. Q: How did you find Xfrog and XfrogPlants? Do you use Xfrog, XfrogPlants or both?
A: When I started using Terragen to create realistic landscapes there were no plants that could be imported, nor even the ability to render them in Terragen even if there were. As soon as Terragen evolved to a stage where it could handle iomported models I started looking for a solution that could create plants and vegetation easily and not look too computer generated. Although there were a few plugins for Lightwave nothing came close to XFrogs fidelity and realism
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6. Q: Do you more enjoy modelling plants, creating ecosystems or making background elements for architecture?
A: Often I will take a pre-existing XFrog model and take in apart in order to re-use its parts in a new plant. Eco-systems is a Vue term I believe and I don’t use Vue. I do however enjoy creating complex environments with maybe 20 or 30 plant populations. I’ve also used them in architectural renderings.

7. Q: What feature would you like to see in Xfrog?
A: I’d love to see the advances made in the XFrog plugin for Maya and C4D working in the stand alone version. Or a plugin that would let XFrog work within Lightwave.
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8. Q: What plants would you like to have as next library produced by Xfrog?
A: More ground cover, you can never have too much ground cover. Also hedge row bushes and trees would be useful.

9. Q: What is your favourite thing about Xfrog and XfrogPlants?
A: Bundling them with Terragen was a stroke of genius, both packages complement each other perfectly

10. Q: What would you like to see improved about Xfrog and XfrogPlants?
A: I’d like to see greater integration with other programs (Lightwave would be great). I’d really like to see a way of growing a plant so it could be animated. I have several animations waiting in the wings that would benefit greatly from this.

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