Artist of the Month: January 2016 – Michel Rondberg

Posted by Xfrog on January 1st, 2016

Light Conquers Darkness
Jungle ClearingThe Purple FlowerDeep in the ForestEsperanca

1. Q: Where are you from and how did you get involved with computer graphics, and how long ago?
A: I was born in the Netherlands in 1978. When I was just a kid I got my first computer, a commodore and later on an amiga. On the commodore I was annoyed by the bad games and started programming my own games. I ran into the limitations of sprites, and the amiga was my first true computer I started making graphics on. At age 15 I started with 3ds Max r4, and now I use a whole variety of software.
the Chameleon
2. Q: Do you use computer graphics for work or personal art, or both?
A: Mainly work, I have so little time for personal art, I miss that freedom from time to time. But I enjoy working on major projects true our company D&D Creations which I founded with my partner Drea Horvath.

3. Q: Do you have artistic training/background or self-taught? Where did you study and what?
A: I was trained in digital audio and video engineering in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. But the best lessons came from real world experience and working under high pressure.
4. Q: What software do you use?
A: Vue xStream 2015, 3ds Max 2015 Design, V-Ray, Adobe Creative cloud, Geoglyph, Helios, Houdini, Sonar Platinum.

5. Q: How did you find Xfrog and XfrogPlants? Do you use Xfrog, XfrogPlants or both?
A: My first introduction to xfrog plants came from my partner Drea, I was amazed how her plants looked so nice close up to the camera.

6. Q: Do you more enjoy modeling plants, creating ecosystems or making background elements for architecture?
A: I enjoy both making plants, but especially creating large scale realistic ecosystems.
The Beauty of Flowers
7. Q: What feature would you like to see in Xfrog?
A: Global Wind for Vue and an editor for 3ds Max. Also I would love to have full geometry models.

8. Q: What plants would you like to have as next library produced by Xfrog?
A: A collection based on the flora in The Netherlands.

9. Q: What is your favorite thing about Xfrog and XfrogPlants?
A: Large library, no copyright lock, flows easy through a pipeline, editable.

10. Q: what would you like to see improved about Xfrog and XfrogPlants?
A: More dynamic functions, like LOD, progressive quality, and like I mentioned before Wind.
Murky Waters

Life IV

See more of Michel’s work at in our Gallery or at

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