Interview by Jerry
proudly presents Kim Gleghorn :
Kim, Glad to have you as my next victim )
Now that your bio page is simply a photo of you and your
gigantic german sheppherd, tell our readers about Kim
Jerry, thanks for having me.
way for me to describe myself is for you to think of any
half-arsed occupation/pastime/philosophy and put the word
"Ex" in front of it..I probably fit the bill at some
stage in my life..
I live with my
mildly aggressive yet endlessly entertaining wife, Lyn, on 33
acres of isolated scrub, bush, gum trees and rocks in the
hills overlooking the Murraylands of South Australia. We have
by far and away the smallest farm in the district, all of our
neighbours count their acres in the thousands and tens of
thousands. We share the property with kangaroos, wallabies,
echidnas, snakes, rabbits, foxes and a multitude of birds in
seemingly endless varieties.
We breed ducks
and chooks, and have an unholy trio of house-pets consisting
of a miniature poodle, an insane cat called Jack, and an
enormous German Shepherd that doesn't like strangers..
The rabbits and
foxes are a major problem, the rabbits (introduced by English
settlers to carry on their love of Hunting in the new colony.)
destroy the native vegetation, and the foxes (introduced by
English settlers to carry on their love of Hunting in the new
colony) destroy the native wildlife. My wife continually
attempts to even things out a little with her Shepherd and her
shotgun. (A lethal combination)...She's very good at it, must
have got it from her English settler heritage..
I on the other
hand, am a man of peace, and prefer to sit in a slowly
disintegrating leather armchair on the verandah, and listen to
my football team (Glenelg) lose yet again, and ponder the
iniquities of Aussie Rules Football over the odd cold beer...
When there's no
football, I still sit in my chair with the odd cold beer, but
I'll read a book, or computer mag, or listen to music, or
sometimes doodle on a sketchpad. When I've had one odd cold
beer too many, I'll write poetry.
we get into your artwork, tell us about your poetry. I have
read every one and I am totally taken. My favorite is Loss.
On a damp and
dismal Autumn day
While I walked
my fields and dreamt my dreams
loved, passed away
And my past,
once quiet, now screams.
Where does this
all come from, Kim?
like art or music, can be cathartic when attempting to
deal with grief..
poem is the first in a series that I wrote to try and describe
the anger I felt at the death of a much loved friend, from
you are not creating art or writing poetry, what do you do?
a lot, a bit of renovating. The sandstone house on the
property is 130 years old, parts of it, older. And it has been
sadly neglected over the last 50 years. So I am slowly (VERY
slowly) trying to bring it back to a habitable state.
Unfortunately getting anything done in relation to housing, in
Australia, outside a city or town, is an expensive and
inordinately lengthy process. (Took us 6 months just to get
someone out here to LOOK at the bathroom!) So we do as
much of it as we can ourselves, which should be fine except
that I'm not very good at it. My wall re-plastering looks more
like a highly tactile modern art piece than a wall.
muckin' about with Gfx, my main joy is landscaping the house
block, which is 5 acres of huge Gum trees, Wattles, Veldt
Grass, an aquifer fed natural spring, and a lot of very large
rocks. I have given the rest of the property back to nature,
and it's doing a bloody marvellous job too
ask all my subjects to divulge their education, simply because
most viewers assume we are all graphic MBA's and Phd's. Have
you any formal artistic training?
Apart from some
Tech Drawing I've had no formal gfx training at all, however
my father is a major Australian artist and was Senior Lecturer
in Art at Flinders University in South Australia.. I learned a
lot from him, in fact I'm still learning.
kind of system are you running?
A Gateway PIII 450
with 256 Mb. It's a little dated now but until the Australian
dollar picks up (1 $Oz = 49 US Cents) I cannot justify buying
a new one. (My brand of choice, Gateway, is imported into
Australia, so the lower the $Oz the more expensive it becomes)
In the past I have had 4 Amigas in succession, and a bloody
awful Macintosh that cost me a fortune and never worked.. My
wife introduced me to PC's which I believe I'll stick with, at
least until the Magnificent Amiga re-surfaces.
have taken credit for your all your models, and they are some
awesome models. What softwares do you use for modeling and
rendering? Post work?
main modeling program used to be Infini-D, 3.5. I've had this
magnificent program for 4 years and know it inside out. But it
is showing it's age and I'm trying to come to grips with more
recent modelers. At the moment I'm getting into Amapi 5.15. I
have also discovered over the last year or so that it is
possible to do complex modeling in Bryce. I have started
replacing Infini-D meshes in some of the larger models with
something comparable done in Bryce. It brings the polygon
count down considerably and gives me a huge kick! .. I love
Bryce!.. And of course I use Bryce for ALL rendering.
post-production as much as possible. If it comes out of the
render looking more or less like I wanted, then I'll leave it
alone... I'm a great believer in the KISS principle..
have labeled you the Master of Destruction! Most of your
beautiful models are either burning, crashed, or exploding.
All very realistic. Did you blow up model airplanes when you
were a kid? Where does your destructive influences come from?
worry about this.. I realized about a year ago that an awful
lot of my images are destructive and I can think of no
Well maybe one.
I love reds, oranges and yellows. Which are also the colors of
fire, explosions etc..
Brazel's Farm , is another fine example of expert
modeling. Is this a recreation of an actuall claimed event? Or
is it just creative fantasy?
Brazel was the bloke who reported strange debris on his remote
farm outside Roswell, New Mexico on 14 June 1947. The night
before, he claimed to have heard a loud bang and a flash of
light. Out of this grew the Roswell Incident. Some claim that
2 UFO's collided, or an UFO collided with an experimental US
Army Air Force craft. (The "Incident" image can be
interpreted either way) .. I just thought it'd be a great
subject for another crash )
of your most interesting images, to me, is Thermaea.
awesome collection of objects brilliantly displayed. Tell us
what this image means to you.
fascination with Poser (V3).. but I could never quite get the
hang of it.. Thermaea was my last determined attempt to get
something out of it. (Thermaea herself is an invention, an
apocryphal muse who consumes her lovers in fire).
of the Machine
is a far cry from your usual style, although the lighting and
effects are truely Gleghorn. Tell us what brought this image
20th anniversary of the senseless murder of John Winston Ono
Lennon. The tendrils of the flower are supposed to be Lennon's
influences, ideas, and humanity reaching out and ending in
gems. I know, sounds a bit wet, but we all have heroes and he
stock question...other artists influence. Are you influenced
by other artists? Who is your favorite artist (digital or
canvas) and what is your favorite work by another artist?
Wow hard one...
As far as
influences go, Frank Picini inspired me to follow the dark
side and explore detail, shadow and balance, and is probably
still my favorite digital artist. I get a lot of ideas from
the classic Paint 'n Paper Sci-Fi artists like Chris Moore,
Melvyn Grant and their ilk.
As to favorite
images... Picini's "Darkness
On Your Faith" is difficult to look at, but I keep
going back to it. "The Darkness Craves A Mind" is a
harsh and enervating image (Can't give you a link, it appears
to be broken) but I personally consider it a masterwork.
Huffman..! What can I say. He's a legend. Everything he does
is remarkable, but "Hell's
Blade" almost made me give up Gfx.
There are a
couple of others
Anderson, who's images are a long cold drink of water on a
very hot day... I love her most recent, "Flight
into Fantasy" In fact I like everything she does.
Surgess, I admire (and envy) the complexity and colors of her
work, as in "Transcendence
who has mastered Bryce's Landscape capabilities and added
something unique to them. "Willow
Lake" is a good example. (I have studied his work and
even asked his occasional collaborator, Kim S Lenz, how he
achieves certain effects. But I can not emulate them.)
others, too many to list....
your own images, is there one that stands out in your heart
more than the rest?
in closing I'd like to say that the "Digital
Artworks" site is an essential and inspirational source
for 3D artists, keep up the great work !
Kim, Its been a great sunday spending the day at EQUUS
Machine GFX Studio preparing
this interview. Now I want to go blow up my Bronco.
for participating and we are on the edge of our seats waiting
for more !!!!!!