The Cranberries





Irish and international singer Dolores O’Riordan has died suddenly in London yesterday She was 46 years old. The lead singer with the Irish band The Cranberries, was in London for a short recording session…





One of my favorite songs…

Electric Blue

Electric blue eyes, where did you come from
Electric blue eyes, who sent you
Electric blue eyes, always be near me
Electric blue eyes, I need you
Domine, Domine, Deus
Domine, Adiuva Me
Domine, Domine, Deus
Domine, Adiuva Me
Hey, eh, hey, eh
If you should go, You should know I love you
If you should go, You should know I’m here
Always be near me, guardian angel
Always be near me, there’s no fear
Domine, Domine, Deus
Domine, Adiuva Me
Domine, Domine, Deus
Domine, Adiuva Me
Hey, eh, hey, eh



Adrian Von Ziegler

Adrian von Ziegler is a Swiss composer of various styles, book author and philologist by passion and was born on the 25th December 1989. Adrian had a passion for music since a very young age, experimenting with various instruments and then moving in the world of digitally composed music. He mentioned influences like: Nox Arcana, Hans Zimmer, Koji Kondo, Howard Shore, Bach, Jeremy Soule etc. All these information spread with us Carina-his wife and Soul-mate who is also responsible for visual part of his artwork


Artienne: Beginnings are the most important…said Plato (the Republic), so I would like to talk to you about the first steps you took in your music career. You were playing drums with a band but left them. Why did you stop playing the drums and pick up the guitar? Were you inspired by guitar music? You also said that you took guitar lessons for a year but decided to quit because of jazz influences, etc. How do you rate your first steps? Many artists appreciate the fact that they started playing the guitar or percussion where jazz influences dominated, because it helped them to create their own style and have a basic base when it comes to rhythm. How about you? 

Adrian: When I got my first guitar I was immediately captivated by it because it allowed me to compose real melodies and songs, which wasn’t possible with the drums, so yes, I switched focus very rapidly. I was very much into Grunge and Rock and Metal music at that time as well, so yes, I had a lot of inspiration from different types of guitar music. My first steps were a bit different I guess… I honestly didn’t learn much in my guitar lessons, so I don’t think that Jazz has helped me much to create my own style. I had a pretty personal way of composing music even before my lessons, so my style didn’t actually change or develop because of that. Which is sad, because my teacher was amazing, but I was simply not interested, and I actually feel sorry to say this.

Artienne:  Indigo is a beautiful color … but I’m wondering about the genesis of this name. You chose this name for your project. Why? I remember the term “Children of Indigo” which is reserved for people who from early childhood are characterized by having paranormal abilities. The term comes from the publication of Lee Carroll & Jana Tober (1999): The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, and the color of Indigo is the color of the auras of the people mentioned. So what did the name mean to you? And when, and why, did you start to use your real name, Adrian von Ziegler? 

Adrian: I didn’t know about the term “Indigo children” until much later actually. The reason why I chose the name Indigo was purely based on the fact that Indigo blue is my favorite color. But when I found out about “Indigo children” it was a very nice little coincidence for me because my mother actually told me that when I was a kid I seemed to have telepathic abilities and strange dreams, etc. I don’t know what to believe about this, but I thought it’s interesting at least.
I started using my real name when I opened my YouTube channel. I was sitting there and wanted to name my channel Indigo Music, but then I decided against it because I thought that Indigo doesn’t explain my identity better than my real name does already. And I wanted to present the most real image of myself that was possible.

Artienne:  Why did you decide to replace the guitar with keyboard and orchestral arrangements? You like to use the software called Magic Music Maker. I agree with you that this program is very simple to use and crashes less than others. And I wonder if you tried to work with Vienna, Music score, Ableton or Pro Tools HD? Did you heard about the new generation of Strezov sample Freya and Wotan? Some people complain about the female chords. Would you like to add these sort of things to your music? 

Freya and Wotan

Adrian: Oh absolutely, the examples you showed I would definitely like to use one day! I never tried to work with other programs except Magix and Cubase. Why did I replace guitar with orchestra, a good question. I think it just comes down to a personal evolution. I wanted to move away from Rock and Metal and move more towards Film Music. I went from Grunge to Metal, from Metal to Symphonic Metal, and then from there to pure Symphony. Folk Music is also always there, and many other styles, but ultimately the trend has gone away from Rock and towards orchestra.


Artienne:  I found interesting information that you don’t wish to add lyrics to your song unless the singer is Enya, a female composer you respect. Do you think that only her voice can fit your style of music? How about Lisa Gerrard, Anneke Van Giersbergen, Natalie Barbary or Moya Brennan? How about Carina, your lovely and beautiful wife? She said on her web page that she is working very hard to improve her singer skills… Is it hard to find talented vocalists in Switzerland? I am sure that in your country there are definitely music schools and workshops for vocalists. Have you tried looking for singers in these places?

Adrian : No I haven’t tried to search for singers, it’s not a priority for me to be honest. I’m happy with instrumental music, so I’m not very excited to actively search and contact singers. I actually prefer things the way they are right now. But yes, IF I would ever have a singer in my music it has to be someone whose emotions fit my own emotions in terms of the voice and my music. That’s why Enya (which I will obviously never collaborate with) was the only one that came to my mind.


Artienne:  I would like to return to the old interview which you made with Dominik Von Ziegler in 2011. I remember that you said you do not know much about music theory. Since that time has passed, six years, did something change regarding this matter? I’m asking because I was listening to a track on YouTube by your wife, Carina, and she wrote that you helped her correct the music score. So, I started to be very curious if something changed in your life. It also reminded me of Christopher from the Swedish band, Therion, who for many years did not know how to read sheet music and learned by using the Sybelius program when he had to create “orchestral passages”. Is knowledge about music theory very important for musicians who create their own music on the pc or not?

Adrian: Knowledge about music theory – except for the very basics – is not important at all for making music. No, not much has changed since then, my knowledge is still very limited and the things I was teaching Carina are basics. So, I pretty much know just as much now as I did back then in that interview.^^ The only difference between then and now is experience. I always learned how to make music from experimenting and trying to feel out harmonies and to feel what sounds right and wrong, so I never actually needed music theory that much.

Artienne:  Some time ago, I found some “sheets for your music” by Robert Russell. Did you have any influence on their creation? I mean, did you cooperate with Robert? Would you like to do your own sheets for other tracks in the future?

Adrian: No, he does those all on his own. I can’t even read the sheets actually.^^ And no, I don’t feel any real motivation to learn how to write the sheets myself, he’s doing a fantastic job at it already.


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The artwork was created by this great artist:

Artienne: “I could never compose music together with another person”… your own words from 2011  … For Lukasz Kapuscinsky you made an exception. I know Lukasz has been playing your covers for a few years and after sometime you became friends with him. I’ll tell you honestly that I have not met another musician who has made music with one of his fans. Lukasz’s technique is very similar to the style of my colleague from Norway who is passionate about Celtic, Renaissance and Baroque music. I think it is also a source of inspiration for both of you, isn’t it? Let me know if I am wrong. Can you tell me about your collaboration with Lukasz while recording Dance of the String? Did you do the guitar parts with him, or did he make all the guitar parts alone and send you a file and you did the rest by using Magic Maker? 

Adrian: I actually made another exception with The Enigma TNG.^^ So, I worked with two musicians now. Of course things have changed since 2011. I am generally more open to working with others now than I was back then. But it’s still a very delicate thing to decide for me. I can only work with someone who I really, DEEPLY feel comfortable with, a real friend. Celtic, and in general European Folk music, is a huge influence for me, and I assume also for Lukasz, but I can’t speak for him. The collaboration was actually almost all his work. He arranged the guitar cover songs all on his own. He didn’t even have sheet music, so he’s another one of those artists who has all the sounds in his head, without the need for the theory. It really impressed me! The only real collaboration on the album was the last song, “Follow the Hunt”. I composed the song with all the instruments except guitar and then gave him the file and he made all the guitar parts for it. We agreed that I would set up the structure of the song and he would fill in the blanks, but it doesn’t mean that it will always be that way of course.



Artienne:  The great visuals, which add a special aura to your music, are created by your wife, Carina, with her amazing pictures, digital paintings, and photo-manipulations. She also made first steps with composing music. I know that both of you have inspired each other, and I have to admit that I haven’t met another couple who openly talk about their feelings. What inspires Aelathen besides your music? She mentioned Apocalyptica and artist Joseph Vargo.  Anything else? In your past you also used artwork from other artists like: TESV, Barry Xu, Serel theron, Jonas De Ro. Most of them are “children of Deviant Art” or from the gaming world, like Mount and Blade. So, I’m curious, what kind of visual art inspires Carina?

Carina: Thank you so much for your question! 

My main source of inspiration comes from how I am feeling at the time emotionally. I have many unfinished works because that certain feeling went away.

Music of course can sometimes set the mood for photo-manipulating. Besides Adrian’s songs and the artists you have mentioned, I listen a lot to the LotR soundtrack, Tarja`s songs such as Oasis, and other similar music!

Another big source of inspiration is stock photography! You see a beautiful model in a delicate pose and you just want to make something with that if that makes sense ! 
Artists-wise, I am not looking around at Deviant Art anymore since the website took a bit of a sad turn in the past couple years. But it’s true, the artists you mentioned, among others such as Selenada, inspired and continue to inspire me in the present!

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Artienne:  In one interview you said “if someone can’t appreciate a person’s soul because he doesn’t view his exterior as pretty he never even truly searched for that person’s soul” In my opinion this is a very beautiful quote, which can be inspiration for many young people who feel uncertain about their appearance and afraid to take the first steps in becoming artists. I do not know if you like Sopor Aeternus, but for me this artist is more interesting than big stars, who improve their appearance with plastic surgery instead of bringing people something spiritual with great music. If you see an unknown artist on the stage who hides their face under a mask, would it be difficult for you to accept?

Adrian: I’m not sure if I understand this question completely… I would have no problem accepting an artist who hides their face. I think exterior appearance is over hyped a lot in today’s culture. We value people very often simply for how they look, instead of who they are and what they DO. Actions and personality matter much more than looks. That’s why I don’t care at all how an artist looks, as long as the art is meaningful and the artist has a beautiful personality.


Art by “NAHOM1”…/Verdigris-Guardian…

Artienne:  2 Hours of Celtic Music by Adrian von Ziegler – Part 1 and 2… In my opinion one of the best albums you made. I can find the influence of Celtic and film music. When I listen, I think about the movie Lord of the Ring or Braveheart. Are these the main root of your inspiration? Many times you pointed out that you want to remain an independent musician and that is why you do not send your music to a music producer. It may be about the music industry in general, but how about movies or computer games? 

Adrian: Yes, those two movies are very important works for inspiration of this style. But I would say the majority of my inspiration comes from other sources. And not necessarily movies or other music actually, but mostly nature, books and history.
I love being independent, and I certainly want to keep that freedom, yes. So anything that binds me to a contract I generally stay far away from. That includes also games and movies. It’s possible though that an offer comes along that doesn’t interfere with my freedom, so I’m not opposed to working in these settings 100%. It always depends a bit. I’m picky though, that’s true.^^


Artienne:  Last video you posted on Facebook it was called the Celtic Music Walking with the Ancestors. And I see the beautiful picture of an old man with a fox and bear. Is it your work? You also said op.cit “the Celtic culture has now been a big part of my life for years and through all the songs that I make I constantly try to come closer to understand it – and ultimately to understand who I am and where I came from.” Can you tell us the old Celtic legend from your country which inspired you or which help you understand who you are? How do you celebrate Samhain?

Adrian: No, that artwork is by Rene Aigner. Hmm, there is no specific tale or historical event that inspired me for that… also the wider question of how I go deeper into understanding who I am and where I come from, the answer to that is far more general. It has more to do with for example walking through the landscapes of my country than reading about actual legends and tales from antiquity. I live where I live because thousands of years of ancestors have lived and died here, and I am just the end result of that (for the moment). That is a fascinating thought to follow, and I do this quite often, especially when I’m in nature. Because the same nature that I see outside, my mountains and forests, were already there 2000 years ago. And there is a link inside of me somewhere that connects me with an ancestor from 2000 years ago. I try to understand how these ancestors thought, felt and lived. Music brings me much closer to that than anything ever could for me, and I am using this in order to try and travel back in time inside my mind.
Oh, we don’t celebrate Samhain.

This is the Front Cover of the 7th Album “Spellbound” which will be released tomorrow.
Made by Carina Grimm, like all the other Album Artworks as well.

Artienne:  Your compositions are very varied, when it comes to themes: Celtic music, Nordic, film “pirate Soundtrack”, Slavic, Arabian, Chinese, Japanese, etc What is the reason for this diversity? Besides, you created your own unique style. Many people believe that the keyboard becomes monotonous after some time and therefore it is necessary to extend the instrumentation (add more instruments to the music). What do you think? 

Adrian: Yes that is definitely necessary every once in a while, and it gets tricky when you’ve made 300 songs to do something that you’ve never done before, and use instruments you’ve never used before, because you made so much different stuff by that point. So that’s quite difficult.
The reason why I make so many different types of music is because I treat music as an exploration. It’s something that I love for its diversity, so it’s always fascinating to find a new style and to try it out, to see if I can compose something in that style and incorporate it into my own “identity” if that makes sense. I have a few core genres that are the closest to me, Celtic, orchestral music and Nordic music. But aside from those I love experimenting and exploring.

Picture created by Carina Grimm.

Artienne:  Last question  When can we get a new gift from you? I mean a new video with your music, a new album? And what shall we expect?

Adrian: The Viking album is almost finished, so that will come next I think.^^ Apart from that I don’t plan too much. I will see where my ideas take me and I won’t try to control where they lead. I am currently working on a new Odyssey album and a new relaxing album, so those I will finish for sure, aside from that I really can’t say what to expect.^^


Picture created by Carina Grimm.

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Dark Theme by Eric Fanta

My art style is dark. Darkness, from the beginning, contains so much mystery.


Laveen, United States of America, small town, where lives very interesting 3D Artist Eric Fanta, who started two month ago works for Sympatico Studio… Who studied Art in Chicago…

Artienne: Who is Eric Fanta? Is this your real name? You told me about your Cuban and Puerto Rican roots, but I’m interested  in what you were doing before you went to college for art? I did not find anything about your earlier activity, so I ask. I wonder what kind of project(s) you were involved in?

Eric Fanta: Well my name is Eric Fantauzzie, but the last name is too long so I shortened it to Fanta. It is nicer and easy to remember lol. Before I went to college, back in Puerto Rico, I spent my time doing air brushing on surf boards. It was big at the time. From there someone gave me a chance to work in his store air brushing shirts and jackets.


Artienne: Why did you choose an art school in Chicago? You come from NYC … Many artists living in this area are more interested in street graffiti. What do you think about this kind of art? Did the architecture of New York, in general, influence your work? I ask about it because I saw some of your renders like: “Miss punishment”, “METAL AND SOUL”, ” K .Medusa”, and “Punisher 3036”. In the case of these images, you use a backdrop with modern buildings.

Eric Fanta: My big sister decided to move to Chicago, so I tagged along, and she was the one who told me to do something with my talent. So that is how I chose the art school in Chicago. Yes NYC is known for the street and subway graffiti. What I think about graffiti, in my opinion, if it is done in the  right way, it is awesome. It is another form of expression, just like abstract painting. You’ve got to look for the meaning. Yes, the architecture of NYC has been a big influence in my work. Those streets have more than a million stories lol .


 Artienne: You  wrote me that op.cit “Art runs in your family. They are more local than international.” What did you mean? Are you from a family of artists, people who like to be creative? Do you have support from them? How do members of your family react to your interests and renders?

Eric Fanta: well my mom and grad mother used to design clothes for carnival every year. In Puerto Rico, my dad was a  musician in a band. And my two sister, well, they followed in my mom’s footsteps.


Artienne: How are you working on your pictures? How do you do rendering and post work?  Do you render figures with a background, or put it in later? I noticed you have a lot of knowledge about photo-manipulation and you use very interesting techniques. 


Eric Fanta: All my renders are made first in Daz Studio. Afterwards I take the image to this magical program called Photoshop, and that’s when I do my magic. All of the light FX and backdrops are done in Photoshop. Photoshop was my first software program, so I spent a lot of time learning it. Then, I take all of these images and start photo-manipulating them for a while. And then one thing leads to another.  


Artienne: I read that you have experience with Modo. Tell us about your experience with this program. Is this software comparable to Zbrush? 

Eric Fanta: Modo is an awesome software, and yes it is similar to Zbrush but easy. I use Modo for basic modeling.


Artienne: Could you tell me about your private project related to animation and mini-movies. What do you have in mind? What programs do you use when it comes to animations? What do you think about the Cinema 4d program? 

Eric Fanta: About my private projects, which I have been working on for the last two years… There are two of them. One is a web comic and the other is a short 3d animation. The goal is to show artists that no matter how difficult it may be, we can still achieve all of your dreams no matter if it takes a lot of time, even years. We will get there. What I think about Cinema 4d is that it’s an awesome and easy software program. That is the one I use to do all of my animations. 


Artienne: How would you describe your style to someone who has never seen your work before? Do you have some ways to stimulate your creativity?

Eric Fanta:My art style is dark. Darkness, from the beginning, contains so much mystery. It is good when you can develop an image from dark to light. LIFE itself is my stimulation.


Artienne: How did you start to work with Sympatico Studio? I saw your pictures on their site so I ask. Can you see your future as a promo artist?

Eric Fanta: I was approached by Sympatico Studio about 2 months ago, and they asked me if I wanted to do some work for them. My  answer was yes it will be a honor. Whether I see myself in the future as a promo artist is a good question. I guess the simple answer is, let’s see how far the road will take me.


Artienne: What do you think about the works of Luis Royo, Boris Vallejo or Carlos Quevedo? Have you thought about digital painting?

Eric Fanta: What I think about Luis Royo, Boris Vallejo and Carlos Quevedo… My opinion is they are pioneers, they are masters, and they are far out awesome. Every artist should get inspired by their work. I only dream to be one of them lol lol. 


Artienne: Have you thought about digital painting? What plans for the future?

Eric Fanta: My plans for the future is to make my mark, so other artists can follow and make theirs…



Shozai little world

For the strength of the Pack is the wolf and the strength of the Wolf is the Pack


Today we will visit North Germany where lives fantastic 3D Artist Sonja Fischer, who create lovely renders with animals and fairies…

Artienne: Hello Sonja! I’ve always wondered who Shozai is … Where did your nickname come from and why did you choose that name? Your name reminds me personally of Japanese culture and means in your language “Auftenthaltsort”. But the genesis of your name may be different so please point me in the right direction 🙂


Shozai: I was looking for a cool name for an online character in Everquest II. So I looked on the Internet and found this name. It sounded very nice to me and I choose it 🙂 That’s all 🙂 I didn’t know what it meant in my language until now. My character in Everquest was very great, a Druid elf girl. I always played in a special wolf transformation, so many other players didn’t even know what my character looked like when not running on four paws. 😀

Artienne: What attracted you to the 3d graphics world. What did you do earlier? Did you have experience with Photoshop and graphic design? Why did you choose Poser?


Shozai: I am a big Fan of Pen & Paper, Pathfinder and D&D. There was a time when I wanted to make my own character image. So I started to research how I could do this and found two graphic software programs, Poser Pro and DAZ Studio.  I choose Poser mainly because  I thought, a program which has to be paid for would be better supported 🙂 Before I found this great hobby, I was reading much more, mostly fantasy novels. I played games like Everquest II, Diablo I & II, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars Online, Elder Scrolls, Anno 1404 and many more. I had nothing to do with graphic design.

AFArtienne: Some time ago I found your old profile on Deviant Art. There are dozens of pictures showing different figures like a wolf, an angel, a sorceress,  vampires and fairies. Was that your first step with Poser? What was your goal at that time? Many Artists sold their work there? Do you also? What is your opinion on Deviant Art? Why can’t we find your latest work there?


Shozai: I searched for a place to put my pictures online and found Deviant Art. I thought it would be a great idea to create an account, but after a while I regretted my decision. Someone blamed me for not replying to his commentary. I wasn’t on the site daily, and my answers were coming too late, I think. I am happy now with my galleries at DAZ3D and Renderosity. The people there are really nice, I love the commentary they give my pictures, and they don’t blame me if I forget to say something, or if I don’t reply on a daily basis 🙂


I wanted to make a figurine-series with my Poser character. It was a great way to learn, and I had something I could look at. I am not selling any of my work. People who are interested in my art can have it. 🙂


Your question about Deviant Art reminds me to delete the account 🙂 Thank you, I completely forgot it.

TBArtienne: In your work sometimes we can find delicate eroticism. Here I talk about the time you worked with Poser. The first thing that attracts the viewer to your work is good light, interesting composition, ideas and nice colors with good post work. Where did you learn all these things?  One of your pictures reminds me of the cover of the Ophtalamia Via Dolorosa. What was your inspiration at this time?


Shozai: You know I had to search what Ophtalamia Via Dolorosa is. 🙂 I must admit that I have other musical interests.  🙂  The Cover of Via Dolorosa I don’t know, but I can see elements I use like the butterflies and a nature girl.


Everything about composition and post work etc. I learned since 2012, as I started to work with Poser. In the beginning I didn’t do any postwork. After a while I wanted to make “eye-catching” images and started with postwork 🙂 I discovered a new world. And after I discovered what people do with “just” Photoshop, I was breathless. I knew I would never reach this perfection, but I knew what I wanted for my pictures now and started to learn.

attention_fullArtienne: You made some time ago a very interesting render of Ella … Is this your self-portrait? What is her history? I noticed you often use it as a thumbnail on your profiles.


Shozai: My portrait of Ella. It was, for me, one of my first pictures I really said, “oh wow, this looks great”. I loved the dreamy look, and I love her pose and her hair. Okay, I love everything about her 🙂 It is not a self-portrait 😉


Artienne: When did you discover Daz and why did you decided to work mainly with this program. Is this software better than Poser? What are the differences between these programs? Did you think about combining them ? Some artists do that, so I am just curious what you think about it?


Shozai: In 2015 I gave DAZ Studio a try. My one and only reason why was: Alessandro’s animals.


My experiences with Poser gave me an easy start, and I was really, really happy when I made my first picture with an animal by Alessandro with this wonderful fur. I saw, that DAZ Studio has much more options for me than Poser. And when IRAY came out, it felt like I was in heaven. Now I had everything I longed for.

Poser is a good program, DAZ Studio is better suited for me and my artistic focus. It is just like a bicycle against a motorcycle. IRAY made a huge difference. Superfly was a big disappointment for me.

Poser has a very good dynamic clothing option, DAZ Studio has not. I’m just waiting until DAZ Studio might have it too. I know that some artists combine them, especially the dynamic option. It is great that we can do this. More possibilities are always great.

 Artienne:  I have noticed that since you started working with the Daz program, you are doing a lot of renders with animals, especially designed by Alessandro. Why? In my opinion you have to be a very warm person, who loves animals. I’m sure the big inspiration for you are  videos with animals and nature.  Do you have any pets? Who is Ciara?  I remember your beautiful render with the fantastic blue Twil’ek… but lately I see you prefer to make more  fantasy images with sweet dragons, fairies and animals of the forest rather than action sci-fi renders. Why?


Shozai: I was ALWAYS looking at Alessandro’s animals. I wanted to work with them so badly, and as I started with DAZ Studio, his animals wandered one by one into my DAZ Library 🙂 After a while I wrote him, how great his animals are and if he ever needs a person to help him with promotional pictures, I would be there 🙂

He answered me and we started a collaboration, which was a lot of fun and led to a tender friendship. We know something about each other, especially our love for animals. Those and our nature in general, are the jewels of  the Earth and we have to save and nurse them. He thinks the same. I love the person he is and I am happy I got to know him.


Ciara is my little Maltese girl. A special dog breed. 🙂 She is my beautiful baby. A baby with small demon horns and angel wings, I can tell you 😀 She has the strongest character I ever experienced in a dog. 🙂 I love my furry girl. And we have a canary named Filou 🙂 A beautiful and smart guy, though a little shy.


I posted a picture of Ciara. You can see it here: Ciara


Until now, I haven’t found a “Shozai-Style” which everyone can easily recognize when looking at my pictures. I have a wide range of things I want to do. Mostly animals and Fantasy, a bit of Horror and Sci-Fi, and sometimes I want to show my girls with her dessous 🙂 And sometimes a current contest will inspire me and influence what type of picture I want to do. Any ideas I have that I do not use immediately, I write down so I don’t forget them 🙂


 Artienne: You made a very beautiful picture called Thoughts are Free … and I have a question: is the old German song called “Die Gedanken Sind Frei” inspiration for the title? You know this is an old song about freedom and some German bands like Hecate use the lyrics…


Shozai: I know the song but this was not my inspiration. I usually don’t listen to German music 😉 I prefer music in English. When I was young, a girl of maybe 15 years, I was often listening to two German songs: “Als Conny Kramer Starb”, a sad song which made me cry often, and “Nacht voll Schatten”, a wonderful piece.


Sometimes it is really hard to find a good title for your pictures. This one was easy. The girl, sitting on a rock, looking to the stars, thinking what might be up there. Even though you are chained to the earth, maybe something or someone is hurting you, but your mind can always send your thoughts out, no one can discourage you. You can cover and protect yourself with your fantasy.


Artienne: R.A. Salvatore and Terry Goodkind’s books are an important place in your heart. What attracted you to them? What do you think about the Forgotten Realms and The Demons Wars Saga?


These are two examples for very good writers. Forgotten Realms is pure fantasy. I love the mysteries of this world, the undiscovered wonders, sometimes just a whispered word in the wind that is reaching your ear.

I could tell you so many good books and writers. But I think, people know about them, if they love fantasy. 🙂 Richard Kirk, the saga about Raven, Imagica by Clive Barker and of course “The Sword of Truth” by Terry Goodkind.

 Artienne: Nightwish…. I was surprised when I read that you are a fan of this group, because so many people associated with Daz Studio have a completely different taste of music than me. Do you like Old Nightwish with Tarja, Anette Olzon or their current female singer, who was previously singing in After Forever? Are you a fan of gothic metal, rock?


I love the sound of most of the songs from Nightwish. Something must touch my music-soul, otherwise I don’t like it. I don’t like everything from Nightwish too. But most of it 🙂 I love how Tarja sings. I have her single CDs too. The other girls are different. I like some of their songs too, like Amaranth, but I must admit that I don’t have the newest music from them yet..


I have a big selection of what I like. I just can’t say I love only this style of music 🙂 An Example: I really love “Sing to Me” by Alan Walker. I heard it, looked up and said “What is this song? I need it” 🙂 The other songs from him are nothing for me.


Floor Jansen is good, but she’s not as charismatic like Tarja 🙂


Artienne: My last question … How about your plans for the future?


Shozai: I have no plans. I am a daydreamer 🙂 I want my furbaby next to me, a good life for my boyfriend and me with fun together and alone, and I want to stay healthy which is a wish I have for all I like and love, too.

And maybe, sometime, to meet Alessandro 😀



Medusa Gorgona Photography

Medusa Gorgona: I am photographer inspired by fairy tales and Pre-Raphaelite paintings. I love create dark whimsical romantic pictures with textured look, dominated by strong colors. 

My goal is find a speck of magic in every woman and turn it to bonfire to light a beautiful vessel of human body from within. 


“Wind among the Blooms”
Cool and cold day with Gemma, when we shop for dresses to shoot and shoot each other in my garden. I love Gemma retouching style, so pre-raphaelite.
Photographer Gemma Wyrd – model & photographer
Model Medusa Gorgona Model
Studio Medusa’s Garden Studio
— with Maria Mirage.

Artienne: What was the first modelling or photography? How long are you interested in photography? What was the first impulse?

Maria: Difficult to separate what was first as I started taking pictures when I was a teenager, and it was all kind of pictures cloud in the sky, feral cats in old houses, macro of flowers, landscapes, friends, really everything. So photography was not a separate form of art for me then but way of capturing memory of my reality. For example I had a long period when I was very interested in body art. It started to making patterns on the papers, back side of copybooks, later on patterns creep in from papers to my palms and arms and or thighs. (What you comfortably can reach with pen). I was doing body art with everything  ink-pen, markers, iodine, other antiseptics, eye shadows, lipsticks later on with theater makeup set, and everywhere city, camping trips, sports camp..

So I literally “apply” my vision on me and to other. When I became member of local photo club I model more just because I am female as I was helping my other photographer friends. But I really became interested in modelling when my camera broke and I was in kind of  zone when you don’t want to buy the same camera, but don’t have money on much better one. In one year I made more than 20 shoots. It taught me a lot about modelling, photography, people and life, it brought me a lot of joy, excitements and disappointments. I never forget this year when only way I could express myself artistically it actually being a model. I don’t believe you have to always use proper tools, the motivation and desire is more important. I think important things was I wanted to create something which did not exist before.


Photo taken by Riitta Toro Photography
Model & MakeUp & Stylist Medusa Gorgona Model
— with Maria Mirage and Riitta Toro.




Artienne: What is your greatest success when it comes to modelling? Do you think the modeling is dangerous for women? Is it hard work for you?

What is your secret to look fresh and beautiful?

Maria: My greatest success as model were find another photographer/model ladies Gemma and Lillian. We had many photo session when in one day  we were shooting each other. It show that the vision is everything. You can shoot in the same place, in the same costume, but person who holding camera and moving on front of camera create new reality every time.

Modelling definitely provide dangers to women. Anyone who considering modelling should consider the risks and take all necessary precausions. I myself were lucky and did not have any really bad cases, but even despite taking all precautions I have a few unpleasant encountering. As well models have to grow very thick skin and be confident as you may see very unflattering picture of yourself.


“Taste the Winter” Winter Fairytale series. Cold and Blue calling in winter short days we all want to add some sparkling beautiful magic to our lives.

Styling & Photography Medusa Gorgona Photography
Studio & Costumes Medusa’s Garden Studio
Model Natasha Felix
Makeup Monique Giamattei Makeup Artist



Artienne: You are fascinated by fairy tales, Pre-Raphaelian paintings, Gothic, Victorian, heathens (Wicca) and nature themes. Why this kind of influences? Are you also inspired by musicians playing this kind of music or poem written by heathen souls?


Maria: I think it all come to root that I always loved imaginary worlds. As kid I read tremendous amount of fairy tales, not just fairy tales your mother would tell you, but go to school and find all possible fairy tales, Africans, Persians, Japanese, Nordic. As soon as I grow up enough to have interest in science fiction I gorge myself in reading that sometime a few books at the time. My parents have huge library of science fictions and classical literature, I could just stretch my arm and chose new reality for a few days. Later on I start reading a lot of mythology and fantasy. I not just liking these genres I like to investigate it, like read myths and fairy tales from different cultures and different periods to see how humanity change and its vision to  imaginary things change with it. Morality, geopolitics, believes, aesthetics are all stored in myths and fairy tales as much as in scientific papers and just waiting for us to be explore, to be descripted.

Range of my styles are dictated I love to find beauty and love it to be magical so nature, fairy tale and pre-raphaelite is a core. I do venture in other styles like Victorian and Gothic as I love the looks but as well it is much easy to hold on on right costumes. I am not limited to that if I could have kimono, mermaid or native American costume or Egyptian queen outfit I would create pictures out of it too. I am actually looking for it right now. I guess I have very eclectic taste as well I don’t feel I am binded to some time frame or place in human history. I want to explore it all, but they way too much to explore in one human life time. So I start with the  esthetical pleasing to me and more easy to obtain.


Photographer & Stylist Medusa Gorgona Photography
Model & Makeup Elladora
Assistance Isabella Barter
Rings & Headpiece Medusa’s Craft
Wig Gothic Lolita Wigs



Artienne: “My goal is find a speak of magic in every woman and turn it to bonfire to light a beautiful vessel of human body from within. “

Can you find the magic in every human being?

Watching your pictures I noticed that your main models are mostly women?  Why?


Maria: I do believe there is magic in every human, it just too many of of us get use to shot it down along with imagination and daring to dreams. Yes, I do mostly photographed woman. Apart of believing the female beauty should be celebrated as it such temporary and fragile things, and I want to empower women by showing them how beautiful they are there is a lot of personal in it. In my life I mostly live and work amongst men. I grow up as tom-boy wearing jeans and snickers, liking chess, shooting and preferring Lego to dolls. I am software engineer, I embrace logic and science as well, however women are quite rare in engineering. So whole day I spend with men, I married and have son as well so I spend my evenings with men too 🙂 I even got female cat to keep some balance in life. As well I wear a lot of skirt to remind me who I am. so photographing women is my way to connecting to female side of life more. May be my time to play dolls finally come to me ? I started collecting pretty dolls for my project couples of years ago.



“Last autumn bloom” from “Autumn fairytales”

Photography Medusa Gorgona Photography
Videography Richard-Wakefield Photography
Model Jessica Megan
Studio & Costumes Medusa’s Garden Studio
Wig Gothic Lolita Wigs



Artienne: Can you tell us more about the genesis of name “Medusa Gorgona”? Why did you choose this name? What is special about “Greek Medusa”?

Maria: The name of my page was my nick name in photography for a long time, started as combination of my love to myth with a joke.

Apart just I love myths about Medusa and love symbols of snakes, I have certain compassion to the personage as she was punished for being beautiful and turned to a monster which is quite often scenario happening in Greek myths as it expressed believes of very patriarchal society. Joke related some of my friend commented once I looked at someone who was trying to chat me like I wanted to turn them to stone like Medusa. However I plan to stop using these name, and proceed with Maria Mirage as it more described who I am and what I do. I create beautiful mirages.


Harvest fairy” from “Autumn fairytale” series,

Photographer Medusa Gorgona Photography
MUA Anna Fullbrook – Makeup Artist
Studio & “Magical forest” Medusa’s Garden Studio (my back garden)
Wig Gothic Lolita Wigs


Artienne: Your wardrobe is full of beautiful dresses, crowns, headpieces, nails, dolls etc. How looks like the process of creating such a costume? Are you fashion designer? What props are you taking to your garden for photo session? Where you are buying all these things like: chalices, bowls, cups, artificial leaves and flowers? Did you visit special shops and car-boots?

Maria: I wish I could be fashion designer, but I am not good in drawing so I never proceed to study design or fashion. However I have feel for beautiful things. Most part of my dresses and props were bought by me in all kind of places: car boots, charity shops, e-bay. I love to think I give them new beautiful life. I always adore big headpieces and flower crowns and I though “Oh you needed to be craftsman and an artist to create it” but step by step I overcome my fear, and start just putting things together with wire, glue gun, pins, by stitching. As I am trading in illusions my dresses or headpieces do not have to be fully real. They have to only look real in a moment of shoot. I literally assemble the outfit sometime using different parts, adding fabrics, belts, etc.


Classical fairy tale couple ! Both are such fantastic models
Photography Medusa Gorgona Photography
Model & Retouching Gemma Wyrd – model & photographer
Model Luca
Studio Medusa’s Garden Studio





Artienne: If Photography is an art of illusion so how to bring dream to reality?

Any tips, advice for photographers or models?

Maria: Dream big, go to your dream step by step, repeat and try again, never give up no matter what people say or how long it take you.


“Unlock autumn dream sadness” from “Autumn

Photography Medusa Gorgona Photography
Videography Richard-Wakefield Photography
Model Jessica Megan
Studio & Costumes Medusa’s Garden Studio



Artienne: How it looks process of your post-work? When I watch some of your photos like: Dark and Goth Vampires,”Raven Mistress”  “The melancholy of Arwen” , I noticed that you were using very strong colors.Do you like a strong contrast?

Maria: I think there are three main thing I do in post processing to move it closer to painting.

– Intensify main color and darken/discolored the edges of picture

– Add more light, contrast, sharpen to main object to emphasize it

– Apply textures


Photography Medusa Gorgona Photography
Model Simone Clare Stocks
Studio & Costume Medusa’s Garden Studio
Wig Gothic Lolita Wigs


Artienne: You cooperate with many artists, models and photographers. What did you learn from others?

Maria: Let go of your ego, do not judge people before you work with them. I met brilliant but an confident people and overconfident people who was just full of themselves and complain about other endlessly.


Photography Medusa Gorgona Photography
Model Simone Clare Stocks
Studio & Costume Medusa’s Garden Studio
Wig Gothic Lolita Wigs

Artienne: Once you have written about photo-sessions underwater. Did you realize your dream? What would you like to achieve future? What are your dreams?

Maria: Not yet – still working on it. I want it so much it make my heart beat faster right now when I even think of it. I love floating long dresses, long hair, contrast of flesh with fabrics.. For me just being underwater already magical as it change colors, movements, it play with our sense of gravity. There are so many ideas I want to do ! But I needed to be patient.



Tempting beautiful “Raven Mistress” from Halloween inspired series. Magical powers embodied in enticing daughter of the night.

Photography Medusa Gorgona Photography
Model Natasha Felix
MUA Anna Fullbrook – Makeup Artist
Behind the scene video Fudge Tiger
Assistance & Video Nataliya Ilieva
Wig Gothic Lolita Wigs
Studio & Costumes Medusa’s Garden Studio

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Shades of Purple- New Lights For Iray Render by ElianeCk. First Test of this product!


First time in my life I was inspired by the lights. Yesterday I just tested new product  called ElianeCK HDRI Lights for Iray from Daz Studio. I tested different variation of lights and I found purple one, so add nice background in violet tone and gave my model clothing and hair also in violent and purple color. My first test render looked like that( picture 2) ! I didn’t made any post work with Photoshop or another program when it comes lights and colors. I was very happy with my result and made another render (picture 1) I like do a lots of post-works so I tested Topaz and Photomatix pro to get fresh, more intensive and warm tones.


Emma and Jordi

Today we will visit Spain, lovely country where many of us were there because of holidays, good gigs and fantastic medieval festivals. Emma and Jordi are lovely married couple, who had deal with digital art, modeling in 3d world and photography. They both have amazing experience and very good education which helps them realize their dreams. Jordi is 3d modeler, photographer who made content for Poser and Daz Studio. He is sponsor of 3d Creative magazine and 2d Artist magazine. Emma, his wife is Digital Artist specialized in Fantasy, Sci-fir illustrations. She is also blogger, had many interesting exhibition in Spain and other countries.  More information about their activity you can find in this interview 🙂


Digital painting by Emma Alvarez



Artienne: Hei Emma and Jordi! What were your first steps when it comes to modeling and digital art?

Emma and Jordi: We married very young and by that time we had bad paid jobs and dreamed with having a better job some day. As Jordi was very good with computers and he programmed since a child, we thought that a good way of getting what we wanted was doing video games. We did an amateur one, an arcade, and one day, looking for information in the public library we found a book about online virtual reality. For some time we were very immersed in VR trying to make a business of it. We created 32 virtual worlds to chat in 3D and lots of avatars, an artificial intelligence bot that spoke to people online, and a server to share events. But we never got any sponsor or public aids to start our business. When we were thinking in make our mortgage bigger to get the money, Second Life appeared. Many of the small virtual worlds businesses started to close, so we didn’t dare, and we didn’t started ours.
During that time, Emma started to do illustration works and exhibitions, and Jordi started to do technical documentation for virtual worlds software. One day Emma discovered a place called Renderosity where she started to sell Photoshop brushes. Months later Jordi started to model in 3D for his Renderosity store. In that time we had 2 independent accounts as vendors. We started to adapt our skills from virtual worlds to Poser/Daz Studio, and did the same kind of 3D projects we were used too: characters, scenery, poses, clothing, jewelry, hair… And when Emma reached the Top Sellers, to be able to send products to Prime there was the requisite that we had to be both top sellers, so the old products we shared couldn’t be sent to Prime. So we merged our stores with the brand we use today, EmmaAndJordi.


Artienne: You both have an excellent education in the field of graphic design, digital painting and photography. How looks the educational system in Spain. Is the school, can prepare people to the profession or you need to have a look for more additional courses?

Emma and Jordi: For many years we worked and studied at the same time. Emma is graphics designer and Jordi studied photography in one of the most important schools of Barcelona, and also has a Master in virtual reality, and in marketing, although it is Emma who always dealt the marketing in our stores, as Emma’s father was an important business man and always told her notions of marketing, sales, and business strategies. But for what we actually do as 3D content creators there is no official studies. We learned lots of things during all this time, and that gave us very varied skills that now in this job make sense together.


Product “Violin Soul” designed by Emma and Jordi


 Personal Transporter by Emma and Jordi


Artienne: What are the basic steps of your work in modeling and digital painting? Where it all begins and how it is transformed in the final result? What makes your work in the greatest difficulty? What are you working the longest? How looks your cooperation? Can you tell us more about product Violin Soul?

EmmaAndJordi’s works have two parts: the artistic part and the technical part. The artistic part is made by Emma: concept, texturing, materials, the shape of characters, the makeups, poses, expressions, promo work, thumbnails, etc. Jordi is the modeler, does the hair and clothing shape, rigging, morphing, shaders, scripting, technical work, and the artistic part of modeling. We collaborate all the time, so some designs are of we both, so most of the time this is mixed. We work in two desktops with different computers in the same room, and are working together all the time.
About Violin Soul: we like heavy metal, rock, Gothic rock, fantasy movies, vampire books… all this has a aesthetic and culture we show in our products. Actually the 3D products are a reflection of their creators, of their interests and how they see the world.

Artienne: What programs you use in your work? Do you use programs such as 3D Studio Max, Maya, After Effects,Sketch up, MS Paint or Softimage DS? What do you think about 3ds max? I heard opinion that 3d max can not give very high quality and you need to buy more expensive tools like “RenderDriver”.
What is your attitude to the plugins. Some artists claims that plugins are unnecessary because 3ds max is a very good program. Do you were using plugin from Blur Studio, Brazil, Meshtools, FreeHand tools, Character Studio, Stich, morph-o-matic or matterwaves?

Emma and Jordi: We mainly use Zbrush and Silo, Photoshop, Freehand, and a ton of smaller programs that allow us to save time to shorten the production time while keeping a high quality. Zbrush is the most powerful application to model in 3D in an artistic way and is essential for many parts of our work. But our Zbrush is very customized and adapted to the way we work. At the beginning it is not very friendly but it allows a lot of customization. We know many people don’t like it because they didn’t adapt the application to themselves but we did and now use it for most of our work, except for things that require very low poly work or very precise adjustments.
About 3D Studio Max, Jordi used it in a very old version when we began but then used others as Hexagon, or Shade. When it comes to 3D modeling applications, there is not one better than the other, each person finds one or the other better because it fits their way of working or thinking more, or has tools that they find better. Our advice is always to have some knowledge of the most popular ones, and find the one that fits best with their way of working.


Character: EJ Adora designed by Emma and Jordi

Artienne: “Rosalia”, Agatha, Luvia, Adora, Graciana, Estella , Rita  are some of your best products.When you create a model of people. What you use for the reference? , Photographs with real models or your own imagination? Do you use the technique of “photogrammetry”in your work? How looks your work on skin texture? Did you create your own texture or rather buy from other artist, vendor?

Emma and Jordi: Our characters are very detailed and have a lot of skin work. For them we use high resolution photos, but not from an only source. We use many different photographies in a same character. We don’t use resources. At the beginning we did it, but now we prefer to make them from several photo stock images we buy.


Character: EJ Rosalia designed by Emma and Jordi

 Artienne: Emma -On your blog, you mention often artists such as Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. Is only these artist had the greatest influence on your digital painting?

Emma and Jordi: Absolutely! And Ken Kelly. When I was a child I was absorbed looking at Frank Frazetta’s illustrations. I used to look at disc covers of rock bands. When I saw Steve Vai’s disc cover “Love and Warfare” I decided that I wanted to become an illustrator.


Digital painting by Emma Alvarez

Title:  The Unicorn Under The Moon

Artienne: I really like your artwork“Spring in the Golden Garden””the Dreamer Mermaid”and The Unicorn under the Moon”.  Is it a mixed media, photo-manipulation or digital painting? I understand that your artwork, images were printed on canvas? Have you thought about the release of the book with your digital painting ?

Emma and Jordi: All my illustration works are mixed media. They combine many different techniques to get the result I want. At the beginning when I did the exhibitions, I printed it in paper, but the matt crystal was very expensive, and the glossy one gave problems with reflections and light. So in an exhibition I tried to print it in canvas, and liked the result so much that I started to print in canvas, and my “Justice” illustration in canvas visited 36 exhibition rooms. In my web page they can be bought printed in canvas.
I have my web page very outdated, I have to find time for that. Yes it has always been in my mind to make a book with all my illustrations. I sometimes write and thought in mixing tales with my illustrations. I will do it some day.


Digital painting by Emma Alvarez,

Title: Spring in the Golden Garden

Artienne: You participated as illustrator with 5 books. Can you tell a little bit about your experience as book illustrator?

Emma and Jordi: The experience of watching your work in a book is wonderful. My father was a business man of book publishing. Since I was a child I saw books and dreamed with being part of them and not only editing. But everybody expected that I was a book editor as my father. Watching my illustration in a book was achieve a dream of my childhood. In addition, one of the books was a selection of sci-fi works made by the ex-Marvel UK editor, John Freeman, and another had Ken Kelly as judge. Those two books are very special for me because they are not only important professionally but also at an emotional level. I chose the artistic part and although it has been a long and hard path I finally can say I got it to be my profession.

Artienne: Emma you had many of exhibitions and conferences in different places in Spain and other countries? Which one was your best exhibition and conference? Jordi also has deals with photography. Did you have any exhibitions together? What were your greatest achievements in this field?

Emma and Jordi: My favorite exhibition was in Barcelona, in the Dali museum in a dedicated room for a collective exhibition. As Dali is one of my favorite painters it was a blast to have one of my works close to his paintings. My favorite conference was about digital art. Many people who didn’t know about it was amazed with the topic, the room was full, with people standing because the chairs were full, and the public was very warm and nice.
We have exhibited together, Emma with a painting and Jordi with a photography in Taza (Morocco). The exhibition appeared in the news of the public television and it was great.

Artienne:  Jordi you are making contest for Poser and Daz Studio! What this mean? Can you say more about it? What are you working now?

Emma and Jordi: Not in this moment but we have it in our thoughts.


Artienne: Any plans for the future?

Emma and Jordi: Our plans is to keep on giving the best of us in our products. And in the personal side we are thinking in moving from our city and go to a new and exciting place where we can continue developing our creativity. We always thought that home is where the heart is.


Product “Temple Guardian” designed by Emma and Jordi














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