In Memory of StudioArtVartanian

StudioArtVartanian was one of the most active, most significant members on Renderosity. Her work ethic and friendliness have earned her many awards and friendships over the past ten years. Her superb workmanship was only matched by her generosity, as she often shared her talents for free and gladly mentored new artists. On the other side of the screen, she was known as Joanna.

At the end of July 2016, we learned that Joanna had suddenly passed away. Our community was special to her, and she took a beloved part of Renderosity with her. This page is dedicated to her life and the impact it had on all of us.

Who She Was

Joanna (Jo to her friends) was born in the late 70's in Piraeus, Greece.

She lost her father early, and ever since she has been truly attached to her only family - her mother and younger brother. Sophia, her mom, was the most important and intimate figure in Jo's life. She was her best friend, confidante, roommate, mentor and hardest critic! But also so proud of Jo and her drawing capabilities, evident since Jo was a young child… and for good reason!

Jo had an accident in her late teens. Upon falling off her loft bed one of her eyes detached. She underwent surgery but laser correction was not an option then. However, even with one eye at the time - she took the early admittance talent test required by the prestigious Athens School of Fine Arts.

During the intermission she expressed her fears to her mom that she would not be able to pass. She was placed in a seat at the farthest end of the amphitheater unable to see correctly the statue of Hermes, the one she was required to draw. She was embarrassed to admit her handicap of being unable to see clearly from such a distance in public. Her mother encouraged her and asked her to have faith in her talent and capabilities. She was so right! Jo, the youngest of the 1,500 participants, ranked first among them as an early bright talent, eligible to attend on a scholarship once she would graduate from high school!

Her artistic nature always came first in her life… she would see beauty everywhere around, beauty she felt the need to express and reproduce on paper, canvas… a PC monitor later on.

What She Did

It was no surprise that she graduated the Athens School of Arts with honors, only to find out that classical art, despite its immense beauty, is seriously underpaid in the real world. Living alone with her mother, Sophia, as her brother had moved away to another city, she was struggling in her late twenties to make ends meet on various low paid projects commissioned by publishers. Seeking to make a living as a book illustrator, she was in great need of a software that would save her valuable time in her creations of anatomical design.

That's how Jo discovered Poser… and fell passionately in love with it!

Her path from that moment on was destined for a place where her immense talent would explode! An inquisitive mind, stubborn and determined to find the answers to anything that struck her as new, Jo evolved from a 3D-artist to a celebrated vendor with a vision one encounters not very often - unique, bright, bearing her very own signature!

Her inspiration and determination paid off as she became one of the most acknowledged Poser artists in a very short time from her first product launch (Volg). She was the first to rock the market with incredible celebrity lookalikes. Then she moved to clothing with unlimited morphs like none other. And finally, she conquered the hair market with her determination to discover new techniques and add all necessary options that would make her models truly bounce and flow as in real life! Jo loved morphing and it showed in all her work!

Jo loved to create characters for M4 — "my boys" as she would call them with a giggle! Her V4 inspirations were always legends of the past, as she was a sucker for the good old classic movies which were her relaxation in the early morning hours before bed. Jo was a night owl, loving to work at night. She used to say, “Nothing is more exhilarating than creating your own fantasies while the rest of the world is dreaming!"

How We Remember Her

As such a talented person, it was hardly a surprise that vendor awards came in a bundle one after the other. It's a shame that her most recent one, the Most Valuable Product plaque, arrived to her family only after her sudden and untimely death.

Or perhaps it was destiny as Jo loved Renderosity and her friends here. It was the biggest part of her life. In a way, we will all be around to keep her company forever… That plaque will be placed on her tombstone along with her photo and the rest of the memorabilia put in the display window, which traditionally accompanies many Greek graves.

A true five-star vendor and dear friend in our hearts, and as such one who will live in eternity!


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More Information

Joanna's life was unmistakably tied to the Renderosity community. Her work and her friends are all here.

You are encouraged to participate in the discussion thread to the left. Share your favorite experiences and memories of StudioArtVartanian with the rest of us, or simply offer your condolences.

We also have a new tribute gallery as shown above. Use your skills to show your appreciation. You can use her artwork as inspiration, or come up with your own personal way to express what she meant to you. Share it with everyone and help make this online memorial reflect the significance of her life.

Thanks to renapd for the moving eulogy used throughout this page!

Also note:
Many of you have asked about how you can help Joanna's family. We are moved by your sentiments, and we are looking for some good options. You'll understand that we cannot give out personal information nor transfer money on your behalf due to legal risk. We are looking for good alternatives, and we will be keep you updated as the lighbulbs appear.

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