So now I have your attention at least a while. While most of the audience have left, the rest insanely smile ...
(words by Cobain/Dougans, Future Sound Of London)
How does it feel to be the first Vendor of the Year for 3 consecutive years at Renderosity?
When we received the congratulation mail the first thing we thought about was ourselves six years ago... Our first look at the Poser world... we stared in admiration at the products available in the various stores and wondered where we could go.
There are never enough prizes or awards because such things remind us that we need to commit ourselves ever more.
It is an honor and a responsibility.
We don't want to just make Poser products, we also would like to share our knowledge and passion with others.
We have a large forum that is meant for product support but not only, we post tutorials, answer questions, give suggestions and help out if we can, we're glad to share the knowledge we have gathered through the years with other people.
When we started there were very little tutorials around and even less people willing to actually help out or explain things, we did it the hard way (by pressing all available buttons in Poser!) and now that we have the knowledge we want to be helpful.
You are best known for your unique clothing and hair line, and of course the infamous “Alice” character. Where do you find the inspiration to create these unique products?
We can never explain enough how much the world around us really gives us inspiration and pushes us to create.
Music for a starting: we listen to music all day long. The same song maybe plays a few times, sometimes it goes along almost unnoticed, other times it is our products soundtrack.
Artworks of many artists a not just by the "usual", famous names, we have a huge image library that includes tens of artists from all around the world and of all styles. Sometimes they are "just" boys and girls posting in various art forums/galleries that create something we find incredible and inspiring.
From the easternmost to the westernmost part of our globe all artists express themselves, their own feeling and mood, their culture and it is something truly beautiful that we have the chance to see everything.
We have the uttermost respect for each and every creation.
In the past I (As Shanim) used to create graphic for videogames, drawing by hand on my Amiga and my videogame experience is huge. I played videogames admiring the art in them: from the game design, to the graphic and music.
I consider videogames one of the most interesting and beautiful form of art.
This is why they are are main source of inspiration; the artistic side of videogames is an immense source for inspiration. From the little details to the colours choice. We find inspiration in every thing.
For example we have a few things inspired by games in our TO-DO list: a survivor/warrior outfit inspired to Warhawk, a fantasy set inspired to the magical worlds of Folklore and a sci-fi suit inspired to Mass Effect. Of course although inspiration comes from these sources they'll have that special Aery Soul twist and will not just copy something already seen in the game but only "represent" the flavour expressed in the game and our sensations about them.
We always try to put our special flavour into things, even when they are directly inspired to something already existing.
Inspiration is actually something simple: one just needs to keep their eyes wide open as a cat and their mind free and open as the sky.
What are you currently working on, and would you care to share any inside scoop with the Community on when it will make it's debut?
Our TO-DO list of projects is absurdly long and large.
We realize we cannot create a "Justice" a month, a product that is full of details both modeled an drawn on the textures and that is difficult to "translate" in Poser to make it move in there.
The most important thing is that we'll be creating ever larger and more complex products but also smaller sets and cheaper, always trying to keep an high quality level.
Our next larger product is -Hanyma Vengeance-, the "sequel" of our V3 package -Hanyma, the darkest star-. It is roughly based on the same concept but it's definitely an evolution. It's more detailed, larger, "harder". For a sneak preview you can check our forum thread where we are showing the helmet part progress: http://www.aerysoul.com/board/showthread.php?t=1727
Another important thing is that we'll keep producing products of different styles to have a wide and varied store. We like to range from fantasy to sci-fi, to contemporary stuff. We'll certainly look for more extreme solutions, trying to pass on feeling and sensations through our products.
Alice took the Community by storm in 2007, and being that she is retired, I'm sure the Community is still starving for yet another character from Aery_Soul. Are there any plans for a new Aery_Soul character in the future?
Most likely we will not create another character although we considered the idea of an elvish character, a Yaara 2, but it's just an idea, it's in the list but not as a project for the near future.
To take care of two custom fittings every time we create a product would really be very time-consuming and hard for us. That is what mainly refrains us from it and the fact that we want to focus on clothing packages now.
Alice enjoyed a large success. A lot of things have been said about her, some bad and also false but those were just a few and 95% of the people welcomed Alice in a way that really surprised us.
To us she really represents the essence of Aery Soul, she turned out just too "perfect" and we don't feel like seeing her available in the marketplace like "just" a product. At the same time we are very glad people can enjoy Alice and thus were happy to have her available for a limited time.
If retiring her from the marketplace may seem a lack of respect to customers we apologies but the heart is stronger than the reason...
Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?
I'll repeat these words for ever and ever: commitment and patience.
There is nothing else. These is no way if you don't have patience and are not committed to what you want to do. The results will come, with time... I state this strongly because we have been doing this work for six years and we've only gone though the first quarter through our path...
Practically apart from the obvious tools, what you really need is passion. You must be passionate and committed to aim for great achievements and spend a lot of time on them.
The right mind and motivation are very important, a couple of years ago we decided we should stop creating Poser products and rather start to create wonderful things, the best that people could find, we decided we wanted to create pieces of art, our products are our way to express art and our imagination.
As content creators try to have a wide spectrum of products, do not just focus on one thing, be it characters, clothes or sceneries; vary, this will make your store more complete and interesting, your imagination and skills widen and will push you to experiment and thus improve your knowledge base since different products require different techniques and skills.
Do you have any final words?
Yes, yes... we have finally come to this question and now we can also remain just a few since:
Not everybody can read English.
Not everybody wants to read English.
Not everybody wants to read what we write.
Not everybody thinks we're writing something useful (and meanwhile the rooms is emptying out.
Not everybody... al right, not I'm actually talking to myself!
We believe that knowledge and creativity could save the world.
There is a host of incredible things we can find up there.
We really don't have any time to waste for useless things such as stupidity and violence.
Believe in whatever you want, be whatever you want to be and I'll respect you. You do so too.
The world is in need of beautiful things, of meaningfull things, of things that bring happiness to the Soul, the Heart and the Mind.
These are our final words.
Our thanks, in almost no particular order:
to our parents for the patience and endless support.
To Amiga for allowing me to create and become aware of its programmers, graphic artists, musicians. You were great and some of you still are.
To videogames creators for both inspiration and fun. We deeply respect you because we know every one of you works hard to Create and we really admire what you do.
To movie writers and directors. Another wonderful form of art; we would always like to see movies that let our mind and imagination run wild and boundless for a couple of hours.
I will only mention (among the many we like) the Monty Phyton with a request: make another movie. We really miss you genious. Really.
To the artists that draw wonderful things and full of feelings and emotions. Do not ever think you're wasting your time in anything you do because at least ONE person in the world will understand and appreciate what you do.
To musicians. Many of you create things that are so incredibly beautiful that often we would like to be there and listen at all the trials you perform before the final, registered version. You art is perhaps the most direct and moving. You can do a lot and I hope one day everyone will realize that more recognition should be give to those that create Music, not those that produce music for the mass.
To the brilliant minds that with their inventions and discoveries, since the most ancient times, allowed our civilizations to progress and dream.
To books and comics, an immense source of enjoyment and thought. We would like to support all the writers and comic writers that create wonderful things and earn almost nothing. Go on, time will reward you.
A thank-you also to all kind of sports and physical activity that teach and remind us that "Mens Sana In Corpore Sano (healthy mind in healthy body).
Another thanks goes to all those people that silently work and sacrifice themselves for us.
I also want to thank my elementary school teacher, my primary school math teacher and my secondary school Italian teacher.
Finally we thank our friends, those that aren't anymore and live as shadows in my dreams.
A thanks to the sky, the sea, the wind and the fire ...
A thanks to the comets, asteroids, satellites, planets, galaxy, universe and everything in it ...
A thanks to the eyes, the smiles, the words, the gestures and the colours ...
A thanks to the binary numbers, the videogames, RpG, Internet, cybernetic and science, Dna and everything is alien.
A thanks to the fluffy and furry things, our baby plushes, martial arts, the Destiny and the Future.
A thanks to the beauty of the naked female/male body.
A thanks to all Soul, Mind, Body.
A thank-you to all those that support us and dedicate to us their precious time.
Thanks for the attention.
(just put the song you prefer for these ending credits)
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