Out in the real world, we all have hobbies and interests in addition to the work we may be most known for. Here at Renderosity, our vendors have their own stories to tell. Things they do away from their products... special projects, awards, citations, or things of interest that most may not know about.
In an effort to better introduce our vendors to the rest of the community, we've asked them to tell us more about themselves, and share their stories. Rather than a straightforward interview, these are their stories, in their own words.
This week, we find out all about artist and vendor, Tima Cooke, better known to the community as 3DSublimeProductions.
I share my life here in South Carolina with my husband of 14 years, two beautiful daughters, and just recently we added a gorgeous 6 pound baby girl to the mix, and I am now a proud Mimi to my first grandchild. We blended our families 14 years ago, and although the 4 oldest boys (three of his, and one of mine) have moved out and started life on their own, there is NEVER a quiet or dull moment in our house!
I was born and raised in South Carolina, and aside from about two years or so, I have lived in the same town my entire life. Some might think that is boring or non-adventurous, but I love it here, and this is where all my peeps are :-)
My art background isn't as extensive as some others, but at the tender age of about 10 my mom enrolled me into an art class and it awakened something deep inside of me, and from that point on I have been involved in art in some way or another. I spent years drawing small sketches and then writing poetry to go along with it. I have won several online art awards, and have even had a good deal of my poetry published over the years. I don't write as much now as I used to, but every now and then my muse will scream in my ear to write something down, and I obey, as any good artist should!
When I was 17, I worked in a Pool Hall/Arcade and my boss asked me if I could paint a wall because the paint was chipping off, and he wanted to brighten the place up. What would have just been a simple paint job for some turned into a 3 week session for me because I painted a 15 x 8 mural on the wall using almost every color I could find at the nearby hardware store. I wish that I could still find the original drawing that I worked from, but over the years, it got misplaced. That was my very first peice of art, and for years after the owner sold the property, the painting remained. It was painted over about 10 years ago, but underneath the white paint that is there now is the vision of a young girl that thought way ahead of her time.
Life, and children at a young age, forced me to enter the workforce, and my art and writing took a back seat until 1999 when I bought a used computer and a copy of Paint Shop Pro. The rest I guess you can say is still history in the making :-)
I enrolled in a Web Design class and learned how to hard code web pages, and that was what I did for a living for about 4 years. I don't do it as much now, quite simply because I don't have the time that I used to have, but I still have a few clients that I design for on a regular basis, and it gives me something extra to do on occasion.
Somehow, I stumbled upon Poser in 2003 and thus was born 3DSublimeProductions - I slowly transitioned from building complete websites to making graphhics and websets with the fabulous 3D rendering tools in Poser, and from there I trained with Photoshop, and a few other small graphics programs.
I can't remember the exact date that I became a vendor here at Renderosity, but these days, that is my full-time job, and I love every minute of it. I get to use my art and my creative ideas to make pretty things, and inspire others to create art. I can't think of a life better than that!
In 2012, my brother started a non-profit organization called Shake The City SC. The organization targets ages 13 and up and gives them a safe place to meet once a month for a few hours, and allows them to listen to live music, meet other teenagers and interact socially in a wholesome supervised environment. They also get to hear an uplifting message from my brother, John PJay Chavis. These meetings are geared toward making young adults feel comfortable in the skin they are in, and gives them a place where they are accepted as they are. We make sure that they are made to feel welcome, and that while they are with us, they know that we love them just as they are.
I design, and maintain the website for Shake The City SC, as well as help design new graphics, or art design elements we use for t-shirts, hats, bags, dvd covers, etc. I love doing this because it allows me to design and create on a different level than what I do for my 3DSublimeProductions business.
I also do all of the photography for the events, and I often use those pictures to create new designs by taking them into Photoshop and manipulating them, and so on, to get a new look for a new logo, or graphic for Shake The City SC.
It's a lot of work, but it is all for a good cause, and one that we are invested in! We live in a somewhat small town, and we have reached a lot of young people by taking what the world offers for bad in the way of explicit music and dance moves, and turned them into something good just by putting a new spin on them. The youth are our future generation and we want to build them up, and fill them from the inside out with something good!
In addition to operating 3DSublimeProductions, I dedicate at least 6 hours a week to Shake The City media/art/social/internet type of work - it allows me to reach outside of my Poser/DS box, and still be able to be artistic and creative.
I love what I do, and do what I love. I am so greatful to Renderosity for the opportunity to have a store here, and for all the other insane and talented artists I have met here :-) I am beyond thankful for all of the support of my customers, and can't wait too see what the future holds!
Tima C Cooke
Owner/Operator - 3DSublimeProductions
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