April 2012 Vendor of the Month - Godin

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Congratulations to Godin for being Renderosity's Vendor of the Month for April!

Who is 'Godin'?

My real name is Valery and I live in the Netherlands. I am a woman of 39 years old and married to a wonderful husband who supports me all the way in whatever I do. We don’t have any children, but we have two cats who we deeply love, they are our little babies. I love creating art, I enjoy eating yummy food, reading books (especially about the supernatural, like vampires and stuff like that), chatting with my friends and watching good movies and tv-series.

Let me explain a bit about my artist name Godin. Godin is a Dutch word, in English it means Goddess. The meaning of the name Godin (Goddess) stands for femininity, Divine Energy and Creativity. These are meanings I feel strongly connected to. I have been using this name for a couple of years now and it really suits me. My astrology sign is Pisces. I am a dreamer, have a creative spirit, feel close to nature, I am a sensitive and respective person.

I have always been involved in making art, and that all started when I was very young. As a little kid I often played with Clay (scultping), made drawings, and when I was doing that I created my own fantasy world in which faeries, gnomes and fairytale creatures really existed. I am an autodidact person and never followed any course for learning how to draw and sculpt. I learned it all by myself with a little help from books.

In my early twenties I started sculpting in a more professional way and also gave sculpting lessons for a while. I specialized in creating Faeries, Mermaids, dolls, little baby dolls, gnomes, and lots of other nature fantasy creatures. I really enjoyed doing this for many years. In 2007, I made the switch to digital art and since then I am totally hooked on making 3D art. No more real live sculpting for me, only Digital sculpting now. I really like to create fantasy images, but what I love doing most is creating 3D content. My specialty is character creation and last year I started making poses too. I am always into learning new things and there is still so much more for me to explore in this 3D World. There is a whole new world out there ready to be discovered. It sometimes feels likeI am Alice in wonderland :)

How long have you been involved in digital art? 

In November 2007, I found my way to digital art. I was looking for techniques about human anatomy and poses for my sculptures. One day I read an article in a magazine of a well-known sculpture artist from Belgium, in which she explained that she was using a Victoria figure and DAZ Studio to learn poses and anatomy for her sculptures. This figure could be positioned in all kinds of poses in a 3D environment. So this way you could see the figure from all angles. I took her advice and started working for the first time with a 3D program (DAZ Studio), this was a whole new world for me.

I became so enthusiastic about working with DAZ Studio and 3D art that I started buying  more content. As mentioned earlier in this interview, I was totally hooked on it and changed from sculpting with clay to digital art. Shortly after this I purchased Poser, invested a lot of time in learning the program and really grew fond of it.

One beautiful day, I discovered the Renderosity MarketPlace! From this moment on, it really started. I saw and bought a lot of amazing content here (still do..giggles), which for me was like being in a Candy store :) Then, I visited the Renderosity Gallery...and WOW!  There were so many beautiful images that inspired me. Soon I started uploading my own digital art within the Renderosity gallery. Suddenly I saw people leaving comments within my gallery. I was so thrilled by this, I did not even know it was possible to leave or receive comments. Many people welcomed me and that felt so heartwarming and good! Since that time, I made a lot of friends in this community.

What made you decide to become a Vendor? 

Well...this is how I decided to become a vendor :) I became friends with a very talented vendor and artist through the Renderosity community. Her name is PDesign and she makes very beautiful content. She inspired me to make 3D content (Characters for figures like Victoria 4). She wrote me a tutorial at that time, on how to start making my own character for Victoria 4, and when I got stuck during the process she was always there to help me out. I am so thankful for all she did for me.

In this period, I started to make my own character for Victoria 4, which I wanted to use for my own render work. At that time it was not my intention to become a vendor. I just enjoyed making gallery renders with the character. After showing her in my gallery, people started asking if she was for sale and wanted to buy her. People started to encourage me by saying "you should go and sell her and become a vendor." In the beginning I was a bit shy about the idea of becoming a vendor, but after a while I decided to give it a try and I became a vendor in September of 2009 here at Renderosity. I still remember my first product that was released within the Renderosity MarketPlace, called VH Rose. I was so proud...

Last year, June 2011, I had to quit my real life job because of my health. Since then, making 3D content has become my regular, daily job and I just love it! Making 3D content and art gives me so much joy.

What are you currently working on?

Currently, I am working on a new Girl (Character) for Victoria 4 & Genesis. I am very excited about this new girl and can’t wait for her to be released in my store. There are a few plans and ideas for what I want to create this year. Maybe making a Male character for Michael 4 & Genesis, which would be my first male, and I am sure it will be fun working on a totally new challenge. I have lot more ideas but cannot list them all, I think it is always nice to keep it a surprise :)

What software is currently in your digital toolset and why?

  • Poser 7, Poser 8, Poser 9, Poser Pro 2012, and Poser Pro 2010 - Yes, that is a lot of Poser versions, I know, lol! But, I need them for testing all my products before I upload them to the store, as all needs to be tested thoroughly. I use Poser for creating content, Promo renders, artistic gallery renders and for testing my products.
  • Daz Studio 2.3, DAZ studio 3 advanced, and DAZ Studio 4 Pro - Same here as mentioned with Poser. I need all versions for testing my products before I upload them to the store. I use Daz Studio for creating content, Promo renders, artistic gallery renders and for testing my products.
  • Hexagon 2.5 - I use Hexagon for custom sculpting (modeling) my characters.
  • ZBrush - I use ZBrush for custom sculpting my characters.
  • Photoshop CS5 - For texture work,  promo layout for my products, and for my artistic renders (postwork). 
  • Blacksmith3D Suite V4 - 3D painting of skin textures and making the textures seamless.
  • modo - I purchased modo two weeks ago because I want to learn modeling as well. My wish is to create clothing, hair and jewelry in the future. It might take me some time to learn it, but I am sure I will have lots of fun while practicing.

Where do you find inspiration for your products?

I find my inspiration everywhere. A lot of inspiration I find by surfing on the internet, looking for pictures of famous people, models, fantasy stuff and more things like that. I also find a lot of inspiration from watching tv series' and movies, from looking at other artists' work, and from magazines. And, what is really important for me, is to have my daily walk outside to get a fresh wind in my hair and to empty my head and give a place for new ideas that want to come in. Sometimes, when I am working on a project and I am on a creative flow, it feels like things just happen by themselves...it’s like magic.

Could you list any current favorites among the products you've created and tell us a bit about their creation?

This is so hard for me to make a choice, because all of my creations are my babies. I cannot make a choice of which ones are my favorite, because they are all my favorites. I love them all! :) What I can say is that all my products are created with the most care, lots of love and attention. I put a lot of effort into working on my projects to perfect them. Working on my products is like meditation, I am always very focused while working and I totally lose myself in it. It is like the world around me stops existing and that only the project and me are there. Working on my products makes me feel peaceful and happy inside. When my husband sometimes calls me (and asks me something like "Hun, do you need a cup of tea," or something like that) he has to call me a couple of times before I can tear myself loose from the project and hear him. I find it really nice to see how a product is created out of nothing. The end result after hard labor gives me so much joy, over and over again!

Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?

Just enjoy what you are doing, that is the most important part. Enjoy every step of the process of learning new things, and be thankful and grateful for this. I always say that when we were little children the things we learned fast and easy where the things we enjoyed doing most, because the knowledge was obtained in a playful way. Therefore, keep an open mind and a playful spirit.

How has this online Community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

This community has enhanced my life totally. Because of this community, I became a vendor and a digital artist, and I now do what I love doing most, that is, making digital art and content.

First, I want to thank Renderosity and the staff for giving me the opportunity to become a vendor and artist here, you all are amazing and so helpful and kind! Thank you all so much! I want to thank all my customers for their support and for believing in me. Thanks to your loyal support, I made it this far, and because of that I can further develop my skills. I am very grateful for all of this.

I have made a lot friends in this community over the past few years and all of them have special meaning to me. I feel so rich to have them in my life. It is a miracle that I live in this part of the world and through this community I found friends from all parts of the world. I learned a lot from fellow vendors and from fellow artists who I met in this community, and I am so thankful that they share so generously, their skills and wisdom with me. I want to give a special thanks to Studioartvartanian and PDesign for making this 3D job possible for me. If it was not for you both, I would not be here today! You girls are amazing! What else can I say? I just love this community, I want to thank you all for being you and supporting me!

Do you have any final words or advice for other digital artists?

Follow your own inner creative flow and enjoy doing it! Beauty and Magic will happen when you do so :) Remember that Life is Magical!


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Member Opinions:
By: SWAM on 4/3/12
congratulations Valery, very well deserved

By: P3Design on 4/3/12
Whoehaa! I knew it! So very well deserved, congrats hun :))

By: Biscuits on 4/3/12
Valery so great! You work so hard on your creations!
Congrats hugs!

By: Nouschka on 4/3/12
congratulations Val ! Best honor for you great work!

By: StudioArtVartanian on 4/3/12
Very well deserved, cause your are amazing artist and golden heart person!!!!!
Big Congrats, Hugs and kisses:)

By: Angelmoon on 4/3/12
best best wishes for you :o)) big hugs :o) and thank you always beeing a good friend :o)

By: Savage_dragon on 4/3/12
Congratz, Val!! ")

By: MirageBay on 4/3/12

By: ironman13 on 4/3/12
Congrats! so well deserved!!!!!! *big huge hugs!!!***

By: P3D-Art on 4/4/12
How great to see you at this spot Val! Big congratz ;)

By: Mariny on 4/4/12
Well deserved:-) Congratulation:-)

By: renecyberdoc on 4/4/12
excellent congratulations Val.

By: aqua1955 on 4/4/12
Congratulations Valerie. Your magnificent work found the title you deserve :)

By: KimberlyC on 4/4/12
Congrats Val! Well deserved! :)

By: lunchlady on 4/4/12
Many many congratulations Val!!!! You deserve this so much!!!!!! HUGS!♥♥♥

By: pennykay on 4/4/12
I know I don't post any more but your work is exceptional! So much class in all your characters! Congrats Val!

By: powerage on 4/5/12
Congrats! very well deserved :)

By: 76claudia2205 on 4/5/12
Van harte gefeliciteerd lieverd. Dit heb je dubbel en dwars verdiend :D Je bent een topper!!!!

By: AngelWeb58 on 4/5/12
Congrads I think Godin is a fantastic artist

By: Pahoe on 4/5/12
Congrats my love ! very well deserved ! your Art is Amazing and pure magic

By: zil2008 on 4/5/12
Congratulations Valery, you so deserve this honour. Your a fabulous artist.

By: Anagord on 4/6/12

By: gypsyangel on 4/6/12
Oh!! Conga rats, sweetie!! You totally deserve it!! :D

By: pixeluna on 4/7/12
A big congratulations to you, Val! A well-deserved recognition!

By: legolie on 4/7/12
Congrats !

By: reine_de_style on 4/7/12
congratulations! :)

By: Thorne on 4/8/12
Congratulations Valery and well deserved :)

By: fractalartist01 on 4/8/12
Congratz!! :)

By: vyktohria on 4/8/12
Oh Val! I'm soooooo happy for you! (and this is the first time I've seen your pretty face!) Big, BIG hugs to you, my Sweetie!!

By: JenniSjoberg on 4/8/12
Very well deserved! Big Gratz! :)

By: MitZie on 4/8/12
Gefeliciteerd, je maakt echt hele mooie ontwerpen!

By: Angelsfury2004 on 4/8/12
coingrats on being VOM!! well deserved!!

By: Lyne on 4/8/12
Really well deserved! I am a fan and buy many of your characters! I enjoyed "getting to know you better" through your interview! You are a lady after my own heart!

By: lyron on 4/9/12
Congrats Valery!!!

By: eltoro3D on 4/9/12
Congrats and Awesome Interview :)

By: mirrorofsoul on 4/9/12
Congrats sweetie - well deserved *huuugs* :D

By: Cimaira on 4/9/12
Congratulations! I love your art and characters! Great interview, it's always nice to know a little bit about the person behind the art :)

By: Belladzines on 4/9/12
Huge congrats!!!! well deserved ..so very unique work and your characters are all different from each other and have their own personality!! xx

By: Bossie_Boots on 4/10/12
Yeeee haaaaaa well done Val you so deserve this i miss you hugs lou x

By: adrie on 4/11/12
I am really very happy for you Val, you deserve this so very much......hugs Adrie.

By: DaveF on 4/11/12
Congratulations, Val!

By: Pierrot_Lunaire on 4/11/12
Congratulations Valerie!!

By: 1010 on 4/11/12
So happy for you Val. You really deserve this award!

By: Jpalm32 on 4/11/12
Amazing art!

By: Richardphotos on 4/11/12
congrats on a honor well desired

By: Raindroptheelf on 4/11/12
Uiii , I have not seen this Valerie.
Congratulations , very well deserved.
I am proud of you!!!

By: Cimarron on 4/11/12
Congratulations, your work is superb:)

By: DreamlandModels on 4/11/12
I am happy for you girl!

By: brewgirlca on 4/11/12
wooohooo this is great. I always knew you had that special gift as an artist and when your first girl arrived in my mailbox I knew you were gonna go all the way. Fortunes have turned in unexpected way but with your optimistic nature you took advantage of them. And here you are doing work that is pure fun and enlightenment. Blessed be Godin.

By: Bez on 4/12/12
Congratulations Val, well done, so happy for you :)

By: yakchat on 4/13/12
Congratulations Hon...very well deserved, HUGS :-)

By: MSTene on 4/13/12

By: AlexandersGrandma on 4/15/12
Hi Godin, I read every word you wrote. You are so very talented. I bought several (almost all- V4 and K4 for Poser) of your characters. I love your products and enjoy looking at your gallery. Someday, I would like to be as talented as you are. (I doubt it though)LOL. Congrats on being featured. You certainly deserve it.

Hugs, Paula

By: Danie on 4/15/12
Congratulations! :)

By: Godin on 4/15/12
Thank you all so Much!! :)
Big Hugs! Valery

By: doarte on 4/16/12
Congratulations Val

By: Eugenius on 4/16/12
Congratulations! Love your work :-)

By: Monro-Diz on 4/17/12

By: Wonderland on 4/19/12
Love your work! You create such beautiful faces with personality. Your story inspires me too because one day I'd like to create my own characters for sale. Glad your store is on sale, now to decide which ones to get... :)

By: SirRonmit on 4/21/12
Very Awesome! And well deserved! Your work keeps me motivated as well!

Tim N

By: shadownet on 4/23/12
Big Congratulations!

By: TK0920 on 4/25/12
I love your creations and congratulations on this success.

By: georgemillersouza on 4/25/12
Lindo trabalho. Tenho alguns de seus caracteres em meus trabalhos. Realmente são otimos.

By: nefertiabet on 4/26/12
Herzlichen Glückwunsch Valery!!! Ihre Charakteren gehören zu den besten und schönsten hier bei Rendero!!!

By: brycek on 4/26/12

By: schonee on 4/29/12
Congratulations Sweetie!! well deserved!!!

By: Image-Edit on 4/29/12
Without doubt one of the most innovative character designers out there, your products are simply off the scale ! Thank you for your talent, leaves only one thing to say....KUDOS Vale x

By: Gunmaster on 4/29/12
Congratulations, Valery! It is always wonderful to see someone who has worked hard all of their life on something to be rewarded for their talents. My sister is an artist and is 58 years old, so I understand all too well how much it must mean to you. You are so very talented in so many fields it blows my mind! I'm still in the "stick figure" stage and am afraid I always will be! Even my guitars gently weep... ;-). Your recognition is very well deserved! Keep on truckin'!

Virginia, USA

By: StudioTjeerd on 4/29/12
Congrats! This is well deserved!

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