Congratulations to DM Productions, better known as the team of Danie and marforno, for being Renderosity's Vendors of the Month for April! These two vendors have been a very popular and successful team at Renderosity. They have received many awards over the years, including Merchant of the Year in 2004, and, most recently, Dream Team of the Year for 2013. We are delighted for the opportunity to, once again, learn a little bit more about them.
First off, tell us a little bit about yourselves.
marforno: I live in Montreal, Canada and I love to build small worlds, art, traveling, history and music. The joys of my life are my four grandchildren and spending time with my family.
Danie: Berlin, Germany is my hometown and I still live here with my husband and our two boys. I love to laugh, people with a good sense of humor, art, nature, music and good movies.
How long now have you both been involved in digital art, and when did you two first start collaborating?
marforno: I posted my first images at Renderosity in May 2001. They were mainly simple renders with lots of Photoshop. I moved into Bryce and I remember spending a great deal of time trying to get the hang of it. Then modeling came to me as a consequence of the lack of modeling tools in Bryce.
Danie: Digital art since 1997 and 3D since 2001. I began in Bryce and started creating scenes. Due to the fact that it was impossible to pose figures in Bryce, Poser 4 was the next step and I was hooked! I found my passion in creating artistic, fantasy-styled poses and characters for Victoria 2 & 3 at that time.
We both met around October 2001 and in November released the first pack that we’ve been working on together, which was called “Danie’s Weapons ‘n Poses.”
What software is currently in your digital toolset and why?
marforno: I use many different programs, depending on what I am trying to achieve, but I do believe that the best results in architecture modeling can be accomplished with 3ds Max.
Danie: I use several programs, but most of the time: Poser Pro 2012 and 2014 and Photoshop.
Out of all the wonderful products you've brought to the MarketPlace, do you have any personal favorites? Can you list some and tell us about their creation?
Danie: It’s hard to pick one, since we know how much work, time and care went into creating them. In every single one is a piece of us. :)
marforno: I totally agree with Danie, but a few packages that are especially close to my heart are Time Prisoners Saga, the Relative Gravity packages, Inertia, Chronicles, and Wicked Places, Pyrago and our latest fairy inspired work.
What can you tell us about your working process? What do each of you bring to the table?
We spend a great deal of time on the telephone or Skype, kicking around ideas for new projects and packages. After we come up with a concept we both like, I begin modeling and Danie begins texturing. During the process, a more concrete direction begins to take shape, but it can sometimes be a challenge to agree on one vision. However, ultimately it all comes together and in the end we have a creation that we are both happy with.
Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?
Find a "niche" and be original. Think as a customer and what would you expect from a product of good quality. Pay attention to details, to the quality of your work and add your own unique style. But, you have to study and practice your chosen craft.
What do the both of you enjoy doing when you're not hard at work creating great content?
marforno: I like watching good British documentaries and some movies. Once or twice a year I like to travel a bit.
Danie: I like to go out with the kids, far, far away from my computer for a while. :) And I like to hang out with my family and friends, just having a good time. Also, my trips to Montreal, visiting marforno, are real fun.
In closing, is there anything else you would like to add?
A very special and big thank you to our customers, for their continued support through the years, all your wonderful artwork and your fantastic reviews. You are all wonderful and we would not be here without you. THANK YOU!
A huge thank you to Rhiannon. Thank you for all your support and friendship. You are fantastic!
And not to forget, a special thanks to the staff of Renderosity. Stacey and Jennifer B. …. you are wonderful and we want to thank you for being there and all your hard work.
Thanks for your time.
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