Who is designfera?
Just a regular guy. Addicted to 3d, art, movies, games and gadgets. In love with the world, and all it has to offer, and wanting to do all the best that I can with my time on it.
How long have you have you been involved in digital art?
My first steps were in college, when I was lucky enough to go to Old Dominion University in Virginia, and had the best teachers I could wish for! While I was majoring in Fine Arts and Graphic Design, 3d became a new and exciting world. Then I found Renderosity by accident, and it really became a home for me. The amount of talent that roams this site is really impressive - artists and vendors alike. Finding this community was a major turning point in my life and art.
What are you currently working on?
I work best when I´m multitasking, so the short answer is: a lot of different projects! I have a series of Effects in psd layers and Photoshop brushes that are almost finished. But I really want to go back to doing 3d, so I have a few of those as well, coming out this month. Which leaves me with little time to finish some illustrations that I have rendered.
What software do you use and why?
So many of them that I don´t recall them all! I find it hard to stick to just one or two applications, since there are so many out there (big and small) that are so useful and allow for such creativity. But the ones i cannot live without are Poser, Rhino, 3d Max & Photoshop. Each one adds it´s own touch to complete a project, and they were the most user-friendly to work with. I´m currently exploring Zbrush and Vue for their amazing capabilities, but it still is going to be a while, before i really use them.
Where do you find inspiration for your products?
Insomnias! Lots and lots of them! LOL That´s when I get most of my ideas. But normally it can be anything really... a movie, a novel or just a stain on a wall. Anything can trigger that spark that leaves you with no choice but to create.
Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?
I really don´t find myself in a position to give advice, since I have yet a lot to learn, but these things I know:
How has this online Community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
This is without a doubt the place to be if you are an aspiring artist. The immense palette of 2d/3d artists that we have here in really inspirational. I´ve seen artists grow into Masters, and I´m constantly dazzled at the beautiful work that is posted here. And then there are the people behind the art, and behind the scenes of this amazing Renderosity... so, so many awsome people for all over the globe, always with a friendly word or advice.
Do you have any final words?
A HUGE thank you to all the people behind Renderosity, to the ones that find my products useful, and to the ones that take the time to comment on my illustrations. But a very special thank you to a few people that without them, Renderosity would have not been the same for me: Ilona, Vali, Giana, Charmz, A_, Debbie M., Karen 1573 and Clint H. Thank you.