Who is '3D-Age' and how did you come by that username?
Hehe...first of all my English is poor. My real name is Luo Chang Long, but people usually call me Luo. I'm Chinese and I live in Beijing. 3D-Age is easy for people to remember, I think that is why I like it.
Have you had any traditional art experience or training?
Not at all. I've always wanted to pick up traditional art, but never had a chance :(
What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on winter clothes. In a few days, I'll be releasing a coat and a bath robe after that.
What software is currently in your digital toolset and why?
I use 3ds Max for modelling and Photoshop for texturing. I have always used them. It's been almost 10 years now, so I am quite proficient in both of them and not familiar with others.
How would you describe your creative process?
First, I have lots of rough drafts of models of clothes I have made. I call them "low models." If I start a new one, I select a low model and add details to it and then I texture it. But sometimes, there are no previously created low models to match the new one of the moment so I make a new one and save it for a later use.
Are there perhaps any tips or tricks you have found in your own work that might be of help to others learning the software you use?
As I said, it is important to keep all the low models one makes to use at a later date. I think everyone knows this :)
Where do you find inspiration for your products, and do you have any particular favorite among the products you've created?
Lots of things I draw inspiration from: tv, magazines, movies, online stores, other artists and everyday life.
Up to now, there has not been any particular favorite. If I had to choose one it would be Hot Girl V4/A4/G4, because it can be used in multiple ways in renders and can be combined easily with other products.
Have you ever created product in response to customer feedback?
Yes, but not many. Many thanks to everyone who has sent me their suggestions, they are very helpful.
Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?;
I just want to tell them not to give up when they encounter difficulties and to take good care of themselves: lots of sports and enough sleep!!!
How has this online Community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
Very much! I enjoy the galleries, the tutorials, and everything and everyone has been a great help to me. It's a pity that my English is not that good.
Do you have any final words or advice for other digital artists?