December 2012 Vendor of the Month - ironman13

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Congratulations to ironman13 for being Renderosity's Vendor of the Month for December!

As I've interviewed you a number of times already, can you briefly tell us a bit about yourself and if there is anything you might wish to share with the community?

Well, there's not much to tell, really. I love 3D - I love 3D art and making pictures.

Can you give us some hints on what you may be currently working on?

Yes I can. It's bigger than a breadbox. But seriously, I'm working on making a small studio out of my garage to take reference images from multiple angles for my poses. I find that it is impossible to get two or more angles from internet photos. So, my friends will be doing short photo shoots for me, lol!

What software is currently in your digital toolset and what could you not do without?

Wow, I use every bit of software I have from time to time. But, mostly, I rely on modo, ZBrush, 3Dcoat, and Photoshop. I do have and sometimes use Blacksmith 3D, Cinema 4D, Hexagon, Genetica for textures, Mudbox, and I have my eye on Mari.

Where do you find inspiration for your products, and do you have any particular favorite among the products you've created?

I think my favorite would have to be the POSER Beginner to Advanced tutorial video series, because it was really fun, I like sharing knowledge. It was refreshing to take a break from creating in 3D space and to show others how to do it for a change.  I would like to say my inspiration comes from television, movies, books, or daydreams - but it rather comes from running into challenges when I am creating art. I find a problem and then fix it. Sometimes that's lighting, when I feel I need a certain type of lights - which led me to create several different styles of lights. Other times, it's needing morphs that just aren't available, so then I create them.

Can you tell us a bit about your creative process, and are there any workflow tips you might wish to provide?

Yes, I can provide some workflow tips. I suggest reviewing your workflow and trying to refine and shorten it. So many of my friends have a routine, and I see that their work could be done much more efficiently with a few adjustments, but they've been doing it a certain way for so long that they never stop to question the workflow. Other than that, I would have to say it's always worth it to stop and organize and to plan your work and work your plan. As far as workflow goes, I start with a picture in mind, and then I make it. What generally happens is I'll run into something I need to make my picture better, and I'll make it. I think it's the desire to create art, combined with a willingness to create whatever I need to complete that piece that really defines my creative process.

Can you tell us a bit about how it feels to turn a hobby into a full-time job, and your insights into what it takes to keep at it?

It feels fantastic, because it's something that I love doing so much, and when you get to do that for a living, it's as if all day everyday it's nothing but pleasure. Don't get me wrong, there are some frustrations. As far as my insight as to what it takes to keep at it - well... there will be days where you don't feel like working or creating - but you have to. So, what I do is simply ask myself, would I rather work for someone else doing something I enjoy much less, or would I rather put in a full workday? It's rare that I have to motivate myself this way, but it does happen. I believe that line of thinking would apply to anyone looking to turn their hobby into a full-time job. You just have to look at the alternatives.

Most everyone I know would love to work from home, but it does take a bit of self-motivation. What do you consider "best practices" in working from home in this particular field?

I think it's best to have your "employer self/planner self" and your "worker self." So, you plan your work week - decide how many hours you need to work, and for me, I put all that information up on my dry-erase board. Then, I treat myself just as if I was going to work. I wake up, do my morning routine, and try and always be at work on time, and never let myself off early, because you couldn't at a regular job, and that's really what's required. I actually don't see any other way you could truly succeed and be comfortable in this business, or any work at home business. On the other hand, be careful not to overwork yourself, you still need time to relax in the evenings, and need to take at least one day off a week. In the past, I would just work and work without days off and very long hours. Eventually, I would burn out and just stop. And that's not good. So, balance is important, I guess.

What do you enjoy doing in your off time?

Cleaning and baking for my husband, because I know I belong in the kitchen, he told me so...  LOL :)  But seriously, I love playing video games (yes, I play Halo). I love watching movies, I have lots of fish and also a tortoise that also takes up a bit of my time. I knit and like to do crafty things like that when I can.

Do you have any advice for anyone wishing to start in Digital Content Development?

Well, if they are just starting out, they need to choose a creation program that they feel comfortable with and then take all the tutorials for that application. It takes some time, but you'll be glad you invested your time into fully learning your application.

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

Yes I do, and I think it's been said a thousand times. Try and find a niche and stick with it. It definitely pays off in the end. I realize that's easier said than done, but you'd be surprised at the opportunities that are available. What I'm trying to say is, I still see holes in the marketplace that need to be filled. It's important to maintain momentum - meaning release products on a regular basis.

As far as tips for artists - I know that many people that use my content are much better artists than I, but I will say this - the better you know your application, the more beautiful your artwork will be. I get many emails where people ask me "Am I just a bad artist, or do I need to learn more of the technical side of my application?"(usually concerning Poser and DAZ Studio) And my advice is that it's almost always technical - if it's not that, it's just a matter of experience.

I would like to thank all of my customers so much for their support. I will continue to work to provide the highest quality content for your artwork. Many thanks to the staff here at Renderosity for being so good at what they do and wonderfully supportive.


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Member Opinions:
By: the_tdog on 12/1/12
Congrats again to one of my favorite vendors!

By: 2121 on 12/1/12
Well done, very well deserved, a real talent and great asset for the RMP...congrats :-)

By: mrestey on 12/1/12
AWESOME! A great pick if you ask me!
Congrats Steph! I LOVE the cute pic of you above, LOL!

By: tigertim on 12/2/12
Fantastic!!.. congratulations.. a great talent! Superbly crafted Pose sets and Expressions..give great real world results.
Yep, one of my favourite vendors too!

By: Scrib on 12/2/12
Congratulations! So much deserved. You are one of this influencers who helped Rendo to become what it is today: a number one marketplace for 3d artists. I remember the times poses products were rare and it takes hours to get the needed pose with manual dials. When you started I thought by myself, this vendor releases so much poses products, not sure about quality. I buyed one (the natural pose), and you made me a regular customer. Usually, I use your poses as a starting and do some tweaks to custom to the scenes - saving hours of time! I would say, at least one of your products is a needed basic set in every library. For starters to get good results fast and for experienced users to save time and get inspirations.

By: hongyu on 12/2/12
Well done! Congratulations!

By: Anagord on 12/2/12

By: StudioArtVartanian on 12/2/12
Huge congrats!!!!!!!!!
Very well deserved!!!!!
kisses and hugs:)

By: marciushess on 12/2/12
Congratulations Steph, you deserved.

By: Rhett55 on 12/2/12
GRATZ!!! Not sure I could live without your poses. The start of most everything I do :)

By: CleonXXI on 12/2/12
Ive been here a long time and bought tons of products, but the most products I have come from ironman13. Just amazingly quality, imaginative, and useful stuff.

By: Silverwind on 12/2/12
Way to go! Congratulations! :-)

By: JKonstantine on 12/2/12
Congrats on VoM! Well deserved! *applauds*

By: SWAM on 12/3/12
Congratulations sweetie, sooo much deserved :-)

By: Arrin on 12/3/12

By: Saluki on 12/3/12
Well deserved! Congratulations.

By: Godin on 12/3/12
Congratulations Steph!! very well deserved!!!! I am so happy for you , Big Hugs! :)

By: wlmay33 on 12/3/12
OUTSTANDING!!! A great award for a GREAT artist!

By: josue_light on 12/3/12
Congratz! I use many of your poses and expressions. The first items I bought from you were Pin Up Master and Subtle Expressions back in May/April 2011. Thank you very much. 8D

By: CosmicWorth on 12/4/12

By: jeanne_50 on 12/4/12
Love, Jeanne

By: EmmaAndJordi on 12/5/12
Congratulations Steph! :) Big Hugs!

By: geechy72 on 12/5/12
Gratz hun!!! Well deserved!


By: renecyberdoc on 12/5/12
hugs from spain sweetie-well deserved congratzz!!!!!

By: ninhalo5 on 12/5/12
Congrats Steph, well deserved!!!!

By: dhawk0948 on 12/5/12
Well deserved recognition for a vendor who has an innate ability to provide products that people want and need.

By: Raindroptheelf on 12/5/12
Oh that is GREAT and well deserved, you make the most wonderful Products!

By: Tempesta3d on 12/6/12
Congratulations from the boys!

By: P3Design on 12/6/12
Omg, again, how awesome, congratulations hun, I know you work hard and make excellent products. You deserve this :)

By: echokimono on 12/6/12
**WELL DONE** Your store is always a place I visit,for the super items you create!!! :)

By: Bri65 on 12/6/12
Congrats, well deserved.

By: quietrob on 12/6/12
Well of course you won! You have great talent, use it well, provide great models at a great price and even provide support after the purchase. I love your products.

When are you running for president!??

By: drdeep on 12/7/12

By: lostwind on 12/7/12
Congratulations from antalya

By: c567591 on 12/7/12

By: BlumBlumShub on 12/11/12
Well done Steph, you're an inspiration. Thanks not only for the great products you come up with but also for the helpful advice.

By: TuesdaysGone on 12/12/12
Congrats and well deserved! My favorite vendor by far, with must-have, top quality products. :)

By: Savage_dragon on 12/12/12
Congratz! ")

By: MattGreenfield on 12/12/12
Congratulations and well earned. (Is there going to be a mega-sale soon? The way you keep popping out new items, it's the only way I can come close to keeping up with you. :p )

By: shylydrya on 12/12/12
Congratulations! Well deserved! You work so hard to bring great products to the marketplace.

By: Lardmeister on 12/12/12
Love your stuff! Your approach to partial pose packages revolutionized posing for me. EAT is my choice for Renderosity product of the year. Now how about EAT Vol. 2: Ice Cream & Candy Edition?

By: BlackStarr42 on 12/14/12
Congratulations!Love your work, I don't think I've done a render without going through your poses first. Thank You

By: Madbat on 12/14/12
Grats, well deserved!

By: fabiana on 12/15/12
Congrats Steph and merry xmas :)

By: Penname on 12/16/12
I reach for your products so often! Thanks for the products and the excellent advice.

By: singanprayisme on 12/17/12
Congrats to one of my favorite artists. Don't know what I would do without you. Lovely picture of you too!

By: poser-france on 12/18/12

By: gmfraizer on 12/19/12
LOVE your work!!! It's some of the best I've ever found. You certainly desrve vender of the month. Didn't know you are a woman because of the name ironman13 - nice to put a face with the name (nice face at that).

By: Spacer_01 on 12/22/12
Keep up the awesome work with the pose packs!

By: Scharmers on 12/24/12
i13 is the bomb. Amazing, detail-oriented content that saves time and is a perfect starting point for your own content.

By: Burlington on 12/25/12
Congratulations! You always do EXCELLENT work . . . you get my nomination for vendor of the year!

By: cedarwolf on 12/25/12
I'm not sure I can heap enough praises on her work. The i13 products are some of my most favorites and the quality is always outstanding. And the prices are incredibly reasonable, IMHO. Well Done, Madam, well done indeed.

By: michagutt on 12/28/12
Let me say it with the words of "cedarwolf"....
Outstanding, most favorites, cheap, best !!!


I Love this stuff...

By: Nonsolum on 12/29/12
I know how posing characters is so hard (and takes à lot of times)...sometimes. ;-)
You're doing an impressive and huge work as Rendo's newsletter use to advertise me : "a new product from ironman"...almost every day :-D You must be more in your "studio" than in "your" kitchen LOL
But it's for the good 3D cause that ignores the fourth dimension : TIME.
And I noticed that we've got the same doping : coffee :-)

Keep on going, congrats and happy holidays Ironman(20)13.

By: twajjo on 12/29/12
Congrats! I've never been disappointed in anything I've bouht from you, and that's a lot of stuff!

By: scooby37 on 12/30/12
Well done, and well deserved. I am betting you'll be back here again very soon :) Looking forward to seeing what you create in 2013.

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