February 2008 Vendor of the Month - powerage

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February 2008 Vendor of the Month - powerage | powerage, VOM

Who is powerage?
I am 37 years old. I am French. I live in Bordeaux and I'm the father of a sweet girl named Charlotte. "Powerage" is a name I got from the AC/DC album bearing the same name, otherwise, it's Christophe.

How long have you have you been involved in digital art?
The first computer I ever touched was an Amstrad CPC464 !! I've always been fascinated by art and when I was a kid I used to draw a lot. I really started getting involved in the digital Arts in 1998. I am 100% self-taught. I began with the "simply 3D" software package and very quickly moved to a more serious tool : 3D Studio MAX 2. At the same time, I also learned the ropes with Photoshop 4. It is much later that I finally discovered Poser.

What are you currently working on?
I have many ongoing projects (some of which are secret lol). The next product that will come out in February is a sexy outfit for Victoria 4 ; style : "Sexy SWAT team police". I will, of course, continue with my "Live Architecture" series. Many of my clients love the concept and have asked me to produce other similar "breakable" products. I need just a little more time to think of a new theme I could tackle; the challenge being to keep the same basic principle but doing something different.

What software do you use and why?
The software packages I use are 3DSMAX 7, Photoshop 7 and Poser 5. I don't use a wide variety of software packages because I feel that with these three, anything is possible.

The potential of 3DSMAX is astonishing and I'm far from using all of its functionalities. I only use it to model, unfold UVs and create morphs. Photoshop, of course, is an invaluable tool for creating textures and last but not least, Poser which, even though it is simple to use, remains a source of headaches for content developers.

Where do you find inspiration for your products?
I have a passion for comics and, for me, it is a bottomless pit of inspiration. I also get some of my ideas from motion pictures. From these sources, I can get the creative process started and then my imagination takes over.

Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?
This has already been said : do your best and give the best of yourself, that's essential. I would also add that one should attempt to find new ideas and try to get out of the beaten paths. Ask yourself the question : Would I buy this product ? If you create a product and you don't like it, there is very little chance that your clients will like it. Don't compromise on quality and make sure that you complete your projects from the original idea to the end. Details are important and must not be neglected. Persevere, even if a product that you created with all of your heart and efforts don't sell well. Tell yourself that it does not matter, the next one will sell. If you put all of your heart and your best efforts in your products, you will succeed sooner or later.

How has this online Community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
Unfortunately, the English language is real barrier for me. (For example, this text was translated in English for me: Thanks Fran_joel...:) However, this has not prevented me from meeting wonderful people who support me in spite of my poor English.

Do you have any final words?
Most of all, I wish to thank my clients for their enlightening feedback and the confidence that they have in my work. It allows me to go on and to try and give the best of myself.

I wish to thank the Renderosity staff; Debbie and Karen, in particular. Thank you to my friend Rena (renapd) for her kindness and professionalism.

Thank you to my friends from SubPoserForum French community : Arsenic, Ephi, EricFarris, clg, ClauDe, 2Mylent, SG, Tipol (and all others that I forget).
Thank you to my two favorite canadians : Louly and fran_joel who translated this interview and thanks to SaintFox, tabala and luciferino.

Finally, a very special thanks to my wife for her patience and her understanding and to my daughter Charlotte (thank you just for being there). Thanks to zucchini soup gives me so much energy :) and thank you to all who took the time to read this interview.

Make sure you stop in and visit the V endor o f the M onths: 

Store in the MarketPlace
Home Page
Art Gallery

Ruin Construction Kit by powerage
Ruin Construction Kit
Rebel ENCORE ! by powerage
Rebel ENCORE !
SciFi Corridor kit by powerage
SciFi Corridor kit
[ Level Two ] by powerage
[ Level Two ]
Suburban-Building 1 by powerage
Suburban-Building 1

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Member Opinions:
By: 2Mylent on 2/1/08
Notre Dieu: Maitre Powerage alias Maître Taré aka Master Explosive Man :)

Ficelle de caleçon l'ami :D

By: louly on 2/1/08
Félicitations! Tellement mérité et on le voulait tellement pour toi :) Et merci, tu as beaucoup contribué à mon propre succès :) Congratulations! So well deserved and we were rooting for you :) Hugs xxx

By: ericfarris on 2/1/08
BIG CONGRATULATIONS Chris!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amplement mérité. Yesssssssssss!

By: Subgraphick on 2/1/08
Chris fait de l'excellent travail c'est un juste retour des choses, bravo!!

Congrates Chris.
I am very happy for you.

By: jartz on 2/1/08
Your products are amazing, inspiring, unique and just plain top notch. Congratulations, this is a well deserved honor! --JB--

By: luciferino on 2/2/08
Congratulations Christophe.... very well deserved smack Orietta

By: Destribats on 2/2/08
Fabulousistic !
Big grattages en tous genres et félicitations multiples et variées !!!! Bravo Chris ! Et ce n'est qu'un début ! :o)

By: 2Mylent on 2/2/08
Félicitation Maître Chris :)

By: EPhi on 2/2/08
Very well deserved!! Great imagination and tecnic. Congratulations!! (Spontex quoi;-)
Comme sur Sub: bien mérité Chris aka GMT!!

By: Tipol on 2/2/08
Suis émue, je connais une vedette hi hi hi, tout plein de grattage et de ficelle de caleçon au futur Maitre du Monde, vers l'infini et audellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

By: fran_joel on 2/2/08
Congrats Chris !! I see that you did not forget about the zucchini soup lol !!

Félicitation Chris ton succès est bien mérité ! Content de voir que tu n'as pas oublié la soupe au zucchini !! lol

By: Hawkins-GraFX on 2/2/08
Congrats buddy!
Keep up the awesome work!

By: Clg on 2/2/08
Félicitations à Chris pour cette récompense bien méritée !
Congratulations to Chris for this well-deserved reward!

By: DarkAngelGrafics on 2/2/08
Congratulations!Very well deserved. You make amazing products :)

By: SaintFox on 2/2/08
My heartfelt congratulations, Cristophe. You deserve this honor as your creative and unique ideas are like a fresh wind for the Poser-community!

By: cheba70 on 2/2/08
Congratulations,well deserved,long overdue I think. I have purchased several products from you and love them. Keep up the great work. Sorry i do not speak French.

By: leehilliard on 2/3/08
christophe is one of the most creative, talented people i've had the pleasure of meeting here at rendo.congratulations on your vom award christophe. may your success continue for years to come.

By: calico1 on 2/3/08
Your work is always so unique. Congratulations on the recognitions. Your Vendome dress is awesome!

By: akahastur on 2/3/08
Félicitations l'ami :) C'est mérité, je vois tes produits devenir de plus en plus intéressants, je suis contente pour toi! Biz d'une 3déiste convertie en scrappeuse, mdr!

By: Cybertenko on 2/3/08
Congratulation. I appreciate most of your stuff and first of all your great "Living architecture". I am also happy I can see you on photo and read interview with you! I look forawrd to you future great items!

By: ilona on 2/3/08
CONGRATULAAAAAAAAAATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is so well deserved and about time!!!! You should be very proud of yourself cause all of us are!!! Taking my hat off and taking a bow!!!

By: ruby_dragon on 2/3/08
Congrats!!! I love your stuff, your style is always so incredibly inspirational and original :) You're more than deserving! *hugs*

By: 3Dillusions on 2/4/08
Congratulations well deserved your products are always a joy to own

By: Gini on 2/4/08
You have quickly become one of my favourite vendors. Congratulations and keep up the excellent work !

By: renapd on 2/4/08
Most well-deserved this honor vendor!
Not just a genius at creativity.. but also the fastest modeler I've ever seen, despite all the details and attention to his work!
I'm in awe of his talent!
Working with him is a true pleasure and being his friend, something I cherish!
Congrats Chris! It was about time!:)

By: delf680 on 2/5/08
felicitation chris ! très contente pour toi!

By: brycek on 2/5/08
Congratulations and well deserved!!

By: infinity10 on 2/5/08
Absolutely wonderful artistic vision. I am very impressed that Powerage is 100 per cent self-taught. Fine eye for details and aesthetic beauty.

By: cujo37 on 2/7/08
Spontex et ficelles de caleçon power sensei

By: zachary on 2/7/08
Félicitations.Beaucoup de talent , beaucoup de goût dans les réalisations,beaucoup de bonnes idées aussi.Voilà un gars qui ne copie pas et qui ose^^,ils sont quelques uns comme çà, alors ca devait arriver un jour et c'est mérité!

By: Moondog117 on 2/7/08
Congratulations and thanks you for your fantastic products!

By: Marc_belgique on 2/9/08
Bravo Christophe, tu as toujours su sortir des sentiers battus et cette récompense tu l'as cent fois méritée. Bonne continuation à toi.

By: vshane on 2/14/08

By: Khrys on 2/15/08
Nice to see another Chris, and congratulations to someone who truly deserves it! :)

By: ruthfletcher on 2/17/08
well deserved, very good quality

By: MagicWeaver on 2/19/08
well done on the vendor of the month! and well deserved also.

By: giorgio_2004 on 2/22/08
Another thing to remember is that Powerage offers a very professional support to his customers, with a dedicated forum full of suggestions, images, freestuff, and useful discussions. The VOM Award is really well deserved: best compliments!

By: 3DFever on 2/25/08
Very, very well deserved. Tu as l'abilité, tu l'ai méritée :0) Mes complimentations.

By: fabriced on 2/26/08
felicitation Christophe! :)

By: deathwisp on 2/26/10
Congratulations - And also on VOM, very much deserved.

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