Who is "PDesign"?
My real name is Petra Schoonoord and I was born in 1965. I live together with my husband and son in a small town in The Netherlands. We have 3 dogs and 2 ferrets. I guess you might say I love animals :)
How Long have you been involved in digital art?
It started in 2008. I was searching for nice "tubes" to use in Paint Shop Pro. I discovered beautiful images of characters and I wondered how they were created, they were not exactly painted and they were not exactly real either. I started searching on the web and thats how I discovered Poser and this wonderful community.
What made you decide to become a Vendor?
I started experimenting with morphs and skin textures and uploaded images to my gallery. There were some good friends here encouraging me to create a character for the MarketPlace. And that's how it began.
What are you currently working on?
At the moment, I am working on a female character for Victoria 4. And I am trying to learn some modeling.
What software is currently in your digital toolset and why?
The software that I currently have in my toolset are: Poser Pro 2012, DAZ Studio 4 Pro, Photoshop CS5, Blacksmith 3D, Zbrush, Hexagon, and some small software tools to make life easier :)
They are in my toolset because I use them a lot and could not create my characters without them.
Where do you find inspiration for your Products?
I find it almost everywere: real people I know, movies, games and the galleries here at Renderosity and Deviant Art. I also get my inspiration from dear friends I have met here, who sometimes hand me great ideas.
Could you list any current favorites among the products you've created and tell us a bit about their creation?
Actually my favorite is always the creation I am working on :) First, I get my inspiration about what kind of character I would like it to be. Then, I start with the morphs and create the textures later.
Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?
Yes, never give up! If this is something you really like to do, don't give up when things might not develop the way you wanted. And always try to improve yourself with each new product you create. It's a learning process, always try to learn new things and try to be original.
How has this online Community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships and learning?
It has helped me a lot. I wouldn't be here without them. I have met lots of wonderful people here and with some of them I have become close friends. I am very thankful for this and I would like to thank all my friends/customers and staff of Renderosity, without you this all wouldn't be possible :)
Do you have any final words or advice for other digital artists?
Yes, try to enjoy your creations. Create something you like yourself. And if you'd like to improve your work, come out of that comfort zone and try to learn something new :)