July 2012 Vendor of the Month - Mihrelle

Related: Mihrelle, Poser, VOM

Congratulations to Mihrelle for being Renderosity's Vendor of the Month for July!

Who is 'Mihrelle'?

My real name is Lorraine Berry. I come from the UK, married with two wonderful teenagers, two cats, and a long suffering husband. The name Mihrelle comes from playing around with spelling variations of Mithril, which, as every Tolkien fan will know, is a kind of Elven metal similar to silver.

How long have you been involved in digital art?

Probably around 5 years. I’ve always been interested in art, particularly photography (as a teenager, I used to drive my parents insane by closing off the bathroom for hours to convert it to a darkroom). I worked for a while in an office, then returned to university to study fine art and discovered I could sculpt. I spent a few years as an exhibiting artist, something I still have a keen interest in. I became more interested in new media and the internet and discovered 3D art, first Daz3D, then Poser and was hooked.  I loved the beauty of 3D art, especially the characters. I’d always loved sci-fi, superheroes and fantasy art and here was software that empowered and made this art possible for everyone - and it also contained all the elements I loved from photography (lighting and cameras) and sculpting.

What made you decide to become a Vendor?

Initially, my idea was to use 3D models in work I was doing with museums and galleries, but with the current financial crisis, opportunities for artists were becoming increasingly hard to come by. I decided I needed to find a more stable way of earning a living. Working as a vendor has given me the freedom to do work that I really love and I am very grateful to the Renderosity community for that opportunity.

What are you currently working on?

At the moment, I'm just completing another texture set. Then I have another character that I’m working on, she’s very glamorous so I’m quite excited about her.

What software is currently in your digital toolset and why?

I love Poser and Daz3D, Blacksmith 3D for both texturing and morphing, Photoshop and GIMP. I also use various tools and utilities from vendors like Handspan Studios, Colm, Dimension3D, and others.

Where do you find inspiration for your products?

Everywhere - movies, TV, magazines, game art and suggestions and feedback from the Renderosity community.

Could you list any current favourites among the products you've created and tell us a bit about their creation?

It’s very difficult to decide, as I really enjoy creating products and my favourite tends to be whatever I’m working on at the moment. But, if I have to pick one then I would probably pick Aislinn, because she was my first character and holds a special place in my heart. The creation process always follows the same pattern for me, lots of research and experimentation until you get that moment when there’s that spark of something. It’s difficult to explain, but I’m sure other character developers will know what I mean - There is a point when a character changes from a model to a personality, it’s important to be able to recognise that moment then go with it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?

Yes - to keep at it, there will be ups and downs as there are in everything, and also to keep learning something new every day. Things are never static when developing 3D content, so you have to develop with it.

How has this online Community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

I’ve met some wonderful people through the Renderosity community and made friends that I’m very grateful for. It’s a wonderful place to share ideas and learn new things.

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

Allow yourself to experiment and grow creatively, don’t be afraid to just play with the tools you have and it’s surprising what you will discover. I’d also like to give a big thank you to the Renderosity Team and community for all their support and for making Renderosity such a wonderful place to be a part of.


Make sure you stop in and visit the Vendor of the Month's

Store in the MarketPlace
Home Page
Art Gallery

Tags: Mihrelle, Poser, VOM

Member Opinions:
By: beachsidelegs on 7/2/12
Congratulation's Mihrelle I love your ladies and your gallery is beautiful :)

By: ksanderson on 7/2/12
You keep getting better and better! Keep 'em coming!!

By: legolie on 7/2/12
Congrats :-)

By: StudioArtVartanian on 7/2/12
Big Congrats,Very well deserved!!!
Amazing Characters!!!

By: Godin on 7/3/12
Big Congratz!! very well deserved! :)

By: Anagord on 7/3/12
Congratulations Mihrelle!

By: DocMikeB on 7/3/12
Very deserved award!
Your characters are amazing!

By: SWAM on 7/3/12
congratulations, very well deserved ;-)

By: ladycrypt on 7/3/12

By: Mihrelle on 7/4/12
Thank you everyone, what a lovely surprise :)

By: fabiana on 7/4/12
congratulations and go on with the fabulous work you do :)

By: KristiS on 7/5/12
Congrats! Well deserved:)

By: JGCreations on 7/5/12
ELENA is the best figure I have to use! The morph is smooth as well as the texture, love the work and look forward to using more of your characters in the future. :)

***** great work

By: shorterbus on 7/5/12
Hey, she's hot!

By: scooby37 on 7/6/12
I can't think of anyone who deserves this more. Well done Lorraine, keep up the good work.

By: DreamlandModels on 7/6/12
Congratulations. Your work is very good!

By: drdeep on 7/6/12
Congratulations, your work is simply beautiful!

By: vyktohria on 7/7/12
As I told you before, Lorraine, MUCHO congrats to you...Soooooooo well deserved! :D Keep those lovely ladies (and texture sets) comin'!

By: lyron on 7/7/12

By: pixeluna on 7/7/12
A well-deserved recognition, Lorraine! Your products are one of the best I have seen at the marketplace. They are absolutely gorgeous and my favorites too!

By: P3Design on 7/8/12
Wow, congratulations hun, this is very well deserved and I enjoyed reading your interview :)

By: LaurieA on 7/8/12
Congrats :)

By: Janl on 7/9/12

By: Sandrose on 7/11/12
Congratulations - very well deserved! I have 'Elena', and she's a marvel. I think I must have more of your marvellously lifelike, subtle characters.

By: KimberlyC on 7/16/12
Congrats! Very much deserved! :)

By: echokimono on 7/17/12
Well done and well deserved!!! Your products are absolutely fabulous!!! ;)

By: Jan19 on 7/20/12
Congratulations. I've bought some of your products, and I really like 'em! :-)

By: chevy77 on 7/26/12
Well, I think I've now got near enough all of your figures and I've never been disappointed with a single one of them. Congratulations on such a very well deserved award and I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

By: Wolfmanw on 7/28/12
Congratulation's Mihrelle I truly enjoy your characters and own several. Best wishes always!

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