Meet Dorothea Beer-Kramer, better known here as Renderosity member Dotthy. Having served long as a Moderator of the Renderosity Terragen Forum and Gallery, and an exceptional artist in her own right, I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce her to the Renderosity community.
With an extensive gallery of breathtaking landscapes in Terragen and Vue, exploring genres from surrealism, to Science Fiction and Fantasy, she demonstrates both her knowledge of the tools she uses and her own unique artistic style. So, please join me in a look into Dotthy's work and get to know a bit more about the artist through this interview.
How and when did you first get started into digital art?
Approximately ten years ago, as I got my first computer together with an internet connection and I saw the brilliant pictures on the WWW. I thought I could try this as well, and quite early I downloaded the Terragen freeware. This was the start of my new habit.
Do you have any traditional art experience or training?
Well, since approximately 30 years ago I've been a traditional painter, using techniques like aquarelle, acrylic, drawing and painting on silk. For a certain period of time, one of my major incomes was based on sales with individually-designed silk wear. My knowledge in these traditional techniques is based on courses of well known artists in Germany, as well as a lot of autodidactic work.
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How would you describe yourself? What do you enjoy outside of creating art?
My husband and I live together with a cat and a dog, in a house very deep in the countryside. Fortunately, we not only have running water and electricity, but also an internet connection. My hobbies revolve around our house and our yard, but I also enjoy the long walks through the forests and the hills around our small village with my “goldy” (golden retriever).
Furthermore, I enjoy listening to different genres of music (preferably melodic jazz), or watching TV (preferably fantasy and sci-fi movies, as well as good documentaries). I am also a big fan of fantasy books.
Your Renderosity Gallery is filled with artwork using a variety of software, including Terragen, Vue and Poser. So I must ask, what all do you have in your digital toolset, and which software would be your absolute favorite to work with? Do you have a certain workflow with a combination of software?
Yes, according to my husband I spent fortunes in software, but I mainly use Terragen, Vue Infinite, Poser and Photoshop. In the beginning, Terragen was my favourite, but today it is Vue. I use, for example, Terragen and Vue backgrounds together with Poser individuals, and put it all together and fine-tune it in Photoshop.
Why is Vue now your favorite program? What is it that you like most about it?
Mostly the simplicity of the program, so that one can work intuitively. It is very user-friendly, and furthermore it does have a couple of tools that are truly unique. How the Ecosystems work, for example, so that one simply paints them in the scene. Incredible!
Out of all the wonderful works you've created, what would be your favorites?
On your Arts-3d.com website, you have some fantastic works for sale. I especially love the 'sectional' piece "Red Balance." Are there any tips you can offer for those looking to print and sell their own work?
For printing, I use 300 dpi resolution. And while there are many really good printing services available, it took me some time to find the right ones. My tip is that everyone should decide for himself if he intends to enter the low budget market (for example, making photo prints), or if he wishes to market to the more demanding customers who want to have high-quality and long-lasting colours. In this case, one has to do prints on handmade paper or canvas. Of course, these prints are much more expensive.
You've been on the Renderosity Staff for as long as I can remember. When did you sign on as a staff member, and how has your experience been?
I don’t remember exactly how long I have been a staff member; it must be something around 5 years. It is a great pleasure for me to be part of this fantastic community. My colleagues always have been very kind, helpful and patient with me.
Being that you are also a Vendor here on Renderosity, when did you start selling in the MP, and how has that experience been?
I think it was like 5 years ago also that I started as a vendor. It's very important for me to have trust, which I fully have in Renderosity. As not a native English speaker, it was a bit difficult for me to understand and fulfill all demands at the beginning.
Your Space Construction Kits in the MP look wonderful. Have you given any thought to marketing other products?
Yes, soon will follow some others. I have some ideas; some works are close to being published… But, I am always looking for the extravagant thing...the one nobody has done before. But, I must admit that the variety of products on Renderosity is sooooo wide that this is a real big challenge.
Can you give us a hint on perhaps the genre of what you are working on for future MarketPlace products? Meaning, are you looking at Sci-Fi, or something else?
I think more about new backgrounds in the universe. There are yet so many ideas, and above all, planets, that want to emerge. And one could not have enough beautiful backgrounds.
Who or what inspires you in your work?
I get a lot of inspiration during my daily walks through nature. When walking with open eyes through life you will get some kind of inspiration everywhere, it doesn’t matter if you read a (fantasy) book, listen to (jazz) music, or simply scroll through the galleries here on Renderosity.
Do you have any tips on using Vue, Terragen, or other programs that you would be willing to share?
Do you still do any traditional painting?
Yes, sometimes. I love abstracts, and love to play with colors.
Are there any traditional or digital artists you particularly admire?
Oh yes, obviously. There are very many artists that I appreciate. I like, above all, the old masters, such as Kaspar David Friedrich or the Danish artists with incredible blossom paintings. Here on Renderosity, I also have some favorites. There are so many talented people here that one cannot look at everything...one would be busy for weeks!
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Nick C. Sorbin is a digital artist, sculptor, writer, and Managing Editor for Renderosity's Front Page News.
May 10, 2010
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