|Each month we will showcase a Renderosity Free Stuff Artist, in appreciation for their thoughtfulness, and countless hours spent creating free items for the Renderosity community. This month we are proud to showcase the works of Little_Dragon. |
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I never know what to say when people ask me that. Uh ... I'm 822 years old, a bit over five feet at the withers. I enjoy long moonlit flights after thunderstorms, and am fascinated by small shiny objects. My favorite color is green; my favorite food is Holstein. When I grow up, I'd like to be a fire truck.
Did you begin with Poser or begin with modeling?
I started with modeling, actually, although I had noticed advertisements for Poser (the Mac version) before I began pursuing my interest in 3D. My first proper modeling application was trueSpace. I currently use MilkShape 3D.
Which version of Poser do you use? Why do you like it best?
I have Poser 4 (with Pro Pack), P5, and P6. I use P4 and P5 for development. P6 has a tendency to add things like center-of-mass, crease-angle, z-buffer, and other elements which won't work in earlier versions. Most of my animation and rendering is done in P5 or P6, because of the advanced features like the Material Room.
How long have you been a member of the Poser community? What do you like best about it?
I came across Renderosity in mid-2001, shortly after getting hooked up to the Internet (I waited until broadband was available in my region), and joined immediately. The vast collection of items drew myattention, of course, and I enjoy discussing how to utilize this software with my fellow Poser users, while sharing my endeavors. But mostly, I'm here for the free doughnuts.
What was the first model you ever made? Did it work out the way you planned?
I modeled a very nice rock in trueSpace 1, using the sweep and lattice-deformer tools. Sadly, I wasn't able to preserve this historic item for posterity, as I had only a demo of the application at that time.
How did you get started making the Furrettes?
One of my favorite web-comics is Sabrina Online, by Eric Schwartz. I thought it would be challenging to recreate the title character in 3D, perhaps as a player model for Half-Life, Counter-Strike, or some similar computer game. Eventually, the model became too complex for Half-Life, so, I turned her into a Poser figure. Later, someone at Renderosity noticed my renders and commissioned me to fashion a generic version of the figure so he could make Tiny Toons fan-art.
Where do you get your inspirations for your Free Stuff items?
It helps to get less than two hours of sleep per day. Sometimes the hallucinations can be quite vivid. At least, that's what the leprechauns tell me … when they're sober.
Mostly, I create things that I'll need for my own work, when I can't find anything close enough that's already available. Or, I poke around through the forums to see what everyone else is doing, and hope that inspiration will strike.
When you're making your models and nothing is going right - what keeps you going?
Sheer stubbornness. And caffeine!
What's your favorite free model?
Kozaburo's Messy Hair.
Do you have a favorite free stuff provider?
Bloodsong, for her many contributions to the original Poser animals.
Do you have a favorite image created with your free stuff?
I rather like the following three image, and would have a difficult time choosing among them:
Red Sonja Returns by EllPro
-= Furrette Pin-Up =- by UweG
Pretty Kitty for (PROG) by luckyred
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A special "thank you" to
contributing columnist, artist, Angel1,
for taking time out of her busy schedule
to conduct this month's
Free Stuff Artist Interview.
If you know of a Renderosity Free Stuff Artist that you would like to have us showcase, please drop Dee-Marie a note with the artist's Renderosity username, and keep checking the Front Page News, you never know who we will be showcasing next!
June 27, 2005