Comics Strip Team Interviews - coa

We are excited to present a new series of interviews featuring members of the Renderosity Cartoonist Team. Each week these outstanding artists put the "giggles" in our funny bones, and the "thrills and chills" in our adventurous spirits.

This week our featured cartoonist is Wendy C. Eld, better known on Renderosity as coa. Each week Wendy’s playful mice dance across the Renderosity Front Page News’ Comic Strip pages in their Mousecapades adventures.

Don't miss a week of the Mousecapades ... you never know what those lovable mice will be into next, while you are there be sure to say hi to Wendy and the rest of the Renderosity Cartoonist Team!

Wendy, can you tell us a little bit about yourself.

I live in New Jersey, USA and grew up in the 50’s and 60’s. I started with computers in 1980 as a Computer Programmer (the pre-Microsoft days), taught Photoshop for many years and feel in love with 3D art 10 years ago. I started with Ray Dream Studio and quickly discovered Bryce3D, Poser3 and Vue3 and have gotten all updated versions since then. I also enjoy using World Builder, Amapi, TrueSpace & Carrara. I love animals, have been riding horses since I was 5, raised Angus cattle and currently have 3 Bernese Mountain Dogs.

How long have you been creating your mischievous mice cartoon strip?

The very first “mousecapade” appeared in the Vue Gallery at Renderosity on August 26th, 2003, so we are almost at the 2 year Anniversary.

Picking Strawberries © coa [Wendy C. Eld]

Why mice?

My father’s name is Amos, and his entire life he has referred to himself as Amouse. He has little mouse figures around the house, so when the HouseMouse came out at Daz, I guess it was a natural for me to use him.

What or who inspires you, where do you get your ideas for your weekly Renderosity Comic Strips?

Life…I don’t think there is anything “the guys” don’t do that I haven’t seen people, young or old, doing or wanting to do at some time or another.

Do you use the same software tools each time you create a strip?

By “tools,” I assume you mean software programs. I primarily use Poser and Vue (right now Poser6 and VI). If I need to build something, I will either “dust off” my Ray Dream or use Amapi, TS or Carrara.

Advanced Life Drawing Class © coa [Wendy C. Eld]

Do you have a favorite cartoonist, or cartoon character?

Actually, I always loved the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show because the humour appealed to both children and adults; but my all time favorite idol is Walt Disney.

How long have you been a part of the Renderosity community, and what do you like best about being a member?

Since August 31, 2000, but silly me, I never realized I could have a gallery here until two years ago [much laugher]. I thoroughly enjoy meeting different people from around the world. I have made some wonderful friends here, and continue to make more constantly. It is a great community for sharing tips and tricks, and expanding your artistic talents with the help and support of many talented artists.

Outside of Renderosity, have you been published? If so, where and when?

I have self-published three Mousecapade Books, and I am working on the fourth. Many members from here have already purchased them, which has encouraged me tremendously. Anyone can IM me if they are interested in a copy [more laugher].

Mousecapade Books © coa [Wendy C. Eld]

Everyone experiences a *creative block* … is there a method you use to “get creative” again?

Actually I have been very lucky not to hit a “block” yet, as I have a constantly growing list (well over 200 ideas at the moment) for future adventures. The kind of “block” I will get now and then is “tired.” It takes from 8-20 hours to do one mousecapade, not including render time, and since I post one per week, and have a full time job, that is a lot of work to constantly be doing. My solution is to get way ahead so I can take a week or two off and just relax. Then I come back totally refreshed and fired up to do the next bunch.

Pie Eating Contest © coa [Wendy C. Eld]

Any tips or tricks on creating a weekly strip that you would like to pass along to our readers?

Have a sense of humor, a lot of patience and enjoy yourself…this is fun!!!!

For more information on Wendy's Mousecapade books we invite you to visit:

  • A Mouse's Guide To Life
  • A Mouse's Guide To Holidays
  • A Mouse's Guide To Sports
  • Softbound: $14.95 - Hardbound: $24.95

    We invite you to visit the following sites:

  • coa's Renderosity Home Page
  • coa's Renderosity Gallery
  • The "Rosity Comics Strip

    All supporting images are copyright, and cannot be
    copied, printed, or reproduced in any manner without written permission from the artist.

    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.

    Aug 15, 2005

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    Member Opinions:
    By: criss on 8/15/05
    Thank you very much, Wendy, for a big weekly potion of fun! Always love your artworks!

    By: vilian on 8/15/05
    Thank you very much for a weekly portion of fun & laughter :). I adore your Mouscapades and I do hope you'll never encounter the dreadful creativity block. Thank you so much and please, make more ! :)

    By: Shari123 on 8/15/05
    I've loved these little guys from the very start! It's like watching children grow each week when the newest adventure is posted. Congratulations Wendy and thank you for sharing them with us!

    By: Bernado on 8/16/05
    Congratulations for being here. You deserve some mention. And as I'm a cat man more than a mice one, when we'll see Harvey again?
    Take care and don't hit that 'block'! 8-)

    By: Dotthy on 8/16/05
    I am bit late, hope not "to" late ;-) I would like to say a big thank you to you for all the wonderful ideas you realize with the mice. You bring each week a smile in my heart. Thank you Wendy!!!!!

    By: ppetersen on 8/16/05
    This was a fantastic read, I always enjoy the weekly romps around the world. Truely creativity at its finest. Nothing is ever missing and the pictures are a highlight of my day. Tuesdays would not be the same without this delightful treat...

    By: genny on 8/16/05
    Great interview, Love those little meeces to pieces. (:

    By: Lyne on 8/16/05
    OH this was super fun! Congrats on the interview, Wendy! Much deserved and makes me want to go back through your gallery all over again! :)

    By: Djeser on 8/17/05
    How cool is this?? I just found the mousies hiding quietly on the front page...but since she's in a library, I guess that's appropriate, lol! Love your mousecapades, Wendy, and your wonderful sense of humor. Tuesdays always provide a good chuckle for me! Keep 'em goin!!


    By: anniemation on 8/17/05
    What wonderful fun! :)

    By: creed2003 on 8/17/05
    Very cool Wendy!!! I enjoy seeing your work each week. Always brightens my day :)

    By: dburdick on 8/18/05
    A well deserved interview indeed. Wendy's mouse images have long been one of the highlights of my week. Her talent and humor is boundless.

    By: romanceworks on 8/19/05
    Wendy -Love your Mousecapades series and wouldn't miss a single adventure. Great to see you and your little friends in the spotlight. :) CC

    By: Shardz on 8/19/05
    I just love this series! Your style and creativity are amazing; the mice really give me a smile in all their antics and adventures! Great interview and it's very well deserved to see you in the spotlight!

    By: deemarie on 8/21/05
    Your mice are a lovable bunch! Thank you so much for sharing your time and talent with us each week :]


    By: vshane on 8/22/05
    It's been nice getting to know you through this interview. I adore your mice and their escapades and look forward to many more episodes.

    By: mapps on 3/6/06
    Awesome :-) Love the pic of the artist mice and the cat :-)

    By: Svarg on 3/12/06
    Wendy is a fabulous artist and an inspiration to anyone with a sense of humor! Each week I wait eagerly for her next installment of "Mousecapades". Hats off to such a talented and warm individual!

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