Making Money With Your Art: Series: The Wild Virtual Enchanted

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The idea of depicting a virtual enchanted garden was at the back of my mind for a long time. I wanted to create an image in which I could depict a virtual enchanted garden, where people work together in cyberspace, yet each artist could visualize his/her individualism.

When I discovered Renderosity, I knew this was the place where I could get the inspiration to depict that garden. But, it seemed to me that Renderosity was too large for depicting an intimate fun virtual garden. I mean it was hard for me to describe a place that has hundreds-of-thousands members as an intimate place.

I was also very excited to explore additional online art communities, like Runtime DNA (RDNA). I discovered RDNA conducted a challenge that celebrated the RDNA staff. That challenge gave me the opportunity to create an image that described the essence of a small virtual team working together. The time for the deadline of the challenge was very short, so I decided that I would include only two people from the RDNA staff; Syyd and Rena. I described Syyd as she was “doing her morphing thing,” that is metaphorically speaking, she is sculpturing — I described Rena in a special moment when she gets inspiration to create textures. I put both of them into an enchanted virtual garden in cyberspace.


© Koty Lapid [bonbonish]


I could not believe that my image placed in their contest. It was from the encouragement that I received from that image that gave me the courage and inspiration to create my online children’s book. The Wild Virtual Enchanted Garden is a story about Lilly and her daughter Lorie. Lilly is a digital fashion designer who sells her digital clothes over the Internet. The book starts out showing the lovable little Lorie enjoying daily events such as helping her mother. As the story unfolds, Lorie finds herself experiencing a great adventure.


© Koty Lapid [bonbonish]


I especially owe a note of gratitude to Rena, for her input and patience in answering my questions pertaining to the background information of a successful digital texture designer. I could not have created the book without her help!

When I felt I had enough information about Rene’s way of working, I then developed a series of rough renderings (storyboards) that fit the storyline. Rena, in the form of Lilly, was my story’s heroine. As this was also a children’s book, I felt adding a daughter would also add to the storyline, and that is how the character Lorie was conceived.

After that I created the preview images, which I sent to Rena for her opinions, remarks and suggestions. Again Rena gave me a lot encouragement. She also gave me a lot of technical advice, which I incorporated into my images.

When I finished the first draft it was time to settle on a final title — The Wild Virtual Enchanted Garden — and to do additional editing. Initially I felt that the book was too short, especially since I wanted to create the book as a downloadable online purchase.


© Koty Lapid [bonbonish]


At the same time that I was putting the finishing touches on the book, my daughter was preparing to move into her own home, and even before she left, I started missing her. Each day I remembered one or two memorable things that we would to do together when she was a little girl. To keep those memories alive, and I admit, to keep my daughter close to me, at least virtually, I decided to incorporate those shared moments in the book.

Before I started to create the additional images depicting those shared moments, I jotted them down and sent the ideas to one of my best friends, Crystal, whose opinion I value very much. She liked all of the ideas! So, with her approval, I started creating the extra images with the corresponding new storyline.

As I was completing the final touches on the images for the book, Firebirdz released a new package of Poser poses ( Pitter Patter) for the Millennium Girl Preschooler to the Renderosity MarketPlace. I used almost all of Firebirdz’s poses in the book, and those poses definitely sped up the creative process.


© Koty Lapid [bonbonish]


I also posted samples of my work to my Renderosity gallery, especially the images that depicted the personal shared moments with my daughter, and I received a lot of helpful comments and support from the Renderosity community. This really became important to me in the days that I just wanted to give-up the project … the community gave me the strength to continue my book to completion! I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the Renderosity community for their input and encouragement.

Eventually I finished my little book, and have had great success in its distribution, and wonderful comments from its many readers.

For all of you who have yearned to see your works published, especially those who envision publishing a digital graphic novel, please never give up on your dream! Thanks to the Renderosity community, and endless help from my friends, my dreams came true!



The Wild Virtual Enchanted Garden is currently available at LuLu.com Publishing.
Downloadable version: $5.50
Printed version: $16.18


All supporting images are copyright, and cannot be
copied, printed, or reproduced in any manner without written permission from Robert Duncan Studios



Koty Lapid also known on Renderosity as bonbonish
has been a longtime Renderosity artist,
and has written several graphic novellas.

We also invite you to visit Koty's Renderosity MarketPlace
January 9, 2005

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Member Opinions:
By: renapd on 1/9/06
I'm so happy you finaly got it published Koty! :)
It's been such a long time since we last talked (I've left RDNA ages ago..) that I totally understand the time and hard work you put in it!!

I'm honored that you mention my name so much although you shouldn't! :)
All the ideas, the work, the storyline was yours from the very start! I guess this shows the kind of wonderful person you are and I feel proud for you twice!
CONGRATS dear and wishing you alot of similar future achievements - you fully deserve all! :)

Rena

By: SophiaDeer on 1/10/06
Wonderful Koty!!! I am so proud of you. This is a fantastic story and big hugs to you.

By: mapps on 1/11/06
Congratulations :-) hugs

By: SaintFox on 1/12/06
Heartfelt congratulations, you deserve this and many thanks for sharing the story behind the project!

By: judith on 1/12/06
This is excellent news Koty, congrats!

By: 1010 on 1/13/06
Congratulations Koty, I knew you could do it. Wishing you great success.. hugzzzzzzzzzzz

By: BonBonish on 1/15/06
Thank you Rena, Nancy, SaintFox, Judith and 1010 for your kind words :)... Hugs...

Koty


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