|Each month we 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 bring you a bonus interview, as we revisit Lisbeth Jakobsen, better know to her Renderosity fellow artists as ernyoka1 and TrekkieGrrrl.|
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
I'm a forty-year-old Danish woman. Currently obsessed with all things concerning Alan Rickman who is Snape and Harry Potter in general. Something that reflects in most of my newer renders, as well as some of my models.
I'm married, with two kids, aged 10 and 15. I also have three cats.
How did you get started in Poser?
I started out in Bryce, around 1999 or early 2000 originally in an attempt to recreate Star Trek scenes and alien planets. Soon after I found that I had a dire need for humans to fill my pictures, and since at that time it was all MetaCreations, I found Poser. That was a long before I really got online, so at the time I didn't know the existence of Renderosity. That also meant that at first, Poser wasn't the addiction to me that it later became. After about two-years I got a new computer, and while re-installing my stack of software, I "rediscovered" Poser. At that time I was lucky enough to also find Renderosity and its wealth of free stuff — and this time I got thoroughly hooked.
What version of Poser do you use and why do you like it best?
I started with Poser 4, then got Pro Pack, Poser 5 and now Poser 6. I LOVE Poser 6. I liked Poser 5 as well because I've always been a sucker for shiny stuff and reflections, something that until then was only possible in Bryce.
How did you get started in Modeling?
I can't quite remember anymore, I created some things in Bryce, but of course they weren't exportable, so for a long time it was mostly pipes and the like for the Star Trek renders. Luckily most of those have disappeared into oblivion, the few I still makes me cringe.
Your items are unique but at the same time they are the common everyday items that we often need to complete an image. How do you decide what item to model?
Well, I guess it's a little of several reasons actually. One is my love of making things that are unique. Making trash is funny because it's such a neglected area, and it really is needed if you want to create realistic renders. There's trash everywhere!
Assorted Free Stuff Items © ernyoka1/TrekkieGrrrl [Lisbeth Jakobsen]
What was the first model you ever made? Did it come out the way you planned?
The first thing I did for free stuff was a texture for PhilC's Classical Wrap. At that time I was very into primitive man and such, so I made a leather texture for a cave woman. The first model I made and actually uploaded was a scratch pole for the Poser cat — really quite pathetic. Made in Poser even. But, it was my first homemade prop, and I was very proud of it. My first morphing prop was a morphing beer can. It has since been taken offline because I recently made another one that is so much better. The old one was really just a textured cylinder with some morphs to squash it. But it had a lot of downloads and it got me hooked on both making trash and making morphing things.
When things just aren't going the way you planned what keeps you going?
I don't. I have a lot of scrapped projects where something or the other didn't work as I had planned. I get bored very easily. So if something doesn't work, I abandon it and make something else instead.
Of all the models you've made, what's your favorite?
To use a cliché, it's like asking a mother which of her children she prefers. I like all my models. Some got closer to what I wanted than others of course. I really like my Men's Room (which is a commercial item).
Do you ever take requests for a model? Do you have a place that people can leave you suggestions?
Oh I'd say almost half of my stuff is made on request. Someone asks for this or that, and if I'm in the mood, and at home so I have the possibility to make it, I often jump in and do it. It's fun, and it helps me get ideas too, something I'm really bad at.
Of all the different things that you do from texturing characters to making props what is your favorite?
I really don't like texturing props. I like making human textures sometimes, but I really enjoy modeling the best. With the human textures it's really the character more than the actual texture that makes it fun for me. I like making characters. I like making morphs that make Vickie and Mike look like anything but Vickie and Mike.
The Potions Master © ernyoka1 [Lisbeth Jakobsen]
Can you give us a hint on what your next item will be? How long do you anticipate before it will be out?
Are we talking commercial or free stuff now? I've been working on a model of Spinners End from Harry Potter, but I've lost steam a little, mostly because one of the models in the set keeps coming out like crap. So I'm not sure if it will ever be finished. I'm not working on anything for free right now. But perhaps in ten-minutes there'll be a request that I'll jump onto.
What is your favorite image created with your free stuff?
I think it's my Spinner's End picture. Everything just clicked there. And it turned out almost exactly as I had imagined it.
Spinner's End - The Unbreakable Vow © ernyoka1 [Lisbeth Jakobsen]
How long have you been a member of the Poser Community? What do you like best about it?
I joined Renderosity in 2002. I like the fact that I've made a lot of good friends, both here and on a few other Poser-related sites.
Do you have any advice for someone just starting out modeling and sharing their free stuff items?
It would feel a bit high and mighty to give out advice. One thing though: If you need whatever you're making, chances are that someone else will too. And you might stumble over something that everybody has been wanting forever, without knowing it.
Oh and — please put your stuff into a proper Runtime structure. It makes it so much easier for everybody (and some of my old things are NOT packed properly, I'm sure.
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January 18, 2005