Who is ShanaC?
Well, I'm a 25 year old girl, I'm Portuguese, I live in a small town in Portugal where I've lived for pretty much my whole life. Right now I work as a freelance
webdesigner/graphical artist, although my main focus these days is creating content for Poser. What else, well, I love music, I CANNOT work without something playing in the
background, I enjoy a good book, I love to go to the movies, and going out with my friends :)
How long have you have you been involved in digital art?
It must be about 10 years now or more, It started with Paint Shop Pro 7 (I think), I've been drawing for as long as I can remember, so I began coloring my artwork with that,
from there I got into webdesign a couple of years later, I made my own little websites, eventually got good enough to make my living off of it, so that's how it started.
Then one day, while I was googling for info on rendering and 3D Models, I stumbled onto Renderosity and quickly discovered Poser. I've been a member here for about 4 years
now. It was never my intention to become a vendor, I was creating content out of necessity just to play around, I was encouraged to try and start selling it, so I did. Now a
little over a year later, here I am.
What are you currently working on?
I'm always working on a bunch of things at the same time, so there's definitely some new textures coming up any day now, in addition to that, I also have something planned for
Christmas with my friend _Al3d_ :)
What software do you use and why?
I started out in Paint Shop Pro, quickly moved from that to Photoshop, right now I'm using Photoshop CS3 and Poser 7. There's no real particular reason for it, Photoshop
because it's easily the best graphical editing software there is.
Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?
The first thing I thought was that you should never put quantity before quality, you should always try and do better next time, especially when something doesn't work out as
you hoped. There's so much that could be said here, but I think the main thing is to be unique and to create your own style. This is a very competitive business, there are a
lot of amazing and talented artists working daily on creating digital content, if there's something that you should strive for is to stand out from the crowd as much as you
can, other than that, just do what you love, and be happy :)
Where do you find inspiration for your products?
There's plenty of places where I get inspiration, from regular fashion, to magazines, video games, anime, comics, movies, tv shows, music, other artists. It's hard to pick
just one, cause pretty much anything around you can give you an idea for something.
How has this online Community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
I love Renderosity, I cannot go a day without coming to check this site. I have met so many people here, many of them who have become good friends, also many who have gone out
of their way to help me out when I became a member here. I think it's very unusual that such a large community is so nice and helpful, and not negative at all, I've learned a
lot not only with fellow members, but with the tutorials here and just by reading the forums or checking the galleries. I am not that much of a active member when it comes to
the forums and galleries, but hardly a day goes by when I don't check in to take a look at what's going around there :)
Do you have any final words?
Oh yeah, I want to take the chance to thank all my loyal customers, those who buy pretty much anything I touch, and those who buy them only once in a while too, lol, I also
appreciate those who create artwork with my products, I always love checking that out and seeing what someone else comes up with when using my stuff ;) I also want to thank
everyone who took time to send me sitemails just letting me know they enjoy my work, and those who kindly leave reviews and suggestions on my products.
I would also like to thank those who helped me when I was starting out, especially rebelmommy who has been awesome since I've known her, also all the vendors who kindly share
their work with me (hongyu, freja, adiene, rebelmommy, _Al3d_, powerage, renapd, nirvy, val3dart, 4blueyes, aery_soul, I'm sure I forgot a bunch, so sorry lol).
And, last but not least, thank you to Renderosity for the great honor. :)
Make sure you stop in and visit the Vendor of the Months:
Store in the MarketPlace