How did you get started in 3D art?
I started with 3D art about 3 years ago. I had just bough a computer and while trying to learn how to 'surf' the net, I came across a site with 3D art. Since I already created paintings and sketches, the 3D art immediately drew my attention. I wanted to know more and somewhere along the line I came across the term "poser", and that changed my life. I have been poser-ing 3 years now and still the results amaze me! Its such a pleasure, being able to make art that really comes to life. And besides that, it always comes in handy when making websites for my clients. What software do you use and why?
I use Poser and Photoshop 6.
Photoshop works best for me, it has so many possibilities!
I make my textures from Photo's which I make with my digital camera. And nobody is safe for my camera, always lurking around to see if there is any good brow or mouth to photograph :-))) Besides that I am now starting to learn modelling. I have a very big drive, to try to master more in this line of creating. I want to learn how to be able to make what I imagine, besides textures and characters.
And thanks to the help of some absolutely great people, I am slowly learing this :-) Any advice for getting started in selling 3D work?
My advice if I can give any is: try to create what feels right. Dont try to make what others make, but find your own strength, your own talent. And really like what you make, then the creations will come on itself. Know your limitations and stay open for constructive critisism. Keep your eye out for all the beauty in the world, it will inspire you. But most of all, listen to your customers, help them when they need it and let them know you appreciate their trust. Where do you find inspiration for your products?
I walk around in life with a camera in my head. My view on the world has changed since doing this. I look at people and see textures, great lips, beautiful eyebrows :-), I think in materials and shapes. I go to the theater and my head is filled with ideas to recreate that what I just saw in 3D. I brows art and paintings and get inspired. I listen to music and then feel the urge to create. But I also look at my children, and realize that I'll never be able to create that kind of glow and beauty in 3D art:-) How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
This community is my cyber home. I love to be here, talk to my friends, wonder in amazement at the art in the galleries, get fired up when reading the forums, feel like a part of this wonderful world. I have gotten to know so many great friends here, its hard to name them all. But thanks specially to:
-Stormi my partner and dear friend, for all the talks and fun we have:-)
-ToxicAngel my little bro, you have a special place in my heart!
-Deb and Marforno for their generosity and advice, thanks for being there.
-Darrell for his friendship.
-Jen for always being willing to help.
-Syyd, for her inspiring art.
-All my amazing testers, for their awesome art and help in making a good product, to many to mention but you know I am speaking of you :-)
-My customers, thanks for your trust, feedback and enthousiasm.
-Xurge, Sharkey and Vairesh for all their patience, time and support in trying to teach me to model :-)
-Jenifer, Clint and all the other admins who are always willing to help, test and answer all my questions, every time :-).
-All those who have send me feedback, instant messages and emails with questions, comments or to just say hai and tell me they appreciated my work.
-And all those who I didnt mention.
You all made me a better artist and are the reason for me being here, trying to make art and good products.