btsculptor - October '02 Merchant Of The Month

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btsculptor - October '02 Merchant Of The Month
How did you get started in 3D art?

I come from a Fine Arts background, so I probably got started in 3D art with Play-Doh and Popsicle sticks, graduating up to bronzes as an adult. As far as COMPUTER 3D art, I bought Poser for the Mac when it first came out, and Kai Krause was hawking it. It didn't do a whole lot, and neither did I, until I started working for a company that insisted that I work on a PC. They also insisted that I learn 3D Studio Max. While I was about this, I picked up a design magazine and discovered that Poser had come a LONG way, and that the Poser community was very strong online. So here I am:)

What software do you use and why?

I use Poser 4 ProPack (because I haven't gotten 5 yet:) and Photoshop 5.5. I stick with Photoshop 5.5 because I like the way the tools work better than in 6 or 7. All through my painting years, I was trying to create the realistic figures that I can now create in Poser and Photoshop:) I also have a digital camera, which makes doing photo shoots for my textures much easier. Aside from the instant gratification of having the images immediately available, I don't have to explain to the lady at the photo finishing place what I'm doing with all these naked pics:)

Any advice for getting started in selling 3D work?

First, I'd give the same advice I'd give anyone in the creative world - do what you know, do what you like. If you know 3D modeling, do models and morph targets. If you're a hair stylist by day, make hair, etc...
Second, do it right! There is hardly a worse feeling than buying a product and discovering that it doesn't work like you thought it would - or worse yet, how it was advertised. That's one thing I really appreciate about the Renderosity beta testers - they don't let anything slip by:)
Third, price reasonably. I know you spent countless hours on that model, and really think it's worth $50. But look at what similar items are going for - if Joe 3D is doing a similar item and selling it for $15, you're outta luck. And if Joe 3D is doing a similar item, maybe you should do something else.

Where do you find inspiration for your products?

The same place I always have - observing people. Once I got into doing Poser textures, I started paying close attention to people's complexions. I was in a play with the woman who modeled for my Shelly texture, and knew on the spot that I wanted to do a texture from her. And it turned out better than I ever imagined! I have to admit that I prefer to do textures for the female models - I've always been a great admirer of the female form.

How has this online community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

I've made a couple of friends in the community. Sometimes I get into the forums, but mostly I cruise the Art Galleries (I do an "All Galleries" search every day) to see what people are doing that's new. There are a couple of artists whose work I look forward to. Mostly, what it has done is to enhance my skills. If I see something I like, I get it and take it apart to see how it was done - that's how I've always learned. And the bar keeps getting raised. The textures I was doing a couple of years ago are nothing, in quality, to the textures I'm doing now, and it's because someone else did a better one than I did. So I'm a better artist than I was, thanks to you folk.
My ex-wife used to say that I had some sort of weird left brain-right brain connection that allowed me to be creative and do it on the computer.
Thank God!
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Member Opinions:
By: magnet on 10/1/02
Wow B! You have done some wonderful work and really deserve this. I am very happy for you! Congratulations!


By: godseth on 10/2/02
You're Great, keep up the good work ;-)

By: AristaProductionLab on 10/2/02
This Interview is very good.I feel that reading this interview has brought me closer to the score of work & involvement. This interview has also shown the grass roots of true grit.I have been a member for about 2yrs.
It is always nice to see a community working toward the future while striding for perfection.

By: jeweldragon on 10/2/02
this is wonderful for you and you deserve it :)

By: karanta on 10/4/02
Congratulations :-) I agree with jeweldragon: You deserve it :-) Very good work!


By: TheVelvetFoxx on 10/4/02
Nice work. Congratulations!

By: linwhite on 10/4/02
Just wondered how you'd handle a customer with a valid complaint? Would you say...."Sorry about that" or do something about it? Linda White

By: hmatienzo on 10/5/02
Well deserved, congrats! But hotdamn, you are cute, LOL!!!

By: PaganArtist on 10/5/02
Congrads! I find your work both beautiful and inspiring!

By: ronmolina on 10/6/02
Congratulations! I have been meaning to ask you about your sculptures via e-mail. How you do them cost etc.

By: hai_ok on 10/9/02
Congratulations Bt! You really do deserve this! If you don't own something Bt has done, It's because you haven't seen his work yet. So go check out his gallery and online store. My private wish list would be half it's size without Btsculptor. ;)

By: BigRedKane on 10/10/02
Btsculptor your work is great.
It's good to see another fine artist who is more successful than I am with Poser and done some fantastic works. I'd be interested to hear your opinion on "Poser only" artists since this seems to continue to be a controversial subject. Out of anywhere I have recieved the most discouragement from renderosity members for doing Poser art, and sadly it has caused me to be less inclined to post my works in the gallery, I still work with Poser - I just don't post my work lately(I'm quietly un-disuaded).
There's a lot to Poser and I never cease to be amazed by artists such as yourself, people like you are currently my drive for getting where I want to be. Thanks for shareing your work :-)

By: keihan on 10/17/02
Great stuff BT. I'm kind of an ex-fine artist, but I found that I'm more inspired by digital art than any other medium. I still do some of the more hands on stuff, but I'm an impatient sort. The ability to "undo" rather than "in the trash" is a godsend! LOL! Keep up the great work.

By: dragongirl on 10/21/02
It's always so interesting to get acquainted with folks a bit in these interviews. So nice to hear about some of your art background and where you got your inspiration for Shelly. Thanks for sharing that with us. :-)


By: btsculptor on 10/29/02
Thanks, everyone - it's been a great month:)

By: stenographics on 10/29/02
I'm very happy for you! Great characters and works in general. I wish you all the best!
;-) Stefano

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