danae - September '03 Merchant of the Month

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danae - September '03 Merchant of the Month
Q: How did you get started in 3D Graphics?

I studied Directing and Art Direction for film. That gave me my first glimpse of what computers could do. Used to working with bulky and slow systems, I had to learn computer editing for a project, from the manuals, in literally 4 days. After that task, everything seemed very easy and I was hooked on computers!

I started my own business in Interior and Product design and discovered that 3D helped immensely for product development and for getting you ideas across. About that time I was using models rendered in Bryce and Photoshop for post work. Then I discovered Poser4 and still remember myself being ecstatic with Business Posette and giggled watching their hands grow to the floor with the y scale! That was it, I was addicted!

Q: How long have you been working with 3D Graphics?

About two years with 3D. First I began by downloading things to make renders and slowly started making my own textures from photographs. Modeling came later on.

Before that, I was into Photoshop and 2D and considered 3D a distant thing. I still have a great deal to learn. There always seem to be so many things out there.

Q: Do you have any formal training?

I never had any formal training. Although coming from an artistic background, it helped a lot in terms of aesthetics. Iím a very stubborn person and if I have to know how something works, I end up looking it up and doing the same thing for days until it works. It can drive people around me crazy.

Q: What software do you use to develop your products?

I use Photoshop7, Poser 4, 3D Studio Max 3 and a trusty digital camera. There are now also loads of utilities available to make our lives easier. Iím currently having a go at learning Maya and Deep Paint 3D.

Q: How much time is required for product development?

I usually make at least 3 or 4 versions of the completed product, from scratch, before deciding to go with one. Quality is a big issue for me and I prefer to not release something than to have a product out there that if I was a customer, I wouldnít be satisfied. It does take a lot of time and thatís why I donít have so many things out yet. But in the end, when you get so positive feedback, itís worth the effort. Plus, nothing is wasted. Even if it doesnít end up in the marketplace, I would definitely have learned something new.

Q: Do you have any advice on how to get started selling 3D Products?

Iíd have to say, if you want to sell something, take your time. Test and double check and make sure that youíd be satisfied with it if you were a customer. Think about it as something youíre making for yourself rather than something that will bring money. It really pays off in the end! The pleasure of receiving positive comments and content customers surpasses that of gaining a few bucks.

Q: Where does your inspiration come from when developing new products?

Lately, Iíve started observing people more closely. At the street, in magazinesÖtheir hair, their skin. Itís also very entertaining being Hanibal with your friends when you get to scare them by saying ĎOoh, got to get your skiní and get my digital camera out. Itís so much fun watching their expressions!

Now I donít have enough time to play with Poser and do renders for pleasure, but I miss it. I do most of my renders for testing products and spend the rest of my time learning modeling. But itís fantastic when you see your stuff in artistís renders. The images some people make are astonishing and they do it so much better than I ever could. That inspires me!

Q: How has Renderosity's on-line community played a role in regards to your products, friendships and learning?

I have learned a large amount from those generous people who have taken the time to write tutorials or simply to just sit down and explain. If you ever had a question, you were sure to get the answers here. You get a genuine feeling of a community, with all its ups and downs. The idea that anybody can sell or share anything gives freedom to creativity and from this place Iím sure many people have discovered their skills and talents. The fact that you see so many new products, renders, free items and discussions everyday is a sign of a community that is extremely animated and dynamic. Thatís what differentiates this place from anywhere else. I really enjoy that part!

For me, language is a barrier, since English is not my native language, so I donít feel very comfortable participating in forums. But I had the luck to meet very stimulating people and to make some great friends.

Q: Do you have any final words?

Ooh, can I get to thank people, just like the Oscars? ;) I just want to express thanks to all those people in the community that have helped and been supportive and to all my customers. Everyone who has been a motivation with their vision and talent. A huge appreciation to all the staff doing an excellent job coordinating us crazy lot!! And an enormous thanks to my boyfriend George, whoís always been so patient with my late night 3D frenzies!
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Member Opinions:
By: romanceworks on 9/1/03
Way to go, danae! Fantastic products. Well deserved. Carol & LJ

By: karanta on 9/2/03
Congratulations :-) Well deserved. I love your Aerishair :-)

By: Blazerwiccan on 9/2/03
Yay very well deserved, loved everything you have done so far and looking forward to anything else you will be makeing. Very well done. :)

By: Firebirdz on 9/2/03
Big Congratulations!!!!!!! Yay !!!

By: Radar on 9/2/03
Big Congrats, Well Done, All the best.
Stay awake longer and later and make more art.

By: Mahna on 9/2/03
Congratulations danae! ;-)

By: Fatale on 9/2/03
I've been a fan from the start.. well deserved recognition .. many congrats!! :)

By: rasputina on 9/2/03
congratulations, you do absolutely beautiful work. You deserve the honour. :)

By: Carcinogen on 9/2/03
Congratulations, Danae! You certainly deserve this recognition. I am so proud of you! Tim

By: Carcinogen on 9/2/03
Congratulations, Danae! I am so proud of you! You certainly deserve this recognition. Tim

By: Jamesadactyle on 9/2/03
Congrats Danae!

By: dolfijntjes on 9/3/03
Your work is great so you deserved this congratulations

By: Andi3d on 9/3/03
Very Well deserved. Congrats

By: cmjackson on 9/3/03
Hey, well done...I think your stuff is FAB, especially your Aeris Hair.

By: kolioko on 9/3/03
So well deserved...Huge Congrats !!!!!!
Waiting for your next products with great anticipation!!!!!!

By: -Yggdrasil- on 9/3/03
Woohoo!!! Way to go!!! Congratulations. ^_^

By: Angelmoon on 9/3/03
Congratulations- very great quality stuff- I love it !

By: luciferino on 9/3/03
WOWWWWWWW Danae I'm so happy for your win ^_^ big kisses my friend bye bye Orietta ^_^

By: Aaronheart on 9/3/03
Congratulations!!! Very well deserved :-)

By: elektra on 9/3/03
Congratulations!!!! Please make more hair... :-)

By: rhiafaery on 9/3/03
Ooohhh, congratulations! :)

By: cockjuice on 9/3/03
I hope you make the time to learn and enjoy all you desire to aspire to. Congrats! Great Job on Jokasta!

By: coleus on 9/4/03
The biggest congrats, Danae :-)

By: SAMS3D on 9/4/03
Congrats to you, this is a real treat to learn more about you. I love your products, especially the Cat Walk hair...just beautiful. You do deserve this spot light. :-)

By: Syyd on 9/4/03
I love your comment about your late night 3d frenzies!! I enjoy your work immensely, I love your style, and appreciate the skill and effort you put forth.

By: waffen on 9/5/03
Congrats Danae!!!!!!! Felicidades!

By: camera on 9/5/03
For the short period of time that you have been doing this, your results are remarkably beautiful.
As soon as my social security check arrives I'm buying your Jocasta & Electric pack. It looks stunning !

By: keihan on 9/6/03
Gratz Danae! Good to see you here! I'm with Syyd about the "late night 3D Frenzies". LOL! I can relate! Sheesh I was up for over 24 hours, straight, last weekend working on a model. Hmmm... wonder if that's why I've been single the past couple years? Naw... couldn't be ;)

By: butterfly_fish on 9/6/03
Beautiful work! Congratulations - your dedication shows! And I never would have known English is not your native language.

By: Giana on 9/9/03
I love the work you have done so far and am a big fan of your textures. The care & effort put forth is very apparent. Congrats!! :))

By: Eraxxer on 9/9/03
I think she's a god!! Very beutiful!!

By: hmatienzo on 9/9/03
YAY!! YAY!!! Well deserved, congrats!

By: renapd on 9/10/03
Congrats and very excited that another one from our "little" country made it to the top! :)
Way to go girl!! :)

By: Klutz on 9/12/03
A highly talented & beautiful lady!....Well deserved recognition for excellent,dedicated work.

I look forward to seeing much more of your wonderful output.

By: victorias on 9/13/03
Congrats Hon your work is simply Lovely!
one of the finest hair makers around!

By: shadownet on 9/14/03
Yes, congratulations! I enjoyed reading your Q&A.
You express yourself very well. I would never have guessed that English is not your native language. Also, seeing that picture of you - well, my heart is now all a flutter (blush). :O)
Best of luck on all your future projects!

By: Draigan on 9/16/03
My opinion is that you're a hottie! If that IS your real picture...

By: Smitthms on 9/16/03
Congrats Danae, ALL of your products are top notch, I'm very happy you finally made merchant of the month. Its well deserved. :o) Thomas

By: Richabri on 9/16/03
Congrats on a well deserved distinction :)

By: Bobbie25 on 9/17/03
Congrats hun well done and wel deserved

By: salmon818 on 9/19/03
well done. i've never noticed your art before, and it is certainly inspiring.... not normally a genre i would enjoy either, so thanks very much! : )

By: Spkr4TheDead on 9/19/03
Beautiful renders! Congratulations!

By: Jademonkey2k on 10/28/05
is this not the AA Meeting? sorry my bad...

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