Living in Tropical Singapore certainly has its advantages!
It is cosmopolitan, decked with shops and packed with people~
The perfect paradise for people watching!
I would say, "Hey, that's a good pose! I must recreate that in Poser!"
So, what started out as a hobby became much more.How did you get started in 3D Graphics?
I started a 2D chat site called ĎFirebirdís Forestí way back in 1996.
It is still exists at http://www.firebirdz.com
With the help of some fantastic buddies who knew more about digital art than I did at the time, we created our own images for the chat rooms. I bought Poser 2 that year but never really did anything as I was mostly preoccupied with the conceptual development and moderation of the site.
It was only around the end of 2002 that I finally upgraded to Poser 5 (after seeing an Advert in 3DWorld). Soon after, I discovered Daz, Renderosity and all the sites I needed to get me started. I was determined to learn!How long have you been working with 3D Graphics?
I really started around December 2002. I had just bought my first Millennium figures and tried adding lights and a background. I then closed my eyes and posted my first image here!Do you have any formal training?
I had a crash course in Photoshop and I read the Poser 5 manual and some tutorials. I also had a lot of help and advice from friends like Dash, Momcat & linwhite. What software do you use for product development?
I use Poser 5, Photoshop 7 & lots of plugins. I do have other software that I hope to use eventually too. Iím just getting started.How much time is required for product development?
Every product is takes a different amount of time to complete. I usually work on a pose until I am totally satisfied with it. I like to do new things and explore new concepts and ideas and if there is something to learn or try out, it will take a little longer the first time round. I havenít started modeling yet so I have no idea how long that will take me. More important than speed is having the knowledge that one is creating a product of quality and it is something you can be proud of.Can you give a brief overview of your development cycle for a new product?
I will go out and get inspired! Concept comes first, followed by market research and a feasibility study.
For Pose sets, I would make a selection of poses that personally inspire me and then tackle the more complex and interesting ones. Then the real fun begins ... creating promo art!Where does your inspiration come from when developing new products?
Anything can be a source of inspiration ~ words, ideas, art, music, even conversations. I would pen these ideas in my Journal and revisit them. I do take into account requests, market trends and whether I would personally like it. Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?
Have fun and be passionate in what you do! Be organized ~ I have my notice board, calendar and trusty Journal. Be observant! Anticipate market trends and never underestimate your competition!
My focus in product development is Personal and Customer satisfaction. How has Renderosity's on-line community played a role in regards to your products, friendships and learning?
Renderosity is such a great platform bursting with life! There are always nuggets of ideas in the Forums and Galleries. Through this place, Iíve made many wonderful friends. Some are now my project partners! I especially want to thank linwhite, Dash, Momcat, A_ & Romanceworks for their constant support and encouragement.Do you have any final words?
There are so many people who kept encouraging me and inspiring me and though this list is not exhaustive, Iíd also like to also give my heartfelt thanks to antje, artistheat, As Shanim & Siliphiel, Bez, Blazerwiccan, bonbonish, B-Man, Baron_Vlad_Harkonnen, Cimerone, cwshorty, dalinise, danae, deerpath, Diandra, dido6, dolfijntjes, Fatale, garyandcatherine, gebe, gildedgecko, goldtassel, Ilona, Ironsong, Jalen, lululee, Lyne, Jeweldragon, kandeewright, kathymoon, Kinouk, Mahna, Morris, mutedbanshee, Noggin, prog, Richabri, rjghise, rockets, pendarian, ph0eniXX, primaltruck, Ravnheart, Secretheart, Sophiadeer, sirocco, Sprryte, TamelaJ, Turtle & vlaaitje.
Thanks also to the ever helpful Renderosity staff ~ ClintH, DebbieM and JeffH.
Last but not least, thanks to my wife who totally supports what I do.
(She says she is a Voluptuous Vicki but with brains!)