Origins of Free Stuff

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So, tell us little bit about yourself, who is ernyoka1?

ernyoka1 is TrekkieGrrrl and TrekkieGrrrl is ernyoka1. Together we're me. My family and colleagues calls me Lisbeth. Most of my online friends call me Trekkie or TG. :o)

I'm a 39 year old female from Denmark, Scandinavia. Married for almost 19 years with 2 kids & 3 cats.

How did you get started in Poser?

Actually I started with Bryce, way back. 1999 or early 2000, I'm not sure anymore. Then I saw some pictures with people in and heard about "Poser".

At first I wasn't impressed, there wasn't much I could do with the things available.

I wanted to do Star Trek pictures! Then after about a year where Poser collected dust, I was one day bored. I reinstalled it and went searching for free stuff - that's when I found Renderosity and boy did I go on a downloading spree! ALL THIS STUFF! For FREE! I was amazed. And that's when I started playing with Poser for real!

Did you begin with modelling and find Poser, or did you begin with Poser & move to modelling?

Some time after I started playing with Poser again, I started to model very basic stuff. Lathes such as the inevitable wine glass. But Poser came first.

You make some really interesting and unusual models, but I think you’re best known for your terrific trash models. What inspires you to create these kind of models?

Actually, my first freestuff items were some textures for PhilC's classic wrap - a leather texture and 2 fur ones because the shape of it reminded me of some stone age like clothes. When I got my first IM from someone saying THANKS for making it I was totally blown away. I saved that IM until Renderosity started to delete old IM's :o(
My trash started because I was exploring morphs. I experimented with a cylinder I could morph into a crumbling one. Now that I had this morphing cylinder, I started contemplating what it could be used for, so I put a beer can texture on it and uploaded it. People downloaded it like crazy. Then I realized I was onto something.

My morphing Kleenex started because I needed a crumbled piece of tissue for a picture and a lot of these things are originally made because I need them or because someone else was looking for them.

You make a lot of very practical models, would you describe yourself as a practical person?

Heh on the contrary. I'm a totally "computer potato" (updated version of a couch potato I guess, as I don't watch much tv) but practical stuff is why you have a husband. With one exception; electrical stuff is my domain. Lamps, cords. I like that.

Where do you get your ideas from?

Here and there. A lot of my stuff is made by request, or I've asked people for ideas. When I was making Trash Street 2 I asked a lot of people for ideas for more trash to make.

What was the first model you ever made and did it work out the way you planned?

Well, the morphing can isn't REALLY a model as it's only a cylinder. So my first real prop must be the my open book. Which has a very strange mapping because I had not yet figured out how to map things properly.

Which is your favourite free model that you've made yourself?

Hmm that's a tough one. I think my Treasure Chest is actually very very nice. it turned out just like I wanted it.

Which one did you most enjoy working on?

Also the chest I think. But I really enjoyed working on some other things like my bar stool because it was done as speed modeling, I did that in 11 minutes from start to render, because someone asked for it and I wanted to be the first *L*

What do you like best about giving these models away for free?

The warm fuzzy feeling when people say it's cool? hmm I don't know. Deep down I'm a soft-hearted socialist that likes to share stuff.

What’s the worst thing?

The worst thing? I think that's when some people can't figure out how to use or download something and send of IMs like "UR Stuff don work!"

What do you hope to achieve by giving these models to the Poser community?

To get some new friends. I guess somewhere I have a need for recognition. For a pat on the back. When people like what I'm making, I get just that :o) I'm a very insecure peep IRL really.

Do you have any favourite images created with your freestuff?

Some of my own? I like my "Out to Lunch" which is more or less a showcasing of a lot of the trash things. I also LOVE to see my stuff used in other people's renders. I do go "ego-browsing" in the galleries from time to time.

Do you have any favourite freestuff providers or a favourite freestuff item made by someone else?

Snowsultan's seamguides. Hogwarden's CR (which made me rush out and buy Pro). Same with Yarp and his P3DO. SAMS3D's stuff of course. But there are a lot of people who make great free stuff. Ajax makes cool shaders and easyposeable things AND is very very helpful too. And ziggie of course because he makes awesome models AND is a great friend.

Do you have any advice for people who are just starting out sharing their models?

Model what you like and it'll show. If you're good at something special, make THAT. If you're a mason, you'll know how a wall and a house ought to look. And above all: SHARE IT! Don't be afraid. don't think that people won't like it because you're a newbie. We've all been newbies at a point.

On a bad Poser day, when arms fly off newly imported models or bits decide to explode when you add a new morph & everything goes wrong what keeps you going?

It depends.. I've scrapped a lot of stuff that just won't work. I've cried for help in the Poser forum lots of times and had enormous help from people who knew more than me about that thing. My first poseable character would still have been something scrapped if it hadn't been for Optical Singenoid who saved Fluff from an early death *L*

What do your offline friends and family think of your Poser ‘habit’?

My mom thinks it's amazing that I can actually make money on this. most of the time I think my family hates it because they never see anything but my back, when I'm at my computer.

How long have you been a member and what do you like about our Poser community here?

I joined in April 2002. I like that there's so many people here. The forum is always alive, no matter what time of the day you check in, there are people here with new threads popping up all the time. I'm a forum junkie so I like forums where there is something new to see all the time and most of the time it's a very friendly place to be too.

Not only do you share a lot of terrific free models, but you are also a well known regular poster in the Poser forum here, what are your hopes for the forum in the future?

I hope that the forum can stay friendly. I hope that some other sites will find less reason for their constant mockery.

Which version of Poser do you use and why do you like it best?

Poser 5. It's just so much better than the previous versions. I liked PPP, but I LOVE Poser 5. There's no way I could ever go back.

Thanks so much for giving us all a chance to get to know you a little better Lisbeth, it's been a pleasure :-)

Thanks for asking me, I'm honoured that you'd want to hear about me :-)





artist page: http://www.renderosity.com/homepage.ez?Who=ernyoka1

freestuff: http://www.renderosity.com/freestuff.ez?Form.Contrib=ernyoka1&Topsectionid=0

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Member Opinions:
By: sandoppe on 11/21/04
Hi ernyoka1! Nice interview :) I got a lot of help from Lisbeth when I was trying to decide if I should buy Poser. She helped me find the link to download and try PP and gave me some feedback on some early renders :) I eventually did purchase Poser 5 and there were days I wished I'd never asked!! :) Those days are past now and I thoroughly enjoy P5.

The free stuff you create is wonderful. Where else could I get a harball or dog poop!! :)

It's also clear that you are comfortable with who you are. Anyone who can freely admit to being "insecure" and needing positive affirmation has to be, or they could never admit a potential weakness :) It's good to know you! Keep the "trash" coming!

By: HeavyRay on 11/21/04
Nice to see you getting some WELL DESERVED recognition! You've been a HUGE inspiration to me for several reasons. Beyond the "what the hell, I'll give it away!" generosity you've shown over all these years with the freestuff and help, you've also (and I'd say more importantly!) shown us that people CAN be nice to each other! Through all the brouhaha and turmoil, you've always been a "voice a reason." I also admire your "life is meant to be enjoyed" attitude. No matter what the problem (Poser or otherwise) you've come up against, you never seem daunted; you try your best and keep moving forward... Sorry if this sounds too sappy, nevertheless, its' TRUE!!! - Ray

By: cliff-dweller on 11/21/04
Wonderful interview...thanks Shoshanna and thanks ernyoka1!

By: Coleman on 11/21/04
Thanks for all the wonderful freebies, TG!! Your contributions to the Poser community are generous. Congrats on this spotlight interview

By: PapaBlueMarlin on 11/22/04
Congrats to ernyoka1! I love how you make content that reflects the real life clutter we have to deal with before we can do art. Good luck on all your projects and keep up the excellent work :)

By: rodluc2001 on 11/22/04
:) free stuff is a Mission...

i've spend many hours to made my freebies, but return in satisfaction is amazing !!

By: UrbanChilli on 11/22/04
Hvor fedt - en Dansker mere på ROS! Jeg har lagt mærke til dine ting igennem årene og har også downloaded nogle af dem ind i mellem.

How cool - another Dane on ROS! I've noticed your things through the years and had also downloaded some of it.

By: Shadow_Fyre on 11/22/04
Thank you for the wonderful interview, it's very nice to know you TG and I love all your stuff. I also like hearing your wit and humor in the forums :)Thank you for sharing it all with us!

By: Ben_Dover on 11/23/04
TG is a wonderful person and it's an honor to call her a friend. She's been one of my Poser heroines for as long as I can remember and it's great to see her get the recognition she deserves.

Thanks for being you Trekkie! =)

By: SophiaDeer on 11/24/04
Brava ernyoka1! Thank you for all the wonderful gifts you give us. From one Prof. Snape lover to another.

By: Mariamus on 11/24/04
Yeah girl, you roxx my soxx! She's the best at giving away a load of crap. (no really... garbage is crap, and we all love crap :D)

By: JenX on 11/25/04
I LOOOOOOOOVE all of your free stuff, and I think it's awesome that Renderosity gives you the chance to be featured on this. You do an excellent job!!! Your stuff is great for the "normal" pictures, and even better for the humour ones, lol! Thank you so much!!

By: ohl on 11/26/04
Many thanks for your all usefull and practical stuff, help me a lot.

By: kusanagi73 on 11/28/04
Hi TG. ^_^ I never tire of hearing JVRenderer talking about your poopy prop.

By: wile1 on 11/28/04
Wonderful to meet you TrekkieGrrrl!! Some of the first things I ever used for poser were yours. I want to thank you very much for inspiring me to work harder and harder all the time.

By: Helleshoj on 12/1/04
Trekkie, I just live around the corner. Randers is a short distasnce. When I found out that you were living in Aarhus I thought - this is not quite Danish - giving away things for free, and good things too. I like your approach to free stuff. Maybee one day I'll have enough time to produce some myself, and pay back what other Poser users gave free of charge.

By: wildaboutbirds on 12/1/04
Hi TrekkieGrrl, it's nice to get to know you better in this interview. My first posted render used your sandcastle, so I will always have pleasant memories of you and your work. Thank you!

By: JOEANOMALY on 12/1/04
Thank you for all of your wonderful freebies. Your talent is only exceeded by your generousity. Someday,(should I ever actually create something) I hope to return the favor.

By: LadyLisa on 12/3/04
Thank you so much for your freebies and sharing your talent with us...:)

By: Jean-Luc_Ajrarn on 12/5/04
Congrats and thanks, TrekkieGrrrl :D

By: mapps on 12/7/04
2 thumbs up for Trekkie, I have a section in my poser Libs dedicated to your great stuff :-)

By: Riddokun on 1/5/05
Go go TG, go ! Keep it on :)


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