September 2010 Vendor of the Month - rebelmommy

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Congratulations to rebelmommy for being Renderosity's Vendor of the Month for September!

Who is 'rebelmommy' and how did you come by that username?

Thank you for this wonderful honor! Lets see, my name is Amy. I am 35 (Yikes) and am a mom, wife and Poser addict. I live on the Southern East coast of Florida (USA) with my husband and our ever growing group of children, whom range in age from 16 to 4 years. The Rebelmommy username really personifies who I am :) I am always first and foremost a mommy, but as my mother would surely tell you, I have always been, from day 1, a rebel. So, rebelmommy just seemed an obvious choice when choosing a username!

Have you had any traditional art experience or training?

No, the closest I have ever come to any formal art experience was being a Fine Arts major in high school, but I took only the 1 required Art class and devoted the rest of my study to music. I found after High School that I really did enjoy art and taught myself the basics with paints, charcoals and pastels.

What are you currently working on?

I am learning to model, so hopefully, you will be seeing some expansion in my lines soon!

What software is currently in your digital toolset and why?

My current workflow usually involves Poser, ZBrush, Blacksmith3D, Photoshop and PaintShop Pro for characters, and I am still bouncing back and forth between Hexagon and Cinema 4D in my attempts to model. My choice of programs is simply because, after much experimentation with Demo/Trials of programs, I found these to work best for me. I truly believe when picking a software package, that it is really about finding a program that you feel comfortable in, because what works best for one person may not always be a good fit for another.

How would you describe your creative process?

Chaotic!! LOL...Seriously, I usually have at least 3 or 4 projects going at the same time, sometimes more. There are many projects that get started, only to be finished and make it to market more then a year later, because I have completley forgotten about them, or been sidetracked by another project.

Are there perhaps any tips or tricks you have found in your own work that might be of help to others learning the software you use?

Other then finding a program that works for them and not picking a program because it's the popular choice, or what everyone else is using, I don't, actually. I still admit to being very much in my learning infancy when it comes to using my programs. I will say that I still work in ZBrush 2, even though I have 3 and will be aquiring 4, simply because I am more comfortable in 2. I use PSP9 mostly, though I do work in Photoshop CS4 occasionally, but I again stay with PSP, primarily because it is what is comfortable for me. So, really, the best tip I can give is to go with what is best for you and what feels right to you in your workflow.

Where do you find inspiration for your products, and do you have any particular favorite among the products you've created?

I find inspiration everywhere... shopping malls, the beaches, my children and their friends. All too often, I find myself watching people and thinking to myself what character base their faces would look best on. I get a strange look or two on occasion, but really, I find that people have amazing faces and give me a great deal of inspiration, and then I am off and running. I don't know if I have one favorite product, because I really love all of my products. But, if forced to pick, I would say that Adrinna and Sapphire, as well as Bianca and Moss, are amoung my favorites.

Have you ever created product in response to customer feedback?

I have! Bianca is one of the products I created specifically based on customer feedback, and, as I said, she is one of my favorites!

Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?

Don't give up just because you may get frustrated early on. And yes, I know it is cliche, but read the manual! I swear I have a Poser manual in my car, along with one for Vue, and when I am bored and stuck in my car, I read them. LOL, I did actually learn alot from them :)

Don't be afraid to ask questions. Renderosity has a wealth of knowledge in its forums and Tutorial section, and in its members who are more then willing to share!

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

When I first came to Renderosity in 2004, I had no idea what to expect, but found a group of people who are generally warm and friendly and willing to give you help and an unlimited amount of advice if you ask for it. When I posted my first image in the gallery, I had not expected the response I got. People gave me wonderful advice on lighting and camera angles, and really overall, helped me improve my images ten-fold.

When I wanted to learn to create my own custom character morphs and skins, I was hesitant to ask anyone for help, as I wasn't sure they would want to share their knowledge with me. But, I did, and found that the community was very helpful in giving me tips and advice (thank you Gabe!) and sending me links to tutorials, products, etc., that helped me. I have made a lot of great friends here, learned a lot about 3D, and art in general, and am always amazed at the wealth of information that is available here through the community, the forums and the tutorials.

Do you have any final words or advice for other digital artists?

Don't give up EVER!! If you don't succeed right away, don't be afraid to ask questions or move beyond your comfort zone. The only way to grow in your craft is to constantly try to better it or to learn something new. And lastly, do what you LOVE!!

Thank you so very much for this honor, for giving me the opportunity to create things that I love, and to share them with you! Thank you to all of you who have helped me not give up over the years (even when I really, REALLY wanted to), and to all of you who have offered me advice when I needed it. And, to my customers, THANK YOU! Thank you for allowing me to share with you a piece of myself.

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Member Opinions:
By: karanta on 9/2/10
Congratulations :)

By: Richardphotos on 9/2/10
the quality of your products sets a standard for the market

By: jennblake on 9/2/10
Very much deserved! Congratulations!

By: Godin on 9/2/10
Congratulations!! :)

By: luciferino on 9/2/10
congratulation my friend well deserved your characters and your product are always perfect, and you are a very kind and generous friend, compliments, smack Orietta

By: Virtual_World on 9/2/10
Congratulations! Well deserved!!!

By: Dave-So on 9/2/10
This is a great thing :) You almost had to be, though , with the fact you must have sold a ton of products during this sale.

You should have been anyway, considering you have probably some of the best characters in the Poserverse. Your eyes are without doubt, THE best.

So congratulations and please keep doing what you do.

And may I add, RM has GREAT customer service and goes beyond the norm.

Thanks for lighting Olivia :)

By: jartz on 9/3/10
Much, much deserved honor. I enjoy your products and I love all your V4 characters, even though I own one of them. I hope to buy more from you. Thank you so much, and congrats!!

By: kjherstin on 9/3/10
You are one of the most generous people on this site! Well deserved!

Huggles
Christina

By: marforno on 9/3/10
Congratulations ...!!! :-)

By: doarte on 9/3/10
Congratulations! I am very happy and excited for your recognition that is so well deserved!

By: KimberlyC on 9/3/10
Congrats! Well deserved!!

By: StudioArtVartanian on 9/3/10
Congrats sweetie!!!!!!!
Hugs:)
Joanna

By: jeanne_50 on 9/3/10
Congratulations! It's nice to know a bit more of you and I too think the eyes you make are gorgeous!! As are the characters of course. :)
Love, Jeanne

By: Freja on 9/3/10
Gratz Amy! =)

By: visualgirl on 9/3/10
Congrats, Honey!

By: Fauvist on 9/4/10
Wow! Rebelmommy is more beautiful than her characters.

By: boundless on 9/4/10
You´re a wonderful artist!!! Congrats :-)

By: Rainfeather on 9/5/10
WOOO HOOOO! Congratulations, sweetie!

By: fractalartist01 on 9/5/10
Congratulations!

By: P3Design on 9/5/10
Congratulations! :)

By: renecyberdoc on 9/6/10
congratulations very well deserved.top vendor!!!!

By: Shana on 9/6/10
Congratulations Amy! :) Very well deserved! *HUGS*

By: P3D-Art on 9/6/10
Ohw my goodie ... Finaly got what you deserve dear Amy!!
Big congratz to one of my rolemodels!!
[After this victory I hope you still have time to help me out now and then ;o]

By: CitizenM on 9/6/10
Congratulations! Well deserved!

By: Hawkins-GraFX on 9/7/10
Congrats Amy - Well deserved for sure!
Great interview!!
Clint

By: grnbomber on 9/7/10
Congrats. Some of my favorite stuff is from you including my fave V4 character

By: MindVision-GDS on 9/7/10
I hope you sit and gloat Amy.
We're in a killer business with literally thousands of content creators to compete with, especially in your field of expertise.
Congrats...and keep going ;)

By: theuberdude on 9/8/10
love your stuff way to represent the 561/954/305

By: Danie on 9/9/10
Congratulations Amy !! :)

By: carolannw on 9/9/10
Many congratulations and well deserved.

By: CaperGirl42 on 9/9/10
Congrats Amy my friend! you deserve it that is for sure! big hugz Anne

By: EltonJ on 9/9/10
Yep, you are very attractive, Rebelmommy.

By: Dragonluna1 on 9/9/10
YAY Amy!!! You go girl!!

By: hardwaretoad on 9/9/10
Major kudos for a very deserved recognition. Your Adrinna character is one of my faves in my runtime.

By: Syyd on 9/9/10
besides being a beautiful texture creator, you're a personal inspiration. Such a nice person, with a big heart, and lots of kindness, and it comes through in everything you do. Congrats.

By: novelist999 on 9/10/10
Congratulations on this much-deserved award! I love your products! Good luck with the modeling. I hope to see more products from you soon. :-)

By: Pygmee on 9/11/10
Amazing work! Your textures and morphs (mostly for Victoria) are very rich and useful!
I love your portrait too, but why the wooden bat behind your nice head ?

By: vshane on 9/11/10
Congratulations!

By: sdorsey on 9/13/10
Congratulations! Keep up the good work!

By: addy on 9/13/10
Congratulations ! Very well deserved, your products are awesome ! :)

By: DelicateCrystalRose on 9/14/10
Congratulations! I love your products. This is well deserved!

By: Richabri on 9/14/10
Congrats on this well deserved distinction. From your photo it's easy to see that all of your character creations are almost as lovely and beautiful as you :)

By: papachile on 9/14/10
Yeah AMY!!! Congrats! I do believe that this is so well deserverd!!!! Woo HOO!!!

By: Seewa on 9/23/10
Good stuff. Think half of my female collection come from u and powerage! Congrats

By: Jollyself on 9/25/10
HUGE congrats on winning this month. Your work shines and Im glad you received the recognition !!! :)

By: gypsyangel on 9/25/10
It couldn't have happened to a better vendor, woman and friend...you know I luvs ya!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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