2008 Rookie of the Year ~ Countess

January 26, 2009 9:48 am

We always welcome new faces to the MarketPlace, but it can be tough to become quickly successful in such a large market of professional vendors providing top quality products. Countess displayed her talent for creating quality content immediately, and we are proud to have her start up and immediately begin offering popular products in the MarketPlace.

Congratulations to our 2008 Rookie of the Year ~ Countess

Who is Countess?
Well, let's see.. hmm.. where to start...lol... Okay well my name is Halena but I go by Countess online. I am a rising Libra, Sun in Scorpio, and Moon in Pisces. I am half Greek and half Italian. I am from Queens, NY and currently reside in Georgia with my family and Dachshund Leo, who is a year old and sits or sleeps in my lap or distracts me every time I am at the computer, hehe, he's too cute!
When I am not working or managing everyday routines, I like to make art, watch movies, play video games, spend time playing with Leo, hang out with family or learn something new.

How long have you have you been involved in digital art?
I have been into digital art for as long as I have had a computer, which was somewhere around 2001. I am a visual person so I think I have always had a thing for eye candy. I have always been fascinated with graphics and digital art and really wanted to learn how people made such beautiful things. So I spent a few years reading tutorials and spending lots and lots of time in Photoshop. I was lucky enough to have met -Silver- (Jess) (bless her heart I don't know how she puts up with me! lol) who taught me a lot as well and has become my best friend and partner in learning everything humanly possible about Digital Art and 3D Design.

What are you currently working on?
At the moment I am taking a break to regroup and reorganize for the new year. I just finished a 3 month long project for the Damian and Damiana bundle. It was a lot of hard work but I love how they turned out. So I am gonna take a well deserved week break! LOL And then back to the grind! Where I plan on making more characters, dabbling with M4 and intoxicating hair with -Silver-.

What software do you use and why?
I use Poser and Photoshop, mainly because those are the programs I learned in and feel the most comfortable with.

Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?
Learn! Learn! and Learn! You can never learn enough and just when you think you know as much as you can about something, you learn something new.
Never give up! It's a hard business to make it in with so many good and quality products in the market, but if its something that your passionate about and love doing, the fight is worth it. Try not to let small set backs discourage you, everyone has products that don't do as well or turn out as they hoped. I have to come to find out that time is a very important factor and you have to be willing to sacrifice a lot of it. Also, DON'T rush! Take your time and put your all into everything you do.

Where do you find inspiration for your products?
I get inspired mostly by what I know and like best. Anything sexy, dark, gothic, punky, witchy.. those kinds of things. I have really tried to make lighter softer things, but it's just not in my nature, I believe my best works come from the more exotic and darker side of things. Music helps me a lot to get into my work and be creative as well.

How has this online Community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
I love Renderosity, I have been a member for quite sometime and they always have what I need or am looking for. I have met some awesome people who are friendly and helpful. I come here everday, check what's new, check the gallery, and read tutorials. I like the friendly atmosphere and helpful tools this site has to offer. I do not think I go a day without coming here at least once. It has greatly enhanced my work because of all the things I have learned and helpful people I have met.

Do you have any final words?
Yes, I want to give a big thank you to my awesome and loyal customers and to those who leave product reviews and those who send me mail telling me they enjoy my work! These are the things that help to keep me going and make me want to do more and do better, so thank you so much! :)

I also want to take a moment to thank the vendors who have help me so much along the way and to those who have kindly shared thier hard work and time with me; -Silver-, Liquid Rust, Rebelmommy, Propschick, Studio11, ShanaC, Vexiphne, Kaleya, Christel, Adiene, Sabreyn, NemainRavenwood, Alicelfay, 3DSublime, Val3DArt, Marforno, ChrisT, Jakiblue and I know there are others I can't think of right now but many thanks to you as well, you know who you are.

Make sure you stop in and visit Countess in the following areas at Renderosity:

Store in the MarketPlace

Free Stuff

Home Page

Art Gallery

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Article Comments

Silver ( posted at 3:24PM Mon, 26 January 2009

Woot! Congrats hun :D

gamefan4002 ( posted at 5:29PM Mon, 26 January 2009

She Is realy realy good at what she do. Her work shows that all of the way.

councilchaos ( posted at 8:31PM Mon, 26 January 2009

Your Damiana / Damian set was a great buy! Looking forward to purchasing Rogue and Chloe next..The Damiana model is the most exquisite character I have worked with in Poser. A toast to you, Countess rules!

maraich ( posted at 11:13PM Mon, 26 January 2009

Very much deserved - congrates! Enjoyed reading and learning more about you.

jakiblue ( posted at 2:03AM Tue, 27 January 2009

awwwwwww aren't you sweet!!! :) And a big thankyou to you for making such awesome characters and allowing me to be part of your world! Heh. Congrats on this and here's to many more wonderful products!! (gorgeous photo btw grin)

Pretty3D ( posted at 11:32AM Tue, 27 January 2009

Congratulations ;)

NemesisT ( posted at 11:55AM Tue, 27 January 2009

congratulations! Well deserved :)

FutureFantasyDesign ( posted at 12:18PM Tue, 27 January 2009

WoW! You hit like a perfect storm and swept us away! Well earned, deserved and met! Wicked 'B'! ;) Hugs Ariana

cebb ( posted at 2:45PM Tue, 27 January 2009

How cute you are, and so nice as well!! Now I know where those beauties came from. I am such a huge fan of yours. More now, after reading what you've said. And for those times when you have none inspiration, zero, nada and stucked nowhere, just calm down, relax. All you need is to look at a mirror and there you'll find any inspiration you were looking for. Need no more. Thks for everything!

karanta ( posted at 3:44PM Tue, 27 January 2009

Congratulations :)

Inception8 ( posted at 6:25PM Tue, 27 January 2009

Congratulations. You certainly deserve it. And here I just 'met' you recently.

Propschick ( posted at 9:16PM Tue, 27 January 2009

Awwww, well first of all a big congrats to you. I've seen you go from just opening poser for the first time, to amazing and I mean AMAZING talent. 'You've come a long way, baby'- as the phrase goes. For me, watching you come out with something new is wonderful to watch and your skill just keeps improving. I can't wait to see what your making a year from now! Thanks for the mention above...that was very sweet of you and I only hope I can continue to support you through your 3D career and as a friend! I think you are only gonna get better at what you do....and better and better. SO get a move on and make me some more virtual anti-barbies! =) You deserve every ounce of this honorable title.

LukeA ( posted at 2:02AM Wed, 28 January 2009

You are an inspiration and so is Leo. I have my own muse that scratches at my legs and provides distraction and inspiration as well.

Belladzines ( posted at 2:28AM Wed, 28 January 2009

So totally well deserved!!! huge congrats to you!!!

geechy72 ( posted at 8:47AM Wed, 28 January 2009

Congratulations! Well deserved.

DesignsbyEve ( posted at 9:03AM Wed, 28 January 2009

Gratz Halena!

maki_82 ( posted at 7:53PM Wed, 28 January 2009

Your products are amazing, Countess! Congrats and well-deserved! ^_^

kainxxx2000 ( posted at 9:58PM Wed, 28 January 2009

Very well deserve indeed. You make some fine products. Congrats

FantastArt ( posted at 12:53AM Thu, 29 January 2009

Congratulations! So well deserved! Good luck for the new year!

ForbiddenWhispers ( posted at 4:55AM Thu, 29 January 2009

Congrats Countess!

RavynGyrl ( posted at 5:25AM Thu, 29 January 2009

Congratulations...you're work is awesome!! And love the photo! ;)

sparrownightmare ( posted at 8:57AM Thu, 29 January 2009

I love your artwork. You have a very unique style of character rendering. Keep up the good work!

derrys1969 ( posted at 1:18PM Thu, 29 January 2009

I don't normally leave opinions, but three things to say about Countess's work...Jade, Sareena, and Goth Tales!!!!! Absolutely love the items.

mytilus ( posted at 11:00AM Fri, 30 January 2009

Congratulations my dear friend.. :) Keep up your great works..

alltheoriginalnames ( posted at 1:35PM Fri, 30 January 2009

Rock on

hamstergirl4444 ( posted at 12:43AM Sat, 31 January 2009

Its always nice to get a chance to see what folks look like - and you are as beautiful as I thought you would be, only more so! Congratulations, you certainly deserve this! As much as I like Sareena, it was Damian who blew me away...and I look forward to more! Best wishes from the Pagan Hamstergirl (who incidentally is also 1/2 Greek, and originally hails from Queens, NY!)

YourFantasyDream ( posted at 10:07AM Sat, 31 January 2009

Congrats...I love all of your products..

JZArt3DSteel ( posted at 12:20PM Sat, 31 January 2009

Countess is an awesome seller here at Renderosity, and is beautiful also(nice pic ;-D) I have bought multiple items that she offered and am more than HAPPY with it. Damiana and Damian are my favorite characters, and I hope to buy more from her when I can. So inspirational you ARE. Thanks Countess! You made a difference here and in my little 3D world. Keep Rocking! Thanks ;-)

Dragonluna1 ( posted at 1:17PM Sat, 31 January 2009

Congratulations sweetie!!! You are so deserving of this!! BIG HUGS!!! Muah!!

DarkStarRising ( posted at 2:23PM Sun, 01 February 2009

you filled in a niche that needed to be filled! your girls are fantastic.. your hair colours are cool.... you are something that has been needed for a LONG time! CONGRATS

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