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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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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!
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.
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!)
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 ;-)