April 2010 Vendor of the Month - designfera

April 1, 2010 9:42 am

Tags: designfera, VOM


Who is "designfera" and how did you come by that username?

I´m a Portuguese guy of 33 years, working at home, in a small town in Portugal. The username was suggested by a friend a long time ago and I´ve been using it ever since. "design" because I minored in Graphic Design, and "fera" is Portuguese for something/someone ferocious.

How long have you been creating digital art?

My first attempts at digital work were about 15 years ago, although I only began to really embrace it once I stumbled across Renderosity and Poser, 8 years ago.

Have you had any traditional art experience or training?

Well, I´ve been drawing ever since I can remember and I majored in Fine Arts, in Virginia, USA. Drawing and oil painting have always been a passion and a constant in my life.

What are you currently working on?

Several 2D and 3D nature projects, and a couple of 3D products that I have been working on and off for several months in Zbrush.

What software is in your digital toolset and why?

Poser and Photoshop are the ones I´ve consistently used the most throughout the years. But, I am crazy in love with the new ZBrush! I´ve been teaching myself every chance I get, and I´m just amazed at what one can model with it, in a short period of time. With the help of a tablet, it has been very organic and natural to create. I´ve already released a few products solely made with ZBrush and I will be using it more and more.

How would you describe your creative process?

Constructive chaos, LOL! My mind goes many different directions at once, so I end up working on different projects at the same time.

Where do you find inspiration for your products?

Everywhere! Living in a historically rich and very old country, inspiration comes easily. I grew up amongst pre-historical monuments, roman ruins, medieval castles and cathedrals, and listening to the fantastic tales behind them. So, I couldn´t help but have a very active inner world of fantasy and craziness. I guess my favorite source of inspiration is my own little world inside my head.

Have you ever created product in response to customer feedback?

Absolutely! Whenever possible, I do try.

Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?

People will say to follow the market, see what sells and do that. That is one way to go, I guess. My advice? Look at the products available and find what is missing. It´s more of a gamble, but it usually pays off.

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

I am constantly humbled by the talent I find here and how incredibly kind people have been. Renderosity has become a home to me.

Do you have any final words?

Love what you do, always try to outbest yourself and never ever give up!

A huge thank you to all the good people that buy my products!

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lwperkins ( posted at 10:59AM Fri, 02 April 2010

I'm so happy to see Designfera as the VOM! I use his things all the time (especially the Brushes) and they are creative and wonderful. Thank you for being an inspiration!

P3D-Art ( posted at 5:25PM Fri, 02 April 2010

Love your stuff ... My biggest congratz!!

3-d-c ( posted at 12:28PM Sat, 03 April 2010

You really deserve this designfera!! well done, and keep the textures rockin!

fractalartist01 ( posted at 7:31AM Mon, 05 April 2010

CONGRATZ! You deserve it! :D

3Dream ( posted at 3:05PM Mon, 05 April 2010

Parabéns!!! Fico muito feliz por ver mais um Português a ser reconhecido pela comunidade do Renderosity. Abraços!!!

jorgeluso ( posted at 5:09PM Mon, 05 April 2010

VIVA e vai mais um artista português VOM . Já somos uns quantos e ainda assim parece que os Administradores do Renderosity ainda não se aperceberam que os artistas que falama a lingua de Camões , são muitos e uns quantos conmo tu , MUITO BONS !!!! A propósito pode saber-se qual é a " small town " ??? Recebe os meus Parabéns ! To the Renderosity team - Please remeber that this one artist more from Portugal, among others that already had this honor of beeing VOM . We do Good things .. remember that Portuguese is one of the most speaken languages ..Take a note in your meetings to think about this I as portuguese am very honored to see this great artist as a VOM Congratulations !

WorldbuilderMedia ( posted at 7:24PM Tue, 06 April 2010

Congratulations, I love your products and use them often!

jeanne_50 ( posted at 5:57AM Wed, 07 April 2010

Congratulations! I love your products and you may see yourself as "fero", your products are awesome! :) (Mind you, I'm Dutch so I had to find out what "fero" means in my dictionary.lol ) Love, Jeanne

outoftouch ( posted at 11:05AM Thu, 08 April 2010

Congrats! :)

HandspanStudios ( posted at 6:23PM Thu, 08 April 2010

I really like your work, you are good with light, nice to see you get the recognition.

deviney ( posted at 6:29PM Thu, 08 April 2010

They couldn't have gave this honor to anyone more deserving.Love the products you make,and your devotion to the craft.Keep Rockin'

schonee ( posted at 7:10AM Sat, 10 April 2010

Congratulations! I love your products.

TK0920 ( posted at 3:31AM Sun, 11 April 2010

I have been an avid fan of this vendor for quite sometime, all I wanna say is keep up your brilliant work and congragulation!

Rutra ( posted at 4:06AM Sun, 11 April 2010

Parabéns! É muito bom ver um português com sucesso. Gostei particularmente das tuas palavras relativamente a Portugal, numa altura em que o que parece estar na moda cá dentro é o "bota-abaixo" do nosso país. Boa sorte!

doarte ( posted at 6:35PM Sun, 11 April 2010

Congratulations ... well deserved. Always the purveyor of fine products!

Shana ( posted at 1:25PM Mon, 12 April 2010

Parabéns! Um reconheciimento bem merecido para mais um Artista Português!:)

l.leffe ( posted at 9:17PM Tue, 13 April 2010

Adorei seu trabalho, muito lindo. Continue assim e seja muito feliz!

whitemagus ( posted at 2:47AM Wed, 14 April 2010

Great man at last!!!

FutureFantasyDesign ( posted at 4:31PM Wed, 14 April 2010

Tiago if anyone deserves to be recognized it is you! You are caring, generous and so very helpful always. I remember my first item I bought "Harp of Lamentations" I became your fan. :) Congrats always! Hugs Ariana

visionastral ( posted at 6:25PM Thu, 15 April 2010

Well deserved, I have buied lots of your products and I'm a very happy customer. Great products at great prices. :)

Danie ( posted at 2:45PM Fri, 23 April 2010

Congratulations! :)

gendragon ( posted at 12:41PM Thu, 29 April 2010

Congratulations! :)

designfera ( posted at 4:03PM Sun, 02 May 2010

Thank you all so very much!!! =)