August 2010 Vendor of the Month - powerage

August 2, 2010 7:04 pm

Tags: powerage, VOM

full_14630.jpgCongratulations to powerage for being Renderosity's Vendor of the Month for August!

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

Firstly, a big 'thank you' to Renderosity for giving me this award for the 3rd time, I am honored :)

The first time I connected to the internet, my ISP asked for a nickname. I had no idea, and the "POWERAGE" album by AC / DC dragged to the ground, so I used the title of this album for my nickname :) My real name is Christophe, I'm 40 years old and I live in Bordeaux, France.

Have you had any traditional art experience or training?

Unfortunately, I did not have the opportunity of studying art. But, I always loved drawing. So, I learned the techniques of digital art, thanks to the books and the internet: forums and tutorials.

What are you currently working on?

I am currently finalizing a set of armor in the style of fantasy / medieval. This armor will be available in September in my store. In parallel, I am also working on an architectural product that will be available in mid August. I think it is quite original in its concept of use. And I started another very ambitious project, but I will say nothing on a date.

What software is currently in your digital toolset and why?

My main software is: 3ds Max, Photoshop and Poser, plus some other small utilities that facilitate my work. I use these tools because with them I learned 3D, and therefore as I know them well, I can concentrate on what I want to do without worrying about technical concerns and having little time to learn other software.

How would you describe your creative process?

First, I find a source of inspiration. It can come from anywhere: movies, comics, street, etc. ... Then, I try to research the subject in order to note important details that contribute to the credibility of the model. After that, it is enough to get to work and also to engage my imagination.

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?

A very simple trick, but crucial: to work specifically, do not hesitate to zoom into the area where you work, hide elements of your scene where you do not work. This has two advantages: you will work more comfortably and you will relieve your computer. Conversely, once your work is done, step back, in order to detect possible defects. In fact, when we model, it is an eternal zoom in and out.

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

As mentioned earlier, inspiration can come from anywhere. The key for me is mainly to want to do it. I have an affection for all my products, because they all represent a moment of my life, and therefore, memories. It would be very difficult to choose only one, but if I did, I would probably choose "The Tournament," because I really transpired in the making of it. But, in reality, my favorite is the one I have not done yet, that is to say, the next.

Have you ever created product in response to customer feedback?

Yes, it's already happened. For example, "Unlimited Zombies" was made at the request of several customers. Elsewhere, I have an ongoing project requested by a customer, but I have difficulty with it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?

It is important to know the basic techniques, whether for work in 2D or 3D. You should also know that in product developement, Poser requires a tremendous amount of work. Do what you love, to optimize the success of your product. Try to build an efficient workflow, as it is important for the comfort of work. Stay organized and attentive to detail. Be sure to listen to yourself, but also keep the comments outside, because when you work on a project, one is too involved and this can pollute our objective vision. And finally, continue working, at one time or another you will be rewarded for your hard work.

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

Renderosity is my second home :) Here is a concentration of artists from various backgrounds. I, of course, have built friendships here over all these years. It is also thanks to Renderosity that I found the motivation to fully invest myself in the implementation of digital content.

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

Firstly, a big 'thank you' to all my loyal customers - it is you who helped me grow, and I thank you for that. A big 'thank you' to the staff of Renderosity: Debbie, Karen, Xenophonz, Preston, Blake, Kristi, and all the others for your patience and listening. Thank you to all my friends here, especially 2Mylent for all his time spent testing my products. And thank you to my family for their support.


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Article Comments

KimberlyC ( posted at 12:15AM Tue, 03 August 2010

Congrats! Well deserved! :)

StudioArtVartanian ( posted at 2:24PM Tue, 03 August 2010

congrats!!! you are an Amazing artist!!!!

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Drkwlf92 ( posted at 5:10PM Tue, 03 August 2010

Congrats Congrats CONGRATS!!! Well earned and definitly deserved!!!!

outoftouch ( posted at 3:32AM Wed, 04 August 2010

Congratulations!! :)

FantastArt ( posted at 3:19AM Thu, 05 August 2010

Congratulation! Well deserved!

P3Design ( posted at 6:33AM Thu, 05 August 2010

Congrats! :)

ViciousCircle ( posted at 1:47PM Thu, 05 August 2010

congrats! one of the best merchants out there

louly ( posted at 8:21AM Fri, 06 August 2010

Félicitations! Bien mérité :)

Madbat ( posted at 1:17AM Sat, 07 August 2010

Congratulations! This is well deserved! I've been hooked on your products here and elsewhere since the first purchase.

Pygmee ( posted at 10:42AM Sun, 08 August 2010

Bravo! Encore un VOM bien mérité! J'aime tout ton travail, bien que nos goûts soient relativement éloignés concernant les sujets traités. Je regrette sincèrement ton départ du "forum francophone".

Lakotariver ( posted at 8:24PM Mon, 09 August 2010

Congratulation! I love your creations and have purchased a number of them and they are just fantastic. Thank you for the wonderful creations you add to my renders. Many happy renders to you.

coflek-gnorg ( posted at 2:48AM Wed, 11 August 2010

Congratulations! Really great and detailed products. I only wish that I have more time to play with them. Keep up with fantastic work! Dominik

Oskarsson ( posted at 11:18AM Wed, 11 August 2010

Congratulations:) Well deserved!

SaintFox ( posted at 9:19AM Thu, 12 August 2010

My heartfelt congratulations, you never failed to amaze me with your imagination. Every new creation you make is really unique and a surprise.

EPhi ( posted at 11:33AM Wed, 18 August 2010

Very well deserved, great talent and a lot of imagination. Powerage c'est l'imagination 3D au pouvoir! Bravo!! ;-)

Belladzines ( posted at 12:38PM Wed, 18 August 2010

Huge Congrats!!!

jeanne_50 ( posted at 6:37AM Wed, 25 August 2010

Congratulations! I love your products.