Baron_Vlad_Harkonnen - July '03 Merchant of the Month

ClintH · July 1, 2003 11:44 am

How did you get started in 3D Graphics? I got involved in a simple, freeware total conversion for the game Duke Nukem 3D. The game characters happen to be sprites, and at first I painted them. Results weren't good, but then I discovered Poser, and things became fun. Poser happens to be one of the best softwares around, and I'm still using it for character development in 3D games. Since then, Poser has transformed into a valuable tool. Especially for creating fantasy and fetish artworks. How long have you been working with 3D Graphics? Close to 6 years now - since 1998. I first joined Renderosity around September 1999. Previously, I was heavily into 2D pencil artworks - mainly portraits. Creating 3D graphics, and artworks has been mainly a relaxing after-hours hobby for me. (I teach high school geography, and science for a living) Do you have any formal training? No. I taught myself over the years. What software do you use to develop your products? Curious Lab's Poser Pro Pack, Rhino, Stephen L. Cox's UV Mapper 0.25e and Mr.X's Morph Manager 3.1 are among them. Stephen's UV Mapper and Mr.X's Morph Manager are truly a godsend. Praises goes to both of them for releasing it free to the Poser community. How much time is required for product development? It depends. The largest fantasy outfit I've worked on yet is Electra Princess of Sparta. It involved a lot of modelling work, and it took me more than 2 weeks to get the entire outfit completed for Poser. Most of my other outfits take less than that, usually from 3 days to one week to get them fully modelled. The next step is beta testing the outfits. This might take another two to three days. Do you have any advice on how to get started selling 3D Products? If you're a beginner with Poser, then my advice is that you start by selling something simple. You could complete a pose collection, and place it online at the Renderosity Marketplace. Once you have some sales, then you could attempt something more challenging. Once you're ready to experiment, then it's recommended that you get your feet wet with character and body texture creation. (both of which are currently highly saleable at the Renderosity Marketplace) The next step is prop, and outfit modelling - which means picking up a 3D modeling program like Rhino. Most 3D modelling programs are easy to get through, but some could really get you over the hill after a few attempts at learning it. Prepare lots of Tylenol - just in case :) Where does your inspiration come from when developing new products? For my fantasy outfits, most of my inspiration comes from Luis Royo. When I first visited the Marketplace, there were already a lot of fantasy outfits available. But very few share the naughty, and sexy styles worn by Royo's girls. So I decided to really explore this in the outfits I create. How has Renderosity's on-line community played a role in regards to your products, friendships and learning? First of all, I'd like to thank everyone at Renderosity - for their more than generous support, tips, guidance and encouragement especially at the Poser Forum. There were times when I came close to bailing out - if it wasn't for you guys lending a hand to a newbie like me, ever since I first joined Renderosity in 1999. I'd like to take a small moment, and send a shout out to a few really close Renderosity admins who were there for help all these years: To Clint (ClintH) and Jeff (JeffH) - thanks for putting up with, and helping a real pain like me all this while :) To JenyK - you're the unsung heroine of the Renderosity admin team. Also, I'd like to send a shout out to a few really close friends, for all the help and for lending an ear all along: Karen (RNKarenER), Orietta (luciferino), Morgan (mlevans), Perry (pjaj), Bryan (SevenWolves), Adam (Alchera), Linda (cwshorty), Bri (briggie), SnowSultan, Craig (Hawktoey), Pati (akahastur), Ursula (swissy), Danie & Marforno, Hobbes & SubTigee, Dboura & Jeweldragon, Carol (Rockets) and to everyone else at Renderosity. Thanks for being there guys :) Do you have any final words? Just a sincere wish for world peace. Cheers and happy rendering everyone :)

Article Comments

Seven Wolves ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

Hey! Right on Brother! Good to see you getting the extra appreciation you deserve! Well done :)

Briggie ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

Congratulations! I am very happy for you and you really deserve this! Hugs, Bri

miyu ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

A HUGE congrats!! Very well deserved!

SnowSultan ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

Congratulations! I know you've worked really hard to create and offer great quality products at a great price, and you certainly deserve this recognition. :)

Corinne ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

Congratulations, well deserved :)

hawktoey ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

Congratulations!! You deserve it!

The_Great_Gonzo ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

Cool... very cool

luciferino ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

^^ WOWWWWWW ^^ Charley finally a recognition for your great work my friend big kisses and congratulation bye Orietta

karanta ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

Congratulations :-))) Very well deserved!

Yunas_Guardian ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

Yes yes. Very well deserved. Congrats!

Red_Baron ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

incredible work, your style is unique and stands out beautifully.

acanthis ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

Well done and well deserved. Keep that fetishwear coming :)

HeavyRay ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 01 July 2003

Excellent work, a well-deserved honor! I especially love the model/character used in your art - would be a lucrative product (hint,hint)

xoconostle ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 02 July 2003

Congratulations, man! Your work is top-notch and much-appreciated.

miraty ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 03 July 2003

Congratulations!!!! So happy too see you on the list! :)

CrowEmpress ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 03 July 2003

Definilty well-deserved and earned. Congradulations. I can't wait to see more of your future stuff.

judderman ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 03 July 2003

Excellent news! Well done, you really deserve it - what fantastic work!

pjaj ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 03 July 2003

Congratulations on a job well done! You deserve it:o)

StudioTjeerd ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 03 July 2003

Congrats with this! You deserve it!

Orio ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 03 July 2003

Hi, Congratulations!

bsteph2069 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 03 July 2003

Hello, Congrats. And thank you for creating your outfits. Bsteph

cwshorty ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 04 July 2003

Congrats Charley!! Let's celebrate, I'll bring the noodles and you bring the hot water... oookkkk maybe not..rofl!! Way to go!

papyes ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 04 July 2003

really cool ;)

akahastur ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 05 July 2003

Congrats Charley! I'm very happy for you ! hugz Pati

kayjay97 ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 06 July 2003

Way to go Charley and Congrats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love your stuff and always look forward to the next cool project you are dreaming up!

romanceworks ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 07 July 2003

Congrats, Charley. That's what you get for creating such cooooool products!! Carol & LJ

mlevans ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 08 July 2003

About bloody time. This was definitely in order. Nice going, 'at's off to the Baron.

Alchera ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 12 July 2003

Congratulations Charley!! I love your creations and think it's well deserved that you're Merchant of the Month! Keep up the great work, mate!

BigRedKane ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 16 July 2003

Congratulations Baron, you deserve this. I bought a few of your products a while back and they're great. Still have yet to use them in a project but I do have a few early ideas on what I want to use them for (at this stage all I can say is it'll be Star Wars related). Good luck for the future Baron and keep up the good work. :-)

Janl ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 17 July 2003

Congratulations! Very well deserved!

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