February 2008 Vendor of the Month - powerage

February 1, 2008 4:24 pm

Tags: powerage, VOM

Who is powerage?
I am 37 years old. I am French. I live in Bordeaux and I'm the father of a sweet girl named Charlotte. "Powerage" is a name I got from the AC/DC album bearing the same name, otherwise, it's Christophe.

How long have you have you been involved in digital art?
The first computer I ever touched was an Amstrad CPC464 !! I've always been fascinated by art and when I was a kid I used to draw a lot. I really started getting involved in the digital Arts in 1998. I am 100% self-taught. I began with the "simply 3D" software package and very quickly moved to a more serious tool : 3D Studio MAX 2. At the same time, I also learned the ropes with Photoshop 4. It is much later that I finally discovered Poser.

What are you currently working on?
I have many ongoing projects (some of which are secret lol). The next product that will come out in February is a sexy outfit for Victoria 4 ; style : "Sexy SWAT team police". I will, of course, continue with my "Live Architecture" series. Many of my clients love the concept and have asked me to produce other similar "breakable" products. I need just a little more time to think of a new theme I could tackle; the challenge being to keep the same basic principle but doing something different.

What software do you use and why?
The software packages I use are 3DSMAX 7, Photoshop 7 and Poser 5. I don't use a wide variety of software packages because I feel that with these three, anything is possible.

The potential of 3DSMAX is astonishing and I'm far from using all of its functionalities. I only use it to model, unfold UVs and create morphs. Photoshop, of course, is an invaluable tool for creating textures and last but not least, Poser which, even though it is simple to use, remains a source of headaches for content developers.

Where do you find inspiration for your products?
I have a passion for comics and, for me, it is a bottomless pit of inspiration. I also get some of my ideas from motion pictures. From these sources, I can get the creative process started and then my imagination takes over.

Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?
This has already been said : do your best and give the best of yourself, that's essential. I would also add that one should attempt to find new ideas and try to get out of the beaten paths. Ask yourself the question : Would I buy this product ? If you create a product and you don't like it, there is very little chance that your clients will like it. Don't compromise on quality and make sure that you complete your projects from the original idea to the end. Details are important and must not be neglected. Persevere, even if a product that you created with all of your heart and efforts don't sell well. Tell yourself that it does not matter, the next one will sell. If you put all of your heart and your best efforts in your products, you will succeed sooner or later.

How has this online Community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
Unfortunately, the English language is real barrier for me. (For example, this text was translated in English for me: Thanks Fran_joel...:) However, this has not prevented me from meeting wonderful people who support me in spite of my poor English.

Do you have any final words?
Most of all, I wish to thank my clients for their enlightening feedback and the confidence that they have in my work. It allows me to go on and to try and give the best of myself.

I wish to thank the Renderosity staff; Debbie and Karen, in particular. Thank you to my friend Rena (renapd) for her kindness and professionalism.

Thank you to my friends from SubPoserForum French community : Arsenic, Ephi, EricFarris, clg, ClauDe, 2Mylent, SG, Tipol (and all others that I forget).
Thank you to my two favorite canadians : Louly and fran_joel who translated this interview and thanks to SaintFox, tabala and luciferino.

Finally, a very special thanks to my wife for her patience and her understanding and to my daughter Charlotte (thank you just for being there). Thanks to zucchini soup gives me so much energy :) and thank you to all who took the time to read this interview.

Make sure you stop in and visit the V endor o f the M onths: 

Store in the MarketPlace
Home Page
Art Gallery

Beau Quartier by powerage
Beau Quartier
Cobwebs Toolbox for DS Iray by powerage
Cobwebs Toolbox for DS Iray
Strict Teacher - BUNDLE by powerage
Strict Teacher - BUNDLE
Underwear for G8 females by powerage
Underwear for G8 females
Ultra Tek for G3 males by powerage
Ultra Tek for G3 males

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Article Comments

2Mylent ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 01 February 2008

Notre Dieu: Maitre Powerage alias Maître Taré aka Master Explosive Man :) Ficelle de caleçon l'ami :D

louly ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 01 February 2008

Félicitations! Tellement mérité et on le voulait tellement pour toi :) Et merci, tu as beaucoup contribué à mon propre succès :) Congratulations! So well deserved and we were rooting for you :) Hugs xxx

ericfarris ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 01 February 2008

BIG CONGRATULATIONS Chris!!!!!!!!!!!!! Amplement mérité. Yesssssssssss!

Subgraphick ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 01 February 2008

Chris fait de l'excellent travail c'est un juste retour des choses, bravo!! Congrates Chris. I am very happy for you.

jartz ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 01 February 2008

Your products are amazing, inspiring, unique and just plain top notch. Congratulations, this is a well deserved honor! --JB--

luciferino ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Congratulations Christophe.... very well deserved smack Orietta

Destribats ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Fabulousistic ! Big grattages en tous genres et félicitations multiples et variées !!!! Bravo Chris ! Et ce n'est qu'un début ! :o)

2Mylent ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Félicitation Maître Chris :)

EPhi ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Very well deserved!! Great imagination and tecnic. Congratulations!! (Spontex quoi;-) Comme sur Sub: bien mérité Chris aka GMT!!

Tipol ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Suis émue, je connais une vedette hi hi hi, tout plein de grattage et de ficelle de caleçon au futur Maitre du Monde, vers l'infini et audellaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

fran_joel ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Congrats Chris !! I see that you did not forget about the zucchini soup lol !! Félicitation Chris ton succès est bien mérité ! Content de voir que tu n'as pas oublié la soupe au zucchini !! lol

Hawkins-GraFX ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Congrats buddy! Keep up the awesome work! Clint

Clg ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Félicitations à Chris pour cette récompense bien méritée ! Congratulations to Chris for this well-deserved reward!

DarkAngelGrafics ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Congratulations!Very well deserved. You make amazing products :)

SaintFox ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

My heartfelt congratulations, Cristophe. You deserve this honor as your creative and unique ideas are like a fresh wind for the Poser-community!

cheba70 ( posted at 12:00AM Sat, 02 February 2008

Congratulations,well deserved,long overdue I think. I have purchased several products from you and love them. Keep up the great work. Sorry i do not speak French.

leehilliard ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 03 February 2008

christophe is one of the most creative, talented people i've had the pleasure of meeting here at rendo.congratulations on your vom award christophe. may your success continue for years to come. lee

calico1 ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 03 February 2008

Your work is always so unique. Congratulations on the recognitions. Your Vendome dress is awesome!

akahastur ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 03 February 2008

Félicitations l'ami :) C'est mérité, je vois tes produits devenir de plus en plus intéressants, je suis contente pour toi! Biz d'une 3déiste convertie en scrappeuse, mdr! Pati http://patiscrapbook.canalblog.com

Cybertenko ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 03 February 2008

Congratulation. I appreciate most of your stuff and first of all your great "Living architecture". I am also happy I can see you on photo and read interview with you! I look forawrd to you future great items!

ilona ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 03 February 2008

CONGRATULAAAAAAAAAATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is so well deserved and about time!!!! You should be very proud of yourself cause all of us are!!! Taking my hat off and taking a bow!!!

ruby_dragon ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 03 February 2008

Congrats!!! I love your stuff, your style is always so incredibly inspirational and original :) You're more than deserving! hugs

3Dillusions ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 04 February 2008

Congratulations well deserved your products are always a joy to own

Gini ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 04 February 2008

You have quickly become one of my favourite vendors. Congratulations and keep up the excellent work !

-renapd- ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 04 February 2008

Most well-deserved this honor vendor! Not just a genius at creativity.. but also the fastest modeler I've ever seen, despite all the details and attention to his work! I'm in awe of his talent! Working with him is a true pleasure and being his friend, something I cherish! Congrats Chris! It was about time!:) Rena

delf680 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 05 February 2008

felicitation chris ! très contente pour toi! bises

brycek ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 05 February 2008

Congratulations and well deserved!!

infinity10 ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 05 February 2008

Absolutely wonderful artistic vision. I am very impressed that Powerage is 100 per cent self-taught. Fine eye for details and aesthetic beauty.

cujo37 ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 February 2008

Spontex et ficelles de caleçon power sensei

zachary ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 07 February 2008

Félicitations.Beaucoup de talent , beaucoup de goût dans les réalisations,beaucoup de bonnes idées aussi.Voilà un gars qui ne copie pas et qui ose^^,ils sont quelques uns comme çà, alors ca devait arriver un jour et c'est mérité!

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