Vendor of the Month for December, 2017 is
Our vendor of the month has been a Renderosity member since 2008. She has over 400 items in her popular Renderosity store where she features 3D character assets, models and props primarily. Her work is characterized by a great attending to detail and remarkable skin rendering. There is also a great sense of life in all of her work. You feel that the characters she creates are people with backgrounds and stories to tell.
Interview with Vendor of the Month - Tempesta3d
Renderosity: Tell us about your background as a digital artist
Tempesta3d: I always loved Art in any form, even as a tomboysh child. I took my first steps in the 3d world for fun. I fell in love with Poser and I just played around at first until I found myself more and more addicted. Zbrush is another program that I adore, and I feel often that's like playing with clay, shaping faces and bodies. It is wonderful when you can unleash your fantasy and express yourself thru images.
You have a great talent for creating 3D content, especially when it comes to posing and rendering skin. Can you tell us a bit about your working process?
Tempesta3d: Well, thank you (blushing) I always feel like a newbie, actually. I have so much to learn! My working process starts by being a great observer. I like to look at the faces of the people when I exit. I love to imagine how their lives could be, their happy moments, their struggles. My characters maybe reflect this, or at least I hope they do. They are never perfect cookie cutter supermodels. I like wrinkles, pores, scars... All the perfect imperfections that make us human.
I try to give them not just shapes and colors but a soul, often thru sad or intense expressions.
My workflow, if we speak more about techniques, is to get a rough idea in my mind on how characters should look. Then shape it in Zbrush. You have no idea how often I end up with something that it's totally different because ideas mix up and the spur of the moment usually makes me create things that for me are right in that precise second. I use real photographs of high def skin. Details and diversity are what I like most.
I try to work with passion, and I truly put my all heart and soul in anything I do. I am happy when the Artists mail me saying they can feel it.
Eliza V4 is an amazing render. How did you create this remarkable work? Love the idea of having her eyes closed
Tempesta3d: Thank you, Ricky, for this wonderful question! I am usually very strict with myself and tend to dislike whatever I do, but Eliza is a character that I love. She started more as a request for a V4 freckled lady and I had a very pleasant surprise, but also several almost shocked reactions when I swam against the current, especially now with the boom of constant new figures popping out.
V4 was my first love and I was very happy to see many Artists still love her like I do.
Eliza is inspired by the classic ladies of the old paintings, those romantic women that were dreamy and seductive, real Muses with their grace and soft beauty.
The eyes closed is something unexpected yes, especially for a first page promo ad. I was tempted to use the typical "face to the camera" image, but I am like a cat that gets easily annoyed. I like to do things differently. Her face in that pose, with her eyes closed and a lil sad smile, it's what makes her mysterious, attractive and ultimately alive.
How has renderosity made a difference in your growth as an artist?
Tempesta3d: I cannot express in words how much Renderosity means to me. At the risk of sounding clichè, I must say that this is not a "work place" for me. This is like Family. All the hard workers behind this dream are aways hugging you virtually with their love and words of encouragement. From day one I felt at home in here. The collegue Artists are an inspiration and always lovely. We push each other without mean competition but with the right spirit to do always better.
There are wonderful people like Andy, Jenn, Rena, and I can go on and on mentioning everyone of them, but they are not just a list of names to me. They are like an extended family. Those people work endlessly to be sure each product is perfect, to let our fantasy go freely while keeping this place in order like a perfect host would. I cannot thank all of them enough.
Any favorite artists you'd like to mention who have inspired you?
Tempesta3d: I will start from Renderosity, a first rate Artist and dear friend who keeps inspiring me, even if she is unfortunately no longer among us with her gorgeous smile and sweet heart: Joanna (StudioArtVartanian) who touched me with her good soul.
Klimt is my favorite painter: the women on his artwork are sensual, strong but soft, full of desire and gorgeous. To me, he expresses true femininity, all of our gorgeous contraddictions. I cannot work without music and the Artists who inspired me thru all my life have all unfortunately left us last year: Prince, Bowie and George Michael. All of them are loved for different reasons, mostly because they are like my characters: loved or hated, but always out of the box.
I wish for all of us to keep creating because sometimes our fantasy is the only escape from harsh reality.
Any last comments before we close the interview?
Tempesta3d: Just a big thank you my wonderful family, my lil nephew who teaches me daily that the world can be beautiful, and most of all, my love, my "partner in crime" who was the first (and only) to push me to follow this dream, and all the pets who keep distracting me, especially my lil Pepe the cat, who is simply too adorable.
Please visit Tempesta3d's store to see more of her excellent work.
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