January 2015 Vendor of the Month - ironman13

January 1, 2015 11:34 pm

Tags: ironman13, VOM

file_b3e3e393c77e35a4a3f3cbd1e429b5dc.jpCongratulations to ironman13 for being Renderosity's Vendor of the Month for January!

Tell us a bit about yourself.

My name is Stephanie, I'm 28, and I live in Oregon with my significant other. I love animals, video games, movies, and 3D.

How was 2014 for you, and what goals might you have set for the New Year?

2014 was a very rough year. My significant other was very ill, and  I had to stop working for several months, but he's well now. And I learned a lot about what's important in life. My goals for the new year are to complete the new Body Beast workout system LOL! Computer work can take quite a toll on your health, and I want to be as strong and fit as I can be. Ask me in 6 months how it went :)

Can you give us any hints as to what you might currently be working on?

I'm currently working on world domination, it's not going very well. I'm still just a 3D artist.

Heh. Really I'm working on collection IBL images for a diverse light pack. Interesting thing, I carry a camera around with me, and when I see that the light is what I'm looking for, I'll pull out my mirror ball and start snapping pictures. This looks strange if you're on the side of the freeway. I'm also told it's illegal, LOL.

You've been honored with the VOM award several times now. What do you think is key in your continued success as a vendor?

It is a very big honor, one that's greatly appreciated. It's nice to be recognized when you work so hard.

I would say key things are trying new things, and a strong desire to make something fresh and new. Being willing to push the boundaries.

How did you originally get started in this career choice? What made you decide to become a vendor?

It was a hobby, and it was during the recession that I started because, to be quite honest I simply couldn't find a job. And that was one of the best things that ever happened to me, because I love making pictures.

What do you feel that you have gained most personally from your experience as a content creator over the years?

Self discipline. Learning to be your own boss is very much an exercise in self discipline. To succeed, you need to set your own hours and goals, and learn to be responsible and show up for work on time and work a full shift. Sometimes, I don't want to - sometimes I can't wait to go to work. It's taught me that following your own rules is a very good thing. You've made them for yourself for a reason.

Could you list some current favorites among the products you've created and tell us a little bit about them?

I think my new favorite products are my super real food items, the donuts, the sandwiches, the vegetables. These are my favorite, because it's a brand new way of creating content for me. I take photos in my studio with good lighting conditions, and I utilize those photos as sculpting references. Then I line the photos back up to the sculpture and attach them and line them up. It's quite a long process, but it's very rewarding to see something look so real. I've started incorporating some of this into my scenes, and I'm excited about the possibilities.

Where do you get your inspiration for your products?

Some from movies, some from tv, a lot of times it's filling a need in the marketplace. Maybe I see that something hasn't been made yet, so I'll do a search for that product, and if I can't find one, I'll make it.

What is currently in your digital toolset, and what could you not do without?

Modo, Zbrush, 3DCoat, Photoshop, and MARI. I suppose I really couldn't do without MARI, it really enables me to create the kind of textures I like in a 3D space, at a quality I'm satisfied with.

What would you offer as best advice for those looking to get started in content creation?

Get to know Poser and DAZ Studio as well as you can. Find a modeling application that you're comfortable with, I recommend using free trials first. Create a schedule, times when you will work no matter what. If you can stick to that schedule, you'll be all set.

What might we find you doing when not at work?

Reading books, playing pool, cooking, playing with my dogs, running on the treadmill, playing the latest xbox shooter, shopping for clothes, lol. I get into all sorts of things.

Any final words or advice for digital artists?

I find it incredibly enlightening to look at traditional art and watch art documentaries. Get good at taking criticism. Stay humble, forever, and just do your best.

Steph :)


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Article Comments

MarciaGomes ( posted at 6:18PM Fri, 02 January 2015

Congratulations you deserve your products are wonderful.

shugadadee ( posted at 3:29PM Sun, 04 January 2015

Very deserved, indeed! The claim to being the hardest working is no jest. Productive to the point of out-stripping my income. True genius in my book.

SWAM ( posted at 7:14AM Mon, 05 January 2015

congratulations sweetie :-) well deserved for sure

Tempesta3d ( posted at 7:45AM Mon, 05 January 2015


robinsk1 ( posted at 11:30AM Mon, 05 January 2015

Congratulations! Very well deserved! Your hard work benefits all of us!

DarkAngelGrafics ( posted at 3:55PM Mon, 05 January 2015

Congratulations! well deserved, you made beautiful work here.

RodS ( posted at 8:26PM Mon, 05 January 2015

Always quality stuff - well deserved! Got lots of i13 products and love 'em all! Yeah, I'd get that drywall in the bathroom fixed... LOL

Drakkendark ( posted at 7:17PM Tue, 06 January 2015

One of my favorite vendors.

McGrandpa ( posted at 10:19AM Wed, 07 January 2015

Yaaay! Congrats! Thanks for doing what you do!

cedarwolf ( posted at 4:26PM Thu, 08 January 2015

Honestly, if I ever won a contest here or someone wanted to make me far too happy an amateur modeller, all they would have to do is send me the entire store for i13! This is my go-to vendor.

Loosecannoncreator ( posted at 9:54PM Thu, 08 January 2015

Well deserved! Bravo!

plasticJoe ( posted at 9:45AM Sat, 10 January 2015

Everything I've got from Ironman has been great. Well deserved award.

blinded_dinosaur ( posted at 11:01PM Tue, 13 January 2015

Congratulations with another well deserved title! At this rate, Renderosity should just give up and call you Vendor of the Decade! :) Cute photo, by the way. I also like the cartoon version of yourself added to your promo images. :)

Disciple3d ( posted at 9:33AM Wed, 14 January 2015

Congrats and nice smile! I've always found your work to be a cut above and now that you've gotten into modeling and creating scenes and props a bit more, I've found those to be some of the most complete products I've encountered often including poses, cameras and lights. Keep up the fine work!

Scorpio69Art ( posted at 8:46AM Thu, 15 January 2015

Congratulations! The quality of your work is top notch. Keep going and world domination will be yours. PS Glad your significant other is doing well.

Zeddicuss ( posted at 9:04AM Fri, 16 January 2015

Great job Mike and Steph! It's always a pleasure to work with you both! I hope the new year brings you good health.

savanna ( posted at 9:15AM Fri, 16 January 2015

Congratulation an the best wish to this year for You and your significant other. :)

mikeerson ( posted at 3:31AM Wed, 21 January 2015

Pool.... you play pool. Pool is like chess and football to me, STRATEGY... so many opponents think all they have to do is move the ball, but in reality it's not how you move the ball, it's where it ends up that matters... I play too much pool - lol... and the last couple years it's been 3DCG Pool... miniclip website has a great 8 ball game. Congrats on yet another Vender of the Month award - I'd guess you have more VOM Awards than anyone in the History of Renderosity.... I believe this... funny thing is, I can't think of a model you made that has you stamped on it... I need to educate myself and check out your store.... I have a gift certificate, so I am excited to see what you've got. Congrats again, and again and again - keep up the good work.

Anagord ( posted at 5:52AM Thu, 22 January 2015


fractalartist01 ( posted at 4:34PM Thu, 22 January 2015

Congratulations on yet another MOM Award! 2014 was a bad year for me too...my sister passed away and I was diagnosed with cancer. (but it's all gone now!) So, I feel for you and how you say you need to stay disciplined...it's hard to do when someone you love or you, yourself are ill. Thanks for reminding me that I need to start trying new things and stretch my boundaries with my art! Been telling myself that for a while now but seeing your statement makes me determined to do so soon. :)

donnena ( posted at 4:58PM Thu, 22 January 2015


P3Design ( posted at 7:28AM Tue, 27 January 2015

Congratulations sweetie, so very well deserved. I hope this year will be a far better one then last year, especially health wise. Glad to hear Mike is doing well now.

McGrandpa ( posted at 3:45AM Fri, 30 January 2015

Congrats on your VOM! Oregon? You will never grow old up there, you'll just rust! (its all the rain!). Glad your SO is better and you still enjoy creating in 3D!

rbowen ( posted at 2:43AM Tue, 03 February 2015


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