July 2012 Vendor of the Month - Mihrelle

July 1, 2012 7:44 pm

Tags: Mihrelle, Poser, VOM

file_483397.jpgCongratulations to Mihrelle for being Renderosity's Vendor of the Month for July!

Who is 'Mihrelle'?

My real name is Lorraine Berry. I come from the UK, married with two wonderful teenagers, two cats, and a long suffering husband. The name Mihrelle comes from playing around with spelling variations of Mithril, which, as every Tolkien fan will know, is a kind of Elven metal similar to silver.

How long have you been involved in digital art?

Probably around 5 years. I’ve always been interested in art, particularly photography (as a teenager, I used to drive my parents insane by closing off the bathroom for hours to convert it to a darkroom). I worked for a while in an office, then returned to university to study fine art and discovered I could sculpt. I spent a few years as an exhibiting artist, something I still have a keen interest in. I became more interested in new media and the internet and discovered 3D art, first Daz3D, then Poser and was hooked.  I loved the beauty of 3D art, especially the characters. I’d always loved sci-fi, superheroes and fantasy art and here was software that empowered and made this art possible for everyone - and it also contained all the elements I loved from photography (lighting and cameras) and sculpting.

What made you decide to become a Vendor?

Initially, my idea was to use 3D models in work I was doing with museums and galleries, but with the current financial crisis, opportunities for artists were becoming increasingly hard to come by. I decided I needed to find a more stable way of earning a living. Working as a vendor has given me the freedom to do work that I really love and I am very grateful to the Renderosity community for that opportunity.

What are you currently working on?

At the moment, I'm just completing another texture set. Then I have another character that I’m working on, she’s very glamorous so I’m quite excited about her.

What software is currently in your digital toolset and why?

I love Poser and Daz3D, Blacksmith 3D for both texturing and morphing, Photoshop and GIMP. I also use various tools and utilities from vendors like Handspan Studios, Colm, Dimension3D, and others.

Where do you find inspiration for your products?

Everywhere - movies, TV, magazines, game art and suggestions and feedback from the Renderosity community.

Could you list any current favourites among the products you've created and tell us a bit about their creation?

It’s very difficult to decide, as I really enjoy creating products and my favourite tends to be whatever I’m working on at the moment. But, if I have to pick one then I would probably pick Aislinn, because she was my first character and holds a special place in my heart. The creation process always follows the same pattern for me, lots of research and experimentation until you get that moment when there’s that spark of something. It’s difficult to explain, but I’m sure other character developers will know what I mean - There is a point when a character changes from a model to a personality, it’s important to be able to recognise that moment then go with it.

Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?

Yes - to keep at it, there will be ups and downs as there are in everything, and also to keep learning something new every day. Things are never static when developing 3D content, so you have to develop with it.

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

I’ve met some wonderful people through the Renderosity community and made friends that I’m very grateful for. It’s a wonderful place to share ideas and learn new things.

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

Allow yourself to experiment and grow creatively, don’t be afraid to just play with the tools you have and it’s surprising what you will discover. I’d also like to give a big thank you to the Renderosity Team and community for all their support and for making Renderosity such a wonderful place to be a part of.


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Article Comments

beachsidelegs ( posted at 4:15AM Mon, 02 July 2012

Congratulation's Mihrelle I love your ladies and your gallery is beautiful :)

ksanderson ( posted at 11:16AM Mon, 02 July 2012

You keep getting better and better! Keep 'em coming!!

legolie ( posted at 1:22PM Mon, 02 July 2012

Congrats :-)

StudioArtVartanian ( posted at 6:01PM Mon, 02 July 2012

Big Congrats,Very well deserved!!! Amazing Characters!!!

Godin ( posted at 1:00AM Tue, 03 July 2012

Big Congratz!! very well deserved! :)

Anagord ( posted at 5:40AM Tue, 03 July 2012

Congratulations Mihrelle!

DocMikeB ( posted at 9:26AM Tue, 03 July 2012

Very deserved award! Your characters are amazing!

SWAM ( posted at 12:08PM Tue, 03 July 2012

congratulations, very well deserved ;-)

ladycrypt ( posted at 5:51PM Tue, 03 July 2012


Mihrelle ( posted at 3:35PM Wed, 04 July 2012

Thank you everyone, what a lovely surprise :)

fabiana ( posted at 9:10PM Wed, 04 July 2012

congratulations and go on with the fabulous work you do :)

KristiS ( posted at 10:50AM Thu, 05 July 2012

Congrats! Well deserved:)

JGCreations ( posted at 3:24PM Thu, 05 July 2012

ELENA is the best figure I have to use! The morph is smooth as well as the texture, love the work and look forward to using more of your characters in the future. :) ***** great work

shorterbus ( posted at 11:19PM Thu, 05 July 2012

Hey, she's hot!

scooby37 ( posted at 11:10AM Fri, 06 July 2012

I can't think of anyone who deserves this more. Well done Lorraine, keep up the good work.

DreamlandModels ( posted at 11:53AM Fri, 06 July 2012

Congratulations. Your work is very good! Tom

drdeep ( posted at 6:46PM Fri, 06 July 2012

Congratulations, your work is simply beautiful!

vyktohria ( posted at 12:45AM Sat, 07 July 2012

As I told you before, Lorraine, MUCHO congrats to you...Soooooooo well deserved! :D Keep those lovely ladies (and texture sets) comin'!

lyron ( posted at 1:35AM Sat, 07 July 2012


pixeluna ( posted at 2:14AM Sat, 07 July 2012

A well-deserved recognition, Lorraine! Your products are one of the best I have seen at the marketplace. They are absolutely gorgeous and my favorites too!

P3Design ( posted at 5:44AM Sun, 08 July 2012

Wow, congratulations hun, this is very well deserved and I enjoyed reading your interview :)

LaurieA ( posted at 8:20PM Sun, 08 July 2012

Congrats :)

Janl ( posted at 8:25PM Mon, 09 July 2012


Sandrose ( posted at 6:03AM Wed, 11 July 2012

Congratulations - very well deserved! I have 'Elena', and she's a marvel. I think I must have more of your marvellously lifelike, subtle characters.

KimberlyC ( posted at 7:34PM Mon, 16 July 2012

Congrats! Very much deserved! :)

echokimono ( posted at 7:56AM Tue, 17 July 2012

Well done and well deserved!!! Your products are absolutely fabulous!!! ;)

Jan19 ( posted at 7:40AM Fri, 20 July 2012

Congratulations. I've bought some of your products, and I really like 'em! :-)

chevy77 ( posted at 12:04AM Thu, 26 July 2012

Well, I think I've now got near enough all of your figures and I've never been disappointed with a single one of them. Congratulations on such a very well deserved award and I can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Wolfmanw ( posted at 8:24AM Sat, 28 July 2012

Congratulation's Mihrelle I truly enjoy your characters and own several. Best wishes always!