March 2007 VOM - sarsa
February 28, 2007 11:50 pm
Who is sarsa?
Hmmmm....now that depends on who you ask, lol My kids answer to that would be "The coolest Mom, EVER!" Bless their hearts. Some of the parents at school would answer, "She is a case of arrested development." (I can't help it I take opportunities to stomp dance on the sidewalks in the sloppy winter weather with my kids and have slush flying around and hysterical laughter sounding through the air.)
Above all, I am a Mom. I'm very proud of my two daughters (ages 11 and 13 going on 30). I've been a single Mom for 10 years, and thankfully can work from home which allows me to be here for them whenever they need me. I spend my time volunteering at their dance school for backstage help, chaperoning events at their schools, and when all the Mommy-ing duties are done, I work, work, work. I'm always working on content, but I do love to take a break every now and then to do some artwork. I'm not sure if I have any 'hobbies', but I enjoy working out at the gym, walking on the beach, wave runnin', off roading, (Which I just made plans this morning to do with some friends as soon as the snow melts and its all muddy - cant wait!) traveling, dancing, etc.
How long have you have you been involved in digital art?
This year makes 8 years. I started playing around after my Dad passed away, and wonderfully in that found a fantastic way to work from home.
What are you currently working on?
What am I NOT working on might be an easier thing to answer, LOL! Oh gosh, I have several projects going right now....clothing texture packs, and a V4 Character which I'm partnering with Thorne on. Working a little slower than usual right now though, due to nursing a dislocated shoulder from a little accident last weekend...which has me just a tad behind schedule.
What software do you use and why?
This is probably going to sound sad, but, I'm still using P4 for development (lol)...just because its easier to test render quickly. I am using Photoshop 6 and CS2 for texturing. Zbrush2 for morphing and modeling little things here and there for fun. P6, because I have to. I think thats pretty much it for software right now that I use frequently...but I am planning on learning to model more than simple jewelry, tires, bolts, etc very soon.
Where do you find inspiration for your products?
Inspiration. Hmmmm. For products...I just sit down with something and work until I like what I see. Sometimes when I look at a model to texture, I can visualize the outcome, sometimes not. I just take it as it comes and the inspiration usually hits in mid-production. Whether its artwork or content creation, I draw inspiration from the moment. It could be the noises around me, the mood I'm in, etc. I do my best when I'm just living moment to moment...which is what I'm doing now and I'm getting a lot accomplished.
Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?
Have fun with it. Don't get frustrated.......let your imagination roam free and hang loose. Don't let yourself get bogged down with expectations. Just relax, and enjoy.
How has this online Community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?
I have met so many wonderful people here, that have been SO supportive. All the feedback notes I receive about the content I've created over the years are very appreciated. I've also met some fantastic close friends that make coffee in the morning by telephone so much fun. I've done the majority of my learning on my own by trial and error...but there is one person that has taught me a lot of techy stuff to which I'm grateful. (Thank You Thorne!) The Renderosity staff has been fantastic...I'm still wondering when Debbie and Clint find time to sleep. :) Overall, my experience with Renderosity has been a very happy one.
Do you have any final words?
Yeah I do. Thank you to all of my customers and their on going support, and all of the fantastic artwork that has been created with my products!!! It's amazing to see all the creative works that are produced with content I've developed. Thanks to Debbie and Clint for your friendly and quick responses to any questions...you guys are great. And Thanks to Anna (secretheart), Thorne, Mada, striving, & LadyLittlefox, for keeping me sane, inspiring me, and just being who you are. Also thank you to .maus for being the best product tester anyone could hope for.