| We are excited to present a new series of interviews
featuring members of the Renderosity Cartoonist Team. Each week
these outstanding artists put the "giggles" in our funny bones, and
the "thrills and chills" in our adventurous spirits. This week our
featured cartoonist is Wendy C. Eld, better known on
Renderosity as coa. Each week Wendys playful mice dance across the
Renderosity Front Page News Comic Strip pages in their
Mousecapades adventures. Don't miss a week of the
Mousecapades ... you never know what those lovable mice will
be into next, while you are there be sure to say hi to Wendy and
the rest of the Renderosity Cartoonist Team!
Wendy, can you tell us a little bit about yourself. I live
in New Jersey, USA and grew up in the 50s and 60s. I started with
computers in 1980 as a Computer Programmer (the pre-Microsoft
days), taught Photoshop for many years and feel in love with 3D art
10 years ago. I started with Ray Dream Studio and quickly
discovered Bryce3D, Poser3 and Vue3 and have gotten all updated
versions since then. I also enjoy using World Builder, Amapi,
TrueSpace & Carrara. I love animals, have been riding horses since
I was 5, raised Angus cattle and currently have 3 Bernese Mountain
Dogs. How long have you been creating your mischievous mice
cartoon strip? The very first mousecapade appeared in the Vue
Gallery at Renderosity on August 26th, 2003, so we are almost at
the 2 year Anniversary.
Picking Strawberries coa [Wendy C.
Why mice? My fathers name is Amos, and his entire life he
has referred to himself as Amouse. He has little mouse figures
around the house, so when the HouseMouse came out at Daz, I guess
it was a natural for me to use him. What or who inspires you,
where do you get your ideas for your weekly Renderosity Comic
Strips? LifeI dont think there is anything the guys dont
do that I havent seen people, young or old, doing or wanting to do
at some time or another. Do you use the same software tools each
time you create a strip? By tools, I assume you mean software
programs. I primarily use Poser and Vue (right now Poser6 and VI).
If I need to build something, I will either dust off my Ray Dream
or use Amapi, TS or Carrara.
Advanced Life Drawing Class coa [Wendy C.
Do you have a favorite cartoonist, or cartoon character?
Actually, I always loved the Rocky & Bullwinkle Show because
the humour appealed to both children and adults; but my all time
favorite idol is Walt Disney. How long have you been a part of
the Renderosity community, and what do you like best about being a
member? Since August 31, 2000, but silly me, I never realized I
could have a gallery here until two years ago [much laugher]. I
thoroughly enjoy meeting different people from around the world. I
have made some wonderful friends here, and continue to make more
constantly. It is a great community for sharing tips and tricks,
and expanding your artistic talents with the help and support of
many talented artists. Outside of Renderosity, have you been
published? If so, where and when? I have self-published three
Mousecapade Books, and I am working on the fourth. Many
members from here have already purchased them, which has encouraged
me tremendously. Anyone can IM me if they are interested in a copy
Mousecapade Books coa [Wendy C. Eld]
Everyone experiences a *creative block* is there a method you
use to get creative again? Actually I have been very lucky
not to hit a block yet, as I have a constantly growing list (well
over 200 ideas at the moment) for future adventures. The kind of
block I will get now and then is tired. It takes from 8-20
hours to do one mousecapade, not including render time, and since I
post one per week, and have a full time job, that is a lot of work
to constantly be doing. My solution is to get way ahead so I can
take a week or two off and just relax. Then I come back totally
refreshed and fired up to do the next bunch.
Pie Eating Contest coa [Wendy C.
Any tips or tricks on creating a weekly strip that you would
like to pass along to our readers? Have a sense of humor, a lot
of patience and enjoy yourselfthis is fun!!!!
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A special "thank you" to contributing columnist, artist,
Angel1, for taking time out of her busy
schedule to conduct this month's Free Stuff Artist Interview.
Aug 15, 2005