Morris February '04 Merchant of the Month

ClintH · February 1, 2004 9:20 am

How did you get started in 3D Graphics? I got started in 3d graphics by accident, I suppose. I started fiddling around with computer graphics, scanning some of my old pencil drawings, and coloring them in Photoshop; Renderosity at that time was an inspiration for my 2d graphics, but also peeked my curiosity for 3d. How long have you been working with 3D Graphics? Back in Feb of 2001, I bought Poser 4, downloaded a few freebies and the rest is history ;-) Inspired by some of the most talented artists, such as syyd and dglidden, I dived into texturing clothing and models and later moved to the millennium figures. Also, working with other artists, such as Stacey_73, Mahna, and ElorOncedark, I am surrounded by endless inspiration ;-) Do you have any formal training? I do not have any training formally in arts or any of its relations, yet with my interest in graphics and my training in writing, I did have a job for a time with an engineering company rewriting technical manuals and redoing the diagrams and digital photography of the parts. This job did give me my first glimpse of rendering in a 3d program, CAD, and my first use with a digital camera. I was hooked on both! What software do you use for product development? I work pretty exclusively in Corel Photo-Paint 9 for creating textures, and Poser 4 for the finalizing of textures and packs. I also use Poser 5 from time to time, and I do love to render in Bryce. Also by using bright lights in Bryce I have found this to be a great tool for finding those dang seams ;-) Can you give a brief overview of your development cycle for a new product? When developing a product I begin with the world around me. The human figure and all its complexities is an art form in and of itself. When I see the smile of a beautiful woman, the twinkle in a mans eyes, the radiance of a childs complexion, I am always thinking how can I somehow bring this into the world of 3d. Photos, photos, photos! No one is safe ;-) An eye, an eyebrow, a hand, a toe, it is all a part of a sizeable library of photos I have been building for years. I assemble the photos in Corel Photo-Paint 9 and watch in complete wonder when the texture is applied to a 3d model and rendered for the very first time. Its almost like opening a Christmas present to see what I worked on come to existence on my computer! Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers? Any advice I can give would be, dont give up! If you love what you do, keep doing it! We have all been there; we have all had a beginning. Still trying to find your niche, still trying to figure out how to get what is in your imagination in a form for others to create from. If you get an idea no matter how far fetched it may seem at the time, dont disregard it, this idea could be what sets you apart from any other. How has Renderosity's on-line community played a role in regards to your products, friendships and learning? The artists here at Renderosity are an amazing bunch of folks, from all counties and beliefs, but we come together because we all share this same passion, art! Renderosity has given me the chance to meet the greatest people with the biggest hearts imaginable, and has given me the opportunity to work with some tremendous talents! Mahna, Stacey_73, ElorOncedark, you all are the best! Do you have any final words? In conclusion, I would like to share with you this story. I cant remember where I first heard it, but it has stuck with me all this time. Its about a race of beings that live in a riverbed, clinging to the rocks and plants for their very lives, in order to not be swept away by the currents of the rivers waters. One day one of these beings was seen floating down the river above all those that clung dearly to the only way of life they knew. His spirit was free and they all longed for this! They asked him how did he do this, how did he free his spirit and float down the river, all he said was to Let Go. Let go of what you fear and let life take you wherever it may. This is true in your work, your art, and your imagination ;-) Thank you so much to all my amazing and gifted customers, to all my friends, and to the Renderosity staff ;-)

Article Comments


Yunas_Guardian ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congratulations! This is a very well deserved honor. I love all your characters and the quality of them is amazing! :D

Dave-So ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Hey..congrats...:) You're a great person...and you work is fabulous. Thanks for your generosity :)

trev3k ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congratulations Jeni and well deserved. You are a very nice lady with a lot of talent!

cstickney ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

The Quality of your work is amazing, very well deserved honor,Congratulations!

Aaronheart ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Very well deserved!!! (-: Congratulations to one of the best character creator around :-)

Jamesadactyle ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congrats Jeni! Its about time you got this, and its wholey deserved.

bk321467SKYNET ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congratulations! Your characters are my favorites. Bravo! Valentin

Smitthms ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congrats Jeni... its very well deserved :o) Thomas

philebus ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congradulations! Every character in your store is no less than a supermodel! Better still they look like individuals rather than versions of Vicky. Only the best manage that. I look forward to many more.

The_Sandman ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

This is long overdue!! Congratulations Jeni and best wishes for the future. S

begga ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congratulations.. all your charecters are really great.. :

karanta ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congratulations Jeni :-) Very well deserved!!!

WorldbuilderMedia ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congrats Jeni! Your work is fantastic! :)

newherve ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

congrats ... (it seems that almost textures creators are beautifull women...with so nice smile)...friendly ...newherve

VOID ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congrats! I am not really surprised. g Your characters and textures are excellent. Keep up your great work!

marforno ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congrats Jeni..., very well deserved... Your work is Awesome... :-)

Magix-101 ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Great Going Morris I love the look of your stuff HMann

Richabri ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Oh wow Jeni this is teriffic news and a very well deserved distinction for you! A very big congrats and an even bigger hugs :)

LadyFire_Ice ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Congrats hon,,, I absolutely love your textures,,, a well deserved honor indeed,, "Hugsssss" Linda :-)

rrkknight3 ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Very well deserved. You make wonderful characters and your texture rock!

Rexxzilla ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Epic figures!Congrats!

SkoolDaze ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 01 February 2004

Yeah!! This is too cool Jeni, I am happy for you! and a very well deserved honor to boot :) Congrats!!

Vampi ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 February 2004

I kind of figured it'd be your turn...with your quality of work, I just knew your turn would be coming up :) Congrats on the well deserved recognition.

LeFrog ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 February 2004

Congrats, you should have been merchant of the month a long time ago. Your stuff is amazing.

pendarian ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 February 2004

Congrats girlfriend!! Well deserved :) HUGS

Tamela.J. ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 February 2004

Congratulations Jeni! :O)

rjghise ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 February 2004

Congratulations Jeni, I love your work :)

keihan ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 February 2004

Congratz! Great job! Keep it hope and best wishes to you. ---Will

SydneyKeys ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 February 2004

This honor may be a bit overdue. I love Jenni's masterful renders and amazing texture/morph packages. She is a merchant and artist that understands a character is more than just it's skin. Congratulations ^_^ Well done.

Judas1st ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 02 February 2004

Congrats Jeni! You are the BEST