Firebirdz September '04 Merchant of the Month!

ClintH · September 1, 2004 9:22 pm

Living in Tropical Singapore certainly has its advantages! It is cosmopolitan, decked with shops and packed with people~ The perfect paradise for people watching! I would say, "Hey, that's a good pose! I must recreate that in Poser!" So, what started out as a hobby became much more. How did you get started in 3D Graphics? I started a 2D chat site called Firebirds Forest way back in 1996. It is still exists at http://www.firebirdz.com. With the help of some fantastic buddies who knew more about digital art than I did at the time, we created our own images for the chat rooms. I bought Poser 2 that year but never really did anything as I was mostly preoccupied with the conceptual development and moderation of the site. It was only around the end of 2002 that I finally upgraded to Poser 5 (after seeing an Advert in 3DWorld). Soon after, I discovered Daz, Renderosity and all the sites I needed to get me started. I was determined to learn! How long have you been working with 3D Graphics? I really started around December 2002. I had just bought my first Millennium figures and tried adding lights and a background. I then closed my eyes and posted my first image here! Do you have any formal training? I had a crash course in Photoshop and I read the Poser 5 manual and some tutorials. I also had a lot of help and advice from friends like Dash, Momcat & linwhite. What software do you use for product development? I use Poser 5, Photoshop 7 & lots of plugins. I do have other software that I hope to use eventually too. Im just getting started. How much time is required for product development? Every product is takes a different amount of time to complete. I usually work on a pose until I am totally satisfied with it. I like to do new things and explore new concepts and ideas and if there is something to learn or try out, it will take a little longer the first time round. I havent started modeling yet so I have no idea how long that will take me. More important than speed is having the knowledge that one is creating a product of quality and it is something you can be proud of. Can you give a brief overview of your development cycle for a new product? I will go out and get inspired! Concept comes first, followed by market research and a feasibility study. For Pose sets, I would make a selection of poses that personally inspire me and then tackle the more complex and interesting ones. Then the real fun begins ... creating promo art! Where does your inspiration come from when developing new products? Anything can be a source of inspiration ~ words, ideas, art, music, even conversations. I would pen these ideas in my Journal and revisit them. I do take into account requests, market trends and whether I would personally like it. Do you have any advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers? Have fun and be passionate in what you do! Be organized ~ I have my notice board, calendar and trusty Journal. Be observant! Anticipate market trends and never underestimate your competition! My focus in product development is Personal and Customer satisfaction. How has Renderosity's on-line community played a role in regards to your products, friendships and learning? Renderosity is such a great platform bursting with life! There are always nuggets of ideas in the Forums and Galleries. Through this place, Ive made many wonderful friends. Some are now my project partners! I especially want to thank linwhite, Dash, Momcat, A_ & Romanceworks for their constant support and encouragement. Do you have any final words? There are so many people who kept encouraging me and inspiring me and though this list is not exhaustive, Id also like to also give my heartfelt thanks to antje, artistheat, As Shanim & Siliphiel, Bez, Blazerwiccan, bonbonish, B-Man, Baron_Vlad_Harkonnen, Cimerone, cwshorty, dalinise, danae, deerpath, Diandra, dido6, dolfijntjes, Fatale, garyandcatherine, gebe, gildedgecko, goldtassel, Ilona, Ironsong, Jalen, lululee, Lyne, Jeweldragon, kandeewright, kathymoon, Kinouk, Mahna, Morris, mutedbanshee, Noggin, prog, Richabri, rjghise, rockets, pendarian, ph0eniXX, primaltruck, Ravnheart, Secretheart, Sophiadeer, sirocco, Sprryte, TamelaJ, Turtle & vlaaitje. Thanks also to the ever helpful Renderosity staff ~ ClintH, DebbieM and JeffH. Last but not least, thanks to my wife who totally supports what I do. (She says she is a Voluptuous Vicki but with brains!)

Article Comments


3Dream ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Congrats Firebirdz! You have a great store and your products are fantastics. :) 3Dream

rockets ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Oh Chris, this is a wonderful honor and well deserved! I knew you were the "Pose Master"! Congratulations my friend! Carol

Turtle ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Bravo, My Favorite Poses he's made. Chris you earned this with very hard work. Hugs. Leah

PG-Graphics ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

My Congrats Chris :-) Your products are great! Peti

too ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Congrats to my favorite pose-maker:) Thank you for all your hard work! Hugs too

BonBonish ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

I second rockets... you are the Master of Poses Chris, my congratulations! BonBonish

dido6 ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Awesome Chris!! Congrats on this, you deserve it big time!! Your poses are phenominal! Hugs! Diana

Corinne ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Congrats, you and your boutique really deserve it !

pendarian ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Congrats Chris!! I'm soooo proud of you bud!! Thank you for your hard work and the sharing of your talent :)))) HUGS

LadySmitthms ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Congrats Chris, a well deserved acknoledgement of a talented artist. Thank you for all you do. ~Lady~

Ironsong ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

ABSOLUTLY FABULOUS! A quote from a wonderful movie I saw called "Best In Show" comes to mind. "It's not a doll!...It's an action figure!" (chuckle) Congratz Chris!

B-Man ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Congrats!Firebirdz! TKS&BR B-Man

Fatale ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Whee finally! This is a long-overdue well-deserved recognition, I'm so happy for you! Many compliments, hugs and best wishes :)

romanceworks ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Congrats, Chris. Well deserved. You have a very keen sense of the market, passion for everything you create and a committment to detail and excellence. And you always challenge yourself. Your poses are everywhere, and that is a testiment to how truly usable and great they are.:o) C&H

PoisenedLily ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 01 September 2004

Congrats! Well deserved and Im THRILLED for you :)

danae ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

You always put such inspiration and quality in your work! Congrats Chris!!!!

A_ ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

Congratulations, Chris! you certainly earned this, and you sure deserve it! :) your poses are just top-quality. :)

B-Man ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

Congrats Firebirdz! Hugs, my buddy =) TKS&BR B-Man

FantastArt ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

My Congrats! You really deserve it, your products are fantastic!

Richabri ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

Congrats Chris on a well deserved distinction. You're a wonderful artist and a really nice guy too :)

noggin ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

Hey just spotted this Chris, congratulations my friend_ a well deserved accolade for the king of poses!

Bez ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

Congratulations Chris, very well deserved, you are the simply the best...big hugs, Bez

antje ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

Congratulations, Chris!! You truly deserve it!!! :o)

Lyne ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

OH Congrats! You surely deserve it! :)

Stormi ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

Good for you Firbirdz, a most deserved honor. Your poses are wonderful, you are a master of your art. Hugz

avygyl ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

You are and have always been a great artist! This is a well deserved recognition of your hard work...

Mahna ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

Congratulations Chris, for an honor well deserved! Your stuff totally rocks!

KimberlyC ( posted at 12:00AM Thu, 02 September 2004

Congrads!! You deserve it! :)

Dash ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 September 2004

Congratulation once again Chris, You truly deserve this honor. I know the work and the dedication you have creating each product, the quality of them really shows this. Thank you and I wish you never stop doing what you do best :)

MaskimXul ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 03 September 2004

Congratulations!