November 2014 Vendor of the Month - SWAM

November 2, 2014 5:04 am


file_bf8229696f7a3bb4700cfddef19fa23f.jpCongratulations to SWAM for being Renderosity's Vendor of the Month for November!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Who is 'SWAM'?

First of all, I want to thank you for being chosen as VOM, I am very happy right now *grabs her broomstick and does a happy flight*.

My Name is Monika and I live with my husband and our three Norwegian forest cats in Bavaria - Germany. I used to work as an office leader for a hot dip galvanization. 3 years ago I decided to start my own business, and now doing 3D only and love it.

I was creating things my whole life, I remember knitting clothes for my Barbie and other Dolls, doing dipping varnish creations and working with woodcarvings, and I did silk painting for 12 years. I think I was driving my parents crazy with all kind of projects, but they always helped me to execute my ideas (and get rid of the mess I created, LOL). Then I found a Homepage where they had fantastic images done with Poser. That gave me my direction, and I wanted to make these images as well.

How long have you been involved in digital art?

I got Poser 4 as a Christmas gift in 2000. Very quick after that I had my very first contact with 3D modeling. After watching many tutorials and lots of trying and figuring out, I finally made my first item - a morph pack for Victoria 2. Wow, that sounds like the stone age, but yes my first figure I bought for Poser was Victoria 1 :-) Well, since then I have been hooked to 3D and Poser, and now also to DAZ Studio.

Can you give us some hints on what you may be currently working on?

If you check out my store then you might have an idea what I could work on. Yes, your guess is right: Hair! Somehow I am crazy for hairstyles. As soon as one hair is done I have the next style ready in my head. Most of the times I am working on more than one style at a time.

What software is currently in your digital toolset and why?

I am working with 3ds Max as my modeling tool since I am used to it and there are plenty of free scripts and tools for it available. Since I found Headus UVLayout, I love to do UV Mapping and think it is relaxing. I use Headus every time I do Mapping and I think it creates the best and cleanest maps you can possibly ask for. Not to forget UV Mapper, thats the tool I use the most. Perfect for moving parts around and creating material names. It would be very hard to work without it. Photoshop I use to texture my items. What can I say - needed!

I also use lots of the great programs and Timesavers by Dimension 3d and netherworks (thanks guys - you rock and make my life easier). There is Poser File Editor, I use that for making parts hidden or editing a cr2 to my needs. From the Toolcollection I use the "Add Morphs" the most, that is a timesaver by adding all the morphs I created at once. Also the Thumbnail creator and MAT creator scripts are tools that I use every time I create a new item for speeding up. Of course working with Poser and DAZ Studio as well.

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

Brixie hair is one of my favorite hairs. I wanted to create a fantasy hairstyle for fairies and all kinds of weird creatures. So, I had to figure out a logical way to shape the hair. That was a little challenge, but at the end it worked out great. Then StudioArtVartanian came up with an Add-on for it (the Mythos). I was more than happy, and of course, very surprised :-)

What are the biggest challenges you face in your work?

The biggest challenge for me is to sort out my ideas and pick the right one - just ONE. That is why I most often have more than one project. So, I switch, depending on my mood and patience from one project to the other.

Can you tell us a bit about your creative process, and are there any workflow tips you might wish to provide?

Whenever I see something that inspires me I save the image or try to draw the idea on paper. So I collected lots of pictures over time and that is my Inspiring box. When I am ready to start with something new I open that Box and look inside.

It never takes long to get me hooked on an idea, and then I go for it. I fire up my (3ds) Max and start with creation. Sometimes I need to warm up a bit to get started, but most times its a smooth way. I work with low mesh as long as possible and right before I turn it into high poly mesh I create my UV with Headus, then back to Max and finishing it. After I've exported it, I use UV Mapper to create my template and start to texture it.

Do you have any other advice for aspiring Digital Content Developers?

Use shortcuts for programs. Lots of programs use shortcuts, and, to be honest, I cannot remember them all. So, I have a huge list on my wall with lots of shortcuts for each program, that way I can easily find the right ones and use them. They really save time!

Other than that, I can tell you that you should check out the galleries often - there are zillions of ideas and inspiring pictures. Also, you get an idea for what the customers are looking for, what they use, what figures are favorites right now - or you see the need of an item that is not existing at the moment.

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

As soon as I registered here at Renderosity I found lots of nice, helpful and talented people. It became my number one place if I am looking for new clothing and needed items for any projects and renders I want to do.

Some of the people I met here became close friends!

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

Keep calm and stay with Renderosity!

Best regards
and *hugs*


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Article Comments

Blazerwiccan ( posted at 7:03AM Sun, 02 November 2014

Whoot!! Well deserved, Congrats.

DarkAngelGrafics ( posted at 9:17AM Sun, 02 November 2014

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!!!

P3Design ( posted at 12:06PM Sun, 02 November 2014

Congratulations sweetie, you deserve it :)

Sandrose ( posted at 2:40PM Sun, 02 November 2014

Herzlichen Glückwunsch!!

luciferino ( posted at 12:17PM Mon, 03 November 2014

This is really great news Monika, a great prize for your professional skills, your taste, your passion for detail, a very appropriate reward for a dear friend who really reserves all the best. I'm really happy for you !!!!

Anagord ( posted at 2:57AM Tue, 04 November 2014


Belladzines ( posted at 1:56AM Wed, 05 November 2014

congrats!!! well deserved!!!!! x

Turtle ( posted at 10:38AM Wed, 05 November 2014

Wow your the best.

LadyElf ( posted at 2:22PM Wed, 05 November 2014

Congratulations! Well done honey! HUGS

robinsk1 ( posted at 7:53PM Wed, 05 November 2014

Well deserved! Congratulations Monika!

StudioArtVartanian ( posted at 8:49AM Thu, 06 November 2014

Congrats beautiful ,lady:) Very well deserved!!!

LUNA3D ( posted at 10:15AM Thu, 06 November 2014

Congratulations! - Glüüüückwunsch!!!

digiPixel ( posted at 2:04PM Thu, 06 November 2014

Big congratz Monika dear! .. Well deserved and keep the great hairs coming :)

Tempesta3d ( posted at 8:08AM Fri, 07 November 2014

Yeeeee, let's celebrate for this wonderful Artist and lady. Your creations are beautiful and so are you! Congratulations, very well deserved indeed.

renecyberdoc ( posted at 12:48AM Sun, 09 November 2014

well deserved always a pleasure to use your "stuff",i was out of the loop for a while but i sure drop into your store..........

DM ( posted at 11:13AM Sun, 09 November 2014

Congrats, Moni! :) Well done!

AranelStyles ( posted at 8:56PM Sun, 09 November 2014

wurde aber auch mal wieder zeit ;) hast du dir absolut verdient...mach weiter so Baby ;)

Miss Nancy ( posted at 9:34PM Sun, 09 November 2014

I'se just sayin' - SWAM really pretty - she should do character of herself.

jeanne_50 ( posted at 6:14AM Mon, 10 November 2014

Well deserved. Congratulations! Love, Jeanne :)

lilflame ( posted at 9:28AM Tue, 11 November 2014

One of my fave Hair vendors, always different and unique! Congrats Monika, well deserved.

beachsidelegs ( posted at 1:36PM Tue, 11 November 2014

Love your hair a big congratulations to you well deserved :)

jennblake ( posted at 2:17PM Tue, 11 November 2014

Congratulations! :) Very much deserved.

Raiya ( posted at 6:04AM Wed, 12 November 2014

Meine Liebe, herzlichen Glückwunsch! Mehr als verdient, würde ich sagen :)

Darkworld ( posted at 6:46PM Fri, 14 November 2014

Grats! My dog gets the cheap treats because of SWAM's store... or he would if he didn't run things around here lol. Keep up the great work!

Shaylea ( posted at 6:23AM Wed, 19 November 2014

I just love all your products..thank you and congratulations! Well deserved!!

Thorne ( posted at 10:25PM Thu, 20 November 2014

Congratulations hon, you certainly deserve it! :)

richardson ( posted at 8:45PM Sat, 22 November 2014

The latest group of products I've purchased from you have been exceptional in my opinion.

savanna ( posted at 3:39AM Wed, 26 November 2014

congratulation SWAM :)

Godin ( posted at 3:40PM Wed, 26 November 2014

Big Huge Congratulations Sweetie, you deserve it so much! I am so happy for you :)

fractalartist01 ( posted at 2:37PM Fri, 28 November 2014

Congratulations, SWAM!

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