Renderosity Free Stuff Artist - As Shanim

deemarie · October 10, 2005 12:47 pm

Each month we showcase a Renderosity Free Stuff Artist, in appreciation for their thoughtfulness, and countless hours spent creating free items for the Renderosity community. This month we are proud to showcase the works of As Shanim.
Message2434124.jpgPlease tell us a little bit about yourself? Me (As Shanim), and Siliphiel, make up the team of Awful Soul. There is a lot to say about us, however I believe there is really one aspect alone that says it all we really commit ourselves to everything we do. Did you begin with modeling, or did you begin with Poser? I started with modeling, and then discovered Poser, which was the perfect tool to give life to our characters and clothes. Our fist attempts in Poser were a real disaster. I couldnt believe my eyes, especially if I look at them today. If I think about it I wasnt even interested in creating clothes for Poser characters, but then, I admit it became ever more interesting, and after more than three years we cannot stay without Poser. What version of Poser do you use, and why do you like that version the best? Poser 6 finally a tool that is worth the name! I really like P6s Material Room; its complex and very interesting and enjoyable to understand. Not as funny as spitting watermelon seeds out of the window, but very intriguing nonetheless. Moreover P6 finally has the AO function (Ambient Occlusion), which gives the images a 3D illusion.
Message2434121.jpg Above image created using the Gothic Prison 3
Your clothing and scenes are not only unique but truly a work of art. What inspires your creations? Truly, we dont make art. Art is something else, and I think Ive seen just a few times something that can be defined art but were glad we can offer items for people to enjoy and express themselves. Art is truly not that important what is really important, is that people can create something they like, through which they can express themselves and that enjoy doing it. Art requires time and effort and probably natural skills; but the ability and possibility to express oneself is more important than being a true artist. We are inspired by all things: artwork, videogames, films, music, and especially our own imagination and fantasy. When we create a piece of clothing, we know how it sounds and I always imagine film scenes it would fit. We had this idea of creating an anguish scenery, such as the first Gothic Prison (and the following version), and tried to give it a form. The other sceneries were created just following an idea we had in mind. Sometimes images of contemporary artists can help, but it is usually just for the general mood they express not for the buildings themselves.
Message2434122.jpg Above image created using the HyS Temple
What was the first model you ever created? Did it come out the way you planned? My first model was a cube. I hoped I could shape it into a character with a nice outfit. I stared at it and I liked it. Oh, I was forgetting, I was using an Amiga. My first Poser model was a sort of panty/loin cloth for Posette. It was ugly, I didnt like it, I never liked loin clothes such as that one, but I created it because I wanted to post a freebie of mine on Renderosity, it was a challenge. Someone also used it, and I thank them. When things just aren't going the way you planned what keeps you going? I just put them aside, waiting for the right moment. I have folders full of objects, clothes, ideas, and others, which stay there for months, maybe years. Once in a while, I water them in the hope that they will grow [I have changed several keyboards]. Of all the models you've made, what's your favorite? This is a question no one likes to be asked. My favorite piece of clothing is ... I dont know ... I like them all. The ones I dont like anymore we delete from our store or from the Free Stuff. Yes, that is a threat to all our other items. Which do you prefer, creating clothing or scenes? I prefer making clothes, because clothing is more complex and challenging; you need to draw a sketch (I dont know why there are no paper sheets on the desk, I swear they were there looking around), then you have to model them (I thought they were in this folder wait, Ill look here instead, maybe ), then you have to morph them (why Vicky has rushed away without clothes? staring at Vicky climbing outside the monitor), then you have to check that everything is all right (bring Vicky back!!! Hurry!!!), and then you have to make textures (however, Vicky doesnt look that bad without clothes if you morph her a bit ). Id say I love making clothes.
Message2434118.jpg Above image created using the EveryDay Vest for V3 & Kielo
Do you have a favorite free stuff provider? Well, I really love stonemasons freebies, and lately Im really enjoying Ajaxs free materials. However I believe that anyone who offers freebies would deserve to be mentioned and thanked (free, free, free). I dont have a lot of time to play with Poser, but when I just have to have something to complete my scenes, I often find it in Renderositys Free Stuff (or at DAZ or RDNA); so basically just thanks to anyone! Do you have any advice for someone just starting out modeling and sharing their free stuff items? I believe that the only effective suggestion would be to persist and go on.
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Message2251852.jpgA 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.
If you know of a Renderosity Free Stuff Artist that you would like to have us showcase, please drop Dee-Marie a note with the artist's Renderosity username, and keep checking the Front Page News, you never know who we will be showcasing next! October 10, 2005

Article Comments

camera ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 October 2005

I think this is a great way to say thank you to the artists that so generously provide freebies to Renderosity members. I certainly would like to thank Awful Soul, not just for their freebies but for the imaginative products that I have purchased and enjoy. camera

Bronswood ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 October 2005

I have been a fan of this Duo for about a year now since I've gotten involved with Poser and their work just grown over time. This honor is truly justified, thanks for your products and freebies. Bronswood

Kspada ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 October 2005

Wonderful interview!! They really are wonderful artists!! I love their work :)

Marque ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 October 2005

Top notch all the way, I've never been disappointed with their items free or market.

RDL ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 October 2005

This team designs characters and clothing that are truely different from the run of the mill work. Instead of a rehash of Vic. or Step. these characters are a breath of fresh creativity.

crypticghost ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 October 2005

I've been a pain to the Awful Soul team, with my modelling questions, especially As Shanim, but they couldn't be cooler about answering all my questions, and being supportive to a newbie such as myself. I can't say enough about their products, they are top, top notch! In addition with their created character kielo (think that's how you spell it) combined, make for the best renders. For christmas, I am gonna ask Santa for some Awful Soul clothes for M3 (hint, hint, cough, cough,) and a character morph for M3 to match Kielo. Keep up the awsome work Awful Soul. can't wait to see your M3 products! ;-p

infinity10 ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 10 October 2005

AsShanim have aesthetic taste which does it for me. My kind of preference, if it has to be this type of art. Thank you for shraing your work.

Jazzmin ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 October 2005

I love your work! You're both really talented and I enjoy everything you do. Thank you :0)

UrbanChilli ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 October 2005

Beside of building great models, charcters and textures, I'm so glad for all the morphs they put into there clothes for Vickey also that they update there clothes to fit the characters they make themself. For me they gave poser en new dimention. Thanks for making freebies!

nurunuru ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 October 2005

I love their stuff! Easy to use and easy on the eyes. Keep on rocking, guys!

Silberweide ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 October 2005

Their stuff is just amazing and great ^.^

cliff-dweller ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 October 2005

The Awful Soul items, both freebies & store items, are really amazing. I'd like to express my thanks to them for all the wonderful items they've contributed to the Poser world. And this is a really terrific interview, Angel...thanks!

SaintFox ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 October 2005

In fact your gothing prison was the thing that helped me to do the first thing with poser that I called "image" (not "trial", "guy standing around in zero-pose" or "trash") and finally put some fun into rendering. Thanks a lot and heartfelt congratulations to you both!

jartz ( posted at 12:00AM Tue, 11 October 2005

You are both talented, and it shows with your work -- just like wine, good with age. I am absolutely impressed with the clothings the items you have made over the years, and I do believe you will dazzle us even more. Keep up the good work, As Shanim and Siliphiel... ;-)

stonemason ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 October 2005

:)..much respect guys,keep up the great work!

SK2Design ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 October 2005

Not only are your products fantastic, but I also love that wit of yours. Thanks so much for all your hard work!

Rynn ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 October 2005

This is well deserved I think. Siliphiel and As Shanim really make such great products. The free items they create are just as good as what can be found in their store. Thank you both a lot! :)

narcissus ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 October 2005

Thanks so much for everything you've offered! Your stuff were some of the first I've downloaded when I started poser and I'm still impressed by the quality those have! You got style and it shows! pitklad

koncz ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 October 2005

I'm really happy to see you on the frontpage my friends, with your free creations (and all your over creation), you really deserve this. Thanks for all your works and help to the poser community'members.:) 8)

Dave-So ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 October 2005

There are a few folks who create products for Poser that are truly unique , and you are one of them.

cyanure ( posted at 12:00AM Wed, 12 October 2005

Thank you both for everything you've offered!both freebies & store items area mazing,creative, beautifull and alway a pure joy to work with... Keep up the good work!!!

Valentin3D ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 14 October 2005

Wonderful interview. Thank You and BRAVO !!! Regards. Michel

BigRedKane ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 14 October 2005

A great interview, imformative and a bit comical (Vicky climbing out of the monitor? I do, however, disagree about Awful Soul not doing art is in the eye of the beholder and it does not necissarily require that many skills (acedemicly)to produce an artistic work, I think Awful Soul's creations are works of art in their own right. ;-)

Strangechilde ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 14 October 2005

Your freebies have always been top quality, unique, and useful, and your website a joy to visit. Thank you so much for all of your contributions to this community-- your talent gives a voice to that of many others, and if that's not something of which to be proud, what is? You are both Poser legends!

msebonyluv ( posted at 12:00AM Sun, 16 October 2005

Thank you for your products and the generosity of your free stuff!! Keep up the awesome work!!