|Each month we will 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 Michael W. Mapplebeck,
better know to his Renderosity fellow artists as mapps.
Who is Mapps? My name is Michael W. Mapplebeck, and I was born in Berwick, Nova Scotia, on June 5th 1965. I trained in Offset Printing, Technical Illustration and Graphic Communications. I currently am a resident of Halifax, Nova Scotia, working fulltime as an artist for a local printing company. Mapps was actually my Great Aunt Beths nickname, she passed away several years ago at the age of 99, so I use it in her memory. How long have you been a member of the Poser community and what do you like about it? I joined Renderosity in June, 2001, because I was thinking about upgrading to the latest version of Poser (Poser 4 at that time) and wanted a better look at what it could do. I was amazed by the number of free items, and started downloading. Even though I didnt have the software yet, I figured they may not be available by the time I purchased newest version of Poser. I had originally bought Poser 1.0 and hadnt used it in quite some time. I would say what I like the best about the Poser Community, are the friends that I have made here. Plus, I get to talk to people all over the world who have the same interests I have. How did you get started in Poser? I was already working with 3D, using Dream 3D when Poser first came out, I purchased it to add people to my work, but Poser 1.0 was a little rough to say the least. So I wound up not using it much. I had pretty much forgotten about it all together when I saw an ad for Poser 4. I was very impressed with the changes and it grabbed my interest again. I wasnt able to purchase it though until Poser 5 came out. I was hooked right after getting it out of the box. I now use Poser three to four hours every day for relaxation and enjoyment, other people watch TV I play with Poser. What version of Poser do you use now, and why do you like it best? I am currently using Poser 6, Im quite impressed with all the new features. The new lighting and environmental effects are fantastic. I like the changes they have made to the material room too. The new simple mode should be a huge help for those that were having trouble with it in poser 5. Having made and donated about 360 Poser 5 materials to the Poser Community here at Renderosity, I think I had that one figured out quite well. The new Poser 6 Materials, though, has added a whole new realm of possibilities. I am looking forward to releasing my first set of Poser 6 Materials to the community, how soon as yet is unknown, but I am working on them. Did you begin with Poser and find modeling or did you begin modeling and find Poser? No, as stated above, I started with 3D modeling and got into poser to add figures to my work. I began with RayDream 3 and Adobe Dimensions. RayDream 3 remained my primary 3D software until just recently when I upgraded to Carrara 3. RayDream was a fifteen-year-old software at that point and didnt even understand Object format. I had to transfer everything to poser using DXF. This had a list of problems, so I finally broke down and updated. I honestly wish I had done it sooner. 99% of the problems I was having with my creations in poser went away and I could concentrate on building things for poser and not spend half of my time trouble-shooting. Where do you get your ideas from? Most of them just hit me out of the blue, but many are requests. My normal method of working is to sketch a rough draft of the main idea, then, I begin building. When I start building I have only a rough Idea of what I will do, I let the idea develop as I work on it. Most of my projects undergo several changes during the construction. Sometimes the changes are so drastic they hardly look like the original sketch. I find most of the time my projects keep getting bigger while I am working on them. Something I just finished building, will give me a Idea for something else that would go well with it. If I am on a roll it is very hard to stop adding to it. As a result I will often do a part two or three even. My HoSM set (Hamlet of Sir Michael) set is up to about part 11 and still going. I have at least eight to ten more sets I want to add to it. I had planned to build the town in about 6 months, well I have added so much to it that I am still building and planning, and it looks like this one will be over a year in the construction. So I guess most of my new ideas come from things Ive just finished. What was the first model you ever made? Did it work out the way you planned? My first attempted model was a jet fighter... it stunk. It looked more like a messed up glider than a fighter plane. When you're making your models and everything seems to be going wrong, what keeps you going? I think the simple fact that I am just quite laid back. If everything is going wrong, I generally just switch to a different project. On average I have as many as eight projects going on at the same time. If one is not working, I switch to another. It gives me some time to think it over without it getting under my skin. I find if I leave it alone for a day or two an idea will usually come to me to fix what every it is that isnt working right. What's your favorite free model contribution? My very first one Cargo Droid. I had been modeling for fifteen years and using Poser for about eight months, when I posted my first free item. So I dug through my archives for a model that I was quite proud of to post as my first. I settled on the Cargo Droid. He underwent several changes in order to get him to work in Poser properly. It is still available for download. If you go to my free section and click last he is the last one on the list. Do you have a favorite image created with your free stuff?
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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.
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! May 9, 2005
I cant say enough positives about Mike. We quickly became friends thanks to Renderosity and his genuine kind heart and willingness to help out a noobie (me) that was clueless (still am). Congrats! Well earned my friend. :) As a veteran of broadcast media, great interview and presentation too Angel1! :)
Mike does all the hard work! I am along for the ride. thanks for mentioning my name. the reason I became friends with Mike, was because of all the free Poser stuff he provides the community, and I offered to supply him with textures , so our friendship went from there
I don't know what the deal is but I can't download a single one of your freebies and yet other freebies from 'Rosity download just fine. I've only run into this popup security warning on one other persons site and I've no idea why it's showing up! I have the security setting for "Download Files" set to be "Enabled"
It's a windows XP-SP 2 problem with webzoom downloading from Freewebs (in my case) there is a long winded discussion about it in the Forums. The quick explanation is it happens when XP installs the SP2 patch. With Internet Explorer open go to the tools drag-down and choose internet options. When the setting panel pops up you want tab2 "security" look for the do not enter icon, marked Restricted Sites click on it and the button "sites" will highlight below it. Search the list for Freewebs.com, select it and choose remove. The files will download after no problem. Microsoft has been unable to come up with an explanation as to why it shows up on the list.
congrats Michael! you are a very talented and also a very generous person...your creations are wonderful...I had the same problem as Mizreal at first when trying to download your items, but I wanted them so badly that I fiddled around for a looooong time until I finally figured out how to go about getting Freewebs.com off the blocked list...it was well worth the time and frustration! thanks again and best wishes to you in all your endeavours...