A little bit of a back story for you. In the late 1990′s I discovered 3D art via a free copy of Poser that came with Computer Arts magazine. I think it was February 1999. Poser is a 3D software where you can create a virtual world using 3d human models, animals, buildings, scenes and so on. You can then create animations or render out a 2d image. I loved it almost immediately. Not long after I realised that I could create my own textures to go on the clothes and also pose the human figures and save those poses and sell them.
By about 2002 I was creating 3d content on a regular basis and selling it via DAZ3D. As well as the textures and poses I also designed digital fabrics that I sold as resources for other 3d texture artists and that’s kind of how I ended up creating digital scrapbooking products too. In terms of the design processes, there really wasn’t much difference. One was created as high resolution for printing and the fabric resources were created at screen resolution.
During those early years of creating 3D content, I got to do some collaborations with other artists including my hubby, Steve a.k.a Predatron. Of course that was before we had met and married! After we did meet and married I found I was doing more work on the crafting side of my business and less and less 3D content. I worked with Steve on his side of the business as he’s a professional 3d modeller and texture artist, and so we did a lot of product development together. However, I didn’t do hardly any of my own products anymore. I was working almost exclusievely on creating digital and papercrafting products.
And then my parents got sick and I lost them both to cancer. The last few years have been full of grief and uncertainty for me. I’ve been up and down like a yo-yo and my inconsistency wasn’t good for my business. I had to take time off and spent that time learning new skills, new software, doing a business course and just grieving and slowly putting my life back together. Finally I was getting more penny dropping moments and work was consistent and enjoyable again.
During this time Steve had been working hard building up his side of the business with DAZ3D. Creating 3D content has been his passion ever since we met just over 6 yrs ago now. He has built up a really good loyal customer base and a fantastic relationship with DAZ3D who is broker for his products. As such back in February we received an invitation to attend a Published Artists Summit that they were hosting. They’re based in Utah, USA and were coming to London to meet with a handful of their European artists. As Steve’s business partner and a Published Artist with them in my own right, I was also invited.
We didn’t really know what their agenda was but we thought it would be so great to finally meet them as we’d now been working with them for 10yrs. It was a three day summit and we stayed in a wonderful boutique hotel in Kensington, London. Not only was it truly wonderful to meet other artists but the whole time was incredibly inspiring. Steve and I had the opportunity to sit with the top guys from DAZ to discuss our future with them including product development. We didn’t sleep the first night as we were so pumped from all the info given to us just at the “Welcome Dinner”.
After three days of meeting we went home with a whole new business plan. We spent the following few days putting a new business plan together and working on our own product development plan. I love the diversity of my creative journey and work. It keeps things fresh and exciting. It was great to get that spark ignited again for my 3D side of work.
I’ve already created my first few products, two of which have already been released in the store at DAZ3D. I have come full circle. It’s taken 10yrs but I’m back where I first started as a professional digital artist. There’s no question that I’ve change a lot since those early days at DAZ. And they have also gone through some major changes in that time. However, it’s now all fallen into place. Steve and I couldn’t be happier if we tried. Working together was always our dream.
Don’t ever be afraid of pursuing your dreams and doing what your heart desires. Even if you find yourself getting a little off track at some point, it’s OK to get back on track and do your own thing. After all, it’s your life. Your dreams.