Stacy, more commonly known as Kaleya in the Renderosity community and as Shadowcat Studios, is a self-proclaimed California girl.
Her skill at designing clothing after she found she had an affinity for texturing.
"People seemed to really enjoy them so I decided to try my hand at being a vendor," she said.
Kaleya shared her thoughts on creating new fashions and what designing means to her.
Favorite software to create with.
Stacy: This is a tough one. I would have to say Zbrush is my favorite because of how versatile and useful it is. I use it for multiple purposes within my creation pipeline. I would say it is the most indispensable software in my toolbox.
How long have you been designing and why did you start?
Stacy: I have always been interested in design and art in general. Growing up I spent a lot of my free time drawing and painting. It was around the time Poser 4 was released that I got interested in 3D design.
Before that I did a lot of website graphic sets and things like that. When Poser 4 came out a lot of people were using it to make signature graphics at a forum for a game I was involved in and I was fascinated by it so I downloaded a demo and learned to use it.
At the time, I could not afford the software so when the demo expired I dropped it and went back to photoshop. A couple of years later around the time Poser 6 came out, I was going to art school and taking a lot of digital design classes. I picked up Poser 6 on sale and jumped back in.
My first texture set was made because I needed a specific outfit type and I could not find one so I used textures to turn one into what I needed. I found that I had a knack for texturing and really enjoyed it so I made a bunch just for fun and ended up releasing them as freebies.
People seemed to really enjoy them so I decided to try my hand at being a vendor.
What inspires your creations?
Stacy: I can find inspiration in almost anything. Games I play, movies, music, people I see when I out and about. Anything can catch my attention and really spark an idea. I also often get suggestions and requests from customers that inspire me. A couple of my recent favorites like the Killer Sweater, were suggestions.
What is your favorite thing to design?
Stacy: I really like making clothing. I often take inspiration from real-world clothing items but oftentimes I change them to bring my own unique style to them or at least I like to think so.
Fantasy is probably my favorite genre but I tend to make more real-world than fantasy items these days. I also really enjoy making fantasy-inspired characters.
What is the process of creating images like for you?
Stacy: I enjoy making images but sadly have little time to do so these days. Usually, the images I make are made to showcase a product. I start with an idea of how I want to present the item I am showcasing and try to build an image around it. It can be very relaxing. I also really enjoy the post-work process.
What are your plans for future projects?
Stacy: I plan to continue supporting both Poser and Daz studio for as long as it is feasible to do so. I am also looking into adding to my Fantasy Girls line, which has been very popular. I would like to expand it to Genesis at some point.
What brought you to Renderosity? And how has Renderosity been for you both as an artist and a vendor?
Stacy: I came to Renderosity through the recommendation of a friend, as a customer. Then when I was ready to try my hand at being a vendor Renderosity seemed to be more friendly and welcoming to new vendors than other marketplaces so it was an easy decision to start there.
Renderosity is my 3D home. I have had stores at other marketplaces over the years but of all of them, I prefer Renderosity. The staff has always been very friendly and helpful. Jenn Blake is a wonderful marketplace manager. She makes being a vendor a wonderful experience.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
Stacy: I think people would be surprised to know that I am a passionate animal rights activist and self-proclaimed crazy cat lady.
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