Greetings to all!
So, I'm writing this missive because the content I'm posting is about to take a "turn." This isn't anything to get consternated about (hopefully), but I do think that it warrants a sort of status update and explanation.
Everything happens for a reason.
What you folks have been seeing on this page has been me getting back into 3D (and visual art in general) after a very long absence. At first I thought it was just a cool diversion, but it has become more than that.
It's become a secondary calling.
My primary calling is being an audio technician. I love being an audio technician. I get paid to assist in making noises of various SPL levels. If I never had to work again, I would still be an audio technician.
The pay of what I'm doing right now, which is a community outreach project, is both somewhat low, and somewhat fluctuating. It would be easy to just get a regular job, but I need a lot of flexibility if I'm really going to be "walking the walk." It's important to me that my primary calling is dedicated to "service," as much as possible.
(Oh yeah, [link]
is where you can find out about the above in more detail.)
So, here's the thing.
In order to supplement my income, I've become a broker at Cornucopia 3D. I sell things for use with the Vue software package. I really recommend Vue. It makes things easy that used to be hard.
At the moment, I plan to be pretty serious about building a (somewhat) cohesive chunk of content that concerns a fictional universe that's kicking around in my brain. I'm sure it will surprise no one that the idea is sci-fi in nature. This seriousness, though, means that other things will be playing second fiddle.
There will probably be no more free 3D models for quite a while.
Now, I'm a big fan of free stuff. Free, open source things are way cool. In fact, if it weren't for free software, I would be pretty crippled myself. Free stuff is a good thing. I applaud it. I wish I could just give everything away for free, and be sponsored to do just that.
At this point in time, I need the cashflow that comes from selling things. My health insurance is going up, my vehicle is getting very close to needing a new timing belt, and my life is just trundling on, as those crazy life things are apt to do.
I'm pretty sure that most folks (if not all) who read this will at least be supportive from a philosophical standpoint. I can fully understand, though, that there's always the chance for someone to be disappointed when things go in a more commercial direction. I know it's happened to me in the past, so I have no ill will towards anyone who just naturally gets bent out of shape when economics start getting a bigger share of the pie.
I feel ya.
I will definitely say that my intention is to keep my prices as reasonable as possible. This isn't about getting rich - this is simply about trying to just get to the next level of seriousness.
I want to thank everyone for their support so far, and thank in advance those who will be willing to support this new direction (even if only from digging the art that comes out of it).
If you have some money to spend, you can head on over to E-on and get yourself a "flavor" of Vue. I recommend at least getting Esprit, [link]
but Infinite [link]
is definitely the "bees knees, daddy 'o."
(Vue 6 is the current version, although 7 is coming..."soon.")
After that, you can head over to my store and see what's happening over there. [link]
Thanks to all of you! Best regards!