Originally I got into digital art for games I made back in the 80s, and I’ve followed art software from the mighty Melbourne Draw on the ZX Spectrum!
3D intrigued me. I had, again on the ZX Spectrum, a program called VU 3D. I was amazed! Then I lost interest.
Had my sweaty mitts on Lightwave for the Commodore Amiga at work during lunch breaks and I found myself staying after work so that I could play. I worked for a game company, so all kinds of goodies were around. I was a coder at the time, so didn’t make the graphics. I was just astounded at software that was THIS powerful. I had a program on the Atari ST at the time and I can’t for the life of me remember what it was, but I loved it.
Then when I got my PC I had a copy of Bryce 2 from a magazine. Slow, very slow, but at the same time mesmirising, watching that scanline go down the screen, building up my image. Absolutely incredible. Obviously I got bored of watching that and went to do other things while it rendered eventually, but I think that was when the 3D was seriously stirring inside me.
Eventually I signed up to beta test the original Daz Studio. Played with that and loved what I was seeing, but it didn’t last long, I reformatted the pc because of a virus and for some reason didn’t get back into 3D at all until a couple of years ago.
Why do I do it now? Well I read what Sickleyield wrote about the depression, and I think that’s a big reason for me to stick with 3D, it takes my mind off how much I don’t like myself and gives me a way to channel my thoughts and feelings in an artistic fashion.
And I know I’m still a noob!