As part of our Friday Friends series, I’m delighted to introduce our first Give A Brick friend. She’s not literally our first friend but she’s the first we’ve featured on here which makes today something of a special day. The thought process behind the series is to feature our friends as a way to say thank you for Giving A Brick, whether that be via money, time or love. In Heather’s case she’s done all three If you’ve not met Heather already, please go and say hello to her on Twitter or subscribe to her blog. She has a unique twist on life so you won’t be sorry you did
Heather and I did this mini interview via MSN late one Wednesday night / Thursday morning. As you’re about to read, it was a relaxed affair and the questions evolved naturally as the interview proceeded. That said, if after reading you feel I’ve missed something, feel free to ask Heather via the comments section below. I’m sure she’ll be delighted to answer This was my first interview via MSN and it was fun. Had I copied and pasted our whole conversation, you’d wind up reading a lot of lols and and so for the sake of clarity, I’ve opted to post just the questions and answers. You can thank me later
El: The first thing I’d like to know is how a Scottish 3D artist wound up with a blog?
Heather: Wow. That’s a long one… basically I’ve been reading blogs for the last year or two, and I guess I came from a relatively business-oriented environment (parents, boyfriend, so on). Got to the point where I started commenting on blogs rather than just lurking, and eventually got fed up of saying that mine was ‘coming soon’
El: OK, so you’re 19 yes? How long have you been doing 3D and what made you get into it?
Heather: Yep, 19. I started out on a Computer Games Programming course in college about three years ago (long story there too actually, oh well), and it had one solitary module on 3D. Once I’d had a taste I was hooked, all code lost its colour, and its oddly logical appeal… Changed courses the next year and didn’t look back.
El: OK, gotta ask a newbie question … is all your work computer based? I’ve seen the pieces on your main site for example. Do you plan them on paper first?
Heather: It varies. My webcomic is done (usually, apart from the very beginning ones) on paper first then digitally coloured, and I can actually draw pretty well in my more normal style but I tend to create/find reference and use the computer for actual 3D work. Usually with rough sketches to show what I’m trying to do first though; makes things much easier! When you’re making a 3D model you usually use images to help you inside the program; for a front view and a side view. Sort of like a map. You can either draw those and scan them in, or find photographs to use.
El: Do you have any long term dreams and if so, what are they?
Heather: Up until recently I actually wanted to go and work in VFX for TV or film; now I’m thinking I’d rather freelance and work on my own projects and for a number of different clients. The plan was to create a quality learning resource to fund my own projects and pay the bills.
El: A quality learning resource? Does that mean something cool that can be used to teach people stuff?
Heather: It means a mixture of ebooks, video tutorials, audio files, models, textures, and potentially something else fun that I’m not willing to discuss yet.
El: Heard and understood Sounds fab The freelance stuff, can that be location independent? Because I imagine that Scotland is pretty remote for 3D gigs?
Heather: Well since my boyfriend lives in Canada I’d be looking to move there anyway; but the freelancing could be done just about anywhere. At least, some of the time – with it being 3D work I may have to be on location as well for some contracts.
El: One more serious (sort of!) question, what made you decide to Give A Brick? Because you’ve kindly done it twice now
Heather: Honestly? It was your fault El. I blame you entirely. Evil mind ray powers of doo- wait, wrong El. Seriously though, first it was when I got to know you and started to see what the charity was for, I thought it was a good idea so I gave a brick. Then there was that youtube video (which you should link to here) and there was so much energy there that I couldn’t resist.
El: Aww, wow! Cool. Thank you Made my day that has It’s very kind of you Is there anything else GAB readers should know about you?
Heather: Hmmm…. You shouldn’t ask me these things. I dunno, you could point out that my sense of humour is a little off-beat at times I guess. Could ask the same question back at you
El: You’re not allowed to ask me questions. Them’s the rules OK, well then I have 5 quick fire questions then you can go to bed. What is your favourite colour?
Heather: Purple. Usually. Maybe. Potentially. Nope, Purple.
El: Icecream, chocolate or cake?
Heather: I call Cruelty. Ice Cream though, hands down
El: Tea or coffee?
Heather: Neither, unless its peppermint tea; can live with that. Its nice sometimes but I wouldn’t go out and find it most of the time. If we’re on about hot beverages though, I like hot chocolate.
El: What’s the one thing you refuse to miss on TV?
Heather: I don’t watch TV any more lol, sad but true story. Haven’t consistently in years (except for Wednesday nights when my boyfriend was here, back to back comedy)
El: And finally, how many children would you like and have you planned names?!
Heather: I don’t want children lol. There was a time maybe, but that’s just not for me (at least, not for the foreseeable future). Kids are great so long as you can give them back at the end of the day.
El: To be fair, I don’t think I was very interested in having kids when I was 19. And I didn’t have plans for world domination like you have
Heather: How did you know abou- Haha… yea… got me…
El: Don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone Well I think that’s a wrap Thanks Heather, you’re a star
Heather: hehe, nah thank you That was fun.
Many thanks for Heather for taking the time to talk to me. We had fun and I hope you enjoyed learning a little more about one of our friends. So what did I miss? What would you like to ask Heather? And don’t forget, if you’re a Give A Brick friend who’d like a little love, please get in touch