Here are some frequently asked questions and my current answers to them. If you have a question that isn’t answered here, feel free to ask me. More questions and answers will be listed here as needed. Click on a question on the interactive FAQ menu below to see the answer to that question.
Questions About Digital Art
I am mostly self-taught though I do read the odd tutorial when I am able and often browse digital art forums for new tips and tricks to improve my techniques. I’ve also learned the valuable lesson of asking for help when I need it. Thanks to Facebook and the 3D art community’s openness to friend everyone in our little community, I am able to ask a great number of very talented people for help when I need it most. If there had been a place to study in my area, such as a university that taught this subject, I would have studied. Unfortunately I live in a rural area so there wasn’t anywhere for me to go. I honestly had no choice but to be self-taught.
I got my first copy of Paint Shop Pro in 1997 and my first copy of Poser (version 4) in 1999. I started creating 2D graphics with Paint Shop Pro as soon as I learned the interface and for a time offered free decorative website graphics. Poser took alot longer to learn and I didn’t publish my first “good” art piece until 2003.
I’m sorry, but no. I’m not the best at explaining things long distance, or in person for that matter. You would be far better off asking someone else or searching for online tutorials. There are a lot of free tutorials out there these days on YouTube and elsewhere.
I currently use Poser 11 Pro and Photoshop CC as my main tools. I also use BlackSmith3D 6, XDresser 4, and Zbrush as needed. I am attempting to learn Daz Studio, Marvelous Designer, and Substance Painter but it’s slow going as I try to balance creating with what I already know and learning new programs that I’m unfamiliar with.
The desktop PC that I use is one that I built myself with the best and most powerful components that I could afford. I usually buy one component at a time when they are on sale and slowly improve my PC over time as I am able to. I currently have a AMD FX-9590 Vishera 8-core 4.7Ghz CPU, 16Gb of RAM, and a Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 4Gb GPU along with a lot of hard drive space and plenty of cooling fans.
I also have a Wacom Bamboo Capture tablet that I often use. I switch between the tablet and an optical mouse while working. I find the mouse and the stylus each better for different tasks but neither is better for every task.
I might just be able to do that. See my Commissions page for details and we shall see about working something out.
Questions About Dream 9 Studios
I registered the name Dream 9 Studios on June 09, 2006 and started the first website for it soon after. Before that I had various usernames and such that I published my art under, none of which sounded very professional. Creating Dream 9 Studios was my way of becoming a professional artist.
It’s mainly the name of my art business. If you could call a room with a computer in it that I create my art with a studio then, yes. I suppose an art studio is whatever you need it to be and wherever art is created on a regular basis.
That would be me, Lizzie. The only outside help I have is when something goes wrong server-side then I email my host’s customer service. Other than that, it’s just me. I created the theme for this site with a template from Themify. Whenever I have a problem with the template that I can’t figure out on my own, Themify has great customer service.
Not without asking my permission first. Everything on this website is Copyright © 2006 – 2019 Lizzie Prusaczyk and Dream 9 Studios™. All Rights Reserved. Please do not take my content and property. If there is something you would really like to use for any purpose, please contact me and ask for my permission first. I’m sure we’ll be able to work something out.
When I came up with the name “Dream 9” I had incorrectly remembered the John Lennon song title #9 Dream. The fact that I’m dyslexic makes it a little more understandable. I also have always just liked the number 9 plus dreaming is my favorite pastime.
Although I have no plans to at the moment, I do plan on going to more festivals and conventions in the future. Stay tuned to the News for upcoming events.
Other Often Asked Questions
For my online gallery/portfolio, I only display my best artworks (that is, my best according to my own preferences). Many of my older artworks that no longer meet my standards have been removed from viewing here and in my other galleries at various websites. If there’s something you’d really, really like to see again you just ask me and I’ll look for it.
After a lot of requests for those old online comics and graphic novels I created way back when which can no longer be found anywhere, I have decided to display them once again. I am in the process of locating them all right now (I have six hard drives to search!) but I have found a few. You can view all that I have found so far on my personal blog I’m On Dream 9 in the Archive of Old. I’ll be adding more content as I find it.