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How did you get your PSC nickname?
It comes from the family cat. Who got his name from Jack...who for the first 10 years I knew him was Jack, until I spied his driver's license with his real name "Jasper".
What is your real name and age?
Where are you from and what do you like best about being there?
Chicago area...I love the change of seasons.
What do you do to keep the bills paid?
I have them all in a suitcase right now - really, i do. I'm serious. I'll get to them - I promise.
What do you do in your spare time?
play with the kids and drink. :P
How did you find PSC, and what do you like most about the site?
Through a co-worker. I like how it does not take itself too seriously.
If you could change one thing at PSC, what would it be and why?
Nancers would be banded for her male buttox imagery.
Is there any other information about you would like to pass on?
Do not cut corners when it comes to buying: 1) A Mattress 2) Shoes 3) Tires for your car. Always get the best - and you'll be happy.
How many hours per week do you spend on PSC?
What other sites, not Photoshop related, do you like to surf?
Whoever mentioned pandora.com...thanks!
What tools do you use to chop?
Just Adobe Photoshop. Most of the chops I posted were created with 5.5.
What gets your creative juices flowing, how do you create a masterpiece?
When I think I can connect with the viewer - and create an image that will resonate with them, I put all my efforts into making it the best it can be when I try to communicate the concept.
What inspires you?
Do you have a system? Does a chop have to be done a certain way following steps or are you a messy chopper and just go with the flow?
flow - for sure.
What style of chop do you prefer to create?
Funny, sensual, well executed, and/or unique - in no particular order.
Filters, brushes and techniques: Which do you use, and not use, and why?
filter is a 4 letter word when it engilfs the image. Brushes can express emotion - though, I tend to stay away from true "expression" in that sense. I think being meticulous with blending edges and thinking about shadow, angles, perspective, and color for mood can give an image power.
When do you know that you have it just right, or is it constant changes up until, or after, you post?
it's 98% right when I post.
What is the limit to what you will chop?
I limit myself to NOT post the obvious.
Are there any tips and/or tricks that you would like to pass along to less experienced choppers?
Create a mood and connect with the viewer for maximum impact.
What is your favorite type of source image, and why?
I like any image that can be made to tell a story.
There is often talk about how the source is used and to what extent it should be. What are your views on all sources, outside source use and animations?
The source SHOULD be put to the test - stretched to the limits and still maintain the integrity of the original. (the little known "1 pixel of the source image" post is an example of taking it a BIT too far). Animation - when an idea can ONLY be communicated with it, is fine by me.
What is your preferred resource for outside source images?
google images and getty - as well as my own digital camera.
In your opinion what makes a good chop?
one that juxtaposes itself against every other idea - and is done with skill.
Do you have a system to get things started?
I stare at the source and daydream.
Have you ever completed a chop and then decided not to enter it in the contest? If so, why?
yes. the majority of my chops never get posted. if I get to the halfway point and don't think it will have an impact - I scrap it.
After you finish your chop do you just post it or seek opinions of family and/or fellow choppers first?
I never ask a soul.
If some one finds a fault in your work do you change it or stay with what you posted?
depends on if I think they have a good point.
What qualities do you look for when deciding to vote on a chop?
unfortunately, I don't vote very much...but I try to encourage new choppers to keep it up when I see potential!
Some member prefer not to vote for filtered chops or animations. Is there any particular style/type of chop you won't vote for?
I try take each one on it's own merit - regardless of the style or methods.
Time is always a factor, how much time do you spend on a chop and how much time is too much?
No time is too much - but be prepared to NOT be rewarded with any votes for all of your efforts!
We all love to get votes. Now are you a constant vote checker or do you just let it go and check once a day? (be honest)
When I post, Hell yes - I check a few times a day!
What chop of yours did not do as well as you expected?
I have blocked those from memory ;)
What do you consider your best chop so far?
I had the most fun with my 4 part series of chops in red and greyscale.
What do you consider your worst chop so far?
Who is your favorite chopper out there and why?
Vunt Van Pumununt...cuz!
What do you NOT like to see in a chop, and why not?
I don't like the "kaleidoscope" type chops - does it really need an explanation?
What is the best chop of all time?
i'll get back to you on that. SO many great ones.
Do you have any other PSC related comments to add?
Why is this survey so long? (jk blue lurker ;))