In this blog series “Takin’ a Break With” we sit down with different employees here at Smith Micro Software and get to know them a bit better. We’ll discuss all things from what they are currently working on at Smith Micro to what their favorite break time snack is!
Name: Charles A. Taylor—Yes, my initials are C-A-T and I am a cat person.
Hometown: Taft, California—A tiny oilfield town in central California.
Joined Smith Micro: Full time in April 2015, but have been working with the Poser team for 10 years.
Title: Poser Product Manager—So, I guess I’m the president of the Poser Universe.
College: Taft College & The School of Life. I learned a lot more from the latter.
When did you first start creating digital art?
If ASCII art counts, I started creating computer art in the early 1980’s and real computer art in the 1990’s. Who remembers Deluxe Paint? Man, I loved that program. I also loved that it had an animation feature. I guess that’s when I started computer animation. I’d dabbled with stop motion, but didn’t really have the right equipment or patience. Then I discovered Poser and 3D animation. It was love at first sight. That was about 1998.
What do you enjoy most about working at Smith Micro?
I think the best thing about finally working for Poser is that I get to help make the software I love, become even better! I’ve known most of the development team for years, working with them as a beta tester and content provider. It’s like I’m finally where I belong.
Who/What inspires you to create?
When I do get time to create, which seems far too seldom any more, my muse is actually Poser. I sit down and just start throwing stuff together. Imagine a modern artist throwing buckets of paint at a canvas. Suddenly some part of the scene will catch my eye and ignite that creative fire. Then I begin expanding and reworking that part. Never do I end up with anything that remotely resembles what I set out to do. I guess that’s the beauty of digital art. No one ever sees the pixels you delete.
What piece or 3D art are you most proud of and why?
I think the thing I’m most proud of is my work on Season 2 of RWBY—the animated series by Rooster Teeth. I rigged most of the figures for the show that year. I had the chance to work with the late, great Monty Oum. That was a fantastic experience and something I’ll always be proud to have been a part of.
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?
If I could travel anywhere I wanted, the truth is I’d probably stay right here in California. There’s so much to see right here and you don’t have to get jet lag to see it. The tallest, largest and oldest trees on earth are here. The highest and lowest places in the continental US are Mount Whitney and Death Valley. You can literally see one from the other. The coastal redwood rain forests and the Mojave Desert are only a day’s drive apart. What a place!
What’s your favorite break time snack?
My parents ran a bakery, (Taylor’s Bakery—Taylor made baked goods) so I grew up with the finest pastries surrounding me. I guess I got my fill, so when it’s snack time I don’t reach for the cookies and donuts. I guess I’m kind of a cheese nut. There’s probably 10 kinds of cheese in the fridge.
Are you currently working on any projects? If so, tell us a bit about it.
Aside from Poser itself, I don’t really have time to create. I’ll probably get to create some content for the next version and that’s really what I love to do with Poser. I create content, so others can create the real art. There’s a special thrill, when you see an image someone created using the assets you put out there.
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