Judie from All About Style has been running her site for four years now. Her site brings hundreds of cool skins for Sims of all ages and various themes like Victorian or Runaway clothes. Sometimes it seems like there’s nothing impossible to do. How does she manage to create so much? How does she like The Sims 3 so far? Find the answers in the interview!
Spring4Sims: Hey, Judie! First off, let me ask you a few questions about you: where do you come from, how old are you and what do you do for living?
Judie: I am from Pennsylvania in the USA… I have been retired for awhile so I am clearly over 21.
Spring4Sims: When did you start playing the game?
Judie: I started playing with Sims 1 early on… almost from the beginning… I still miss Sims 1 sometimes and I do on rare occasions re-visit my old game still available to me in a drawer… The people were soooo little!
Spring4Sims: When you found out that players can make their own creations, what did you think?
Judie: When Sims 2 Bodyshop came out I was stunned to find that you could actually see detail and pattern unlike the little people in Sims 1… With that I was hooked. I had just started to learn how to skin in Sims 1 when Sims 2 came out… so Sims 2 really peaked my interest.
Spring4Sims: Tell me – why skinning? After all, you could choose anything else to create…
Judie: I have always loved fashion especially designer fashion… I would do nothing but runway fashion, but not all Sims are into runway clothing. I think they prefer more casual clothing.
Spring4Sims: You update your site very often and with a lot of new downloads. How do you do that? Sometimes I think it’s even impossible to be that creative!
Judie: Being retired I do have the time and spend many many hours on my computer doing this… I do get stumped some times especially when I finish a themed project… It’s like… What’s next! While I don’t do requests I do hear from people with ideas or movie suggestions and that does help to direct me… Once I get started with a project I am completely engrossed in it until the next one.
Spring4Sims: You’ve made loads of casual stuff, but also designer outfits and a lot of your creations are based on various historical periods. It’s a very impressive portfolio of various content. How do you manage to cover all these themes?
Judie: I wish that there were more hours in the day… I do have difficulty keeping up with all of the themes… I have lots of ideas, but not the time to get to them all.
Spring4Sims: Which of the mentioned themes is your favorite and why? Is there anything you don’t like to create? Tell us!
Judie: My favorite is the Victorians mainly because I do have a Victorian neighborhood and there is never enough clothing to go around. One thing that I don’t like doing is “Hair”… For one like me who loves detail I have no patience for coloring hair let alone to mesh hair. My kudos to those who do.
Spring4Sims: Do you use all of your stuff in the game? Or do you just create to feel satisfied, without really needing all that stuff in the game?
Judie: I really do create just for my own pleasure and hoping to please others in the process. I do use my own Victorian things though.
Spring4Sims: When you started to create new content, did you have any experience with paint programs or any 3D tools?
Judie: I had no experience whatsoever… I took an online course from my local community college to learn how to use Photoshop7. I had played around with meshing with Milkshape for Sims 1 so I had some knowledge, but learned nothing like what is happening today with meshing… My skills are only basic.
Spring4Sims: If Maxis should release new tools for making skins and meshes, what would you definitely improve?
Judie: Easier tools for meshing would be my hope.
Spring4Sims: A lot of creators and even non-creators don’t like the Exchange. It seems like the whole system hasn’t been made very well. If you could suggest any changes, what would they be?
Judie: I haven’t visited the exchange in a long time… I find it aggravating to see my entire Victorian section up on the exchange with rarely any acknowledgment of from where the clothing came. I don’t think that I care so much about lack of credit, but so many claim the designs are their own or at least leave that impression. I don’t really think anything can be done to change that.
Spring4Sims: Has running a Sims-website and creating helped you in real life, too? Have you earned some useful experiences?
Judie: I had always wanted a career in art, but took the practical route so I could earn a decent living… Creating for the Sims and hearing from people all around the world gives me great satisfaction… I would have never dreamed of doing anything like this!
Spring4Sims: You’ve been running your site for four years. How does it feel?
Judie: Considering how quickly time goes I am surprised to have been doing this for so long… It also feels good to see improvement in my work which only happens with time so I guess it is a good thing.
Spring4Sims: It seems like a lot of people are going to move on to The Sims 3. Are you joining them? Do you think you’ll continue skinning with the new game, or will prefer The Sims 2?
Judie: I will wait and see what Sims3 brings… If all we can do is create whole Sims and recolor or re-pattern their clothing it doesn’t seem too challenging to me… If and when we can work on clothing in Photoshop etc., then that would be a different story… I don’t think that it is well known how custom content will be handled… I think soon we will learn more… Many website owners have been invited to visit Sims 3 in California… We may learn more then… In the meantime I plan continue with Sims 2 or do both.
Spring4Sims: There are a lot of people who say they won’t get the game because of the ads for real brands (like Ford cars etc.) that will be a part of Sims’ world. What do you think about it?
Judie: It won’t stop me from buying the game… I am too curious about it… I don’t play much anymore because I don’t have the patience for all of the load times… Sims 3 will change all that… so maybe I will get back to playing the game. I think that using ads is just deplorable… especially the manner in which it will be handled.
Spring4Sims: Apart from Sims games, do you play anything else?
Judie: No… I am not really a gamer.
Spring4Sims: Now when we know the game has come to an end, who do you feel about it? Do you have any special memories that make you smile? Because when I think of playing The Sims 1, I always think this or that was so cool and I just miss it now. What do you think will you miss the most?
Judie: I probably was more attached to Sims 1 as I have never really played Sims 2 much after I had my website. What I do love about Sims 2 though is the awesome ability for endless decorating and building that became available thanks to all of the creative people who create things for the game. The detail in the game is just incredible.
Spring4Sims: If you could become one of the creatures in The Sims 2, which one would you like to be the most?
Judie: I don’t’ like any of the creature characters in the game… If I had to pick one though it would be a vampire.
Spring4Sims: What other hobbies than playing the game and creating downloads do you have?
Judie: I paint miniature paintings and show them in miniature painting shows around the country… Other than that and the Sims I love cooking.
Spring4Sims: If you think there’s something more you’d like to tell us, then speak up your mind!
Judie: I would just like to thank all of the Sim fans for supporting my site all of this time.
Thank you very much, Judie, for taking your time to answer my questions! I hope you’re going to have a lot of fun creating in the future and hope the inspiration won’t leave you!
You can download Judies’s creations at her site – All About Style.
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