“My best advice to anyone who wants to raise a happy, mentally healthy child is: Keep him or her as far away from a church as you can.” - Frank Zappa
Yes I have some favorite bands!
Yes I have some favorite songs!
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How did you get your PSC nickname?
What is your real name and age?
Claude Lafrance - 50
Where are you from and what do you like best about being there?
Montréal. Being there.
What do you do to keep the bills paid?
I'm a freelance digital artist. I'm working at home and I really like it!
What do you do in your spare time?
How did you find PSC, and what do you like most about the site?
On the web. And yes, I mostly like the site!
If you could change one thing at PSC, what would it be and why?
Is there any other information about you would like to pass on?
How many hours per week do you spend on PSC?
What other sites, not Photoshop related, do you like to surf?
What tools do you use to chop?
Mac Pro, Cinema Display 20" wide screen, Wacom Intuos4 medium size graphic tablet... and Photoshop.
What gets your creative juices flowing, how do you create a masterpiece?
I never saw a masterpiece here...
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?
What style of chop do you prefer to create?
I naturally going on humor-based chops, I also like doing what some call "provocative stuff".
Filters, brushes and techniques: Which do you use, and not use, and why?
I use the good filters. I don't use the bad ones.
When do you know that you have it just right, or is it constant changes up until, or after, you post?
I rarely think I have it just right.
What is the limit to what you will chop?
I have to consider that my chops will be seen by different people. I never tried & will never try to offend. But I like to bring time to time a subject I consciously know it can offend someone.
Are there any tips and/or tricks that you would like to pass along to less experienced choppers?
Increasing talent + skills = spending a lot of time + observation + hard work.
What is your favorite type of source image, and why?
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?
What is your preferred resource for outside source images?
Google image search for sources... sometimes using my digital camera.
In your opinion what makes a good chop?
Smart idea + good execution and/or nice aesthetic composition.
Do you have a system to get things started?
Have you ever completed a chop and then decided not to enter it in the contest? If so, why?
Yes! Few times. Because those chops were boring!
After you finish your chop do you just post it or seek opinions of family and/or fellow choppers first?
I just post it.
If some one finds a fault in your work do you change it or stay with what you posted?
Yes for some changes. I regularly fix imperfections during the 3 days of the contest whatever if nobody find a fault.
What qualities do you look for when deciding to vote on a chop?
Again... smart idea + good execution and/or nice aesthetic composition.
Some member prefer not to vote for filtered chops or animations. Is there any particular style/type of chop you won't vote for?
Time is always a factor, how much time do you spend on a chop and how much time is too much?
5 minutes to 15 hours. Over 3 hours is too much...
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)
What chop of yours did not do as well as you expected?
All of them! :-P
What do you consider your best chop so far?
What do you consider your worst chop so far?
Who is your favorite chopper out there and why?
Sjitske, The Burning Couch, ReyRey, Anfa, Deshone, Alex, badcop, Vunt Van Pumununt, Billtvshow, Dumbat, Serious. Why? Because!
What do you NOT like to see in a chop, and why not?
The worst I can see is a badly executed boring idea with author's bullshit added...
What is the best chop of all time?
Do you have any other PSC related comments to add?
This site is cool!
I made some good friends!