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Vigilant

Vigilant

I got sick of never having decent reference images for the kinds of poses I need for Creatuie — so I bought myself Poser 10 for xmas (:

I’ve always thought of Poser as dolls-by-numbers for people who can’t paint or draw, and, to a huge extent that’s exactly what most people do with it. That’s not to say people don’t produce stunning work with it, they do. But it’s always seemed like something I wasn’t that interested in. It never occurred to me until a sudden, very recent epiphany, that it’s most simple function was arranging dolls— in any pose you want. You don’t have to create diorama’s using pre-made dogs, trees, robots and spaceships, or dress them in schoolgirl uniforms, or give them balloon-sized breasts, or all the other silly shit a lot of people seem to do with them.

It’s not easy to learn, it took me a full day and much muttering and fuming to create the pose above. Of course, the above image is all my own work, using the pose as a reference. But… in theory, once I’ve gained a better grasp of it, I’ll be able to actually create Creatuie and Alice dolls, which I will be able to pose any damned, spectacular way I want! Not to mention any number of demons and bad guys for the girls to kick around! Looking forward to the learning curve (I’m on leave for another two weeks!). After the whole previous day, and much of the night, then several hours this morning spent struggling to create this cool pose, it was pure damned bliss to export it into my gorgeous, beloved Photoshop and slap this together in only a few hours without any stress and much joy!

Creatuie is doing what she does best — watching over her humans (:

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4 responses

  1. Congrats! The program sounds super, and will give you so much flexibility. It’s a long way away from the flexible wooden “human models” we used to (and some still do) flex and twist into the poses we wanted to draw.

    December 29, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    • I think you can get wooden dummy type characters for Poser, too.

      December 29, 2014 at 7:28 pm

  2. I know, I’m always looking for models! I tried poser, but couldn’t get it to do what I wanted. Kudos to you, that you got it going.

    January 17, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    • Yes, it’s a dummies version of Maya and it’s ilk, but it is still quite geeky/technical as compared to Photoshop or Corel Painter… and it seems to crash as often as Corel Painter, which is not surprising as it is very cheap for what it actually does, which is obviously a hell of a lot once you learn it, right up to animation. I’m barely scratching it’s surface at the moment, but hope to slowly teach myself it. It totally does what I initially wanted it to do, which is allow me to create and pose models exactly as I want, though I’ve realised it cannot actually create an Alice or a Creaturina, they are too far out of the conventional facial ranges… I’d actually need Maya for that.

      January 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm

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