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I've come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

Apologies to Simon & Garfunkel. Ever since I abandoned Daz and digital 3-D models for use in my comics and went back to dolls, I have installed and uninstalled Daz, Poser and much of my purchased content more times than I can count. I keep jettisoning it because it's a huge space and memory hog, but then I keep recalling it because I wish to execute projects that I can only do in Daz/Poser. Most recently it was Jareth's custom head that needed Daz/Poser. Previous projects include the Library of Intellectum and copious use of all the digital kinky accessories available for free online if you know where to look. >:}

Daz/Poser returns to my hard drive this time for a few reasons. 1) Therianthropes! I get on therianthrope kicks occasionally, and I'm on one now. I have all the tools required to make kick-ass therianthropes. 2) Make-up concepts. I still have the files that I developed for Jareth's head, as well as a bunch of texture kits for doing custom make-up on characters. Since his make-up changes every single time I imagine him, it would be lots of fun to replicate this outside of my head, if only in digital. 3) Copious use of all the digital kinky accessories available for free online if you know where to look.

Some of my digital experiments might make the leap from digital to doll in the future. I've been thinking, for example, that it's time to let Juniper out of my head, where she has been pacing restlessly for about 4 years, rolling her eyes, sticking out her tongue, fluttering her ears, sticking up her middle fingers and generally making an adorable nuisance of herself. Anyway, watch this space!

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...I have come to the conclusion that Daz and its ilk are used primarily by amateur pornographers who can't draw.
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I found some more Victorian sets on Daz' Web site. Read more... )

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...by illustrating something that I saw with my very own eyes...how the squirrels around here get so damn big. Apparently I broke my Comic Book Creator export functions, so it looks like I'll have to go with Comic Life and redo ALL the LHF eps I've done so far, aaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrgh. Anyway, this comic is just a screen-captured jpg. Also I am aware that the French fry looks like a rectangular solid colored tan. Go bite the wax tadpole.
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Fotoonz illustrate puns with a variety of digital models and settings. Clean, crisp rendering and consistently funny. For some reason, I find puns endlessly hilarious.
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Please wait while the squirrel collects all the nuts on your hard drive.

I got a squirrel this morning, primarily because it was on sale. It is a lot cuter than a real squirrel. It is also a lot skinnier. It needs more fat...also some French fries. [You wouldn't believe some of the things squirrels in the city eat!] I am not particularly perturbed that it is Mimic-compatible [i.e., set up for a program that makes it talk], but I am rather perturbed that it has facial expressions. When the HELL have you ever seen a smiling squirrel?

Now I should find a use for it in LHF. Knowing my characters, they would probably eat it or drink its blood at the very least.

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Right here! It also looks like a possibility for Will...

 
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Turn shadows on on main light. Select "raytraced." Soften by 10%. Something good should happen. 
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 At Sailor Zeo's instigation, I experimented with the Apollo Maximus fig last night. 
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 At Sailor Zeo's instigation, I experimented with the Apollo Maximus fig last night. 
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In answer to your question about my 3-D modeling tools, Zeo, I use Daz because it's free and because Poser looked a little too complex and daunting for my basic purposes. Be warned that any 3-D modeling program requires lots of practice; just as a beginning kitbasher won't instantly create repaints worthy of the Japanese customizers and outfits worthy of an42, so the beginning modeler needs to learn the basics, like morphing characters and sticking clothes on them, before moving on to more exciting things like making custom textures [skins] and props. After two months, I've finally hit an intermediate skill level with Daz, but that's because I've spent almost all my free time on it.

In terms of models, I use primarily Victoria 3 and Michael 3, both made by Daz. Frankly, they are not particularly cheap -- I'd say $100 to get the base figures and morphs -- but, on the plus side, they are the most widely supported, so free clothing and textures [skins] can be acquired widely. They're not the latest and greatest, but they work very well for my purposes.

To be honest, I haven't investigated Apollo Maximus. By the time I heard about him, I was already ensconced with V3 and M3. I thought that Apollo was solely a male character, and models that cannot represent the full complement of human shapes do not interest me. However, I notice that Apollo's morphs include parameters for female body parts, so you can probably harass him into yielding a female fig. In any case, I would highly recommend him for free experimentation since he has a good base package and great customizability. [I also note that the linked page contains a free James Marsters/Spike morph for Apollo, if you're interested in that sort of thing... :p]

Incidentally, it seems as if you are already familiar with 3-D modeling of a sense through the Sims. Depending on what you want to do with custom 3-D characters and sets, the Sims may be sufficient for your interests. From what I can tell, the Sims automates lots of tedious and frustrating things [lighting, animation, expressions] that one does by hand in Daz and Poser. Of course, if you like pushing your characters' mouths around for hours, attempting to achieve the perfect smirk, Daz may be the alternative for you....
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Here's my custom "The Girl" character, Guerdon, as she stands tonight [not finished]. I Made her custom body shape [longer legs, smaller hands, longer neck, bigger feet] with "The Girl" base package, no extra morphs. Her homely, pointy face is also entirely an original product of several tedious hours with D-Forms, although I did use "The Girl" morph pack to create her expression of fierce concentration. Corset, shorts, boots and arm warmer from Glorious Goth. Streamer sleeves from The Dress. Hat from The Dress Headpiece. Shoulder pads from Planet Vixens Toxic II freebie. The skin texture is my work, and it incorporates seamless skin tiles by kabuki-chan at Renderosity and PSP 7 Stitches brushes by slshimerdla at Renderosity as well.

Anyway, she's a well-disciplined member of the Goblin Royal Guard who has been trained since she was a toddler to protect the life of the Goblin Queen. Highly skilled and unquestioningly devoted, she knows the seven defensive arts of the Lower Orders and the eight tongues of the Roundaway world, making her equally talented in warcraft or espionage.

She was the one who intercepted the Elvish assassin who tried to kill the Queen during last year's Festival of Worms. For this feat of selfless bravery, she suffered a disfiguring amputation of her eyebrows, sheared off by the vengeful assassin before he expired, choked to death by Guerdon's hat streamer. The assassin intended to shame Guerdon by removing from her the most prized features of goblin physiognomy: their thick, swooping, expressive eyebrows. [Elves often take goblin eyebrows like scalps in battle, and goblin soldiers have been known to kill themselves before submitting to such dishonor.] Guerdon, though, was not to be daunted, and she had stitches tattooed in place of her brows. This is how she came to be known as Guerdon the Bald-Faced, in reference to her eyebrowlessness, as well as her general courage.
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I figured out why I like "The Girl" so much...She looks like a My Scene Barbie doll, and I love the stylized features of this line. Here's some background on "The Girl," including an interview with the creator, concept designs and a gallery.

I'm currently making a custom goblin morph for "The Girl," no commercial morph packs required. The custom morph involves a primitive form of 3-D modeling with Daz' version of magnets called D-Forms. It's horribly fiddly and time-consuming, but a lot of fun to put my own impressions on an existing character. Right now she has big pointy ears, a little pointy jutting chin, a pointy little beaky nose, high cheekbones, slightly sunken cheeks and a high, sloping forehead. I want to sink her temples and add a mohawk of spikes on her head. :D
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I was playing with a new fig tonight, the toonily proportioned "The Girl." Her gravity-defying pose and wide, rubbery mouth just call for exuberant poses. Isn't she cute? She was wearing a skintight boob squisher but I kept getting poke-through on every pose, so I went for second skin clothing.
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...I am purchasing a 3-month subscription to PoserWorld and downloading like crazy.... At $30.00 for 3 months of unlimited downloads, it offers a staggering array of clothing for all figs, including lots of historical stuff.... The proportions of content offered are, interestingly enough, very similar to my own interests. About 50% of the stuff is fantasy fetish wear, and the other 50% of it is historical, casual, utilitarian sort of stuff. Just like 50% of my characters are meretricious, and the other 50% are historical and/or sober!
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On my lunch break, I inspected many offerings of 3-D content from Sixus1. They have a lot of therianthropic creatures with an emphasis on dragons, dinosaurs, werewolves, etc., all of them studded with teeth, spikes, claws and optional impractical [but imposing] armor. Like the Raptorian female with armor. I can just picture the designers saying, "What's cooler than dinosaurs? Oh, I know...DINOSAURS WITH ARMOR! Hell yeah!"  Somebody loooooves the monsters over there. 

Then I went over to Meshbox, which is apparently staffed by highly literate horror nerds. They have thematically arranged sets of intricate design, including the admirable City of Vampires, which looks about as bleak and ominous as a Gothic cathedral in bad weather. My favorite element is the Old Library, where the vampires enter by flying in and out of a portal in the ceiling! It also has the only commercially available set of stacks that I've seen so far.

Anyway, it's really too bad that my vampires are just dead, ground-based, non-transforming queers with no fashion sense who live in an actual city in the modern day where the monsters are stupidity, jealousy, rage, depression and homophobia. If only they were Gothic and fantastic, they could have some real cool shit goin' on...
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I've discovered something interesting about the distribution and availability of heterosexual couples poses and homosexual couples poses for Daz.

Read more... )
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http://www.daz3d.com/i.x/tutorial/tutorial/-/?id=1632

This tutorial takes out all the photorealistic details that I don't need because I am supposed to be making comics with dolls, not people.  

http://www.daz3d.com/i.x/tutorial/tutorial/-/?id=755

This one is about how to make your own Cyclorama backgrounds....

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