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October 24th, 2006
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DAZ models for anime poses.
Click for a larger view.Now that I'm happy with my 2D toolset, I've been pondering anime poses and proportion. While I have a few real-life poseable artist's models, the proportion and flexibility leave something to be desired...

So, I snagged DAZ Studio, which is free (whee!) with currently-free models for Aiko and all their other free people, like Hiro (anime male) and others. I picked up the others since they had poses I could apply to the ones I actually care about....

The poseability is REALLY nice and the preset poses are handy starting points. Click the pic for a larger view of this sample render I did.

Now, just like the real-life balljointed dolls, they sell all kinds of new face-ups, outfits, eyes, wigs, etc... but since I want to use these for pose drawing, I don't need any of that. ^_^

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From:raigne
Date:October 25th, 2006 11:35 am (UTC)
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In anime, the characters tend to be drawn like the human body at the age of 14. That might be why your model's aren't cutting it. It would probably also be difficult to do proportion "formulas" too. When I took rendering a couple semesters ago, we only learned them for adults and children. Teens are awkwardly proportioned, so maybe there isn't one for them.
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From:jengagne
Date:October 25th, 2006 11:53 am (UTC)
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You mean the plastic models? Yeah. If they were shorter-torso'd they'd match more. And the male one is way too buff compared to the typical anime guy.

I also have a really nice Motoko Kusanagi poseable I could use for drawing, but she's even less flexible.

So... eh. I think these computeriffic ones will do nicely. ^_^ Obviously I hope someday to be able to draw outta my head, but these will definitely help meanwhile.
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From:lirazel
Date:October 25th, 2006 01:47 pm (UTC)
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There's a very funny thread that I think you can reach from girl-wonder.org that mocks an incredibly sexist set of essays on how to draw fantasy whores women comic book style. I thought of it because that lady with the cocked hip and jutting butt is typical. (And I don't think Makoto ever stands like that...) Anyway, the mockers go on to draw a bunch of male comic characters in the "recommended" female poses... very, very funny.

The Karen Healy who writes "Girls Read Comics--And They're Pissed!" column at g-w is my very good friend karenhealey.
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From:jengagne
Date:October 25th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
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Well, there IS the GitS manga. Somehow almost every page manages to twist her around to show T&A at the same time, or a big high open-leg kick. :> But -- even though she's constantly dressed in weird lingerie? She never has a coquettish thing going on.

It's kinda like Naga in Slayers. Sure, she's dressed in a bikini and they make a big deal out of her boobs, but she seems to have _no_ innate sexuality. Heh.

As for fantasy whores... they do sell lots of classic pin-up poses for the male and female models. Some are decidedly stripperish! Hee. :D

That sounds like a great thread. I should go find it!

I am always amused when I go to Artist's Alley and see guys drawing anatomical impossibilities, like nipples with holes in 'em as if it's a baby bottle...

I never actually do, but sometimes I'm tempted to say, "Perhaps you haven't given the real thing a close examination, but don't you have access to _any_ porn, my dear boy?"

But then I remember: I'm sure my drawing screw stuff up in my own special way. ;)

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From:orikes13
Date:October 25th, 2006 02:38 pm (UTC)
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Free? Free 3D modeling program? Oooooh. I'm going to have to look into this. I'm tired of scouring the intarwebs for pictures of models that are in poses I can translate into drawings. I've wanted a 3D modeler, but didn't want to pay for one.

Schweeeeet.
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From:jengagne
Date:October 25th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
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It's not so much a modeling program as it is a program to pose their models in. Like a free, scaled back Poser.

I've had fun with it so far though. The pose interface is really intuitive to me, although the menu of poses and people is a little weird.

Some of the models that are currently posted as free won't stay free for long, so consider hopping on this ASAP to experiment. ^_^
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From:orikes13
Date:October 25th, 2006 10:49 pm (UTC)
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Sweet. Downloading now. :)
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From:ladyblue56
Date:November 5th, 2006 06:27 am (UTC)
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M downloaded these for WT - she is into drawing anime characters and had asked me about one of the 3-D dolls. Thanks!
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From:jengagne
Date:November 6th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Cool! Hope it helps. ^_^
From:(Anonymous)
Date:July 1st, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
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Thanks ^^
I've been looking for a program like this from a long time ago.
I had MakeHuman but even when it helped me a lot it wasn't exactly what I wanted.
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From:jengagne
Date:July 1st, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
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I didn't really end up using it much after that point, but it definitely would do the trick if I'd bothered. :D
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