Wednesday, August 01, 2007

It's not that I hate Poser, some of my best friends are Posers. No wait, that came out all wrong....

So, I had another conversation where my reflexive shudder at the mention of the Barbie-clones of cover art got me in trouble.

Do you like Poser art, have any examples of great Poser covers? Maybe Poser covers that you wouldn't even know were made that way unless someone told you?

Or do you know Poser art so bad it should be ebough to make everyone agree that that software to be cast into the deepest pits of hell?

Please send me some examples to make my case, or change my mind! ( By email if you don't want to be incriminated ;) )

(If you don't know what Poser is, angel baby on the right is an example).

5 comments:

Barbara Sheridan said...

I can't say I've seen any great Poser covers but I knew there are people out there who should be doing them. My daughter has shown me various Poser works (I guess from Deviant art) and they are FABULOUS.

If she can give me a link or three tomorrow I'll post.

Elisa said...
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Elisa said...

Ciao Emily. I'm preparing a post on Christine Clavel, a french cover artist who does manly poser cover art. I think she is pretty good. She works for Ellora's Cave and Samhain Publishing. Here is the draft of the post, if you want to see some of her works:
http://www.romance-novels.org/authors/christine_clavel.htm
ciao, elisa

Helen said...

With regards to Poser, a lot depends upong the artist. Poser is actually a fairly complex program. To create good artwork, Poser artists need to know how to pose the model, create a believable expression on the model's face, texture the model and it's clothing, set up props and scenery, compose the scene, set up lights, and then set up the rendering options to get the best image. Even then, once you ahve the rendered image, the work isn't done. I do a lot of post work on my images, taking them into Photopaint to correct any flaws, enhance texture and shading, rework the colors if needed, and add any special effects. So I'm not suprised that most Poser cover art looks awful. Watch a movie like Shrek or Toy Story sometime and see how many people there are dedicated to creating a digitally animated movie. Granted, their working on an hour long project that includes animation, but even so, it hundreds of people three or more years to produce that movie. Poser artists are usually just one person working alone to creat a still image, and if they're working on a cover, they've got a much tighter deadline.

Having said that, it wouldn't kill a lot of these cover artists to learn some of the basics. Like how to properly pose the model. The arms and legs on a Poser model don't have the same range as the arms and legs on a real person (because if they did, the model would have to be made of millions on polygons and that would make it unworkable on most home computers). Bsic lighting and composition skills would help too. Heck, if some of these people would just pick up a book on studio photography, they could learn a lot that would improve their work. And finally, Poser artists would do best to remember that Poser is really only one tool available in the digital art tool box. It works much better when you run your Poser images through Photoshop or a similar program to do some postwork and clean up.

Having said all that, I suppose I should offer up a link to one of my own pieces of Poser artwork for comment and critique - Beleraphon. Actually, this image was done in a program called DAZ Studio, which is very similar to Poser, but runs so much better on my computer. I think you can tell the difference in the quality of the images it produces as well. And yes, I did a lot of postwork in Photopaint to achieve the final result.

Anonymous said...

Look at Changeling Press and Exstasy and that's reason enough for people to gang up on the inventor of Poser and slaughter him! The worst invention to the art world, and one of the main reasons e-publishers are still shunned by the mainstream audience and considered amateurs.