New Poser figure in the making : Initial Feedback request. (NSFW)


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    Close-up of the dark texture. But this is certainly not the final version. Still lots to do.
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  • After years of reading your comments on other figures, I offer kudos that you are producing one yourself that will meet the Vilters standard! I look forward to further development.


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    @RobZhena
    Yes, I am very "hard" on figures. Always have been, and always will be.
    Why?
    I put myself in the shoes of the end-customer.
    The poor "home alone" end user that is struggling and fighting and often wonders: "Why?"
    Why does it have to be so hard? The poor guy that does not have the time or tech to correct all the flaws in existing figures.

    I was wondring if it could be done : Build an error free figure that looks acceptable and usable right out of the box without breaking the bank in add-on buys.

    That's why she"ll come with a FULL wardrobe from day one. > She will be free and usable for everybody from day ONE.

    I"ll also tell what she does NOT HAVE.

    • No extra bones to fight with
    • No JCM's to break your head over
    • No Magnets
    • Few FBM. She is who she is, period. More figures with other BMI will follow depending on how this one goes.
    • The figures shown above do NOT have HD morphs yet. => This is the basic figure "as is". Smoothing ON and SubD level 1 at render time.

    And I will add what she does have:

    • Full symmetry
    • Fully symmetrical UV_Map for all the main body parts.
    • SINGLE MAP => This is , was, and will always stay priority ONE map only. (8.192x8.192)
      I build a "master" file with over 20 layers, (and I add layers almost daily now), and can crank out a fresh texture every nano second.
    • The six "master" head expressions will be present.
    • Facial "character morphs" are in the planning.
    • Integrated hair with tons of morphs
    • Integrated boots with morphs

    The last 2 are a poor mans effort to keep het out of the XXX industry.
    Nothing against nudity, but it must remain artist / nude / civil.

    The "master" object file is also so solid that building single group or FBM has been rock solid these last few weeks. That does not mean the obj file is final yet. => It changes almost daily.

    To get a good figure you only need 3 things.

    • A rock solid obj file. => Properly grouped and welded.
    • A bulletproof rigging. => And ASAP (As Simple As Possible) => The figure uses conventional rigging, weightmapped were required and bulge maps adapted if required. => ALL TOOLS are GOOD tools to avoid JCM's. => I think that's Video5 in the Poser2Blender2Poser series)
    • And a hell of a quality Diffuse texture.

    Once you have those? It's a walk in the park.

    Please let's get some feedback, so we can carry on to include your wishes.
    Best regard, Tony


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    Oh, and as from this evening, I am using the Physical Surface root in the material room.
    => Less work, better results. (But I am a tech guy, not a render guy. LOL)

    I am sure you can all produce far better renders as I can.

    (The above examples are still with the PoserSurface.)


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    That's all for tonight folks. Sleep well.
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    Integrated hair with tons of morphs
    Integrated boots with morphs

    Means exactly what? That she have boots all the time even in bed?


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    Do Poser figures sleep?


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    In some renders they do and lots of porn renders have boots on.


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    I really don't get the integrated hair and boots. What is the reasoning for that?



  • I see a lot of limitations caused be integrated boots and hair and prohibiting porn is not one of them. By integrated, I"m assuming you mean attached. How can she wear sandals or flip-flops? That boots and bathing suit look just isn't for me. And boots with a formal dress, no thanks.

    Built in hair inhibits diversity. I have a tendency to do crowd scenes. Unless I'm doing 'invasion of the clones,' that would limit her usefulness. As a "home alone end user" a would get very frustrated very fast with the lack of ability to diversify this figure.


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    Hello guys,

    Everything you see above is open for discussion. The figure, the shape, proportions, everything is open.

    The "integrated concept" however is a fixed given because that's where the technology, the tips and tricks are. => So to answer one of the questions? => Nothing is "attached".

    This is not gonna be the "typical" : Load the "naked and dress her up figure" as we know them anno 2016. This is a "think outside of the box" figure.

    Prime is = End user "everyday" usability. => Think : Enhanced Poser casual figures, but with something useable underneath.

    "They", read "they" as multiple, => Read as "more then one", will come fully clothed when ready.

    So? Basically, the "concept is fixed".
    ALL the rest is open for discussion, including propositions for the clothing sets. (Waiting for those)

    Best regards, Tony


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    Could you be any more vague?

    When you say "integrated" that means part of, which will make most people think that the boots and hair are attached, like the old Poser 2, 3 and 4 figures.

    The other option is that you're using geo swapping, which can be hit and miss with weight mapping in Poser.

    As for the rest, her proportions don't look too bad but the shapes are another story. Especially the face and hands. Honestly her face is too flat, and looks like a 55-60 year old woman who has had entirely too many face lifts. There's not enough skin/flesh around her mouth so when she smiles it's like stretching plastic over bone, and there's too much tendon definition in her neck.

    Flesh out her face and give it more shape and contours around the eyes, fuller lips and a more defined nose so that she looks younger. That is unless you're aiming for the 55-60 year old with too much plastic surgery look. Most people want young pretty Poser girls, under 30. Older characters are fine but definitely not in demand.

    Her hands are too flat and have no definition. From the seated position in the first image, her thigh doesn't bend in the right location. It may be that her torso is too long or her thighs are too short, but it gives a dislocated hip look in that seated position.

    Her shoulders are also strange looking in the upward angle, which is most likely due to your refusal to use JCMs, which is a must for any figure, in any 3D app, unless you're building game characters for a 20 year old engine that can't handle blend shapes. Clasp her hands behind her head with her elbows pointed forward at forehead level or higher and you'll instantly see why JCMs are a vital necessity for any 3D figure thats intended to pass for human. For that matter put her into any type of exercise pose, especially yoga, and see how well she bends. Seriously, if you're going to insist on not using industry standard rigging features like JCMs then you have to demonstrate that you can produce at least the same results as all the figures out there that do use them.

    Also, are you still using morphs for facial expressions or is her face rigged? If you're still using morphs, why?

    This isn't meant to belittle your efforts here, honestly. You're asking for feedback on all aspects so I'm pointing out what I see wrong.


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    @AmbientShade Thanks so much for the feedback, I"ll study it very closely in the morning.

    One happy accident later we are here: => Dynamic hair directly grown on the "again" purpose morphed head.
    => The top and sides of the head are morphed to get the dynamic hair to flow the way it does.

    (never thought it would work, but here goes.)

    Advantage => the flow of the dynamic hair.
    Disadvantage : Euh, I amputated the ears. :-( Now she does not listen any more..... But then, LOL, what woman does? ? LOL.

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    Night-night all.


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    ETA: I meant to also add that she does look better than previous iterations you've shown in the past.

    But one thing, if you don't want people making "porn" then why did you give her nipples and pubes?


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    @AmbientShade
    Quick answer before going to bed. => I have nothing against artistical nudity.

    Compared to the past figures? => This is a 90% new build/ cut-up, reglue, cut-up again. LOL.


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    @AmbientShade
    Oh,; and the public hair?

    That is on a separate layer in the master texturing file. => I can click it ON or OFF in the final texture I choose to work with.
    So are different brows, lips or nipple versions.

    When you build a master texturing file, you can set all body details on a different layer and mix as needed before saving or baking.

    So are the "lightening of the inside of the hands" for the dark skins, or color changes for Asian-like skins.

    All this is part of the technology and flexibility of this figure.


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    @AmbientShade

    Hello Shane,
    You asked why I use standard morphing and NOT use the newer facial control system.
    The same answer goes for : Why do I NOT use weightmapping for the whole figure.

    (Only the collars, the shoulders and both thigh are weightmapped, the rest of the figure is conventional rigging.)

    Answer : Because at this stage, I am still cutting up the obj file, and by using conventional rigging for most groups the rigging stays functional.

    IF I had gone to full weightmap, I would loose the rig at every obj file surgery.

    AND : Conventional rigging has a TON of advantages OVER the weightmap system.

    For example : On pants or shirts?
    On a conventional rig, you can add pockets, buttons or whatever at random. And the rig stays functional. (If all is welded and grouped properly)
    On a weightmap clothing item, you would loose the rig each and every time you do obj file surgery.

    Going over to full weightmap? Perhaps a day before release, if ever.

    And today?
    My deepest condolences to the lashes. => They are in the trash can and replaced by dynamic hair lashes.
    In Poser : We have 8, (yes eight) different ways to control dynamic hairflow, but the lashes are gonna be simple, and one less UV_Map to worry about, and above all, less geometry to take care off. => AND? LOL; Dynamic lashes ALWAYS follow the underlying geometry. LOL. => You NEVER have to worry about them in your 3D app were you build the figure obj file.


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    @vilters No, I never had much problem with that. The problems I've run into are mostly centered around various glitches that have come and gone in the setup room.

    I used the fitting room to transfer WIP rigs to WIP meshes on Orion and Venus, and then copied the weight maps to each new rig via the Copy Joints From menu option. Once I was happy with the current rig and geometry I swapped the OBJ in the cr2 so that the mesh was solid, since the fitting room still refuses to create a mesh that isn't broken. Rinse and repeat along the way until I ran into another issue that needed adjustment, changing, etc.

    I've lost track of how many iterations of their rigs (and meshes) that I have now, it's in the hundreds for each. More for Orion since I've worked on him more. Last time I checked my Orion backup was nearly 40gb.

    Usually only needed minor adjustments to the weight maps on occasion, depending on how different the groups were from one version to the next. I didn't bother with any of the traditional Poser rigging except very early on when I was considering making them compatible with Poser 9 and below (no longer the case).

    ETA: I don't know what's up with the last post. It posted my response to a different thread here, so I deleted it, then tried to edit with this post. So it may or may not be there in ghost form, lol.


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    @AmbientShade said in New Poser figure in the making : Initial Feedback request.:

    ETA: I don't know what's up with the last post. It posted my response to a different thread here, so I deleted it, then tried to edit with this post. So it may or may not be there in ghost form, lol.

    I cleaned it up Shane, no worries.



  • I give some feedback. Overall it's a great work towards realism.

    I agree that she looks aged around 40. She makes me think of Hillary Clinton, may be cause we see her too much. For me it's ok, i'm really fed up of young half naked pin-ups. No man, no old, no normal people, just "porn stars" rather looking like dolls. but if you want to sell it, may be you should do a younger morph. It's a fact that the market seems for sexual misery.

    The idea of integrated boots puzzle me too. Must find a way to remove them if we want.

    Ludovic.