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This month's images used Dawn, Victoria 4, Alyson 2, Sydney, Victoria 2, Stephanie Petite 3, Genesis 3 Female, and Pauline. That is a long list. I also used a variety of rendering engines: Firefly, Superfly, Iray, and Octane Render. This probably was the most diverse release I've done.

I know that I'm in the minority by using more than one figure. Most people use one figure because that is all they can afford. The morph packs, the clothing, the hair, the textures get expensive very quickly. I've just collected all this stuff over the years.

If you started this hobby a couple years, Genesis 3 would have been the prominent figure. So, it makes sense that would be your main figure. I've been doing this so long that Victoria 2 and her clothes along with the clothes for Sydney and Stephanie Petite 3 are no longer available.

Using more than one figure doesn't make me better than others, just different. I consider it part of my style.

Thanks for letting me ramble.
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chimera46 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2019
Have you had a chance to try out Project Evolution and LaFemme yet? If so, what do you think of them? Also, are you still using Octane? If so, what kind of shader setup do you use (assuming you try for SSS skin)?

I must say, if you are on Octane 4 try out the ai denoiser. I have found that with proper lighting you can get comparable quality with a fraction of the samples per pixel (and thus time). Frames that would otherwise take 10 mins to render I can now do in 2 mins.
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willdial Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019
I've tried out Project Evolution and LaFemme. They are very good and I like them both, ie I found the breast morphs.

I'm still using Octane. I alternate between Firefly and Octane. Recently, using Octane more and more.

I adapted Tony's Skin Shader. Since it only requires a texture and a bump/normal map, it works on all the Daz/Poser figures and looks great.

I haven't tried out Octane 4 yet. But, I will soon.
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chimera46 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2019
When you get into Octane 4 let me know if you want to talk settings. It takes a bit of tinkering to get the best speed-quality mix out of it.
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MsMuse1 Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2018
I can relate to having to buy different models and I am happy that you have made the investments to have a variety of girls to work with.  While I have not ventured into Poser or Daz so much, I have spent years buying new shapes and figurers and skins and clothing in Second Life to portray my models there... it can really add up!  As with Second LIfe, I suppose you can manipulate the various aspects of a figure like waists, hips, body and boobies.  I am a good friend of Ricky Java and his investments in Poser and the add on programs gives him an incredible array of tools to do what he does.  Thank you for continuing to improve and expand upon your resources.  I know it is costly, but I do appreciate the outcome of your marvelous art.  Kissses...Muse
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mister--rendering Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use a lot of different models too ranging from Victoria 4, Genesis, Genesis 2 and Genesis 3. I like Genesis 2 and 3 for breast expansion work because I have the most clothes for them and Fit Control which is nice for fixing the problems big breasts cause with clothing. I really like your articles about 3D modeling, it's rare to find someone who has learned it in so many different engines and programs. I only have a few years experience in Poser and Daz3d and I'm still learning new things all of the time. I learned a lot just from reading your journal entries, so thank you.
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willdial Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018
Fit Control is a must have for breast expansion work. For the non-Genesis figures, I have a magnet set to help with the morphs. Also, Poser's morph brush really helps.

Given your cartoon style, I surprised that you do not use Aiko 3. But, she could just be too old.
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mister--rendering Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Aiko 3 was the figure that inspired me to get into Daz3D and learn 3D. I bought her in a bundle pack and worked with her years ago, but the versatility of the different Genesis 2 toon morphs finally won me over. I actually like Aiko 3's look more than the current "anime" morphs that Daz3D makes, but most of my assets don't work with her and the Aiko 3 morphs for modern figures don't have those great textures. Not being able to create true anime characters is one of my biggest frustrations. I've worked with MMD figures but you can't use them for commercial work, so I'll probably just have to learn Zbrush at some point and make one myself. Have you done any work with Zbrush, Sculptris or Blender? I've only dabbled with Blender myself.
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willdial Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2018
Unfortunately, I have not used Zbrush, Sculptris, or Blender. I did buy a book on Blender, but I haven't read it yet.

Genesis Generation X2 and addons from Daz3D can copy morphs from Akio 3 to Genesis 1, 2, or 3.  It's a bit pricing, but it works. It's the main reason I use Genesis figures.

I used Genesis 2 with the Akio 3 body morph and a Victoria 3 head morph in Sleep Well
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mister--rendering Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have GenX2, it's one of the tools that I'd say is worth more than what I paid for it. I don't remember if I tried transferring Aiko 3 morphs or not, I'll have to put that on my to-try list. Your model in Sleep Well looks amazing, I'll definitely have to try it out, thanks for the suggestion. I mostly use GenX2 for adding the Genesis and Genesis 2 toon morphs to Genesis 3 and a few other odd jobs. I really enjoy your journals, I've only scratched the surface of understanding the technical side of 3D rendering but you make it interesting and easy for me to understand. Thanks for chatting with me.
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artguyjoe Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use the original Millennium figures for far background people. ;)
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Doc000 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sure there are many Poser/Studio users out there saying:  "Who the hell is Victoria 2???" :D

Don't feel bad, I still use V2 as well.  I bought all that crap for her, and I'm sure as hell going to use it.
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willdial Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2018
There probably Poser users going "Alyson? Sydney? Who?"

With clothing converters, there is more available for the older figures. I am currently working on a scene with Victoria 2 and Stephanie 1 wearing dresses converted from Victoria 4.
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