Monday, October 14, 2019

Nite Flyte Cover selected Poser Staff Pick of the Week (10-14-2019)

Well, this was a pleasant surprise. Once more I've had an illustration selected as a "Poser Staff Pick of the Week" by the fine folks over at Renderosity. This time it was for the "rejected" cover I did for Nite Flyte #4.

© 2019 Mike Mitchell

And by "rejected" I mean just that, if I had sufficient time, I would have done it differently.
I guess this just goes to show that it pays never to toss anything out! After all, I was fairly happy with it, I just didn't love it.

If you have a Renderosity account, you can view the entire list of the nine illustrations here: https://www.renderosity.com/mod/forumpro/?thread_id=2938803

Friday, September 27, 2019

Happy Halloween from Bettie

Happy Halloween, one and all. It's time to get my scare on by decorating my house (as some of you know, that's a big deal for me and takes a few weeks to get it all up and running). In the meantime, here's a little illustration to get you in the mood.

As usual, I started in Poser Pro 11 and completed my work in Clip Studio Paint EX. I was originally creating this character for use on a fanzine cover, but I ran out of time (I've got to do a quick turnaround on a cover for another Galaxy Prime book).

Nevertheless, I had a lot of fun creating this concept illustration and decided to share it with y'all.

© 2019 Mike Mitchell
The base figure is good ole Victoria 4, but I have a Bettie Page morph loaded (it came with the Betty Hair model from Daz 3D).

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Nite Flyte Cover 04

This is the cover I mentioned last week. It's for a fanzine that will appear inside the SNICKER SNACK APA. This is actually just my contribution to the issue, but I like to do a cover for each issue in which I contribute material.

I started work on a large illustration with a lot of cool stuff off to the side, but the more I looked at it the more I realized that the skull was more effective when seen up close. So, this illustration is what I came up with. I particularly enjoyed inking the background – and I even think I did a pretty good job with the candle glows. But when I finished it, I really didn't like it. There's just something about the creature that isn't interesting to me.

© 2019 Mike Mitchell

So, even though this design was 100% finished, I decided to create a sexy little "red hot chili imp" and I was going to place her on the skull in some sort of sexy pin-up pose. Take a look at the next post and let me know what you think!

But... alas, her turn at stardom 'twas not to be!

I just ran out of time. I'm behind schedule on creating a cover for a new Galaxy Prime book, so even though I have the imp character ready to go, I just don't have time to create a new illustration. So, I went with my original cover (mailed out today, in fact).

Oh well, that's just the way it goes. Perhaps I can find use of her in another project or illustration. Time will tell.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Ultra illo selected as a Poser Staff Pick of the week (16-Sep-2019)

Got another surprise today!
My latest illustration, which was a quickie, was selected by Renderosity as a "Staff Pick of the Week." 

Ultra™ made it to the big leagues this week,
being selected a "Staff Pick of the Week" by Renderosity

A total of seven illustrations were selected this week, and the entire list can be seen here: https://www.renderosity.com/mod/forumpro/?thread_id=2937735&page_number=1#msg4362220

I think you need an account to see them, but I could be wrong.

This is the fourth time I've made the list, and once more I'm surprised because I really did this as a quickie. Which makes me wonder, maybe some of my other illustrations are overworked a bit and this quick ones contain more energy? Definitely something to think about!

Friday, September 13, 2019

ULTRA™ Quick Illustraion

Sorry for taking so long between posts these days, folks. I've just been tied up creating art, and that leaves little time to write about it. Here's a quick illustration of my ULTRA™ character.

Ultra flies to the rescue!
© 2019 Mike Mitchell

The usual workflow applies here: Poser Pro 11 and Clip Studio Paint.

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Poser Tip: Updated Posette figure available

Posette is the low-res, old fashioned figure that originally shipped with Poser 4. She was the first figure to allow for interchangeable clothing. Needless to say, she is woefully outdated when compared to modern figures.

So, imagine my surprise when I found out that someone had taken the time to update her rigging and provide her with a new lease on life under the name: Nea 3.1 aeonia

https://www.renderosity.com/mod/freestuff/?item_id=78552&ca

Here's a list of the new features:

Nea’s features:
- Smoother look on head & body, new realistic eyes, lachrymals shaped on head and better shaped lashes
- Hundreds expression, head and body morphs
- Improved joint parameters and joint controlled correction bending morphs
- ERC controlled morphs for the hands/feet Scale
- Body Handles to control breasts individually
- New teeth body part
- Improved male full body morph and new male face shape
- Uses Victoria 1-2 and Judy (poser 5 woman) textures

Nea 3 includes various alternative geometry modes as switches on the Body:
- Posette skin
- Multi material Suit
- Animal feet & sock
- No thumb alternative hand geometry

I haven't tried this, yet, but I'm looking forward to testing it out.

Here's another link that may prove useful: Unzipping OBZ files: https://support.smithmicro.com/customer/en/portal/articles/1982171-poser-file-types?b_id=8847

Friday, June 21, 2019

Poser Tip: Bullet Physics and Cloth

Here is a GREAT video about using the Bullet Physics in Poser Pro.



It's about 20 minutes long and it is WELL worth watching all of it, as it shows how to set up a physics simulation. This has a lot of potential, especially because it has LIVE simulations.