Making 3D Models and Art

Exploring the World of 3D Model Making and Rendering

If you’re a digital artist on a budget, wanting to get more from your software and models, keep reading. I use Blender (free) and DAZ Studio (free) as my tools, alongside GIMP and Inkscape (yes, both free). When starting out I also used Hexagon ($20, often less) and know of many 3D vendors who wouldn’t be without it. Since going pro, I have added other paid-for/subscription software, but never underestimate what you can do legitimately at no-cost or low-cost.

While I enjoy creating content, I’m still a buyer too and know how great it is to get a bargain. While my focus is now on making models, if you want to see historic sale data and get a feel for discounts and sale events on a major 3D marketplace, the older posts will be an interesting read.

PC Sale 2015 in Full Swing!

Were you as relieved as me when the Daz PA Sale finally drew to a close a couple of days ago, and stopped the endless stream of temptations? Of course, yesterday the Platinum Club sale began, so there’s a whole lot of new discounts and limited-time sales to watch out for, alongside new 3D content with a 40% off intro discount.

I’m not going to be doing daily deal posts given all the time involved, and the fact that sales can change, break and be fixed all at short notice. I did want to give a heads-up to anyone who hasn’t stopped by and let you know about the freebies.

Firstly, make sure you grab the MegaPack. It contains a bumper 24 PC items, all for free. Although these are all older models, there’s some solid model and texture work by some of your favourite artists in there. If you don’t mind playing with surface settings and updating … Continue reading

My Journey So Far as a PA (Commercial 3D Content Creator)

The PA Sale 2015 is well under way, so I hope you are all picking up some great bargains! I have something coming up later in the sale which I hope will appeal to those of you enjoying Genesis 3.

It’s hard to believe, but I’ve now been a PA with Daz 3D for a whole 6 months! I felt I should write a post to mark the occasion. In many respects it’s an achievement I’m proud of. After all, I’ve been an active vendor since that time, continuing to create and publish new products and improving on my skills. It’s an amazing feeling too to know that people are using and enjoying those products.

Has it been time well spent? In terms of monetary return… not yet. I’ve put in way more work than I’ve earned back in dollars, even adjusting my expectations to be very modest. I know it’s tempting to be swayed by what … Continue reading

You Too Can Use G2F, G2M and Genesis Morphs on G3F!

A couple of weeks back I shared some of the most useful current (Summer 2015) tools and methods for transferring your Genesis 2 and earlier generation characters, clothing, etc. to the new Genesis 3 female base (and characters built on it: Victoria 7, Eva 7, Bethany 7, Karen 7…).

The store-bought utilities seem to be getting lots of positive feedback in the forum, so those are definitely worth a look. As for the free step-by-step procedures that have been shared for converting your own morphs and textures, I promised to let you know how I got on with these. The verdict? I’ve had success with both. The original posters deserve all the credit so I won’t duplicate their work here, but you can leap on over to their posts with the links below.

Converting Textures: My Experience

The texture conversion process is time-consuming, but the results more than meet my own needs.

While the … Continue reading

Using Older 3D Content on New Genesis 3 (V7 and Friends)

So you have your gorgeous new Genesis 3 Female characters Vicky 7, Bethany 7, Eva 7, and their sisters. Now you’d like to use some of that vast library of clothing, characters and other stuff you love on them, right?

While there’s some great new outfits coming out for them (and expect some new treats in the upcoming PA Sale… starting soon), there’s no need to let the old and not-so-old content for Genesis 2 Female characters, Genesis, and Victoria 4 gather dust. Here’s a quick look at some of the recently-released utilities that can breathe new life into things you bought for generation 6 (Genesis 2) and earlier.

Auto-Fit Genesis 2 Female — Free and Included in DAZ Studio

Now, what you need to know here is that your free Genesis 3 Female base and the characters built on her (e.g. Victoria 7) can wear Genesis 2 Female clothing right out the box. DAZ Studio includes an … Continue reading

Tuesday is Shoes-Day… Plus New Curvy Model Bethany 7

Genesis 3 Female ShoesHeadline news today is that the lovely Bethany 7 has joined the Genesis 3 family of female DAZ Original characters. She joins Victoria 7 and Eva 7, all of whom can be used on your Genesis 3 Female base (available free as part of the DAZ Studio Starter Essentials download that you get with your equally free copy of DAZ Studio).

I think Bethany looks gorgeous in her promotional renders, so congratulations to everyone involved in her release.

On a personal note, I’m delighted to announce the release today of my Milonga Shoes for Genesis 3 Female(s). These are not specifically for Bethany, but will fit her as well as her sister characters. The shoe design and name were inspired by the Tango. These are shoes you can … Continue reading

Why Attitude is the Key to Making Your 3D Vendor Breakthrough

It’s been a bit of a wait but I’m back with another post on increasing your chances of getting your 3D model into an online marketplace such as DAZ3D (or indeed Renderosity, Hivewire3D or any other broker… however my own experience is with DAZ3D).

Since I last posted, I’ve had a couple more products release and another one is currently in testing. We’ve also seen the launch of Genesis 3 and Victoria 7.

If you create figure-based products (clothing, poses, morphs, hair, etc.) you may be wondering at this stage whether to design for the shiny new Genesis 3 or for the broad base of buyers that continue to use Genesis 2? Either is likely to be worthwhile right now (Summer 2015), although as time goes on there will be more focus across the board on Genesis 3. If you can come up with something new and exciting for Genesis 2, the market is still there. If … Continue reading

Convincing a 3D Store to Sell Your Work: Presentation is Everything

Continuing a look at how to get yourself accepted as a seller in a 3D marketplace, let’s look at how decision makers can be convinced to buy or market your model. I’m writing from my own perspective as a brokered artist with DAZ 3D, but while the process may not be identical elsewhere, I should think the general advice would apply to other 3D marketplaces too.

OK, well let me ask you a question, and I’m assuming here you have actually bought 3D products. (Not true of everyone, but I think being a customer as well as a seller can only be of benefit to you.) The question is: what makes you buy a product?

The art, that’s what. The promotional renders. OK, you might go on to read the blurb and admire all those morphs or features, or get infected by the enthusiasm of others in the forums. But it starts with the promo art.

The … Continue reading

Pitching Your Content to a 3D Marketplace: Why Originality Matters

Some of you were interested in getting a few tips on how to become a PA (published artist) or vendor, to use a more general term, at DAZ 3D. This is of course the premier marketplace if selling to DAZ Studio (DS) users, and despite the snobbery against this accessible 3D software, it just gets better and better. DAZ 3D (the company/website) is not your only option, but if you are a Studio-only creator, or creating for both DAZ Studio and Poser, it will give you the biggest marketplace. Poser creators probably don’t need me to tell you to look at Renderosity, and there’s also Hivewire3D and Runtime DNA, all of which cater to users of both applications but with a strong leaning towards Poser.

Anyhow, here I’ll focus on DAZ 3D, since I became a DAZ PA earlier this year. Bear in mind I’m a new seller, so while I have newbie pitfalls and challenges fresh in … Continue reading

Deals for the Week 19th – 25th May

May 25th: Couple of things going on today. Firstly, ImagineX, Kayleyss and ablaze between them bring us some Amazing Interiors with an associated promotion on selected products and PA stores. There’s also a Predatron promotion, Reverent Remembrance, running alongside the release of his Monks Robes and Monks Hair (both for G2M).

May 23rd: Greet the weekend with some girlie releases that include Japanese girl Asami for G2F by Matari3D and the striking Niska for G2F who is a real-world beauty. Also pick up some Big Afro Hair and Fatale Noir poses.

May 21st: It’s all about superheroes and warriors today with a variety of fantasy releases. Don’t miss all those exciting looking shaders from Denki Gaka which can also be bought in one big Super Shaders – Super Bundle.

May 20th: Just Platinum Club Plus releases today, but these include the lovely Karina, an HD character for Olympia 6 by Fred Winkler Art and Sabby. There’s also a … Continue reading

Deals for the Week 12th – 18th May

May 18th: Catch 3 flash sales today, saving 60% on Sickleyield and 3D Universe’s stores and 50% on EmmaAndJordi.

Weekend May 16th-17th: After a quiet Saturday, Apocalyptic Horror Sale aside (not my thing), we have some beautiful products on Sunday ranging from the impressive The Dancer Poses for G2M by Navi, to hair, drapes, and female outfits. Haiku for Keiko 6 by Thorne is too adorable for words, and anything by Shifting Images will stop me in my tracks so her Brides and Punks textures have my full attention. Plus ironman13 has not one but 2 new pose packs out. Also catch the associated artist stores which don’t even require purchase of a new item.

May 15th: The working week (for most of us) ends with 12 new releases. The theme is ‘Dark and Desolate’ but this covers everything from Concrete Cache Shaders for DAZ Studio to Mourning Poses, Sci Fi Freight Containers, and a Derelict Locker Room. … Continue reading