So, I haven't put anything up for a while, but after reading Justice League Dark, I simply cannot stay silent.
Poser can be used to create some really incredible things, some very beautiful 3D renderings even though the rendering engine isn't the best and the is only so much you can do with Poser itsself. I see a lot of great Poser artists who say they take the models into some higher-end rendering suite and create something absolutely astounding. 3D rendering is a beast of it's own and some programs handle it better than others. As 3D art becomes easier and more accepted as a style of art, we'll probably start to see comics will fully rendered art, as we see in some cartoons. Poser however, also has some functions that let you try to hide what it really is.
These functions essentially allow you to render your images in a lineart/shaded style, and while this is nice, it is OBVIOUS when you do so because of all the little flaws that Poser models have that allow them to be mass-produced and redistributed to everyone and anyone who can get on a computer. So, if you want to render an image this way, that's fine, but lets call it for what it is guys, 3D objects rendered in a manner to look like comics. They are not "references". They are fully-rendered 3D images that are then retouched in some sort of photo-editing program, where other objects the artist did not have in the Poser suite are added in.
Why do I bring this up? Well I just got finished reading through Justice League Dark, which was thankfully well written and interesting enough to get me to overlook the fact that it was horrendously obviously rendered in Poser. It's no wonder that they allowed this sort of thing to go through for a C-string team of heroes. Worse yet, the artist, who is here on DeviantArt, claims that he merely used Poser for "references". No my friend, what happened here was the artist fully rendered the image, even his "colors" are often just color renderings, not even paint-overs (which can often successfully cover up Poser lines), just plain, bold-faced renders. Worse yet, it's all so very much stock. Stock poses, stock expressions, stock bodies, basic outfits, easily identifiable if anyone browses the Daz3d product library (look out for the "House of Secrets" or should I say, the 2010 Haunted House?).
I don't mind people using Poser to create art that imitates comic-styles. I don't mind people using Poser for reference material. Poser is certainly much more flexible than a real model, or browsing through hundreds upon hundreds of stock images. What really bothers me is the dishonesty. The artist acts like he is drawing over these base renders, and either he is tracing them line for line, which is no different than using the line-render itsself, or he is simply using the line-renders. But he insists that the art is "his" by his own hand. But I say NO. I have been around this sort of stuff for long enough to know when a duck is a duck. But really, I'm not going to go on a rampage on his page here. I will likely contact DC and say something along the lines of "hey guys, try to make it a little less obvious okay?", but really here in my journal is where I am going to be absolutely FUCKING PISSED over the dishonesty. Guys like this are the reason people think digital art happens by someone pushing a button a computer and the computer "arts" for you.
Anyway if you want to find the stuff yourself, Googlefu yourself some "Justice League Dark poser render" (without the quotes). You'll find it pretty quick.
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