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Poser is like coloring in a coloring book. There is a lot of real creativity to be expressed, but it's not as impressive as drawing the whole picture.
I think that the ani-poser sentiment expressed here is in fact valid--but that the argument has been undermined by the typically juvenile and rude posters on this board. On the one hand, it's true that the texturing, lighting, and composition of this model are all part of an origional work of art--and that the artist has done a good job.
However, I think the people who feel that using canned models is "cheating" also have a point. Modeling a realistic human head is no trivial task, and it's something people work years at getting right. By using pre-made gometry, you just skip that whole step in the process--this is especially important in 3D galleries because a lot of what people are impressed with is modeling. If you present your work as "3D art" many people will automatically assume that it's an image origional in its entirety--using parts of other people's work undermines that. And that's not to say that the artist is trying to fool anyone into thinking that this image is more origional than it is; but when dealing with work that is only "partially authored" it's hard to actually critique the artist because it's not clear what exactly they've done and what was given to them.
This is why people feel that Poser is a beginner's program (and I have to agree). Because it helps the user along with some of the most difficult parts of the process, such as modeling. There are other valid things to focus on besides modeling ( such as "Posing" the model :)) lighting, texturing, rendering are all significant hurdles, but artists using Poser need not have the excellent grasp of 3D sculpting that the users of other programs have. There is significant art to be made with that sort of tool (the current month's XSI gallery at softimage features an image that was made using one of the canned character models that comes with the software ), but presented with this image made in Poser and an identical one made in a more professional package (say Maya), I'd be infinitely more impressed with the Maya artist.
her eyebrows have no shape and her eyes are a little wierd but other than that it looks pretty good.
I can't even imagine how you did this I have never seen anything like this.
Cathy mezmerized me for some time. Thank you.
that's what i wanted to ask : is this a picture of you?