Do You Love Poser? Then Why Not Writing A Love Letter? 6

Deadlines are flying around my ears lately just like bullets in an action comic or movie. I even had to quit one of my jobs to meet the deadline I had in mind to be able to make the kick off for Wallstreet Hijack this fall.

Just when I was thinking about Bart’s comic book experience on his IPad, that I wrote about in this article, I received a note for another deadline. And again it’s September the 30th 2010.

However Smith Micro Software, the maker of Manga Studio is giving away a MacBook Pro Laptop or an iPad. The only thing you have to do is writing them some sort of love letter and tell them how much you love Poser and you could win. Just follow the link and have a look at the prices they give away for you love.

If I would participate and win I would go for the MacBook as I still see the IPad as a tile sized IPhone. Please don’t shoot me for mention this again.

You may ask if I’m a user of poser myself. No, I’m not. The only time when I’m a poser myself is when I stand in front of my bathroom mirror and I’m sure nobody is watching me. I know this sounds familiar for some of my readers and this is the reason I mention this: you are not alone!

Whether or not you are heading to your desk right now (of course you already sit at your desk, otherwise you wouldn’t read this) and writing a lover letter for Poser, I wish you a fantastic Sunday and hope the weather at your place is better than here. Especially if you have to walk your dog.

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6 thoughts on “Do You Love Poser? Then Why Not Writing A Love Letter?

  • Mario Post author

    Hi Zuzanna,

    Thank you for the wishes? Same to you though the weekend is over.
    The character isn’t made by me unfortunately. It’s created using Poser by an artist called PetraR123.


  • Piledriver

    “The only time when I’m a poser myself is when I stand in front of my bathroom mirror and I’m sure nobody is watching me.”

    Hehe, nice.

    That puts me in mind of something: art schools used to encourage students to keep a mirror near their drawing table so that they could be a live model for themselves, for expressions and the like. The Famous Artists School correspondence course actually suggested setting up a three-panel ‘vanity’ mirror to see different angles. So don’t worry, it’s not for vanity, it’s just an artist thing ;).

    Personally, I’ve been more in love with the pause button on the VCR/DVD player for ages. Thousands and thousands of moments are captured there in movies, and on much more interesting faces than mine. Plus, after enough sketches, you have added a sort of mental model of a particular person, so you can draw them any which way from memory. Even mold them to new expressions. It was also a great challenge back in the VCR days to make a complete reference sketch before the five minute timer ran out.

    As for Poser, it is a fair reference tool. Very helpful for testing out compositions. But you have Manga Studio, not only integrating the same 3D reference directly into your workflow but rendering usable line art from it. I think if you had ever used Poser it would now be a past lover, thrown over for for the younger and sexier alternative. Daz might have to settle for a “Dear John” letter…

  • Mario Post author

    “Personally, I’ve been more in love with the pause button on the VCR/DVD player for ages.”

    I was in love with that too. In my hallway I have a portrait drawing I made from Charles Bronson. A famous face shot from the climax of ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’. I actually paused the VCR for this and then made a sketch just before the famous 5 minute timer ran out. Just like you did/do!

    After I won this race against time I finished the drawing with canté chalk.

    • Piledriver

      Cool! I’d love to see that! Bronson was great, and had a great style about him. I don’t believe I ever did any direct studies of him but I did crib aspects of his features for some of the scratch-built characters that were in my old sketch pile (I’ve lost all my old work to a situation involving weather and bugs in storage, and that’s the worst of it — so many potential unique characters wiped out).

      Usually I worked small, putting five or six images on a sheet of Xerox paper, or a couple on a sheet from a small writing pad, so it was rarely much of a race getting a reference done in under five minutes. I have managed to hang onto a very old and very small scan from one of those old VCR sketches:

      For scale, what looks like the neck of a tunic was a coffee-cup ring. This was taken from a freeze-frame of Bruce Campbell in Army of Darkness — looking particularly noble. The scan is dark — it was done most likely with a ten cent #2 wood pencil (about a 2H) on a plain writing pad. Bruce Campbell was one of the actors who I did many studies of sometime in the mid-90s. Such a great combination of sharp masculine features and zany expressiveness.

      I later met Mr. Campbell when were both attending a convention in Dallas. He’s a very intimidating guy in person — I mentioned that I’d done these sketches and added him to my “mental morgue” of familiar faces. He was nice and feigned interest but I immediately worried that I had creeped him out, sounding like some cartoonist version of Annie Wilkes saying “I’m your number one faaaaan!” At least I didn’t actually say that…

      He’s since been in lots of comic-books, and I never got a chance to draw any of them :(

      I still keep a plain writing pad and pencil (or black marker) on my desk where I watch television. I’ve gotten to the point that I will often see an interesting face (some random person on the news, for instance) and be able to jot down a cartoon version like this just from the unfrozen glance. I usually try to do a three-quarter angle similar to the scan, as that seems to hold the most information about the contours in a single image.

      I’ve also brought faces home from the store and jotted them on a few occasions. Too bad my memory for other things, like half the groceries I was supposed to bring from the store, is not so good… :)

      • Mario Post author

        Hahaha, I like the groceries part.

        I will have to search my hard drive for a photograph of the Bronson drawing. I’m pretty sure that I have one somewhere. Once I find it I will paste it into a new post. ;-)