As regular readers will know, I’m always on the lookout for quality semi-toon props and characters. Newly released is a toon Poser freebie from Aldetemps, a modular bank of early 1970s retro computers — from a time when a computer was the size of a small house and ran on magnetic tape and punched paper cards.
Luxion has announced a beta of Keyshot version 4. It’s a simple and stable standalone high-end renderer, that’s very easy to use with characters exported as FBX from DAZ Studio. It’s quite expensive, but if you can get some academic ID there’s an educational version for $95.00.
* updated, cleaner user interface.
* enhancements to material editing.
* new material types that turn any geometry into a local light source.
* enhancements to translucent materials.
* faster real-time rendering performance.
* improved render output.
There’s a cool new steampunk-style submarine modular interior for Poser and DAZ, the Nautilus. Looks perfect for creating an undersea Captain Nemo scene…
This could be paired with the old steampunk submarine exterior from Meshbox, the Clockwork Steampunk Submarine. Sadly though this model was never for sale — being only ever available as a bonus freebie when you purchased a whole set of their Clockwork-series steampunk 3d models…
Digital comics makers who draw or paint over their DAZ/Poser renders for might be interested in a free webinar from Smith Micro on “What’s New in Manga Studio 5?”. Despite its somewhat misleading name, the specialist graphics software Manga Studio 5 is not just for manga artists. It’s just about the best dedicated comic-book production software available. MS5 also has the industry’s best range of pressure-sensitive digital “black ink” brushes.
The free one hour webinar is on 5th February 2013, at 3pm in the afternoon (US Pacific time). It’ll be presented by Doug Hills, comic book artist and author of the training book Manga Studio For Dummies.
“Doug will explore the new, fully-customizable interface and show you how it can help to improve your workflow. He will also review the stunning new coloring and painting tools, demonstrate how it is even easier to import and use 3D character and background images, create word balloons, and much more. We will conclude the hour with a brief Q&A session where you will be able to ask questions and have them answered.”
The pro “Ex” version of Manga Studio is set for a summer 2013 release.