This weekend was Poser Expo II (www.runtimedna.com/Poser-Expo-…, and I'd splurged and bought myself a ticket while they were still on discount. After taking in the free introductory session last month, I felt it was something I could really benefit from. I enjoy learning new things, and there's so much more to Poser (or D|S) than simply insert character and hit render.
So I had three days of cramming information into my poor brain that hasn't had schooling sessions like that in a very long time. And it gave me a good excuse to take Friday off work to focus on something I actually enjoy. Let me tell you, the Poser community is filled with some knowledgeable, talented, creative, and generous people. Even though I've been using the program for well over five years now, I still felt like the noob in the room.
The expo kicked off with a presentation by HiveWire3D discussing Dawn and their company. It was a great presentation, and they are definitely some fun and passionate people behind Dawn. Good things are coming for her, and I can hardly wait! We got a preview of the full body morph package, and I saw a couple in there I'm very excited about having.
I won't go into detail about every session, but I'll pull out my personal highlights.
"The Power of Drama in Storytelling" by Nightsong - This was the learning session that I was really looking forward to. Nightsong's work is an incredible inspiration to me (forum.runtimedna.com/content.p…, and I would love to be able to pick her brains more. Sadly, this session just flew by all too quickly, but I do feel that I got a lot out of it as food for thought in pulling together my own images.
"Texturing with a bit of Darkness" by Xurge3D - Oh... my... god. I had no idea you could do something that appears so time consuming with the click of one button in Photoshop! Again, time just ran away on me and it was over too soon. I learned so much about adding personal details to clothing textures and can't wait to experiment.
"Monster Lighting" by Paolo Ciccone – Reality 3 from Pret-a-3D - A very detailed, in-depth look at what made horror lighting in black and white films so effective, and studying how to reproduce that effect using Reality. So much I never would have thought to look at or do, such as using reflected light to softly pull depth details out of an otherwise depthless and boring background setting.
I can honestly say that I got so much out of every session, it was worth absolutely every dollar of the ticket price. The animation sessions were an eye opener, and I'm not nearly as afraid of the animation panel as I have been. I might even try out something simple with it as soon as I can. It was also great seeing the workflows and setups that others much more knowledgeable than myself uses. Even the session that was on a topic I felt fairly knowledgeable in had some tidbits I could go on to use and improve myself.
It was a long three days, and I was exhausted in the end, but I feel I've grown so much!
They also had a ton of product giveaways, everything from gift certificates to RDNA's marketplace to software packages such as Poser Pro 2014 and ZBrush. I won a copy of PP2014, and I'm so excited! I'd decided that I couldn't afford it when it was released, and I was waiting hopefully for a Black Friday sale. Now I don't have to, yay!!
I just want to say a great big and heartfelt thank you to all of the presenters and the hosts at 3DArtLive.com for such a great event. I'll have to start saving my pennies to attend Poser Expo III, as I would love to attend again!