Anybody using daz for traditional art?
On my loooooonnnnnggggg quest to learn to draw I've reached a stage in which I'm fed up with drawing stiff stick figures with all the natural grace of ancient Egyptian wall paintings. So I turned to using pictures for reference and even done the occasional quick study with life drawings.
On the other hand though, looking for a *specific* pose on deviantart, google or whatever is a pain in the lower backside. And for live models... even the patience of beloved family members is not endless. The good old wooden manikin... let's just say, trying to attach wings to it and pose it in a flight pose is... not easy.
Thus I have begun to consider using a modelling software like daz (or Poser - are we allowed to mention that program here?) for what is stated as the intended purpose: as a reference tool for traditional artists.
I downloaded daz and... How shall I put it? It comes with a steep learning curve, does it not? It may be free to use - but it will cost at least a lot of learning time. And possible the price of add-ons.
What is keeping me back from investing the time - and possibly money - is that I'm not yet sold on the merit of using this or other programs as a reference tool for traditional art. Online searches among artist communities were luke-warm about the use in traditional art as best, downright contemptous and condemming at worst.
On the other hand: those comments often refered to *much* older versions of those programs. And from the comments I assume that many traditional artists haven't been able to use those programs successfully because they haven't invested in learning the basics.
So, I'm looking here for feedback: are programs like daz or Poser useful for the traditional artist? Is so - how important have they been to you? And (hopefully I'm not getting in trouble for asking this) is a free to use program like daz as useful for it as a pricey program like Poser?
As I said, I am looking for a reference for traditional art. I don't see myself going to digital art anytime soon. (Not that I don't like digital art - it just isn't my cup of tea at the present time to make any.)
Any feedback or suggestions are welcome.