Any None-art background people here? Hello guys!
I've been a mostly silent DAZ, Bryce user for quite some time, I've bought all the bryce versions from 5 on up, until they became free (Glad I didn't buy 7 pro!). I also bought C6 pro and now upgraded to C8 after debating on spending the money. For me it's a debate because I cannot model things in 3d, I've tried but for me... Well, as someone else stated here a while back "It's about as fun as ripping the skin off my forearm with a scalpel". lol. I've looked around for that thread and can't find it again. lol. That user sounds a lot like myself.
My total use of this software boils down to making renders for my personal amusement, and desktop wallpapers. I certainly wouldn't be able to sell any of them.
I mostly work with models I buy on here, I've spent a lot of money on the store here for Carrara and Bryce (Before they started giving them away for free, With the exception of Carrara, which is understandable. It'd be crazy to give out Carrara for free). Mostly I do it just for fun, and because it's been something I've been interested in for quite some time, more specifically: Since I first booted up and played Myst. I remember watching it's "making of" series and watching them make grayscale maps of the landscapes, since then I've been fascinated with landscape generation.
I never had any other interest in art. I cannot draw on paper to save my life! Even stick figures come out deformed, lol. But when I work with models on here, it seems different... I'm not working with a 2d flat piece of paper, Instead I'm looking at a 3 dimensional object, reminds me of this stupid sculpting class I had in college (I have an AS in computer networking, I didn't and still don't understand why I had that 1 art class that had nothing to do with networking or computer security systems. lol). I rather enjoyed the sculpting class though, I could actually make some cool models by scraping away layers and creating something. To me: This software reminds me a lot of that: Sculpting primitives into shapes. Only here, luckily, my shaky hands are remedied by the computer to make straight lines, etc.
So anyways I just wanted to introduce myself, and see how many others are out there who use any of DAZ's software for personal use, or just for kicks. I find it quite interesting and it's given me a HUGE new respect for games like the Final Fantasy series (movie scenes, like those in FF XIII and Xiii-2), movies like Shrek, monsters inc. Now that I've had a very very very tiny taste of the complexities that are involved with making digital art; those kinds of games/animated movies seem mind boggling to me! Not to mention the hardware requirements to render that kind of stuff would take. I've got several scenes made with the "secret lake" scene I bought for Carrara and can't even render a draft version of it, lol. Last I attempted to do so had around 12 a hour render. And yet there are movie studios out there and game devs making those types of products as if they're nothing, lol "just another day at work".
I've since been posting questions on the forums and "taking a risk" posting my newb questions and etc. People here seem quite friendly and helpful! So I've decided over the last week or so to get involved on the forums, and it's helped a LOT! :) So I'm finally taking the time to drop by and say hello!