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JULY 2012 New User's Contest

DAZ_ann0314DAZ_ann0314 Posts: 1,791
edited August 2012 in New User Contests and Events

New User's Contest - July 2012
Sponsored by DAZ3D

Are you new to the 3D World? Are you at the beginning stages of learning 3D rendering? Have you been around for a little bit but feel you could benefit from some feedback or instruction? Have you been around awhile and would like to help other members start their creative journey? Well then come and join the fun as we host our newest contest...

"Posed to Perfection"
Intent: To help in better understanding how a pose impacts a scene as well as how to use photo references to help create that perfect pose.

This month we will be focusing on Posing. For this contest we would like you to search the web for a Pose you feel is dynamic and interesting and then use that reference as a guide as you try to replicate it within your app of choice to be used in any way you would like within your final entry. I will be posting an example image as well as some ideas on terms to search and some other tips in the WIP THREAD.

For a list of the current contest rules, please see this thread:

In addition to the rules listed in the link above, please also note the following additional rules for this contest:

1) When posting your entry this month you MUST also post the image you used for reference (or link to it).
2) To keep things fair, we also require that when replicating the pose you start from scratch. In other words, please start the creation of your pose of Vicky, Michael, Genesis etc from the figures default position without the use of Pose packs to aide in your end result.

When working on your submissions, if you would like to get feedback as you work or before posting your final image, please post your image to the WIP THREAD HERE. People will be popping in to the WIP THREAD to give you some critique and advice on your entry and help along the way. Please keep all comments on entries etc to the WIP THREAD as well as comments or requests for help/feedback/advice will be removed from the contest thread and merged into the WIP THREAD. This thread is only for posting final contest submissions.

For those veterans of the forums that would like to help, because this contest is designed for the beginner to learn from, we will be randomly selecting posts offering helpful tips and/or critiques to receive a special voucher as well so whether you are a seasoned artist or an aspiring one, there is fun for everyone!

Closing Date: July 30th 2012

Post edited by Richard Haseltine on


  • DAZ_ann0314DAZ_ann0314 Posts: 1,791
    edited July 2012

    Questions Asked So Far In The WIP Thread or By E-Mail

    1. Does the entire image need to look like the photo reference you choose?
    A: No, you can be as creative as you want with the look of the character, environment, clothing etc. We are only looking at the Pose itself in the reference photo and how well you have translated it in your own image.

    2. Do we have to stick to people or can we use anything that can be posed?
    A: You can use anything whether it be a person, alien, animal. The subject choice is yours. You could even go as far as to try an duplicate a reference pose from a cat image to a human if you want to.

    3. Does the pose have to be identical to the reference?
    A: The pose should be as close as you can get it, but it does not have to be identical. Due to the constraints of joints in 3D sometimes identical is not possible. Get it as close as you can.

    4. Can I use more then one reference photo?
    A: Yes, but when submitting your entry, please post both images with an explanation of what part of each reference you used where in your entry. EXAMPLE: If you use how the hands are posed from one reference and the body from another reference, please let us know that along with your entry and post both the reference images with the entry.

    5. What do we do if part of the pose in the reference we are using is obstructed?
    A. You can either use an additional reference or you may take creative liberty as to how you think the pose looks in the obstructed area.

    Post edited by DAZ_ann0314 on
  • squirrelvidssquirrelvids Posts: 11
    edited July 2012

    Title: Mirilian Dancing
    Software: Daz Studio 4.5, Photoshop

    Here is my finished render for the contest. I rendered the entire figure in Daz Studio but I went a little crazy and added the background and reflections in post. I figured since the contest is about the pose that all the postwork was ok, but apologies if I've broken any rules. I ultimately decided to make the piece a Star wars-themed render, specifically a Mirialan from the Tales of the Old Republic MMO. The signature on the render is my Deviant Art pseudonym.

    Thanks for all the feedback in the WIP thread! I learned alot in a very short amount of time and I feel alot more confident about my posing now :)

    Edit: added title and software

    Reference picture below.

    800 x 513 - 136K
    800 x 800 - 553K
    Post edited by squirrelvids on
  • WilmapWilmap Posts: 2,646
    edited July 2012

    Here's my 1st entry. Rendered in DS3. Some postwork in Paint Shop pro.


    425 x 356 - 46K
    800 x 506 - 245K
    Post edited by Wilmap on
  • WilmapWilmap Posts: 2,646
    edited July 2012

    My 2nd entry. Rendered in DS3. Some postwork done in Paint Shop Pro.

    Perfect Balance

    1600 x 1200 - 268K
    800 x 599 - 207K
    Post edited by Wilmap on
  • berriboyberriboy Posts: 141
    edited July 2012

    My first entry.

    Title: Tai Chi Boat Pose

    Rendered in DS4 Pro no postwork

    797 x 717 - 196K
    400 x 423 - 60K
    Post edited by berriboy on
  • gp139gp139 Posts: 0
    edited July 2012

    this is my first entry for the contest

    title:walking pin-up

    it is rendered in DAZ 4 pro no post work

    thanks for all the help in the WIP thread i know i learn more than i knew before and i hope i get bettter at this,

    189 x 267 - 7K
    800 x 800 - 269K
    Post edited by gp139 on
  • AydenShadeAydenShade Posts: 10
    edited July 2012

    Yay, my first entry.
    Title: Don't fly away from me.
    Made entirely in Daz studio.

    247 x 326 - 28K
    574 x 585 - 315K
    Post edited by AydenShade on
  • AydenShadeAydenShade Posts: 10
    edited July 2012

    Yay, second entry.
    Title: Falling from Olympia.
    Made in Daz Studio 4, tho I had to add in the sky and fog in Photoshop.

    608 x 278 - 309K
    574 x 585 - 74K
    Post edited by AydenShade on
  • DAZ_ann0314DAZ_ann0314 Posts: 1,791
    edited July 2012


    Please be sure you all add your image Title, applications used, and your reference image to your post if you haven't done so all ready :) Its hard to vote etc without being able to tell who's image is who's and the reference photo has to be there as well so we can take a look at the source and finished product.

    If you are unsure how to add that stuff in to you post, please let me know ok :)

    Post edited by DAZ_ann0314 on
  • squirrelvidssquirrelvids Posts: 11
    edited July 2012

    Title: Tribal Princess
    Software Used: Daz Studio 4.5 and Photoshop postwork

    My second entry for the "posed to perfection" contest. For the final render, I decided to take my posed figure in a completely different direction than where I started with my original figure, and make it more of a fantasy setting.


    401 x 579 - 131K
    800 x 800 - 774K
    Post edited by squirrelvids on
  • GeddGedd Posts: 3,046
    edited July 2012

    My 1st Entry: New Age Pinup
    Application used: Daz Studio for everything but contrast and tonal adjustments.
    Base Genesis model with Genesis Evolution morphs for the face and body adjustments, Hips morph from Thorne & Sarsa's Princess.
    Custom face & muscle definition by individual muscle/feature settings. Skin; a modified version of Zoey.

    492 x 800 - 37K
    531 x 720 - 42K
    Post edited by Gedd on
  • gp139gp139 Posts: 0
    edited July 2012

    this is my second entry for the contest


    rendered in daz 4 pro no post work

    176 x 287 - 9K
    800 x 800 - 345K
    Post edited by gp139 on
  • berriboyberriboy Posts: 141
    edited December 1969

    Title: Second Entry

    DS4 Pro render - gamma correction in photoshop

    1080 x 1200 - 2M
    340 x 420 - 17K
  • Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,248
    edited December 1969

    My first entry.

    Title: Ambush on the High Peaks
    Software Used: DAZ Studio 4.5 Pro and GIMP.
    Postwork limited to applying a Gaussian blur to the background and compositing the background and foreground elements together.

    500 x 500 - 55K
    618 x 800 - 246K
  • kokorosenshikokorosenshi Posts: 23
    edited December 1969

    Tittle: Chizu Lin from Outbreak Z: Zombie Warfare
    Software: Daz studio 4 Pro

    600 x 399 - 137K
    800 x 800 - 265K
  • kurisu2112kurisu2112 Posts: 197
    edited December 1969

    I have tweeked this as much as possible, so here is my entry

    Title : Learning to Spin
    App : DAZ Studio 4
    No postwork

    415 x 610 - 32K
    544 x 800 - 209K
  • Marmalade BoyMarmalade Boy Posts: 83
    edited July 2012

    Hello all,

    I thought I would take a stab at creating Julian Keller (Hellion) of the X-men but in his Age of X costume.

    Daz figures posed in Daz and rendered using Non photo realistic shading effect in Maya.
    No postwork.

    400 x 603 - 217K
    800 x 800 - 316K
    Post edited by Marmalade Boy on
  • deloquenciadeloquencia Posts: 46
    edited December 1969

    Title: Synchrony in Motion
    Tools: DAZ Studio 4.0, Corel Paintshop Pro X4
    Post-Processing: Composing of 4 parts of renders and a little pseudo shadow cast on the floor
    Base models: Victoria 3, Michael 3, SydneyG2, JamesG2, Alison and Ryan

    Hell it's my 13th post in the forum... ;-)
    Thanks and good luck to everyone :-)

    795 x 500 - 81K
    795 x 450 - 57K
  • evilproducerevilproducer Posts: 8,493
    edited December 1969

    What the heck, I'll give it a go. First entry.

    Title: Sauropod sunset.

    Software: Carrara 7 Pro. Photoshop.

    Some postwork for levels and contrast.

    800 x 533 - 373K
    600 x 277 - 56K
  • evilproducerevilproducer Posts: 8,493
    edited December 1969

    This is my second entry.

    Title: Wet

    Software: Carrara 7 Pro, Photoshop.

    Postwork: Depth pass for adding DOF.

    600 x 800 - 208K
    355 x 480 - 28K
  • Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,248
    edited July 2012

    My second entry.
    Software used: DAZ Studio 4.5 Pro and GIMP.

    Title: GENESIS

    800 x 411 - 137K
    800 x 350 - 188K
    Post edited by Scott Livingston on
  • deloquenciadeloquencia Posts: 46
    edited December 1969

    Title: Free Climbing (2nd entry)
    Tools: DAZ Studio 4.0, Hexagon 2.5 and Corel PaintShop Pro X4
    Post-processing: Resized, increased the contrast, the clarity and sharpened.
    Base model: Michael 3

    700 x 700 - 98K
    700 x 700 - 75K
  • GeddGedd Posts: 3,046
    edited July 2012

    Morning Exercise
    DAZ Studio
    This pose challenged the limits of the bone system for me. It was a good exercise.

    393 x 600 - 57K
    757 x 800 - 78K
    Post edited by Gedd on
  • SasjeSasje Posts: 804
    edited December 1969

    All of you did very good work
    I wish everyone good luck.:-)

  • frank0314frank0314 Posts: 10,046
    edited December 1969

    Contest has now ended. Good luck everyone.

  • frank0314frank0314 Posts: 10,046
    edited August 2012

    The winners of the July Posing contest are:

    1st - deloquencia Syncorony in Motion
    2nd - version3 Second Entry
    3rd - kurisu2112 Learning To Spin
    HM - squirrelvids Mirilian Dancing

    Congratulations to the winners and all who participated. This was a very challenging month and a hard one to judge.
    The winners should have the prize money added to their accounts within the next 48 hours.

    Post edited by frank0314 on
  • Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,248
    edited December 1969

    Congratulations to the all did an amazing job! See you in the next contest. :)

  • frank0314frank0314 Posts: 10,046
    edited December 1969

    Everybody be sure to join us for this months "DOF" contest.

  • SasjeSasje Posts: 804
    edited December 1969

    Congratulations to the winners :-) and off course not forget the other people in the contest they have all very good renders.
    Good job.

  • JaderailJaderail Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Congratulation's to the Winners and a BIG well done to all who tried the Pose contest. It was lot's of FUN.

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