you do not GET stuff designed for Maya
you DESIGN stuff for Maya!!
(you would not last 2 minutes at CGtalk!!!! )
but if you are not a CGsociety snob, you use premade content, Daz makes nicer content than anyone else!
drop a posed obj in there and some props
play with Maya’s lights, textures etc, knock us out!
Ok, I have to address this right away before people maybe associate me with those bigoted show-offs just because I have some fancy software!
I am not, nor will I ever be, a snob about this artwork. Last year I started a thread called “But is it art?” where I asked opinions on whether it’s artistic to just drop premade items into a premade environment. This thread was started because I began to feel that it was too easy to make acceptable artwork. The response to that thread was tremendous, people telling me that so long as a little effort was put into the thought process then yes, it’s art. That effort could be as little as thinking “Oh that outfit would look great on this character morph”. As for me thinking it was all too easy, well that’s a simple thing to correct isn’t it? If your art becomes too easy, challenge yourself, apply limitations just for the sake of it, learn a new aspect. If you can master lighting and call it easy, you’re an artistic god!
The people that think you’ve got to create all your own stuff in order to be allowed to be considered for the possibility of maybe, potentially being called an artist are people that I challenge. They spend so much time on a piece of work that it becomes a technical masterpiece, a wonder of form, light and expression. Yeah, that’s great if you’ve got 25 hours in your day and can fit all that time into working on 3D art, but for the rest of the human race with jobs and lives it’s just a waste of what little time we have left in our mere 24 hour days. I have the utmost respect for the people that create their art from scratch and spend hours on each tiny detail, honestly I do, but I have the same amount of respect for those who, like me, can’t spend that much time on it, or simply don’t want to.
Fancypants software doesn’t make the artist. What’s in the heart and head make the artist. The fancypants software is just like having more brushes to dip in your paint.
No, I didn’t think Wendy was really saying that I was a snob, or that I should be. But I have noticed before in my work as a web designer that if I say I’ve got Photoshop and Dreamweaver people go all lar dee dar at me, so I wanted to clear that up in case anyone at all thinks I reckon I’m better than them.
And yeah, I agree 100% with Wendy’s appraisal of Daz models. Sometimes I am blown away by the detail in a character, or a prop, and someone has put a lot of effort into making them. By that standard, it’s rude NOT to use them!
Love Daz, love art, hate snobs!