Poser, the super useful tool for making animation/illustration for 2d games

Categories games, HTML5, MyArtWork

Everybody has a completely different way of learning things, when I started developing games and making animation (14 years ago), I jumped right into 3D, without any formal art training. While I was able to “cheat” my way around and use 3D tools to make the artwork required for the games I was working on, the lack of formal training was obvious and to some extent still is in my work today. Now that I am all “grown -up” I see the value in learning how to draw/sketch/light a scene, use color, shapes etc. to convey a message, instill a mood etc. This why I am committed to continuing to take the awesome art classes from Schoolism.com. I am barely scratching the surface, I am just beginning to see it now.

I have started a new browser educational game with @MrNussbaum and I needed a few different references for drawing the title page character. I could go over to Pinterest and search for some Character Design Reference, but that might take some significant amount of time, and there is a very small chance that I will be able to find exactly the pose I want. You can, if you managed to learn the necessary skill, to draw it from imagination, but I am not there yet.

Here comes Poser to the rescue.

After looking for a few things that might help, I remember the time I used to play with Poser, and how marvelous it was, almost magical. I quickly went to Smithmicro’s page, just to see how it had evolved since the last time I have opened it, which I think was version 5 or 6. Needless to say, I was not disappointed, the current version is 11, and it looked like the program evolved nicely over the years. With another happy accident, it was on sale, so I got it really cheap.

This week I am working on a few character running cycles and Poser walk designer will save me a lot of time. Despite the many years that have passed since my last encounter, I found it easy to get right back into it and do my job, the YouTube videos also helped :). I feel like those years of fulling around with 3D Tools were not a waste of time after all.

Here is the pose with the drawing side by side.

Thank you, Poser 🙂

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Time Achievement Badges for MathSumRun

Categories game art, games

Today I am following the previous set, with the new Time Badges you will be able to earn in MathSumRun.

Math Pioneer, you will earn this one after 30 min spent in the game.

mathsumrun pioneer

Math Enthusiast, to get this one you will have to spend 1 hour in the game.

mathsumrun Enthusiast

Math Devotee, to collect this one you will need to accumulate 2 hours in the game.

mathsumrun devotee

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