Rendering Horrors

Streebo asked me to share a little bit about my Poser work. For me it is often a first step to explore a script idea or in some cases a really awesome tool for storyboard work or developing the look of a character, so in some way it is related to film making.

In the case of Mutantville Productions it was Live Action/Poser animation project, “The Zombie Hunter” that brought the players together in the first place so it’s fitting the the application have a place in the great halls of the Mutantville mother ship.

I began using Poser around 8 years ago at version 5. At the time I remember thinking it was just the coolest thing for a person such as myself who really lacks great hand drawing skills. I began participating in the larger Poser communities such as Renderosity, PoserPros.com (now defunct) and DAZ3d.com, first as a customer, then an artist, a vendor and eventually a site owner. At the peak of my involvement in running a Poser site, PoserCity.com we averaged something like 6500 hits per day. But that kind of bandwidth gets too expensive so eventually the site was closed. From there my passion for Poser moved to the creation of original monsters. Of course being one of the primary Mutantville Madmen, I’d want to make monsters first.

I established DevilDogStudios.com along with my partner Chris Haigood about 14 months back. I’m proud to say that in the short time we’ve been in business we have already produced the most popular Werewolf figure in the Poser community at large. In addition to this best seller, we also developed an original Creature From The Black Lagoon type monster called, “Creech” which was a part of the included content for the brand new Poser 8 software. Both my name and that of our company are acknowledge for our contributions to Poser right on the splash screen as soon as the program loads. I confess, that is a real hoot for me. It makes me feel like the countless hours I’ve poured in the 200 or so artworks I’ve created with the ap weren’t all for naught. And while this side company doesn’t exactly line my pockets with the green stuff, it does satiate my passion for creating monsters.

DDS is currently is currently running our “Nightmare” contest which will result in a hard bound coffee table book filled with all kinds of monster and mayhem. While not directly related to Mutantville apart from my involvement, it’s a safe bet to say that several C For Chaos inspire works may find themselves on the pages within.

Poser plays a big role when it comes to keeping me creative. I’ll share a little of my Poser art with you here in the coming months.

Johnny Brento

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