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3DAD 016 : Poser Pro Custom Clothing Creation with Sergio Martinez from Xurge3D

Sergio Martinez from Xurge3D creates custom outfits for Poser. As a content creator for Poser, Sergio has invested many years in this application, starting out with Poser 4 back in 1999. His specialisation is in fantasy and sci-fi outfits which fits right in with 3D Art Direct’s coverage of the sci-fi and fantasy genres in the 3D Digital Arts world.

Ever wondered how to create Poser accessories and clothing? Sergio will reveal step by step how he creates his custom clothing with his three part live webinar conference on Saturday 8th and 9th June 2013. Go to to register.

In this episode we learn:

- What got Sergio hooked into Poser clothing content creation. 

- What were some of the most difficult challenges you had to overcome when bringing his content to market.

- Find out which Poser character continues to attract the most sales for Xurge3D.

- What is “conforming clothing.” for Poser. 

– What’s the difference between “dynamic clothing” and “conforming clothing.”

- What’s been the most satisfying product for Sergio to create and why?

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- Where have some of Sergio's influences come for clothing design.

Direct download: Session16.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 6:08pm EST

3DAD 015 : Directing the Sci-Fi Series Nobility : Interview with Neil Johnson Pioneering Digital Film Maker

Welcome to session 15 of the 3D Art Direct podcast. In this session we continue to follow the progress of the sci-fi series project CAS Nobility which is actively pitching for crowd sourced funding on the website. Go to and just search for nobility and take a look at the videos describing the project, which feature E.J. Del La Pena, the creator of the Nobility project and also the director Neil Johnson. They are offering all kinds of goodies to those who donate to the project. I’d like to welcome E.J. and Neil to this session.

E.J. De la Pena is an Actor/Film Maker with more than 20-years experience in the entertainment industry. He’s been a child actor who has earned dozens of credits – including projects like Jingle All The Way and Boy Meets World. He is now the president and founder of the film production company Cowboy Errant!

Neil Brook Johnson (July 26, 1967) is a British film and music video producer, director, and editor best known for his long association with heavy metal band Manowar, and for directing and writing Science Fiction Films. Neil is regarded as a pioneer in digital film-making. He has to his credit over 20 years experience in the industry including 6 feature films and 500 music videos.

Highlights of Neil’s career:-

- The youngest paid director in Australia

- Demons In My Head (1997) is reputed to be the world's first digital film

- His second film, To Become One (2000) was produced for exactly $2,196 [5] as proof that you do not need money to make a successful film

- In 2008, he made Humanity's End, a film about the last man in the universe being hunted down to extinction by a race of beings known as the Nephilim. In fact, all his films take place in the same universe and all contain Nephilim as characters dominating mankind


- 20 years experience

- 6 feature films

- 500 music videos

- 5000 productions

- Specialising in music/sci-fi/drama

In this podcast we learn:-
- The latest news on the creation of the Nobility series
- What attracted Neil to working on Nobility
- Neil's commitment and work ethic as a director
- The George Lucas connection!
Direct download: Session15.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:33pm EST

Welcome to session 14. This digital arts interview is a little different, since I’m interviewing the husband and wife team that run the GeekAtPlay studio website which is totally focussed on education for 3D digital artists. What delighted me most about Vladmir and Amy Chopin’s efforts for teaching 3D Digital Art applications is the sheer amount of content they provide. Today is May 2nd 2013, and I’m looking at their YouTube channel – GeekAtplay  studio and I can see 7 new videos uploaded one day ago.

Now admittedly, this is probably to do with the fact that Vue 11.5 has been released and Vladmir is showing what’s new for this version, so this is probably a few more than he would normally upload, but during our interview  he mentioned he had created around  1500 training videos.  In fact GeekAtPLay specialise in Vue, so if you want to start digital art with creating 3D environments with a great sense of realism, you could download a trial or free version of Vue from and start looking at Vladmir’s training videos on YouTube.

Now Amy Chopin is equally busy, she’s the author of 3D Art Essentials, which is a great start for 3D digital artist in getting to know the basics on the history, the terms of 3D art. But it covers modelling, posing, texturing, creating scenery, animation and rendering.

Vladmir is originally from Moscow, Russia and now lives with Amy in Utah, in the United States. I started asking Vladmir about his early experiences with film and classic animation whilst in his teens.

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Direct download: Session14.mp3
Category:Podcast -- posted at: 5:20pm EST