Poser Creator Series: Using Poser's animation tools with Rikomortis

Nov 06, 2019 at 10:00 am by Michelle Willard

Poser Creator Series with Rikomortis, aka, James Parsons

Poser offers users the ability to use interactive 3D figure design to create art, illustration, animation, comics, web, print, education, medical, games, story boarding, and more. Using the program, creators can bring their stories, dreams and fantasies to life. From historic to contemporary, sci-fi to fantasy, Poser is the 3D graphics software tool used by professionals and hobbyists alike.

That's why we want to take a closer look at some of the creators who leverage the power of Poser to create.

James Parsons, a.k.a., Rikomortis has always had an affinity for sci-fi, fantasy and horror. One glance at his Renderosity gallery and you'll find the stuff of nightmares.

The old Tales From the Crypt comics inspired him and once he found Poser, well, it was a match made in hell.

He uses the program to create creepy, horrific and often violent scenes. But he doesn't just stick to photorealistic renders, he often exports the models and creates animations with them.

After he entered Renderosity's annual Halloween contest with a Poser-based animation, we reached out to him to get an idea of his process.

How long have you been using Poser and why did you start using the program?

Rikomortis: I started out with Poser 5 around 2005. Before Poser, I had been working with Corel PaintShop Pro for photo editing and image creation. I remember finding some renders online that were so awesome! I was so blown away by the quality of these images. I just had to do some research and find out how I could get involved. I found Currious Labs' Poser 5 and the fun began!

What inspires your creations?

I have always loved fantasy, horror, and sci-fi. A huge amount of inspiration comes from the fantastic content creators and vendors on Renderosity like Powerage, Cybertenko, Coflek-Gnorg, and the many others that create so that we may create.

What is your favorite thing to create in Poser?

If I had to pick one thing out of the many features of Poser, I would have to say the ability to animate my scenes is my favorite. I have tons of animated clips created with Poser on my hard drive. The many features of Poser and the continued advancements of the program keep me coming back for more, year after year.

Can you explain the inspiration behind your entry in our annual Halloween contest?

It was definitely the theme of this years contest, "Ever Watching Eyes" coupled with the social media crazy world we live in. We all see social media posts that make it seem like people lead the perfect trouble free lives, when in fact everyone has everyday problems to deal with in the real world. A couple arguing in the woods after such a loving social media post (with a deranged Hockey mask-wearing psycho maniac watching and waiting) just seemed to tell the story. I always look forward to the holiday contests at Renderosity and the chance to win some cool new software prizes.

What was your workflow for creating the animation?

Poser was used to export the cabin props, the masked killer character, and a few bvh motion files into 3D Exchange, then rigged for iClone Poser's ability to export to FBX format is a huge plus. Poser plays well with other software allowing the user to increase their work flow and productivity. Most of my animation time is typically spent in Poser 11. I really like the addition of bullet physics. I also use the Poser Physics plugin.

Once I exported the props and characters, I used 3D Exchange to gather and export assets into iClone 6. Some Characters and animation motions are standard with iClone, and some were imported into iClone from Truebones and Eclipse 3d.

The scenes were set up using multiple camera angles and then rendered individually. All the editing was done in MAGIX Movie Edit Pro.

What can you create? Let us know on Twitter at @poserpro, using #CreateWithPoser.

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