While I have your attention, thank you everyone for your replies, emails, comments over here, on Renderotica, on Renderosity, in the forums. I have been very busy doing 100 things at the same time so I might have missed a comment or email or two.
@ Pirates their downloaders
By the way, eh, if you have a pirated copy of Lali's Bits, then please do not contact me. I know there's this culture out there about sharing and all that, that's fine, but piracy is not sharing, ya? I need to eat and pay my bills at some point. So the next one I will report. Please understand that the management of Renderotica and I are constantly busy finding and nailing pirated versions available on the internet, its hard work, so its kindof weird if you come to me and say hey, what's up? I stole your stuff! its amazing! thanks for the good work. Can you give me some tips??... eehhhh... yeah, what am I to do about that? Imagine someone raping your daughter and saying afterwards: hmm, you have a beautiful daughter. By the way can you hook me up with your other daughter?
ANYWAY, looks like the new Renderotica is finally getting back on track. Still a tonne of bugs but at least the main features are chugging along nicely. I was made Site Admin because I was helping out with all the small announcements and giving suggestions to the management when times were rough. I hope nobody is weirded out with my new title, I'm still the same old Erogenesis, posting a zillion images everywhere, making goofy comments everywhere.
So now it is gradually back to comic-making for me. In the new comic we go back a few years and meet Lali in university with Julie and Laila. They get up to no good. Now, Laila has pubes so I wanted to make a nice conforming prop for that. With the new 'copy morphs from...' function it has become ridiculously easy to make it. This dude J.Clyde contacted me a while back about this project he wanted to set up, pubes for Lali, and I am using his prop now. I turned it into a conforming prop. Its pretty nifty how it morphs along with the pussy.
I also made a white shirt for Lali that she uses as pyjamas in the comic, open and long and its based on the shirt from Michael Stylin. I made a whole bunch of movement morphs for it. Unfortunately it has been completely re-rigged and re-grouped so I won't work for the original shirt any more.
I have already started rendering for the comic and I have to hurry now. I have so many plans for Lali is ridiculous. Some people are saying Lali is getting a very unique status and are suggesting I start selling actual comic book versions of her stories and that I could get away with making Lali merchandise. In any case, Lali's world is expanding quite a bit.
On Renderosity I posted a picture of Lali as a kid with her dad. It is a picture meant for on Lali's apartment wall. I cannot post that here without people raising an eyebrow for obvious reasons. But Simon the Templar came with a very cool idea of making a small innocent extremely non-erotic comic about Lali as a kid, terrorizing her school friends, climbing trees and making the lives of her teachers very difficult! Would be fun, but also tricky. I certainly won't be able to sell it over at Rotica.
You guys might have seen a bunch of other characters popping up here and there. Let me quickly explain. The redhead who's bum graced the front of Renderotica's new website is called Amanda. She is one of Lali's university friends and will be seen in a future Lali Lite. You've all met the girl that gave you Lali's Bits, the blonde. She's called, eh, Bitsy... hahahaha. She's actually made from Morph++ stuff. All my other girls are custom made in zBrush. Then you've got Sen, the Triplon Warrior. Ok this is way way way into the future, but eventually I'd like to start a comic series on this girl called Sen who is born into a matriarchal world called Triplon, with very barbaric and violent traditions. She doesn't fit in as well as the rest and she goes off to discover why.
I never use DAZ FBMs
Speaking of which, not so long ago I realised that many people use combinations of morph packages for their characters when they kept on asking me what packages I used for my girls (hey, I live in the bush!). I never use those Morph++, Steph or Elite morphs, I do all of it in zBrush. In fact I only bought Steph and Elite just before the release of Lali's Bits to test the compatibility!
The only stuff I use from DAZ is some the facial expressions from the V4 base and from Aiko. And even with my own stuff, I use very specific morphs for certain characters. Lali's smile is a different one from Julie's. And Laila's is also different.
I recommend everyone to try make their own FBMs if you can, that way your art becomes even more unique, plus, you piss off the pirates. Talent is the one thing they can never steal.
< yeah yeah I know. Dickasaurus Rex haha. Thank you Arcas
3D figures, and coming to terms with Project E
On another note, all those discussions I had with folks over at Rosity, mostly positive, is making me think deep and hard about how I wanna present Project E. The whole thing is, why Project E? I've been thinking and I'm kind of going in this direction: we've got a whole bunch of characters to choose from, and you can go in almost any direction with them. Some have their limitations, like Genesis being stuck to DS, and others are not well supported. Dawn and the Genesis models are too low poly to have any meaning for someone like me, V4 is still going strong and will probably stay like that for a while, Roxie is a good figure, but unfortunately non-existent in the grand scheme of things.
In short, all are relatively ok but they all seem to be occupying the same niche, to varying degrees. With Genesis, V4 and Dawn, you can create hulks, pixies and elves, aliens... they are perfect for full body actors. But what if you would want a nicely detailed render of a hand, with all the folds and intricate lumps of fat everywhere, or a detailed genital penetration shot, or make a render of a woman twisting her torso around and that this fold in her back shows? How about a real female human being?
I think Project E can be the perfect figure to fill all the gaps. Moderately HiRes, detailed hands, face, gens, toes, torso. I still have to sleep on this though. Making an optional lores version shouldn't be that hard though, I think.
It seems, and I might / hope to be wrong, that I might have made some enemies somewhere by being a wee tad too outspoken about Dawn. Now I don't know if it is because I was critical about Dawn, or if it is because I announced that I wouldn't be supporting her, or if they revere her too much. I hope I can put an end to it with this story:
First of all, because I don't support Dawn, or have negative opinions of her, doesn't mean that Dawn is a shit figure. I have different requirements for my figures, Dawn is not suited for that. Like they say, she has clearly been developed for a PG13 audience (tits?), and on top of that, she's till in development. Plus, she's ugly haha. However, I will probably use Dawn as a background model.
Outside of Dawn, the only reason I made Lali's Bits for V4 is because I wanted a good functioning 3D figure for my comics. Back in 2011 V4 seemed to be the only figure available to me that was up to the task. Now that I have her, there's no point for me to bother with any other figure, unless someone comes out with something truly different. The rigs and meshes of Dawn, Roxie and V6 are very similar. Adopting any of these 3D figures would just mean that I spend months and months on fixing her hips and rigging the prop on her and the result will be no different than my Lali System now. In fact even less so because some are very low poly. So why bother waste all that time if I can do it now with my V4?
Having said that, Project E should be worth that effort, because she'll have things that all the other figures don't.