This is for Tom, showing one of my custom Sketch presets at work in Poser’s Sketch Designer, biting into the shadows of the Smooth Shaded display mode. In the comments, Tom asked about what MotionArtist’s 3D auto-hatching looked like, and I said a render from Poser’s Sketch Designer would be more acceptable to regular comics readers.
It was a bit more faint on the actual 6 second Sketch render at 1800px, and here I’ve tweaked contrast for clarity. In Smooth Shaded you don’t get the eyes, but you’d be compositing those in via a line-art render. The problem with this kind of fine hatching is that as soon as you start to reduce it in size, it smushes down into a smudgy haze. For a comic one would have to spend a lot of time fine-tuning it and making it consistent for, say, a 10″ Kindle screen. Still, nice for one-off illustrations, and a bit of smart blur gets you a pencil-smudged effect without damaging the linart.
Here’s an earlier attempt, with a more Bernie Wrightson look. This was on a straightforward figure, so it can also be done on normal display modes.
These are a bit hatched or whorled, but Sketch Designer will also emulate cross-hatching.
Thanks David, I’m always quite fascinated by computer-generated crosshatching (hoping for the day when maybe an AI will be able to do it for me, lol).
I’m still way back in the dark ages in Poser Pro 2012 though, is the Poser11 Sketch Designer identical to the 2012 Poser Sketch Designer? Can I produce this same effect on my older version or would I need to upgrade up to Poser 11 to get these kind of results?
Yes, it hasn’t changed since forever. Might be a bit slower on Poser 2012 on Windows XP, but of course on Poser 12 you won’t have Poser 11’s Comic Book mode for Sketch to run with.
Okay, I’ll give Sketch Designer another look. I did make a big effort a few years ago to simulate crosshatching in Sketch Designer but ultimately failed and gave up on it. I definitely wasn’t able to get what you were able to achieve in the “for-tom.jpg” so that’s what made me wonder if some improvements or added control wasn’t added to SD for Poser 11.
Great. I’m fairly sure those presets both started with the basic Woodcut preset or the Sketch preset. The first thing to do with these two is to turn off all the background sketching to speed things up, so that you are only sketching into the figure(s). The top example was sketching into the shadows of Smooth Shaded display mode, with Comic Book ink lines active.