3D Art Made Butt-Simple

Yes, these days, even if you’re relatively computer-illiterate, if your good enough to use WordPress and Windows easily, you can make professional-looking 3D art. And it doesn’t necessarily even cost any money. You can find lots of free content on various sites like ShareCG.com. The program I use is even free.

The key is “presets”. Presets allow you to practically click a character into a scene, click a building into the scene, then click the character into place, place a whole light set (just like in a photography studio but using your mouse instead of lugging equipment around) with just one click, and clicking in any props you may want, such as a car or helicopter, then clicking the “make art” (“render” it is technically called) button which tells the computer to make the final image.

I sell certain kinds of presets. Mainly poses, the most recent of which you can find here. So without knowing anything except how to click on stuff, you can put your character into a pose like below with one double-click. I hope to get more people doing 3D art because really, if you suck at drawing but still want to “art” somehow, 3D could be your answer.


For more information, you can see this cheesy little demo I made while ago: http://takoyakida.webs.com/videos/RealityDemo.htm

So, if you want to make great 3D art but don’t want to get too into the technical side of things, just get a bunch of presets, whether from a free site like ShareCG.com, or from my publisher Daz 3D, or any another online marketplace.

Here’s to making your vision a reality.

-Justin aka Tako Yakida

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Button Grunge – Free Stock Image!

Button Grunge

Hello folks! I was fooling around in the digi-verse and discovered this uncharted asteroid composed entirely of buttons! Free for personal or commercial use, but please do credit me as the original creator of the image. You can alter it as much as you please to suit your projects.


-Justin aka Tako Yakida
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Free stock image of girl with sword!

Whatever you’d like to use it for, commercial or otherwise. Just credit me (with a link if possible to this blog or my website takoyakida.webs.com!)

Stock by Tako Yakida

Hope you like!


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My First Pic

Elf Girl

Suck at drawing? Try 3D and impress the crap out of your friends!

So I did my first real picture with Iray last night. Wtf is Iray you may ask? Iray was recently added to Daz Studio to create images using real-world physics (in other words, light behaves like it should in real life, which creates really cool effects.) Both Studio and Iray come free so if you are interested in doing what I do, it’s now easier than ever! I am quite impressed as a matter of fact with how easy this image was. Especially with all the presets Daz includes like “gold”, “wax” and so on to make surfaces look like they do in real life. Want to learn more? Check out http://www.daz3d.com/daz_studio


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My supernatural pose set is out!!!

It’s been a while but I’ve just published a new 3D product at DAZ 3D!!!

Check it out!

Whether its sleeping on the ceiling, alien abduction, angry spirits out for revenge or a powerful sorceress commanding the elements, this set of highly detailed poses has you covered.

25 DUF poses for Genesis 3 Female and 25 DUF poses for Arabella 7

  • 13 Flying/floating Poses
  • 1 Laying Pose
  • 3 Running Poses
  • 3 Crouching Poses
  • 1 Standing Pose
  • 4 Wall Crawl Poses

A few samples:


Get it here!


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The Hall: a dark fantasy short


A long dark hallway stretched before her. Once upon a time the dark would scare her, threatening an unknown something that pierced her to her very core. As the shadows clung ever tighter, seeping through her body like a virus, she grew to accept the darkness. The whispers, the fear, it all blurred together into a haze of something resembling a morbid euphoria. If this was all she was to know, then this is what she must come to master. She must become one with the darkness and pain, and through such suffering, forge a heart of steel that no force on Earth could shatter.

Opening her eyes, she peeked out from the tattered curtains piled in the corner of a disheveled room full of old furniture and cobwebs. In the distance shone a dim, hollow light, reminiscent of a specter’s spindly fingers stretching out into the black void of the nothingness of an afterlife not quite attained. Rats scurried across the hall now and then, searching for anything to sustain their emaciated frames.

Taking a deep breath, the girl braced herself for another attempt to reach the light. Three times before, she had tried, and each time had failed. A mysterious force smothering her out of consciousness before she could reach it. Her guide had warned her of such a force, stating that to make it though the other-worldly gauntlet, she would have to use what would only come to the surface in her time of greatest need, a time which he could not elucidate further, except only to offer the dubious reassurance of, “When it is time, you will know.” So much for guides.

Each time she lost consciousness, she would then find herself back in the room she started in, under the same tattered curtains, watching the same rats wandering by, with the only difference being the layout of the hall and adjoining rooms. Each time, something was different, out of place. Hidden pitfalls abound and she had to be careful where she stepped, what she grabbed for support. One moment she could be leaning against an old bookshelf, and the next find that bookshelf was replaced with a gaping maw of broken teeth, ready to make her a meal. No matter what the injuries she sustained, the next time she awoke, she would be whole again, not a scratch to be found upon her slender frame. Prometheus kept coming to mind every time she awoke. As if she was being punished for something she could hardly recall. Like waking up from a bad dream only to be cast into a deeper nightmare.

Sitting up, she braced her feet against the wall behind her. Taking one more deep breath, she eyed her target intently. The light danced and glittered provocatively, as if daring her to make a move.

Half a heartbeat later she burst forward towards the light. As soon as she made it past the threshold of the first room, she felt a cold tingling sensation throughout her body. The hairs on her neck stood on end. The air around her seemed to begin to thicken in places, and she smoothly dodged the solidifying areas without ever taking her eyes off her objective. Bounding forward, she passed the next series of rooms leading off from the hall. Crackles and flashes of light emanated from the depths of the chambers, accompanied by the smell of burning flesh. She could feel the energy cutting into her body but she continued onward, her goal growing ever closer.

At last the end of the hall was clearly in sight. In her excitement she did not notice the final barrier in her way, and by the time she heard the snick of a metal spring being released, it was too late, the trap had been set in motion. Time seemed to slow at this point, and she could see the teeth of the device closing in around her, then darkness once more.

Well, there’s always tomorrow, she thought grimly….

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The Life of Idd: Part Two

Finding my original entry point into the cavern was a lot easier than expected due to new light filtering down from above. This time the light was in the form of strong beams, cutting through the water like spears. As my body came in contact with the beams I felt a surge of energy within me. My skin shivered and my pulse raced. Faster and faster I swam until I broke the surface of the pond.

There in all its glory, the Sun beat down upon me. By this time my skin had thickened to a point where it absorbed most of the heat, and dispersed it in the form of sweat which started from my pores almost immediately. Looking down I was surprised to see I was not sinking back into the water. My clawed feet had developed a large webbing which somehow suspended me over the pond. Looking down, I could see my reflection.

My head was angular and full of sharp teeth with a long flexible tongue. My eyes were slivers of black surrounded by orange with specks of dark green and more black. My body was smooth and shiny with water falling quickly from my skin in the form of round droplets as result of the many tiny scales covering it. Behind me stretched a muscular tail with projections of horn going here and there. I looked ready for business!

At that moment, I realized my webbed feet could probably do more than just keep me above the water in one position. So I took a deep breath and moved my legs as fast as I could. I jolted forward so fast that before I knew it I had made it across the pond with the shore fast approaching. Unfortunately I hadn’t figured out brakes at this point and so crashed into the dirt with most unceremonious, how shall I put this? Inelegance. Tail over head, I had practically rolled myself backwards as I fumbled for some traction. Somehow I managed after some revolutions to land on all fours. Even so, my eyes wouldn’t stop spinning for a few moments. Most unsettling.

In any case, after the nausea passed I decided to head back to my tree, this time climbing up the trunk to get a better view of the forest. Up and up I went for what seemed like miles. Finally I reached the first group of branches and found a nice resting spot where two of them had crossed, winding around each other like snakes. The leaves were broad and gave plenty of shade to relax in. Quite cozy. Curling up amongst the branches I peered outwards, my gaze sweeping across the land. It was a vast network of trees and vines interconnecting in a maze of green. Off in the distance were towering mountains surrounded in fog near their summits.

Other than that there was one feature that stood out. In the center of the forest lay a mysterious clearing full of interesting shapes. Completely unlike the forest around it, they were shapes I had not seen before other than when looking at my oh so pretty skull in the water. Angular structures abounded in this clearing. Curiosity getting the better of me, I decided I had to know what those structures were. And thus began my first real adventure.

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