Blackhearted© is excited to announce updates to the Anastasia character for Alyson 2. Renderosity had the opportunity to speak with Blackhearted© about these changes and this is what he had to say.
Renderosity: Anastasia was very well received here at Renderosity. What prompted you to provide an update for her?
Blackhearted: I enjoy providing updates for my characters. For many of these - like GND4 for V4 - the base model is still going strong with a large user-base. As such it has gone through a few major content updates to freshen it up, add more versatility and add support for new Poser features. As long as the base figure has not become obsolete, I will continue to update all of my GNDs with new content. It’s not as profitable as putting that time into new products but it’s much more rewarding.
Renderosity: What benefits will these enhancements have on current owners of the Anastasia character?
Blackhearted: More versatility. There's a new 'GNDA_Young' morph that softens her features and enhances her eyes. This can be dialed right up for a dramatic difference, or you can just use it at partial strength to slightly soften Anastasia. The new promo with Tyler uses it at half strength (0.5). I've also rolled my freebie ElfEars morph into this update so it’s there on the base figure - it complements the new head morph quite well.
The new Level IV makeup shaders are intended primarily for portrait use - they solve the problem of many makeup textures getting washed out/fuzzy looking when used with an SSS skin shader and allow users to customize by simply changing the Eyeshadow_Color node on the head material. The makeup has its own specularity map so it will react to your scene lighting.
There is also a 'hidden' Alyson eye fix, created by Nerd3D. This solves an inherent issue with Alyson's original eye centers and allows them to rotate perfectly in their sockets.
And, last but not least, there is Tyler. Tyler is being bundled as a free bonus with Anastasia. There are both PC and Mac installers included. This gives users another source to download Tyler and also ensures that Anastasia owners can always get him for free.
Renderosity: Can you tell us about some key differences between the Anastasia and Alyson products?
Blackhearted: Anastasia is a complete rework of the Alyson 2 figure that comes with Poser. I am not exaggerating when I say that I moved pretty much every vertice on her from her toenails to her scalp (the back of her skull is relatively unchanged to allow compatibility with Alyson hair). On top of that there are JCMs in the shoulders, knees, elbows, toes and calves for both better bending and to flex her muscles as she moves. There is also a lot of 'fluff' content such as morphs, props, poses, lights, etc.
Despite the fact that Subsurface Scattering (SSS) was one of the key features of Poser 9/2012, the base figures take no advantage of it. The attached portrait shows the difference between base Alyson 2 and Anastasia in the same lighting (Depth of Field and hair was added to Anastasia).
The base Poser figures have often been passed over, but I believe what has been shown with both Anastasia and Tyler is that any figure can be brought into the mainstream with enough attention.
They also exist as an unofficial 'base' for people to take into new directions using additive morphs - as I've done with Shae and other merchants are already starting to do with their own characters. A large component of the development of both Anastasia and Tyler was fixing issues with the base mesh, resymmetry, anatomy, joints, etc. They are now much easier to work with and shape into new creations.
Owners of Anastasia can CLICK HERE and download the updates from their account.
*Tyler GND requires Poser 9 or Poser Pro 2012 with SR3 or later applied. With this latest Service Release, users can search and purchase Tyler products on Renderosity using the search tool built into Poser.
*Anastasia Requires Poser 9 OR Poser 2012 - either of which include Alyson 2.