Poser Figure Artist Released by e frontier

e frontier announced the release of Poser Figure Artist software for the traditional art markets. Poser Figure Artist was designed to help artists create the human figure for canvas, sculpture or digital artwork. The software allows artists to choose any of the numerous 3D figure models that are included, pose the figure and then view it from various angles and surface planes with a large variety of lighting options. Poser Figure Artist is a valuable addition for artists who want to use the human form in their artwork or studies, and would prefer an option to wooden mannequins and costly, live models.

Poser Figure Artist, which is optimized for the traditional and mixed media artist, was developed from e frontier's popular 3D human figure program, "Poser." Poser has been on the market for 10 years and has more than 200,000 users worldwide. Poser Figure Artist features an intuitive, workflow-based interface that quickly walks the user through the set-up process to place a figure model in the scene, set a pose, add hair, facial expression and clothing from the built-in content library. Poser Figure Artist allows artists to easily pose or move any part of the body, and to create the appropriate lighting conditions.

Poser Figure Artist comes complete with a library of 12 different ready-to-use human figure models and hundreds of poses, garments, expressions, hairstyles and backgrounds to work with. A built-in browser allows access to e frontier's online content store, Content Paradise, which features additional content that can be viewed, purchased and downloaded directly into the Poser Figure Artist library.

With the included or purchased content, figures can be posed with props such as garments, chairs or drapes; camera angles can be adjusted, and lights and shadows added as the artist chooses. Poser Figure Artist can also place backgrounds behind the model or props. The resulting 3D human figure is a realistic image, which artists can use as a model to help draw, sculpt, create digitally or paint the human form. The final output can also be rendered to look like pastel, watercolor, charcoal, photorealistic or other art styles.

Laslo Vespremi, director of strategic marketing at e frontier, said, "Artists are going to like this program because it allows them to use the software as if it were a live human model. The artist will appreciate the benefit of not having to pay a model to pose or stopping while the model takes a break or falls asleep."

Artist Linda Hellfritsch, who uses Poser Figure Artist, added, "Poser Figure Artist is a great addition to fundamental life drawing skills and the knowledge of anatomy. It can also be used as an educational tool for those just beginning or wanting to learn the finer points of using the human figure in their artwork. Poser Figure Artist is an extremely handy tool in the fine art studio."

Figure Artist is also a great educational tool for novice or advanced artists who want to explore the human form. The software includes how-to-draw tutorials and a tutorial book by art writer Les Pardew, whose illustrated book provides two chapters as included online tutorials. Also included are reference images by famous painters such as Leonardo, Rubens and Rembrandt.

Suggested retail pricing for Poser Figure Artist is $99.99 and $49.99 for educational users.

Poser Figure Artist is available directly through e frontier's online stores (www.e-frontier.com or www.contentparadise.com), through e frontier's art supply partners such as Jerry's Artarama (www.jerrysartarama.com), Dick Blick Art Materials (www.dickblick.com) and also through e frontier's software reseller partners in the U.S. and worldwide.

System Requirements:

Windows* Windows 2000 or XP* 500 MHz Pentium class or compatible (700 MHz or faster recommended)* 256 MB system RAM (512 MB or more recommended)* OpenGL enabled graphics card or chipset recommended (recent NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon preferred)* 24-bit color display, 1024 x 768 resolution* 500 MB free hard disk space (2 GB recommended)* Internet connection required for Content Paradise access* CD-ROM drive

Macintosh (Coming Soon)* Mac OS X 10.2 or later* 500 MHz G3 processor (700 MHz G4 or faster recommended); Intel Mac through Rosetta only* 256 MB system RAM (512 MB or more recommended)* OpenGL enabled graphics card or chipset recommended (recent NVIDIA GeForce and ATI Radeon preferred)* 24-bit color display, 1024 x 768 resolution* 500 MB free hard disk space (2 GB recommended)* Internet connection required for Content Paradise access* CD-ROM drive

e frontier Inc. (www.e-frontier.com) and its subsidiary companies publish and distribute computer graphics software for digital artists and hobbyists worldwide. Their software includes Poser, Poser Figure Artist, Shade, Amapi Pro, Manga Studio, Anime Studio and MotionArtist. They also produce quality computer graphics content and software related books and magazines. The company is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, and has offices in Scotts Valley, California, and Bordeaux, France.

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