So I thought I’d go first.
I am Michael Collins. Aside from running this site (and a couple of others), 3D art is a passion of mine. It has been since I first purchased Poser 2 back in 1997. My somewhat NSFW portfolio is available on my self-hosted WordPress site, here.
I mainly do male art and male pinups and prefer NSFW art. Mainly as a counter to the hordes of NSFW pinup art that it seems every other site on the Internet is full of.
My primary tool today is DAZ Studio with many (many) plugins, add-ons, and scripts. It’s by far the tool that I am the most comfortable with, and have the most experience with. I’ve been using Studio since it’s first Public Beta over 15 years ago.
I’ve got a basic working knowlege of Zbrush and have successfully used Zbrush to make some custom morphs and modified some existing DAZ Studio characters. I really like Zbrush but I find the UI a bit daunting.
I’m still learning Blender. I’ve been learning Blender though for 10 years now. I have a hard time wrapping my brain around it, but I will say that 2.83 is so much nicer and seems easier to use than 2.79.
I want to force myself to learn Blender more. Hoping that the DAZ Studio to Blender Bridge and DiffieMorphic will be the impetus to help me finally jump-in with 2 feet!
I also have Marvelous Designer and really want to learn how to use Marvelous Designer more. I would love to eventually become proficient enough with MD where I can create my own clothes for my characters.
Outside of 3D — which is just my hobby — I’m self-employed and pay for all this by working as an IT and Information Security consultant.
I live right next-door to Atlanta-proper, “inside The Perimeter”, in a small community called Decatur with my husband of 16-years, and our two dogs.
Pre-COVID we used to enjoy entertaining and going out to eat and to the theatre. Now that COVID has torn up our lives and our routines we take turns cooking, and the theatre has been replaced with Netflix and Chill or Hulu and Chill, or Amazon and Chill, etc. …
I’m a staunch atheist, and a Democratic Socialist.