Shooting Reference – Hot Toys Truetype Figure

Posted on 2012/02/28 at 23:38 by daarken 18 Comments

Do you ever have problems with lighting? Sometimes it can be hard to take photo reference if you don’t have any models handy. Shooting reference of yourself with good lighting can be a pain, but there are some solutions. Today Daarken will talk about using Hot Toys Truetype figure to shoot some realistic reference.

Hot Toys Truetype Figure Male

Hot Toys Truetype Figure Female

18 Comments on "Shooting Reference – Hot Toys Truetype Figure"

  1. Perrin · 2012/02/28 at 23:57 · Reply

    The male one is nude yet the female one has clothing… lol :S
    good stuff though! :P

  2. Ricardo Arganza · 2012/02/29 at 04:59 · Reply

    This is a really helpful tool. Usually i shoot myself when i need it but as you say it´s a pain because you have to do the shot, then test the image, correct it, pose down again, shot, and so on. It´s quite more easy iluminating a little doll than a real person.
    I´m curious about “Poser”. I don´t really know the program but i think it may have a lot of lighting and color posibilities.
    Have you ever tried it?

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/02/29 at 10:15 · Reply

      I’ve actually never used Poser before, so I can’t really comment about it. I know some artists do use that program though.

  3. Andrew Ryan · 2012/02/29 at 05:34 · Reply

    The neck is long in the picture because they use that version to model clothing.

  4. Bryan · 2012/02/29 at 07:04 · Reply

    Good stuff but having the guy can be a bit distracting, maybe the girl will be better.

  5. matt kohr · 2012/02/29 at 07:40 · Reply

    Fantastic! I’ve been on the lookout for a proper action-figure reference, and this is it. Thanks for the awesome recommendation and video Daarken.

    • daarken
      daarken · 2012/02/29 at 10:15 · Reply

      No problem!

      • matt kohr · 2012/03/06 at 06:52 · Reply

        Mine just came in the mail, and I am amazingly satisfied. Thanks again for this, Daarken – I never would have found them otherwise. Hot toys? Not usually something I want to be searching on the internet.

        • daarken
          daarken · 2012/03/06 at 10:50 · Reply

          Nice! Glad you like it!

  6. dekraus · 2012/02/29 at 08:15 · Reply

    Man, just a few days ago I was wondering if there was a realistic figure out there like this. Thanks so much for making this post! I use a 3D figure poser program to play with lighting from time to time, but it’s such a hassle to pose the figure and light it, and then it just never seems quite as really “real” as something lit naturally. I’ll be adding these figures to my references as soon as I can afford them!

  7. Judy · 2012/02/29 at 16:41 · Reply

    Wonderful! not only the tutorials are important but also these things like this help so much. I am going to get mine. Thanks so much Daarken!!!

  8. Eric Braddock · 2012/02/29 at 18:17 · Reply

    Awesome vid, dude. Also, that is an awesome Deathwing maquette back there ;)

  9. DrewMuch · 2012/03/01 at 16:08 · Reply

    Yo Daarken!

    Awesome video again, this makes me curious, I will have to put this down on my list of things to buy.

    I used poser a while back when it was WAY simpler. I tried the new version and its really annoying. Older one was way easier to figure out. BUT poser is very helpful just that it takes a while to learn the new one.

    Btw, if you get time, I’d love some feed back on my 30 day challenge that I’m doing, its on my blog. I would love some critique/feedback. =D

  10. finndahl · 2012/03/04 at 03:41 · Reply

    Hi Daarken! If you could upload thoose referens pictures you took would be lovely if you want to share with ous. Keep the good work up man!

  11. todd kowalski · 2012/03/07 at 16:02 · Reply

    Thanks, Daarken!!

  12. Verticies · 2012/10/31 at 21:04 · Reply

    Good idea but with a small amount of knowledge you could pose free models from blender swap using of course blender. This allows you to adjust the camera settings and unusual lighting also.

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