Update: I now have a dedicated Poser Pro blog!
The affordable and excellent Poser / DAZ Studio character Doctor Pitterbill (currently $10) has a growing range of clothing and new character styles, some of it free. For example, here’s my basic OpenGL render (from DAZ) of the free Sepit mod wood-gnome clothing set for him…
(Tip: to get free Elf Ears on Doctor Pitterbill, give him the facial expression you want. Then give him facial expression #3 from Nursoda’s other DAZ character called Malini the Clown. For some reason, this gives Pitterbill “instant elf-ears”, without changing the expression you want. I discovered this by accident.).
Other add-on characters/clothing sets for Pitterbill are currently: Wild West / Steampunk :: Harpert the Clown :: Torba the Insane One :: Prison Inmate :: Steampunk :: Dracula (also Steampunk / Wild West) :: Sorcerer/Priest :: Dr. Mabusa (horror) :: Jones (Safari / Adventure / Steampunk) :: and A Jester, as well as some sports stuff. All are fairly low-priced. Also take at look at this free top hat and this free 1970s University Lecturer clothes set.
Pitterbill comes with an excellent and large set of expressions and poses as standard, but then so do some of the add-on packs. For instance, here’s the large expressions set that comes with the $6.80 “Torba” add-on for him…
He will also accept body poses meant for other Nursoda characters (e.g. Malik, Malini).
There’s also a set of approved clothing templates for Pitterbill (with a commercial re-use licence from Nursoda, to encourage clothing designers), and a Crossdresser 4 licenced script for DAZ clothing conversion/fitting of other DAZ clothing.
Frankly, Pitterbill looks better than many of the “pro” toon-guy rigs I’ve seen for the likes of Maya in the last couple of years. But he’s royalty-free, commercial-use enabled, and you can pick him up with five outfits for less than $50. His stylized face also bypasses “the uncanny valley”. So it would be very pleasing to see Pitterbill officially in iClone, poly-reduced and rigged with Reallusion bones in both the body and face, and with some clothing that moves with him. Like all of Nursoda’s excellent works he’s a standalone character, so there shouldn’t be any licencing problems with DAZ about the conversion.