Yeah, that sucks about Cafe Press. I've often wished that I could do t-shirts in any size I liked, and CP has really made some advances in their sizing (when I started with them, there was only 1 shirt that came in 1X), but not enough to be able to fit a wide range of sizes, IMO.Tina, Beautiful stuff! I love the first one in particular, with the brown hair and the hint of brown hair. When you are able to transfer your artwork onto tank tops (I'm not much of a t-shirt person, Chuck is, though), I'll be your first patron (the last time I checked your store at cafepress, they didn't have tank tops to fit me ).
Poser and LightWave are like comparing apples and oranges. Poser is simple and if you want to model you use the companion program called Shade.
Of the 3D CG quality proggies, Maya is the easiest and also the most expensive. Then there's 3D Studio Max, several others, and LightWave at the bottom as the cheapest and most difficult to learn: Non intuitive workspace. Manual labor intensive. I know because I just happen to have a copy. The results are usually pretty good compared to the other programs mentioned and the price is right---but you'd better be ready to go to school. LightWave is light years ahead of Shade, but not for long.
The gap is closing between all of these software programs. Give it five years or so, and there won't be much difference between the whole lot of them,... but now is the time to learn. LightWave is a good starter, but tough. Maya offers a PLE (personal learning edition) download from their site. If I were starting from scratch today, I'd learn that one above all others.
...this is a bit of messing around I did this evening in a great little CG graphics program by Corel called Painter IX. This took a couple of hours using the oil painting setup and my Intuos pad. The program can imitate everything from crayola to watercolor. Thanks for looking.
It's partly painted in watercolor in Painter IX and partly done in Corel PhotoPaint12. The original shot is so classic I had to do something with it. Thanks, Red V...