Introduction: Chubby Girls in Bikinis Eating Ice Cream

Digital Cheesecake cheese•cake n.
1. A photographic display of shapely and scantily clothed female figures.
2. A dessert made with sweetened cream cheese that promotes the development of shapely female figures.

Welcome to Digital Cheesecake, my portfolio of plus-size pinup babes created with the marvelous DAZ Studio 3D imaging software. Although this technology is very new and I've only been dabbling in it for a short time, these voluptuous renderings represent a long-term progression of artistic aspirations dating back many years for me.

Ever since I was a teenager, I have enjoyed freehand drawing pictures of pretty girls. I used to be artistically inclined in general, but as I grew older and turned my attentions to writing and other pursuits, I basically abandoned my efforts in draftsmanship... except occasionally, I still get out pencil and paper to sketch a sexy babe. I've never been much good at it, and I've definitely lost the touch I once had for lack of practice. That's the main reason why I've never had the courage to share my pinup girl artwork on my web site, though I've often considered it. I've never felt confident about this aspect of my creative expression, still bearing the scars of criticisms I suffered long, long ago.

An example of one of my old pencil drawings You see, as anyone familiar with the Hot Chicks content here at Lard Biscuit Enterprises would expect, my girlie drawings have never been conventional in form and figure. I like big, beautiful, luxuriously proportioned women, and that's what I've always drawn. Whereas adolescent boys would typically draw fantasy girls with cartoonishly oversized boobs, I've always thrown in wide hips, thick thighs, big butts and round bellies to match. I've given my girls double chins to go along with their DD's.

I remember sharing my unorthodox artwork with friends back in high school, when I was inventing my own superhero team for a comic book that I never actually finished. The token female character in the group, visually inspired by a classmate with whom I was tremendously infatuated, was quite voluptuously plump. Of course, my friends gave me all kinds of hell about this. "Donald draws fat chicks," and "Why can't you draw a good-looking girl who's not such a heifer?" Now, I was never shy about my preferences for bigger girls, even at that age, and I never let it be a source of shame. But somehow, the jeers toward my drawings penetrated my defenses as a proud young F.A., because me friends were directly attacking me and my personal creations. It was a traumatic experience that led me to keep my drawings to myself.

So I developed my own private world of girlie doodling, organized around my particular favorite subject matters. With some minor variations, this usually involved very well-fed and shapely brunettes, dressed in bikinis and high heels, eating ice cream or other fattening treats, luxuriating in self-assured sexuality with a comely smile. Sometimes I would illustrate her in tight jeans or short skirts, or have her weighing herself quite contented with the number on her scale, and occasionally, you bet, I'd draw her buck nekkid. This is the purest expression of what's sexy and titillating to me: nothing pornographic or gynecologically oriented, just the subversive depiction of full-figured women happily loving their full figures. The way the average male responds to Victoria's Secret models in lingerie or strippers dancing on a pole is how I feel about fat girls snacking in swimsuits. It's a baffling concept for most people, I realize, and my high-school memories have heretofore prevented me from turning it into a public campaign.

Like I said, my artistic efforts have slacked off over the years and I've gotten awfully rusty. Sometimes I dig up my old drawings and I'm amazed at how good I used to be. I can only imagine how skilled an artist I could be today if I had stuck with it. I've made resolutions to get back into it and publish my pinup drawing on my site, but I always get frustrated with my inadequacies and can't find the discipline to work through them. I'll start out a figure and get the anatomy all out of proportion, or I'll draw a wretchedly ugly face, and I just stick the sketch pad back away and move on to something easier. Those sexy gals have mostly had to stay locked up inside my head, unable to escape.

Now, this is all pencil and paper stuff I'm talking about, the same media I had to work with in high school. Back then I didn't have fancy computers with advanced graphical software. Soon after I got my first Mac in 1995 came the first release of Poser, an application for creating digital human figures. I bought Poser 1.0 with the aim of realizing my dream girls as well as simulacra of Anna Nicole Smith. Sadly, that primordial version of Poser wasn't up to the task. Morphing the standard petite female model into larger dimensions resulted in lumpen grotesqueries lacking the natural curves of a real plus-size woman, and the rendered faces and skin tones were exceedingly plastic-looking. Unless you had a special fetish for orange robot women, it was quite impossible to create anything sexy with Poser 1.0.

Following that failed experiment, I didn't do much to pursue the possibilities of digital plus-size pinups, although the idea still intrigued me. I will confess that I played with sites like My Virtual Model, where you could custom-build a 200-pound female avatar to try on different clothes at various e-tailers. These things were fun to mess around with, but way underpowered in terms of delivering the level of visceral beauty I'd found in my old drawings.

DAZ Studio Then everything changed. In the summer of 2007, I discovered DAZ Studio. On the message boards of Curvage, a community dedicated to the appreciation of beautiful women of size, some members were posting fantastic 3D images of sexy big gals they'd created with this software. I soon gathered that DAZ Studio was some kind of free version of Poser. Yes, free. My first thought was to hope that somebody else was making something like this for Macs, because there was no way that free software this cool would be available for Mac OS X, because "free" means mass market, which means Windows only. But to my astonishment, the saintly folks at DAZ 3D had both Windows and Mac versions freely available to all.

I later learned that DAZ ("Digital Art Zone") was formerly a vendor of content designed for use with Poser, including a popular brand of realistic digital female models known as Victoria. With the aim of bringing 3D artwork to a larger audience, DAZ decided to develop their own scaled-down consumer version of Poser. Even though they give away the software for free, DAZ makes money selling models and accessories to use with the application, once they've got you hooked.

Once I saw how easy it was to realistically plump up the Victoria 3 fairy model included with the free download, DAZ had me seriously addicted. I paid the extra fee for the full version of Victoria 4 with all the morphs and basic accessories, and I was off to the races. After a very short learning curve, I was able to transform the basic bony Victoria into a reasonable facsimile of my opulent fantasy woman. Now, with a few months of practice under my belt, I can shape her figure exactly the way I want it, adorned with a beautifully expressive face and lifelike hair. The renders are richly detailed and realistic, imbued with an actual human quality, not the dead-behind-the-eyes mannequin appearance so common to CGI people. Plus, with the huge variety of 3D food props available online, I can feed Victoria all the ice cream, pastries and pizza she cares to stuff her decadent tummy with.

This is truly awesome. No more frustrations over foreshortening and perspective and ugly gray smudges from the eraser wearing through the paper. Just the ability to create really gorgeous imagery without being confined by your artistic limitations or traditional physical media. You're liberated to focus on composition and lighting and emotional impact, instead of re-doing leg positions 17 times or folding arms behind backs to avoid drawing hands. It's easy to see how DAZ is making money by giving away the software, because it's easy to get obsessed with.

MOST Digital Creations It's amazed me to see what a huge community of "hobbyist renderers" there is out there. DAZ Studio is compatible with most accessories developed for Poser, and there's a massive amount of Poser content available online. Much of it is sold on commercial sites like Renderosity and PoserPros, but there are also plenty of freebies made by fans and shared among each other. The Poser/DAZ community has got to be the friendliest and most helpful of all the geek networks I've encountered on the Internet. The nicest of the nice is Adam Thwaites of MOST Digital Creations, who runs the undisputed #1 source for free Poser stuff and graciously helped me out with a personal request.

The only real complaint I have about Poser and DAZ content, for free and for sale, is that it's extremely difficult to find clothing that fits my Rubenesque pinup gals. There are endless fashion options made to measure for the supermodel-shaped base Victoria model, and they generally won't accommodate my customized ladies without severe "poke-through" issues. Now I'm sensing firsthand the discrimination against real-life plus-size women who can't find nice clothes made for them. Maybe some enterprising virtual fashion designer will eventually create the Poser equivalent of a Lane Bryant store. Fortunately, the standard bikini and underwear that come with Victoria 4 beautifully scale up to fit just about any measurements, and swimwear is my favorite attire of choice, anyway.

DAZ Studio's slogan is "Unleash the Artist Within." I hate to sound like a cheesy testimonial, but that's exactly what this product has done for me. Maybe using this software is a lazy shortcut compared to drawing freehand, and maybe manipulating prefabricated digital models doesn't truly qualify as art. But that's fine with me. DAZ Studio enables me to bring my visions to life in a way I could never have done without computer assistance, with results that come out cleanly, beautifully and sexily.

And so I am pleased to publish, for the very first time, my personal artwork of big beautiful women. These sexy chubbettes aren't ashamed to bare their fleshy figures and insatiable sweet tooths, and I won't be ashamed to put my visions on open display before the world. I hope you like them, but I'm mature enough to deal with it if you don't.

That's right, Donald draws fat chicks. And I couldn't be more delighted.

Note: Later I will post a brief tutorial on how I use DAZ Studio and Photoshop to create my cheesecake images, for those who are interested in learning more.

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