'No Female November' highlights need for more 3D male content

Nov 20, 2018 at 02:00 pm by SchelleFire

No Female November

A quick search of Renderosity finds only 27 pages of products for male figures but the same search for products for females returns a whopping 149 pages.

It's an issue that user Kathy Poche wants to draw attention to with her "No Female November" campaign.

For the past two years, she has created renders using only male figures to draw attention to how much need there is for quality 3D content for male figures.

"No Female November got started last year while looking for something to complete an image," she explained.

Like everyone, she had plenty of content for female figures, "but it was slim pickings when it came to the male character who was the focus of my scene."

"So, like most do in that situation, I went looking for the asset I had in mind. Ultimately, I couldn't find what I was looking for, instead, discovering that it wasn't merely my runtime folders that were lacking male content - but the community as a whole," she said.

Poche has seen the lack of male content since she got interested in 3D art in the mid-90s.

She started playing Myst and wanted to be able to create the types of things she saw in the game.

"However, it wasn't until 1998, when I got my first copy of Poser (version 3) and then Bryce," she said.

Since then, she has drawn inspiration from all over pop culture, music, movies, stories she had read or written, even other members of the Renderosity community.

"My favorite thing to design is images with lots of the little details we are surrounded with in real life, that sometimes get overlooked in artwork," she said.

And one thing that's overlooked often are men in 3D art.

She said the community has been very supportive of the issue.

"The response to it has been very positive, as it has provoked a lot of thought and discussion within the community," she said.

There's still time for you can participate in No Female November. Create a male-centered render and post it online to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #NoFemaleNovember. 

Check out Poche's gallery on Renderosity.

Michelle Willard, Editor of Renderosity Magazine | Former newspaper reporter. Recovering archaeologist. Political nerd. True crime junkie. Read her articles here

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