Post by junkyarddogg on Apr 10, 2020 17:22:17 GMT -5
Hmm not sure if I'm the most qualified to give advice on this but I might as well try (consider it a learning experience for both of us oof).
On the three with the off leg alignment, the tails on the first and third on have the best curve, I believe it's actually the best curve you can get with that kind of tail(?). The legs are obviously incredibly off but you're aware of that so that isn't really important if you're looking for tail critique on them.
As for the pose in the top left, the alignment certainly miles better than the other 3, but it isn't perfect. With calico legs like Sabi's, it's nearly impossible to get perfect alignment with 0 pixels from the left leg showing. There will always be a few extra pixels, either from the ankles only or from the leg and ankle equally.
Here's an example of pixels showing on the ankle only, and there is as little ankle showing as possible (about 3 pixels sticking out horizontally at most). That's about as good as it gets before the leg starts showing on the other side. This type of alignment tends to give a better tail curve.
Here's an example of pixels showing from both the leg and the ankle. 2 pixels are sticking out from the leg, and 2 pixels (horizontally) sticking out from the ankle. This gives a better looking leg (to me, anyways) but even the best tail curve for this alignment isn't ideal.
Judges will accept both, and may prefer either. I find it's best to have two poses, one of each of alignment, and try them both on different judges.
Basically, the top left pose could be turned towards the camera just a tiny bit, like a few pixels. And you're right about the tail, it is bent the incorrect way. You want it to make a nice C curve over the back like the tail in the other 3 poses.
Do you use Petz 3, 4, or 5? If you use 3 or 4, the camera can snap pictures frame-by-frame if you turn on auto-save and hold the space bar down. That'll help you get that perfect tail curve every time. If you use Petz 5.. god help you because I have no idea how to get a good pose without frame-by-frame pictures.
That ended up getting a bit lengthy... oops. Luckily that's all I have. Love the bonus angry meez nonsense by the way, it is very good. Meezer personalities are one of the funniest to me, but one of the most aggravating to pose :/
While they have nice curves, the 3 tails with the misaligned legs are actually not possible for Calico tails if the front legs are properly aligned, which is what you should aim for. The only reason these calico tails look this curved is because the cat is misaligned, facing away from the camera.
The tail curving back on the first picture with the better alignement is just a question of timing. Try taking the picture a fraction of a second sooner, just before you think the time is right. Unlike dogz, cats (most breedz) always pose in the same way, and there is a rhythm to it.
The three cats below have optimally-curved Calico tails, meaning the tails could not possibly be more curved (for this type of tail) while the cats are perfectly aligned.
Last Edit: Apr 10, 2020 21:58:30 GMT -5 by Ratqueen
Post by Alexzander on Apr 11, 2020 10:36:42 GMT -5
I have to say I love her personality! Getting some of the petzy ones aligned is a nightmare for me, who is more used to hexies and dogz above all. I am guessing she's russian blue personality for posing by the nice level eyelids? I think personally if you keep encouraging her to pose (on alignment or not - it's the act that counts!) and she gets more inclined to do it, the alignmen will come in time. It takes me forever to train petz to pose x.x
As a judge, I would place her pose you gave as an example She is in good alignment, her nose ballz are level and her eyelids are too (hard to do with calico personality, so I'm guessing she's RB) and her breathing point is high. I think a half a second more for the tail flick to as curved as it will get would make it an excellent pose ^_^
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