Editorial

The Dude Abides – Tits and Controversies


Hey guys. I’m The Dude, and I’m a graphic designer/release post writer for Affect3D. I’ve designed promo sets for many of the other artists available on the shop today, and now I’m getting in on the action myself. This series follows my progress as I develop my skills in an attempt to one day be counted amongst the heavy-hitters of this industry. I’m starting from humble beginnings and little-to-no experience, to hopefully one day achieve excellence. I’m now four months into my journey, and am accepting a new reality: I’m in the porn business.

Things are taking shape

You might’ve noticed that there’s more than a month between this article and the previous one, but that’s because it’s been a very, very busy couple of weeks for me. For starters, I’m pulling in followers like crazy. Those five hundred I spoke about last time? Yeah. I’ve shattered that number. I’m now closing in on four thousand. I guess I’m doing something right! Moreover, I’m very far into my debut release. Forty-two renders and counting, I’m thinking of getting it out there once it hits sixty. So that should be fun.

All this, of course, couldn’t have been achieved without me putting in the effort. I’m well into a four-digit investment now, so it’s going to take a while for me to recoup my costs. But that’s alright. I’ve been thinking about opening a Patreon, but I have a feeling my sets will sell well and I’m of a mind with other 3DX artists who aren’t so sure about relying on crowdfunding when they’re already pulling in a good income from regular sales. So I’ll make that decision further down the line.

More than the money, however, it’s been the hours I put in that truly made the difference. After all, more than 90% of the content I’ve bought will not be put to use in my first render set, so the quality of what I’m making has a lot more to do with tweaking sliders and gaining a better understanding of the core mechanics of 3D work. I’m starting to get an intuitive feel for DAZ Studio, which is really giving me the mental room I need to expand into additional software. Unfortunately, I haven’t yet made my own cock prop for futa work, as my debut set’s renders have taken up a lot of my time and system memory.

I’ll get it done, sooner or later. I’m so well into this now that I can’t imagine not doing it.

Word gets out

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The following three images, as well as the header, are debut set previews. There’s worse things you spend your day making, I think ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course, all these hours behind my computer have resulted in fewer hours in the company of my friends. I have a pretty steady social circle, all good guys, and it wasn’t long before they began to wonder just what it was that I was doing behind the computer all day. “Porn,” I told them. They laughed, but then they realised that I was being serious. “Porn, how?” they asked. Surely I didn’t mean that I spent all day wanking, did I?

I’m a pretty open guy. Like Tyrion Lannister says in Game of Thrones: own who you are, wear it as a shield, and it can never be used against you. It’s a life philosophy I’ve always adopted. Not that I have a particularly great amount of weaknesses that I have to compensate for, but I do believe that feeling embarassment about things is more up to the person being mocked than the person doing the mocking. I wear my heart on my sleeve and everyone knows that I stand for what I believe in. So too with this. “It’s a growing industry and I’ve always had the ambition of making really good porn,” I told them. “So one plus one equals two.”

My no-bullshit approach must caught them off-guard, because they were actually rather silent for a while. It took a good couple of minutes for the first questions to start rolling in, like what kind of porn I was making and how on earth I’d ever gotten into this business in the first place. I told them that the brand in question was 3DX, and though brief grins appeared at the idea of “pixel porn”, they were dispelled quickly when I told them of how far this industry has come and where I think this industry has the potential to go. An unconventional career choice? No doubt. But a smart one.

So now I’m the porn guy

Funny how quickly that goes. I haven’t earned a penny with my own products yet, but I’m “in porn,” if my friends are to be believed. Well, I guess they’re not wrong. I mean, I’m hardly directing

There's nothing like big tits popping out of a tight pink dress to brighten your day.

There’s nothing like big tits popping out of a tight pink dress to brighten your day.

scenes in the San Fernando valley, but truth be told I’m not sure I’d want to. 3DX is where it’s at. We can make human fantasies come to live and add a whole new element to human sexuality. Funnily enough, that enthusiasm has by now translated fully to the male segment of my social circle. The female segment, not as much.

It’s not the girls who know me that judge. My best female friend is a sexworker, so you can imagine her being rather open-minded about the whole thing. She’s actually for a very large part responsible for making me realise that people in the porn/sex industry aren’t creepy, shady pervs as mainstream depictions would have you believe. Alright, maybe in the aforementioned San Fernando valley things are a bit different, but I find that both sexworkers and people in the 3DX industry are just your average, everyday people looking to make a living. Nobody can be faulted for that.

No, the judgement comes from the girlfriends. About half my friends are currently in steady relationships, and none of these girls seem to be as appreciative of what I’m doing. They either think it’s just “not done” or believe it’s outright wrong, and one of them even went so far as expressing that she wasn’t too pleased with me asking her boyfriend to judge some of my renders. To her, porn is akin to cheating, so I was effectively helping him cheat on her.

It’s nonsense, of course

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A content Kayla stares out the window, and at a big pillar. Maybe she’s reminded of something. Maybe I should’ve just positioned her better.

I don’t really know what causes this morality shift among women compared to men. Maybe I’m just particularly unlucky with all my mates having prudish girlfriends. Is this indicative of a trend atย all? Well, it still remains true today that the majority of all porn consumers are male, and though a large part of this is attributable to men being more visually stimulated, I do wonder how many women would like to look at porn but don’t because of some internal barrier they’ve thrown up.

I’m not a gender psychologist, so it really isn’t my place to say why this might be, and certainly no one should quote me in a discussion. But that doesn’t stop me from venturing a guess, so I’m going to go ahead and propose that women are traditionally raised to be more chaste than men, this coming from a strong religious culture like the one we used to have not a hundred years ago. And even though we live in an age of sexual liberation, it’s hard to eliminate this subconscious undercurrent from female thinking. Most girls, no matter how independent and self-assertive, will have spent their childhood being afraid of expressing their sexuality. The stigma of being called a slut, the fiction around the sanctity of your body, the virtues of being selective.

Now I’m not saying that women should sleep around and spread their legs for all the world, though if you want to I see no harm in that. My point is more that people should be exactly as sexual as they want to be, because if men get that right, then women should allow themselves to be the same. It’s not equality otherwise. So I don’t really blame my friends’ girlfriends for where they stand on earning money with porn, because I’m sure they’ll change their mind as time goes by. It’s a gut reaction, I think. A twitch response, an impulse, that will eventually lose to reason.

For me, I’ve always had a strong philosophy about what making a living should look like, and it’s all the more entertaining to me that this business is what fits that model most. The idea of a 9-5 abhors me, because unless you’ve found a job that somehow caters exactly to your interests in life, for most people jobs are simply giving away years of your own life to take care of someone else’s problems, and earning just enough money to do something entertaining in the limited free time you have left.

I’ve always refused to do that, and with 3DX looking increasingly more like a viable venture, it’s starting to look like I won’t have to. My friends, some of whom having steadily-paying desk jobs that they confess are boring them to absolute tears, are in total agreement with me on that.

So with that in mind, I’ll continue to work on my debut set. I’m going to start looking into animation too, because thanks to my shiny new GPU I’ve been able to condense render times by a huge margin. If I limit myself to just characters on a floor with some furniture in a skydome environment, I can put out an HD frame in two to three minutes, five to ten if I start adding some more scenery. So if I want to do 2-3 second animation loops at say 30 FPS, that’s totally doable.

Anyhow, that’s the long and short of it. Check out my Tumblr in the meanwhile, at thedude3dx.tumblr.com. I’ll see you guys next month, with more glorious tits and dicks to show for it.


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  1. DivisionIO

    Well, this was interesting to read, seeing as it’s “firsthand experience” on the stigma of porn, especially the 3D side of things.
    I’ve toyed with the idea of doing 3DX on the side, but I think with my schedule in life, it may very well be a couple years before I can do that. Keep going Dude, see where this takes you. Kinda jealous you’re able to do all this now ๐Ÿ˜›

  2. Babbo

    It goes without saying that the world is a big place and people’s experiences vary tremendously, but it seems to be in the past 20-50 years many women have gone from a place of strong religious chastity to a brand of women’s liberation that condemns sex work and pornography which dominates social media platforms like Tumblr and Twitter today and fuels charges of sexism in films and video games all across the media and Internet landscape. There are sex-positive feminists out there who support things like Affect3D, but they aren’t the ones leading the movement, and the ones in charge viciously malign the ones who are sex-positive.

  3. Women should take the lead on exposing that they masturbate maybe as much as men if not more. I think in Western society (and great job mentioning this TheDude) women are viewed as Chaste. Fortunately, this is quite a turn on, and i think the “monster getting the girl” genre is hitting that Id for men. Well, if she doesn’t know porn, i guess i’ll just have to show her what it’s like ” is some fetish for men. my fetish.

  4. I so agree! Although most of my 3dx is lesbian, which gets positive numbers all around, I DEFF see a huge spike (excuse the punnage again) when one of my shemale characters is involved in the set. >.<

  5. I think U mighta hit the nail on the head (excuse the punnage), Dude!

    Being a girl brought up in a home where all questions were welcome, religion was what u individually discovered worked for U, and allowed to grow up a tomboy with little creative restrictions, I have no issues at ALL about any person’s choice of porn saturation or type. ^.^

    The FUNNY thing is I get the reverse reaction from my girlfriends when they find out I’m a 3DX creator- Wows, fascination and “That’s so COOL!”. And I’ve NO doubt is has to do with my being female instead of male. >.<

    My guy friends of course still love it! XD

    • LesbianTigress

      When we women are into porn in some way, it’s seen as some sort of act of rebellion or liberation. But the stigma of men and porn still hangs over their heads, and I think that this is what The Dude is running up against. When men view or create porn, it’s called “objectification” and “demeaning to women.” But a woman creating or looking at porn? So long as she’s not actually the one being portrayed, it’s a blow for women’s rights. And this double standard hurts everyone, all around.

  6. ammon17

    Well, I have noticed that most women will always go out of their way to hate on any female they see (digital or real), that has bigger boobs, or seems more curvacious, has a prettier face… or whatever! I have even done a little… scientific testing of this phenomenon, and it seems especially true with boobs. A woman’s first instinct when she thinks she is outclassed in her femininity by another, is to try and explain why the one she is jealous of is not ‘actually’ better (usually by declaring that their boobs ‘must’ be fake), and in so admitting their innate insecurity. Lots of women don’t let their insecurity rule them though, just like all the guys who might be initially upset when some other guy is better endowed or more muscular, but then they typically get over it, and identify their initial reaction as petty.

    That’s not to say there aren’t good people who want all sexual thoughts and interactions to be exclusively with their current partner. Nothing wrong with loyalty, so long as it’s a two way street. More power to ’em.

  7. cikame

    Great article, your adventure has only just begun and i’ll be happy to help support your career.
    If you need any evidence on female sexuality, search for crotch cam on youtube.

  8. Vaeraun

    Honestly if your GF is the type of idiot that thinks porn is ‘cheating’ you need to dump her. They only poo-poo it because it’s not ‘socially acceptable’ and takes away from their ability to control.

  9. The Dude The Dude

    Thanks! I can do some tutorial posts in the future if there’s a demand for that. I feel like I’ve learned enough about this art now to share some useful beginner information. To be brief, you never actually add a dick to a girl. It’s always a separate model, you just have to put in the work to get the textures to match and erase the seams in photoshop. There’s geografting, ie physically attaching one model into the base of another, but that’s something I haven’t really had the chance to experiment with yet. And as far as I know that still leaves you with moderate seams you have to fix in postwork.

    • Gregson

      Having bought your debut image set (really excellent work!) it would be very interesting to read a tutorial or two based on your experience, in particular the methods/tools you used to add the dick to the girl and blend the two together so well.

    • Psychoactif

      Thanks for your answer. That’s what I feared ๐Ÿ™ It’s incredible a Victoria 4 add-on hasn’t been sold to simplify the operation. Thanks again, Best Regards

  10. The Dude The Dude

    Thanks man ๐Ÿ˜€ What’s that like? I’ve always wondered how visible the porn scene there is on the streets.

  11. The Dude The Dude

    In response to both you and Aglassofmilk, I will say that no, I’m definitely not going to be making only futa content. But I will say that it’s been my intention to make an explosive entry onto this scene, which I’d say I pulled off, and futa was obviously the best way to do this. I’ve talked sales with other 3DX artists and they all agree: futa pulls in crowds 4 to 5 times the size. You can see this in Tumblr note statistics too, if I add a dick to a chick then images get reblogged into the high heavens.

    But yeah, there’ll definitely be regular lesbian content from me in the future. Don’t expect much in the way of boy/girl though, straight porn kinda bores me ๐Ÿ˜€ As for monster/alien porn, I’ve said this from the start: I don’t really get the appeal. You’re in luck though, because most artists do, so there’s no shortage of content in this field. It’s just not really my thing, so I’m not going to spend a lot of time on that. I kind of want to fill the glamour girl niche.

    • I so agree! Although most of my 3dx is lesbian, which gets positive numbers all around, I DEFF see a huge spike (excuse the punnage again) when one of my shemale characters is involved in the set. >.<

  12. OllieT

    Great work man, I see your work on your website and I am impressed. I can’t wait to see you do some full animations soon.

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