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Witchy Women

October 19, 2017 Leave a comment

When I get an idea for an image it stays around in my head while it seems to build what I want. Then after I have a clear vision for something, I start piecing together
the items that I’ll use in the construction of an image. Sometimes I’ll have a start of a set waiting around incomplete for a long time before an idea hits me. Other times, I’ve used parts of a set with something entirely different and that leaves me with a good start to build off.

As we move into the holiday season we’re first confronted with Halloween. Not a typical holiday but one filled with ghosts, goblins and ghouls. 🙂 Hence the reason to post some Halloween
images. Although I’ve since changed this image around, you know more bats, and a couple of extra trees. I’ve kept this pretty simple.

When I added Oremus, I hid all the walls so that I could keep the base for this image. I raised the base up so items in the back would look more authentic. The Ivy over the top is just there. 🙂 Hey it’s my illusion. 🙂 Once I positioned, worked on lighting I rendered this image.

ITEMS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION CREDITS

I make a few and buy a few things like some do, I’m just sharing in hopes that you can benefit from my experiments. I also find and
use a few free items on occasions. And, when possible will point all to valid links. But, links change, so please let me know if you’ve
tried any of these links and they don’t work. I decided that it is better for you to copy and paste into a browser rather than have clickable links.

SOME SETTINGS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION

  • Settings Used

SCENE SETUP AS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION

  • Images of scene during contruction

Supply Chain Movement

October 16, 2017 Leave a comment

I thought it was time to do some space sci-fi sort of renders so this is another attempt at an outlying world. 🙂 What started out with only a few items, I thought it made more sense to work the image like I did. I tried to make this image appear like it was early evening as the sun was setting.

Princess Martha, thanks to you the additional fleet escorts seem to be working. Supplies are now getting thru.
What are your next orders?

Here is just a screen capture after placement of items. 

Rendered Image

ITEMS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION CREDITS

I make a few and buy a few things like some do, I’m just sharing in hopes that you can benefit from my experiments.

SOME SETTINGS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION

  • Settings Used

Happy Experiments

October 11, 2017 Leave a comment

You know I have so many happy little experiments, that on occasion I wish I could duplicate some of them.  🙂 I was rendering with Daz 4.9 studio utilizing IRAY and had different issues with the actors in the scenes.

When I started to create this set, I kept it pretty open. Meaning no walls, ceiling etc. I did want to try a new camera tool that I picked up at DAZ studio. https://www.daz3d.com/iray-envirocam This IRAY camera has some great features I’m still investigating ways to use in my renders. It allows more depth to an image via multi layered panels that can be adjusted to suite many types of images. And, it’s simple enough to use for many proof of concepts. I actually used the cameras rainbow and haze on this image, https://josephkravis.com/2017/09/18/summer-is-drifting-away/ . These are a few of the effects. Depth Haze, Dust, Ground Fog, Rain, Snow, Darkness, Clouds, and an Explosion! I’m using the multi panels with explosion for this image. And, this is where the strange issues with image creation cropped up.

Marcela

Marcela G3

I had started with (Marcela G3) first but when zooming in I did not like how the skin started to look like polygons gone crazy. :-). This was also based on DAZ’s genesis 3 model form.  I actually chose Marcela as I liked the provided skin. https://www.daz3d.com/hpvyk-marcela-for-genesis-3-female But, now not sure If I’ll keep Marcela due to skin issues at enlarged size.

Drusilla

Drusilla G8

For both images I started off with a resolution of (10,000 x 13,000) which I think makes for a nicer image when viewing and is a good opportunity at learning how to do book covers and promos for myself and others if they’ed like. But with this image using Drusilla https://www.daz3d.com/drusilla-for-genesis-8-female, at about 29% I saw that this was starting to resemble the Russian Lomography camera images that had all this very cool double exposure and even multiple exposure happening. I stopped the render which I shouldn’t have done perhaps a little too soon.  Sometimes time is a factor and as I try new things I save and reopen projects often hence the stopping of is render. Bummer for me.  I also want to point out the different actors used in the scene as the two had a vast difference in rendering issues.

The skin in Marcela, needs more research as the face looks great it’s parts like the legs that require note. With Drusilla, Not sure if its a real issue. But, I found when using geo shells to add underwear and such at least with this shirt the hidden part of the shirt keeps coming back into the scene and the items utilizing the geo shells don’t appear correctly. More research and experiments are on the way. 🙂  I don’t really have a final version or test of this image done. But, once complete I’ll update this post with the final image or idea. The actors and cloths may change but I’m keeping the set for testing. Well, actually it’s simple as saving as 🙂 to get multiple sets out of this.

 

By the way save your projects often as I’ve had DAZ crash right after doing a lot of work. I wish there was a smart auto-save configurable feature so that right before the render button is selected perhaps run a save. And, there isn’t truly a versioning mechanizm of saves. For example. I:\ArtProjects\DAZProjects\project 001.duf, I:\ArtProjects\DAZProjects\project 002.duf. Could even append date on file name. Still would be nice to have this auto-save feature. 

As always comments are always welcome.

Joseph

ITEMS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION CREDITS

I make a few and buy a few things like some do, I’m just sharing in hopes that you can benefit from my experiments.

SOME SETTINGS USED IN THIS PRODUCTION

  • Environment
    • DAZ 4.9++, will move to 4.10 when further along in dev versus pre-release.
  • Filtering
  • Tone Mapping
  • Camera
    • Ring Flash Camera
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    • Raw EnviroCam
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  • Set Overview

Boys And Their Magazines.

September 27, 2017 2 comments

Always one to experiment with digital creations, here is another one. As I started to set this up, decided to use no backgrounds and just lighting.  Since that looked kind of funky I put a rug in the scene and did not like that so I applied a mirror shader to the surface of the rug. I thought it worked really well.   Even the bottom of the feet look like they’ve been walking around awhile.

I had rendered this as a 10×13 with 8330/10000 pixel size. When the render was done this morning I noticed a fine line across the image. At first I was bummed because this rendered while I was sleeping and I thought I’d have a great image in the morning.  After really thinking about it, the thought crossed my mind that the line kind of made the image appear that it came out of the center of a magazine.  So, I left it in. What kid in the days before the internet did not cover their walls with images from magazines? I know I did.  Therefore that is the theme of this post. Well not sure about that either but it works but I like it nevertheless. 🙂

I have multiple cameras in this open scene and will share the settings. I have lots of tools but have been rendering in DAZ studio.  It’s easy to setup, configure and work with many settings using Iray and PBR based images and settings go a long way towards more real looking final compilations. I still do a lot of work in my other programs like 3ds, Miya, and blender for different set parts. And, bring them in when needed.

Here is that magazine page. 🙂

Poke Poke Poke

July 14, 2017 2 comments

As I work on next post. This off the wall post will have to do.  🙂

I get poked all the time. Men, women, goats. It doesn’t matter. LOL There are the people that poke and when you poke back, like a robot an instant poke back. That’s darn right odd. You have the hokyPoke, Do the HokyPokey ya know the thing with your left and right legs. Pokémon, Gumby and Pokey, Poke Salad, Poke fish, and if you have the off the wall religion. “The Poke” is arriving soon! It was also my understanding that if a stranger pokes you and you answer back they’ll have temporary access to view your profile even if it is listed as private thus finding a living person from the poke. If you poke too many people you could end up with a finger disease@! “Fuck you now becomes Poke You”. Sorry for the bad word. But, it fit and I thought it was funny.

There’s nothing more common than the commonality about commonness and the ability to not read this post. #kravis

Fourth Of July – Freedom

The 4th of July. A celebration of independence where the original 13 colonies declared themselves to be a new nation.  A nation that I was born into and a nation that I’ll leave only at my death.  The past 241 years have been both exciting and tumultuous.  Future generations won’t know what hit them as the 4th of July’s great intent on being a free nation fades from people’s memories.

I don’t fault anyone for celebrating on the 4th of July.  As, that’s the intent and meaning of what freedom should be all about.  There are some that are downright mean assed people that are willing to go to any extent to take those freedoms from you.

Even though this is slightly related, and I mean slightly. Most cities around where I live don’t allow for fireworks to be lite off. Not even in your front yard.  But, we can go congregate into very large groups 5k 10K some places, fight traffic and well. I’d wish we could have our own celebrations again.

We must all stand up for freedom.  Just because we have freedom that does not mean, stealing or harming others, those that are strong should protect the weak.  Freedom means to do the right thing, the just thing for all peoples.  That’s why I and many family members joined the Army, Navy, Airforce and Marines. That’s right we believe in freedom and that’s why we all served.

I’m not nor will never be perfect.  But, I will stand up for freedom!

Joseph Kravis

3D ART: A Night In the Desert

A Night In The Desert

In the still of the night. Yeah, I know an old song title. However, I’d like to find a place where you can still hear nature and see the stars with eyes of wonder.

“To find the universal elements enough; to find the air and the water exhilarating; to be refreshed by a morning walk or an evening saunter… to be thrilled by the stars at night; to be elated over a bird’s nest or a wildflower in spring – these are some of the rewards of the simple life.”
John Burroughs

Enjoy 🙂

Joseph