Have been experimenting further with Daz studio and rendering simultaneously with both iRay and LuxRender (via the Reality plug-in).
I thought I’d share my two most recent renders:
It’s difficult to say which is better as both have their strengths. I think another composite is in order!
Later… and here it is:
Conclusion: The composite lightened the Lux image and softened off some of the sharpness of the iRay render (difficult to see at this small scale I know – the originals are 2500 x 1406 pixels at 300 dpi).
First time I’ve ever rendered a dragon as it’s a bit of a cliche but the Daz Millennium Dragon has such nice texturing (needs a sharper bump map and less glossiness though!).
There’s something about book anticipation that gets to this particular bibliophile. When I was a kid I remember being intrigued by the packaging of Fry’s Five Boys chocolate bar with its fivefold image of one lad in various stages: Desperation, Pacification, Expectation, Acclamation and Realization. Maybe I won’t quite go through all five stages before acquiring the […]
An interesting discussion (from the ICA talks site which I have bookmarked) about fantasy narratives: http://sounds.bl.uk/Arts-literature-and-performance/ICA-talks/024M-C0095X0364XX-0100V0
Source: Whose Fantasy?
Brian Aldiss, Helliconia: Helliconia Spring, Helliconia Summer, Helliconia Winter Gollancz SF Masterworks 2010 The Helliconian trilogy is a multi-layered composition, as long and as rich as The Lord of the Rings, as colourful as a medieval tapestry and as polemical as an eco-warrior’s handbook. Aldiss is a prolific author in various genres, not just in […]
I managed to buy some fantastic books from charity shops in Swansea today:
- A hardback version of Michael Morpurgo’s “Arthur High King of Britain” with illustrations by Michael Foreman
- “The Fantastic Kingdom” a collection of illustrations from the golden days of storytelling
- A hard cover first edition of Ian Serraillier’s “The Challenge of the Green Knight” with illustrations by Victor G. Ambrus
- A hard cover copy of Rosemary Sutcliff’s “Sword at Sunset”
Perhaps a bit too much Arthur in one day for me but what a wealth of great story tellers and illustrators!
Looking forward to reading.
I’m also currently reading and thoroughly enjoying Sherwood Anderson’s “Winesburg, Ohio”