Volumetric fog effects in Daz Studio

People who have read posts I have written on this blog will probably know that I love the effects of light in the environment and the way these effects are emulated in art – painting, photography (including cinematic) and digital artwork. I have enjoyed using Vue for creating such effects but have been somewhat defeated in trying to use Daz Studio content imported into Vue. Recently, I purchased fog camera by marshian whilst it was on offer at Daz 3D. I need to read more detailed notes about using the product by I’m pleased with initial results.

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Photograph of render using Daz Studio and fog camera product by marshian.

 

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Free Daz 3D content

I had been intending to post something about my Ursula K Le Guin ‘Road to Damascus” moment or my current fascination with playing the electric bass guitar and its re-awakening of learning from Jazz Improvisation classes that I attended in the early 1990s but instead thought I’d point any and everybody who is interested in using 3D modelling software to create graphics to an absolute bargain. Daz 3D currently have the Genesis 2 series Gia 6 starter bundle free, gratis and for nothing. It’s worth remembering that the base Daz Studio app and a whole lot of content is also completely free.

Here’s the Daz illustration:

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Gia 6 starter bundle illustration. Copyright Daz3D.com.

There you go, I feel much better for sharing that!

iBook Project Costumes

I’m currently working on the costumes for the figures in the iBook project. I don’t have the intellectual wherewithal to model in 3D though I do have suitable apps. Acquiring knowledge of anything with a steep learning at the moment will just delay progress so I’m using what I already know to modify models I’m already licensed to use. My first 30 page A3 sketch book seems to be filling up rapidly.

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Initial costumes and possible procedural texturing for iBook project.

iBook and job search

I’m currently juggling work on the e-book with job searching and personal computer swapping (and more general family life). Using an A3 sketch pad (my favourite work medium as I’ve mentioned before now), I’ve mapped out the general plot, making some significant decisions (alterations) as I did so. I’m currently using the excellent Worldbuilding website to make solid some of my more gaseous thoughts. I’m not sure how many contributors on the site are bona fide scientists  but the consensus of opinion on matters seem to give creedence to many answers.

My mate John has gifted me a copy of “The Seedling Stars” by James Blish and I’m currently reading “Surface Tension”. Although I won’t be using any of the ideas directly, I’ve had some ‘offshoot thoughts’ about aspects of my project. I love the way that James Blish explores the idea of existence in the narrative just as UKLG explores ideas about society in “The Dispossessed”. I read (present tense) both narratives as ‘thinking out loud’.

I’m considering producing the e-book as a Bandcamp CD and booklet before a multimedia iBook but will probably change my mind many times over the next few months.

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My friend John asked me a question about something I hadn’t considered – who is the audience for the iBook? I had to confess that I hadn’t really thought about it but that it would be suitable for all audiences. “Young adult then?” he suggested. Now I think about it, it couldn’t be anything else.

Stonemason Library at Daz 3D

I cannot possibly justify purchasing the product at the moment but Stonemason and Daz 3D have just released probably my favourite ever product. The Gothic Library has an introductory price of $25.87 and has some of the most detailed texturing I’ve seen in 3D models. Additionally, it’s a library – just the ticket (bookmark?) for any bibliophile.

All illustrations below are copyright Stonemason and Daz 3D and I’ve included them to show just how wonderful this item is.

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Orestes Graphics on Daz 3D

Having decided that I wasn’t going to spend any more of what little cash I have on 3D modelling and rendering resources, I jumped at the chance to invest in some files when a flash sale was announced for Orestes Graphics at Daz 3D. I purchased the Vega Systems Skydomes  – a set of hdri photo files that, in addition to providing a background for model renders, also add additional lighting to a scene. I am very and happy and believe the purchase to be money very well spent. As you see in the quick render below, instant new solar system! I’ll need to add spotlights to light the figure more effectively and generally tweak the scene but I love the results!

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Here’s a different scene with my same figure and Orestes HDRI:

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