Thought I’d just take break from taking a break from the blog and just post that music and graphics for the CD are moving at pace. Getting to know Logic and Daz Studio and Photoshop (Elements) very well now. I’ve ditched the idea of drawing and painting the physical artwork by hand as I don’t have the hours required to acquire efficient skills. I will be investing in a set of Rode M5 microphones shortly, to record acoustic guitar solos, in addition to my ‘band’ style work.
I also have to mention that I’ve begun reading my first ever Terry Pratchett novel (Unseen Academicals – not the best Discworld novel with which to begin ((it’s the 37th)) but it was a bargain hardback, in a charity shop, in Monmouth). My kind of (brilliant) author! There’s some clever wordsmithery going on and some well realised character development. I haven’t laughed out loud quite so much with a book before now!
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!).
I returned to York this past weekend . It’s a beautiful place and it was as hard as ever to leave my son behind for his final degree year. More so because it’s become very obvious that he’ll almost certainly settle there permanently.
Unusually, I made the journey back alone. I’d taken quite a few of the CDs that inspired my love of World music and played them at a suitable volume for the 5 hour trip (a lot of traffic problem en route). I hadn’t played the music for some 10 – 15 years but can see where a lot of the early Earth Balm tracks and general sound originated. If I haven’t already done so, I’ll create a page listing some of these CD albums and, if they are still available, create links to Amazon etc. “Sacred Ceremonies” and “Hemisphere No More” were the two stand-out CDs.
One of the significant things for me, was that I had time to think about a new name for my music to replace Earth Balm.
I’ve also managed to load up the Mac Pro with the software I need and already use.
Yes, Daz Studio 4.9 beta is now available. I’m currently installing to my Mac as I don’t want to mess up my PC install (with Reality 2). Once I know whether or not 4.9 will work with my current version of Reality, I’ll make the leap or perhaps just use the Mac for iRay renders. I appreciate I’m lucky to have the option. I’ll let you know what happens in due course. Don’t forget this is free software (entice-wear I’d call it).
I gave in to temptation and purchased this http://www.runtimedna.com/SkylysV4.html yesterday from Runtimedna. It’s very difficult to buy ready and well made 3D content that isn’t very revealing and Aeon Soul’s work is a case in point. But I understand – it’s market demand. I would be foolish for any content creator to put in the required work without any possibility of sales. And, it’s bare flesh and titillation that seems to sell on the 3D content web sites.
I’ve already rendered in Reality / LuxRender (see below) with the Skylys clothing item and I think that it looks beautiful.
I’ve given the Nvidia Iray renderer in Daz studio a good couple of months now and even bought an Nvidia graphics card on the strength of what the render engine offered. However, I have to confess that I love Reality and Luxrender more. Both give great results but i love the latest Reality interface and functionality. As it turns out, the upgraded graphics card has also been a bonus for Reality / LuxRender rendering.
On the music and art front. I’ve been able to get lots done whilst also painting the external woodwork, some family trips out and even some schoolwork! I’ve returned to my old Sony Acid Pro software (with which almost all of the original Earth Balm tracks were created) for sketching out musical ideas. I still have Cubase and Native instruments for actual sequencing.
Daz 3D vendor “Stonemason” has released an absolutely fantastic model of London available here: http://www.daz3d.com/the-streets-of-old-london . I have to confess that I can ill-afford to spend money at the moment but temptation overpowered me (I tried to resist, I really did) and my Paypal stash was plundered for the offer price of $22.23.
Here’s a sample of the model from the Daz product item page: