Free Lee figure and accessories @ Daz3D

Daz 3D is currently offering their ‘Genesis 2’ male figure “Lee”and many of the complementary accessories for this ‘Kung Fu’ figure for free. Even if you have no need now for the figure, you can always tuck it away in a metaphorical drawer for a rainy day.

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Taking a break from taking a break

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!

Unseen

 

Back to the music!

LuxRender versus iRay (again)

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:

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Picture of Daz Studio composition rendered with iray. Copyright (c) Dale Warner 2017
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Picture of Daz Studio composition rendered with LuxRender via Reality. Copyright (c) Dale Warner 2017

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:

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Picture of Daz Studio composite render. Copyright (c) Dale Warner 2017

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!).

iRay and Lux comparison

I thought I’d post a comparison of the results of the same Daz Studio scene rendered in the iRay renderer and in LuxRender via the Reality plug-in. Both pictures are as they came out of the software, no post work other than to resize them to standard HD 1920 x 1080 pixels. The comparison isn’t quite a fair one as the materials were mostly iRay ready and I did nothing in Reality to make them Lux compatible. Both pictures rendered simultaneously, for the same length of time, on the same Mac Pro machine. The figure’s clothing is a Daz original item and the figure itself is the Genesis 3 base figure. The background is the Serengeti option for the Millennium Environment. I didn’t take the time to make sure that the background and foreground lighting matched and the LuxRender file isn’t very forgiving of the background asset’s geometry.

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Picture file: Serengeti Archer iRay rendered. Copyright Dale Warner 2017.
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Picture file: Serengeti Archer Lux rendered. Copyright Dale Warner 2017.
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Picture file: Serengeti Archer composite of two previous files. Copyright Dale Warner 2017.

Enjoying iRay, at last

I know there are so many important things going on in this world but even though I find myself becoming ever more political, I am too ill informed on almost all of them to even attempt to comment.

So, I have this blog, a little bubble in the ether, as a sanctuary from reality.

Reality and LuxRender are two pieces of software (which I always called “programmes” but now feel obliged to call “apps” or “applications”) that I have enjoyed using to render my Daz Studio files for the last 3 to 4 years. The set up gives very fine physically accurate and photographic quality renders.

However, I’ve recently spent time with Daz Studio’s inbuilt and nVidia powered “iRay” renderer. I love the grainy and painterly character of what I’m currently getting. Below, I have included 2 renders to demonstrate the difference.

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Figure on the savanna. Rendered using iRay. Copyright Dale Warner 2017.
A Steampunk Forest. Copyright Dale Warner 2014.
A Steampunk Forest. A Reality and Lux render. Copyright Dale Warner 2014.

Day Studio 4.9 beta

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).

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Aeon Soul Skylys

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.

My Render featuring Aeon Soul's "Skylys" outfit and Jack Tomalin's "Winterdark Halls" environment.
My Render featuring Aeon Soul’s “Skylys” outfit and Jack Tomalin’s “Winterdark Halls” environment.

Stonemason – Daz3D

Daz 3D vendor “Stonemason” has released an absolutely fantastic model of London available herehttp://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:

Graphic of the Daz 3D / Stonemason product "Streets of London".
Graphic of the Daz 3D / Stonemason product “Streets of London”.

Looks good, methinks!