|Will you choose black or white; left or right; blue wire or red wire; wrong or right; good or evil; devil or the deep blue sea?|
We always have a choice though we may not like what's available...
Color Inspiration - OrangeThis is the second of a 7 part journal about colors. I'll take the opportunity of the 7 Days Color Challenge to share some material I've been gathering recently.
I've been obsessed with colors since I started to work with them and it's really nice to know their meanings and symbolism before applying them on a project. Hope you enjoy it!
Before the orange fruit was introduced in Europe, there wasn't a word to designate this color. The color was inicially referred to as ġeolurēad (yellow-red) for reddish orange;
Specialists believe that orange increases our brain's oxygen supply creating a refreshing and stimulant effect;
According to studies, orange is the color most related to fun. That's why it's popular among children;
Orange is the complementary color of Blue even on its
Color Inspiration - RedHello again!
This is the first of a 7 part journal about colors. I'll take the opportunity of the 7 Days Color Challenge to share some material I've been gathering recently.
Hope you find this interesting for either the challenge or future projects. ^_^
Red has more personal associations than any other color. Recognized as a stimulant, red is inherently exciting. Red draws attention, so a keen use of red as an accent can immediately focus attention on a particular element. (shout out to extroverted people, that's your color (ﾉ◕ヮ◕)ﾉ*)
Red is particularly interesting because it's on both ends of the emotional spectrum. On one end there's passion and love and on the other there's danger, fear and anger. I'm wondering which of these emotions you most associate with the color red. ^^
It's the first color bab
MEC4D Iray skin settingsupdated: 6/2
currently: working on doll
This morning I came across a thread at DAZ that linked back to a forum post where Catherine (MEC4D) shared her basic skin settings for Iray renders. I copied and saved what she wrote but didn't bookmark the actual page and now I can't find it again for the life of me.
I tested these settings in a basic scene and while they are an improvement over what I had, they're still intended to be used with properly prepared textures. Cath creates albedo diffuse maps, normals, and SSS/translucency maps, so none of us are going to get renders like hers just using these settings. They're still a nice start though and I appreciate her sharing them (and would thank her if I could find that thread).
"Some advice , Iray does not produce CGI as 3Delight rendering it produce CGS , and since it is simulation all materials and colors should be physically based so the photons do the job correctly , and one wrong mat
The Big Fix!Lighting frame paint-over, or as I like to think of it, fighting the forces of chaos
We do these after the digital sets are created and lit. The first pass at lighting rarely comes out well and it's up to the artists to design the color and light for a compelling story moment in the form of a frame paint-over in photoshop.
[Tutorial] Getting Started With IrayIntroduction
Here is the tutorial on YouTube.
Here is a .pdf version.
This is for those of you who are looking at the interface going, "Now what?" This covers how to convert existing shaders and how to set up lighting for your render.
This is a text version that, while different from what I'm saying in the video word by word, contains the same information.
To use this you need DAZ Studio 4.8 Pro or later.
Part 1: The Environment and Camera Settings
Before we get started, we need to check the environment, camera and render settings.
The Render Settings tab has an Editor and an Advanced section. Advanced is where you check or uncheck your CPU and graphics cards. I render with just my cards most of the time, and if you have good cards with lots of CUDA
How to: AnatomyHuman anatomy is, for sure, one of the hardest things to draw. But at the same time it's one of the most interesting things to draw, because... hey... we love making characters, and it's nice if they at least look a bit like a human being. I'm still far from perfect at drawing the human body, yet I've accumulated some very useful tips, tricks and websites.
Drawing from life
Drawing from life is awesome!
Look for life drawing classes in your environment, or if they're not available; ask your friends to pose for you. Go have a drink in the city when the weather is nice, and sketch people passing by. There's nowhere you learn more about human anatomy than by observing and sketching real people. There's only one downside to this; dynamic poses are tricky, as it's hard for any model to hold a difficult pose for a long time.
And no... drawing (nearly) naked people in a drawing class isn't awkward. I
Any Good Reading Recommendations?I'm in the mood to read and I have a Kindle giftcard worth 50$. I deeply regret that I had read maybe all of two books in 2014. That is atrocious to me and MUST be remedied! The horror! Seriously. I grew up on reading. Not reading is a cardinal sin to me and I am GUILTY! So, time to remedy that.
Anyone got any good recommendations? I am particularly interested in fantasy, possibly some sci-fi, and horror.
Just to give you some ballpark clues about my interests and preferences..... (TL;DR ahead, skip to bottom for punchline. Also there may be mild spoilers. I've listed titles first so if you see a title you haven't read, skip that paragraph).
I LOVED the Harry Potter series. Yeah, it had its flaws but I can forgive them because it was very well written, I loved the characters, and I found the story compelling. It also occasionally had a damn good sense of humor.
I LOVED the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Hobbit. Well written, fascinating stories, interesting characters, lore so deep
Role Models: Then and Now
Role Models: Then and Now
Albert Einstein by SoulOfDavid
There was a time when childhood heroes were real life human beings people dreamed of emulating when they “grew up.” There were sports heroes, famous astronauts, war heroes, political figures, the leaders of social and humanitarian causes, etc..
Then came “Star Trek” which is thought to be a prime mover behind student inte
How to beat procrastination (part 2)Most of the excuses for not drawing is lacking of ideas. On part 1 of this journal I explained why I find it useful to keep a notebook with you, and to write down your ideas whenever possible.
This second part is about developing the habit of drawing. Hope you find it useful!
Create the habit of drawing
First thing to know about creating new habits is that it works kinda like inertia law:
"An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion."
Which means that the more you postpone your drawings the more you'll feel like delaying them. This procrastination abyss can be endless. For instance, I didn't draw anything in 2013 until the end of August when I bought my fi
How to beat procrastination (part 1)As I said on a previous submission, I'm planning to make some tutorials on the upcoming December. Before that, however, I feel like I can help on another subject, which comes before even starting your drawing: Procrastination. I mean, procrastination towards your own drawings.
If you're not familiar with this word:
pro-cras-ti-na-tion |prəˌkrastəˈnāSHən, prō-|
"the action of delaying or postponing something."
Why am I talking about this?
Well, a year ago I used to be a professional procrastinator. I've imposed the 365 Days of Doodles challenge to myself for this particular reason.
While procrastination is to some degree a natural phenomenon and can’t be completely eradicated, you can use the following strategies to get in the habit of getting drawings done.
Mind that these are not golden rules or such, just strategies that work fo
Favourite genre of music: Rock,Alternative, anything with strings...|
Favourite style of art: Landscapes/Characters
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs Bunny, Chowder, Kuzco
Personal Quote: Be mad until proven genius!
...always remember, there's a thin line between being proud of your abilities & being a prick about it!