Sunday Post – Pleasure

Jake’s Sunday Post this week is about Pleasure – So I thought I’d share a few of my fun renders from Daz Studio and see if they bring you a little pleasure. Then don’t forget to click on the Water Dragon logo above and go see what others have offered this week.

First off, what is more pleasurable than the pleasure of friendship? Even the most unlikely of friends…. (dare to tell me they don’t make you smile, even a little bit)

"Friends Forever" by Judee (rendered in Daz Studio)

Next, hmm, what can be more pleasurable than some great guitar music? Letting go and dancing with abandon, that’s what.

"Dance" by Judee (Rendered in Daz Studio)

Finally, there is the cuteness factor. Now, I realize, some people don’t like cuteness, it’s just not their thing. But who can resist the pleasure of watching these fun loving babies and their little fae friend?

"Cuteness Factor" by Judee (Rendered in Daz Studio)

Thanks for the visit! And if you want to see them full size, just click on the gallery pictures below:

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Sunday Post – Landscape

Another Sunday Post topic from Jake, this wee’s topic is Landscape. Click on the banner to join the fun.

Shall we start off with a touch of Color? This one could have been in last week’s theme of Colorful. 😉

Spring Bloom by judee Rendered in Bryce

Another “virtual” landscape, one of my first and few attempts with Terragen.

River Sunset by Judee Rendered in Terragen

I actually haven’t done very many landscapes in digital art, those are two of maybe a handful, so I’ll next present a couple of real photos to go with them. First, the one that follows is the view from my window.

I was lucky enough to catch a rainbow, can you see it? And following, a picture my daughter took of some Japanese gardens during her stay there.

While digital art can be colorful and fun, you it just can’t beat Mother Nature, don’t you agree?

Sunday Post – Colorful

Jake has done it again – inspired me with his Sunday Post  topic – Colorful.  I hope my contributions to the theme will bring a little color into your life. Click on the dragon to join in on the fun.:

COLORFUL

World of Color by Judee (mixed media)

Spiral Wings by Judee (created in Apophysis 7x)

Nano Weird by Judee (created and rendered in Poser)

Sunday Post – Expression

Thank you Jake for giving us so much freedom of expression in your Weekly Sunday Post themes. I like that it is open to however creative we want to get, whether with photography, digital art, poetry or prose. This week, I’m going creative, after all, isn’t that the best part of expression?

Those who want to see what it’s about, go check out jakesprinter’s Sunday Post and see what people are doing with it. While you’re there, why not try it out yourself?

This week’s theme: Expression

Poser portrait

Character Study - by Judee - Rendered in Poser

Facial expressions can tell you a lot about what a character is feeling – but sometimes, some expressions are not so easy to read. Quite often, what you see in something like this will be subjective, rather than objective.  What do you think she is feeling?

Vampire Regret - by Judee - Rendered in Daz Studio

Is there such a thing as a good vampire? What do you think he is feeling right now? Is she willing, or just resigned. You be the judge.

And on a lighter note:

In the Doghouse - by Judee - Rendered in Daz Studio

I love how these toons can show expressions. They are fun to play with and capable of all kinds of emotions. What do you think they are feeling right now? Can you sense a story behind this scene?

However we may choose to express ourselves, through words, pictures, cartoons, laughter or tears, one thing we all have in common – the need let it out, to communicate, to express who we are. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you do it.

And so it is.   – Judee

Sunday Post – Love

This is a new challenge setup by Jakesprinter, where every Sunday he will post a prompt, and we can use it to stimulate out imagination and creativity. I like the fact that it’s not limited to photography, and can include writing or digital art. If you are interested, click on the logo and go see what others have done with this. The theme this week is Love.

LOVE

Yes, that’s my avatar icon you see, blown up a bit larger. Made in Apophysis, a fractal generating program I will talk about later in this blog. I dedicate this post and the following pictures to two people who are no longer with us, but who have inspired my belief that true love does exist, and can continue for a lifetime, and beyond.

My parents:

My parents, taken around 1942. Young love, full of optimism and hope.

In their 40’s, they both loved to laugh, though my dad definitely had the edge on that one. They went out regularly, to bridge parties, social events, and sometimes just the two of them. They weren’t demonstrative in public, but they kept the romance alive and well.

A Christmas kiss. They would be in their early 60’s here.

A poem I wrote to them around that same time:

A fine romance complete with sighs
longing glances
moonlit skies
Thus begins a special life
two in love
man and wife

Add a precious gift of joy
first born child
a healthy boy
Make their happiness complete
a baby girl
soft and sweet
A family life for many years
loving laughter
sharing tears

Now both children fully grown
making new lives of their own
as man and wife
once more alone
discover
how their love has grown

They made it through half a century together and beyond. They were close to the 60 year anniversary, but didn’t quite get there. When my dad passed away, I remember my mom saying that she had not only lost the love of her life, but her best friend. When it was her turn to go, her thoughts were on him, hoping he would be the first to welcome her on the other side of this life. I’m pretty sure he was.

The love of a lifetime. It is rare these days, but it is possible. My parents proved it.

Create 3d Digital Art for Free

Free for February AND MARCH!, 3 major programs from Daz 3d.

And no, I’m not talking about the kind of 3d with the funny glasses, I’m talking about the 3d digital art you see more and more in advertising, animations, and artistic renders. You may or may not have heard of programs like these, but if you think you might be interested, now is the time to check it out. This is legitimate software that I have used regularly, (see my header image) so I can vouch for it. You will need to create an account at Daz 3d in order to get these, so before you grab them, use the link above to the main page and find Create an Account along the top bar.

Daz Studio 4 Pro

Daz Studio 4 Pro

With this program you can create scenes, add characters, modify their appearance, change their clothes, pose them, move them about, light the scene for effect, and render your imagination visible. There are a lot of extras with the Pro version, but don’t let that scare you, the basic program itself is easy to learn. The Pro stuff will be there when you grow into it. Oh, and this Pro version also comes with a Bridge direct into Photoshop CS 4 for use with their 3d component.

Bryce 7 Pro

Bryce is a landscape creation program that allows you to create beautiful scenes, whether realistic or fantasy, or sci-fi, it’s all there for you to put together. You can also import content from Daz Studio using an internal bridge between the two programs.

Hexagon 2.5

Hexagon

One of the sweetest little modeling programs I know. Hexagon is for making objects to use in the rendering programs like Daz Studio and Bryce. It includes UV mapping and direct texturing, as well as many different tools for precision modeling work. Even if you don’t think you will ever model so much as a cube, it may still be a good idea to grab this while it’s free. you never know where inspiration might lead you…

A couple of sample images from an amateur (me):

Daz Studio back in version 1, a good example of what a relative beginner can do –

(click for larger view.)

Bryce, again an early render, in this one I used the bridge to mport the Unicorn from Daz Studio into Bryce.

I’ll be posting more about these programs at a later time, as they make up a big part of my digital art library, but for now, I just wanted to pass this on. Again the offer is only good for February. And no, I am not getting any kind of affiliate return on telling you about this, I just wanted to share the good news.

After all, free is free.

Okay you’re right, nothing is completely free, these programs rely largely on Content, so if you download them, you may find yourself wanting to buy content to use in them. Each program comes with a good sampling of content to get you started, so really, you don’t have to buy a thing. But of course, I know the people at Daz 3d are hoping that you’ll get so enthused about what you can do with it that you will want to purchase at their store. No hidden agenda, just good business sense.

And it works. Once you learn the programs, you will likely find yourself wanting more content.  I’m just saying, be forewarned…