Sunday Post – Light

Well, it’s Wednesday, but that’s just me, I never get things  done on time. 😉 Here is this week’s Sunday Post – Light.  How could I possible resist a topic ike that? If you want participate, or just to see what others have done, click the link or the logo, and go have some fun.

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Light
out of the dark
moonlight
contrasts
morning
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Light

 

Out of the Dark

 

Moonlight

 

Contrasts

 

Morning

 

And the Gallery:

Thank you for visiting!  — Judee

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Sunday Post – Design

This week’s Sunday Post topic: Design

Click the logo to see the others.

Okay, I found a couple of older items that seem to fit the idea of Design – as in Clothing Design.

This first one, started out as a bald naked model posed and rendered in Poser. I then took the render into  Paint Shop Pro (version 7 back then) and created this dress design on it. It was my first attempt at trying to design and paint a dress onto a model – shoes, hair, everything all painted. The FX are a bit amateurish, but hey, it’s for fun.

So… once I figured out how to alter clothing items in Poser through manipulating texture maps, etc, I did another render – this time I used a different Poser model, with a generic dress (Morphing Fantasy Dress for those who know what I’m talking about). I took the template of the dress and made transparency maps and added texturing and such – different texture from the original, but it was a different process altogether. Through playing around with the mapping, I was able to recreate my design in 3d and put the dress on a model as seen here:

Other than the color and texture differences, I think the design came out pretty close to the original, don’t you? Anyway it was a lot of fun. Maybe I’ll try it again one day.

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:

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)

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…

A Twist on Digital Photography

The original intention for this particular blog of mine os for the exploration and expression of digital art, The weekly photos have given me a starting point, because photography, though not my skill set (if I have one) is all about creativity and art. But it’s time to move on with other things, and thanks to this photographic artist I found a link between photography and art that I would not have explored before. Her lovely post on Digital Art linked me to Tutorial from Digital Darkroom Techniques. It shows how to take a regular photo and turn it into a swirl of color and beauty. Here are my first attempts at what might become something fun to do on occasion.

My first attempt, from the picture of a conch shell on a wood surface:

digital twist 01

After that first try, I got experimental, so I’ll show you those results in 3 images. As far as I can tell, this blog theme doesn’t have a gallery post option, so for now, it all gets posted in large format for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

Oleander Trio:

First image – from a photo of an oleander bush in bloom:

I am new to Photoshop and all it can do, so I just clicked on Invert, thinking it would invert the image horizontally, but I discovered it had a different purpose. I liked the image that resulted, the softer tones, etc, so here it is:

Finally, I did find out how to flip the image, did so, and played with a few color filters. Isn’t it fun? A great way to explore options in a new program.

And for the Finale:

For this one, I want to show you the photograph from which it sprang – this photo is one I took outside my home – view from my computer room balcony at twilight.

and here is the “twister” result:

So there you have it, my first post exploring a digital art technique that is brand new to me. I love learning new things!  I look forward to learning new techniques, exploring old ones, and sharing it with you. There is nothing more personal than art, nothing more about sharing. What I create is an expression of who I am, what you see is an expression of who you are.

Above all, – Enjoy!

Judee