experimenting in Studio
Things are getting somewhat back to normal for me, and I have been experimenting a little with art again at least. Thanks to those who sent well wishes.
I sent the references and details for the Mahenbu commission off to him today. It's basically going to serve two purposes; its a gift of sorts to those who have been waiting a long time for me to make a new Smacky fighting pic (which I've unfortunately been unable to do), and also to compare it to the 3D fighting images I have actually done in the past. All of my commissions to date have been either cute or story-related, so I'm very interested to see how this turns out and if you like it. If you've enjoyed seeing what Smacky does best though, you probably will.
Blender isn't nearly as intimidating as I used to think, but of course it's another program in which DAZ figures will not natively work very well. It has some very nice features that I wish Studio did (like camera and light min/max clipping values), but it's still primarily a modeler and I am not at all comfortable with modeling. At the moment, I'm experimenting with rendering flat cartoony bases to be drawn upon in Photoshop. I watched an artist do it live on my first successful test, and it does seem like something that could be useful for those who want to make true 2D images with much less effort. Still going to take some work though (and you have to do all the shading manually), but it's something different for now.
I'm trying to get it through my head that just because I haven't been completely satisfied with my 3D renders of Smacky and scenes from her story, I can still make unrelated 3D renders. It may bug the hell out of me that Smacky's top doesn't cover her breasts and Lust's outfit explodes when I try to fit it to the Genesis 2 Male, but that shouldn't stop me from making pics of women in battle and heroes slaying gorgons if I just use whatever I've got. I suppose when you have a story you want to tell, you can get tunnel vision and think that's all you should be doing or all anyone wants to see. I'll try to get over that.
Also posted a 'renderdump' of some tests that have been cluttering up one of my folders. Nothing special, just the kind of things that I'm making when I say "I'm experimenting" for the umpteenth time.
Thanks as always for visiting!
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