WIP Thread for New User Contest - August 2013

Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,292
edited September 2013 in New User Contests and Events

New User's Contest - August 2013

Sponsored by DAZ 3D


Are you new to the 3D World? Are you at the beginning stages of learning 3D rendering? Have you been around for a little bit but feel you could benefit from some feedback or instruction? Have you been around awhile and would like to help other members start their creative journey? Well then come and join the fun as we host our newest contest...

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"Illustration and Inspiration"

This month’s contest is about creating a render based on a quotation, saying, or passage that inspires you

In this month's contest, your task is to create an illustration of a short piece of poetry or prose of your choice. Illustration as a discipline is defined by its context. While an illustration can often stand alone as a work of art in its own right, it is best viewed as a visual representation or elucidation of the associated text. Some illustrations also function as embellishments or interpretations of a text -- so there's plenty of room for creativity or originality. When working on your images, please keep in mind the context of the quote you have chosen, including subject matter, mood/emotion, theme, and symbolism.

Intent: To use the principles you have learned (lighting, composition, posing, expression, etc.) to effectively capture the essence of the quote you have chosen.

Choose a bit of poetry or a song lyric, a line of dialog from a favorite movie or book, a passage from an inspirational text, or a traditional or contemporary expression or saying on which to base your render. Please include this quotation along with your image (and cite the source, if possible). This is the WIP (work in progress) thread; please post your final entries in the Entries Thread.

A few possible sources of quotes:
Wikiquote
Goodreads | Popular Quotes
The Phrase Finder
Internet Sacred Text Archive
Omniglot - Idioms and sayings in various languages
The Poetry Foundation

I will be checking in on the WIP THREAD as will the rest of the Community Volunteers to try and help with anything you all may need, or to give you any hints and tips you can use..

For a list of the current contest rules, please see this thread :Contest Rules

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For those veterans of the forums that would like to help, because this contest is designed for the beginner to learn from, we will be randomly selecting posts offering helpful tips and/or critiques to receive a special voucher as well so whether you are a seasoned artist or an aspiring one, there is fun for everyone!

Closing Date: August 31st, 2013

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  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 32,219
    edited August 2013

    This is one I did some time ago to illustrate the principle.

    A short poem by a very old Welsh poet.

    Gorddyar adar;gwlyth traeth;
    Eghurnwyfre;ehalaeth
    Ton. Gwyw calon rhag hiraeth.
    or

    A bright sky,seabirds mewling;
    A wide wave, soaking the shore:
    A heart, withering from hiraedd.

    Hiraedd, a peculiar celtic term, for which there is no real english translation, melancholia, but not quite, a sad introspective mood.

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  • Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,292
    edited December 1969

    Thanks for that beautiful example, chohole!

    Here are some links to some information on lighting, posing, and composition, taken from previous New User Contests:

    Lighting
    3D Lights & Magic (May 2013 contest)
    Portrait Lighting (June 2012 contest)

    Posing
    Reaction and Interaction - posing two figures (June 2013 contest)
    Holding Hands (March 2013 contest)
    Finding the Perfect Pose - using a reference image (July 2012 contest)

    Composition
    The Festive Holiday Season - composition (December 2012 contest)

    Please post any questions to this thread (not to the threads linked above, as those contests have closed).

  • keshkesh Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Very nice idea for this month contest!

    And very nice practical example from Chohole!

    May we also get a 'quote' from song lyrics? *fluttering eyelashes while assuming a kitten big eyes look*

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 32,219
    edited December 1969

    kesh said:
    Very nice idea for this month contest!

    And very nice practical example from Chohole!

    May we also get a 'quote' from song lyrics? *fluttering eyelashes while assuming a kitten big eyes look*

    Another fave one fo me, I have several renders based on Song lyrics,

  • Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,292
    edited August 2013

    kesh said:
    Very nice idea for this month contest!

    And very nice practical example from Chohole!

    May we also get a 'quote' from song lyrics? *fluttering eyelashes while assuming a kitten big eyes look*

    Yes: Choose a bit of poetry or a song lyric, a line of dialog from a favorite movie or book, a passage from an inspirational text, or a traditional or contemporary expression or saying on which to base your render.


    And actually those are just examples...if you have a snippet of text you'd like to use that doesn't fall into any of the above categories, but still seems to fit the theme of the contest, feel free to use it (or ask if you're not sure whether it's appropriate). Just make sure the render is based on the text, not the other way around...this isn't a caption contest.
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  • Carola OCarola O Posts: 3,249
    edited December 1969

    I really like this month theme I must admit,not sure if it is allright to post a image that is NOT an entry (since I also plan to take part of the ocntest, though with another image of course)? It's an image I made a while ago, to a weekly.. inspired by one of my old time favourite songs Dance of Love.

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 32,219
    edited December 1969

    Yes we like to see images, as long as you mark it NAE

  • Carola OCarola O Posts: 3,249
    edited December 1969

    Here it is than :) the first time I actually submit a NAE picture *smiles* This is a picture I plan to go back to and revisit, now that I have learnt a few more things since I did it

    Dance of Love

    Inspired by the beautiful song by Dan Hill called Dance of Love ( youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkRzj7t3Ehw )

    Lyrics

    The music plays so soft and sweet
    My hands they shake when our lips meet
    All that I ask is that tonight
    We have this dance of love

    Your eyes, they shine like stars above
    This is the night that I've been dreaming of
    It's your favorite song
    Girl, can we hold on in this dance of love

    Something comes over me when you are near
    So close and yet so far
    I could die here in your arms
    As we hold on in this dance of love

    The music plays, you're all I see
    I feel you breathing so close to me
    Take my hand, tonight I'll be your man
    In this dance of love

    Something comes over me I can't explain
    Girl, when I'm holding you
    The world just slips away
    As we hold on in this dance of love

    And all I ask is that we have this dance
    The music plays, we close our eyes
    So soft, it flows into the night
    You're like a prayer
    Nothing else compares in this dance of love
    You know I want you, take my hand
    And I will be your man in this dance of love

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  • Kismet2012Kismet2012 Posts: 3,891
    edited December 1969

    kesh said:
    Very nice idea for this month contest!

    And very nice practical example from Chohole!

    May we also get a 'quote' from song lyrics? *fluttering eyelashes while assuming a kitten big eyes look*

    I agree. I've been looking up inspirational quotes all morning trying to figure out what I might want to try. :roll:

  • Kismet2012Kismet2012 Posts: 3,891
    edited December 1969

    Carola O said:
    Here it is than :) the first time I actually submit a NAE picture *smiles* This is a picture I plan to go back to and revisit, now that I have learnt a few more things since I did it

    Dance of Love

    Inspired by the beautiful song by Dan Hill called Dance of Love ( youtube - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkRzj7t3Ehw )

    Lyrics

    The music plays so soft and sweet
    My hands they shake when our lips meet
    All that I ask is that tonight
    We have this dance of love

    Your eyes, they shine like stars above
    This is the night that I've been dreaming of
    It's your favorite song
    Girl, can we hold on in this dance of love

    Something comes over me when you are near
    So close and yet so far
    I could die here in your arms
    As we hold on in this dance of love

    The music plays, you're all I see
    I feel you breathing so close to me
    Take my hand, tonight I'll be your man
    In this dance of love

    Something comes over me I can't explain
    Girl, when I'm holding you
    The world just slips away
    As we hold on in this dance of love

    And all I ask is that we have this dance
    The music plays, we close our eyes
    So soft, it flows into the night
    You're like a prayer
    Nothing else compares in this dance of love
    You know I want you, take my hand
    And I will be your man in this dance of love

    Lovely image. Very inspirational. Thank you for sharing.

  • SzarkSzark Posts: 10,592
    edited December 1969

    kesh said:
    Very nice idea for this month contest!

    And very nice practical example from Chohole!

    May we also get a 'quote' from song lyrics? *fluttering eyelashes while assuming a kitten big eyes look*

    I agree. I've been looking up inspirational quotes all morning trying to figure out what I might want to try. :roll:don't force it, let it come naturally. :)

  • Kismet2012Kismet2012 Posts: 3,891
    edited December 1969

    Szark said:
    kesh said:
    Very nice idea for this month contest!

    And very nice practical example from Chohole!

    May we also get a 'quote' from song lyrics? *fluttering eyelashes while assuming a kitten big eyes look*

    I agree. I've been looking up inspirational quotes all morning trying to figure out what I might want to try. :roll:

    don't force it, let it come naturally. :)

    I will. I need to let my subconscious work on it for a while.

    Thanks Szark.

  • mori_mannmori_mann Posts: 1,108
    edited December 1969

    Oooh, now that's a nice theme! Let's see what the muse comes up with.

    My muse is a pony. Don't laugh.

  • SickleYieldSickleYield Posts: 7,358
    edited December 1969

    I approve this thread and want to look at all the renders. (Of which this post ensures I will be notified.)

  • ZenrelZenrel Posts: 245
    edited December 1969

    Oooo this theme is interesting! I missed the July contest, but I'm going to be head on with this month's! *Waiting patiently on Luxus* Been 11 hours >.>

  • TobiasGTobiasG Posts: 447
    edited August 2013

    That's an interesting theme! I got several ideas actually. Let me try a first render, though I have other interpretations in mind for this quote, too.

    Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.
    Lao Tzu

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  • ZenrelZenrel Posts: 245
    edited December 1969

    The image is still rendering, but here what I have so far.

    "If you want to be a hero, you need to have Dreams, and Honor." -Angeal Final Fantasy 7 Crisis Core

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  • TobiasGTobiasG Posts: 447
    edited December 1969

    I guess it shows I have a spare evening :)

    This one would be:

    "Not the wind, not the flag; mind is moving."
    The Gateless Gate

    (The full text of the koan is on wikisource. I find the whole Gateless Gate - the koan collection this one is quoted from - pretty impressive).

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  • hawkonthewinghawkonthewing Posts: 136
    edited December 1969

    I love this idea, narrowing down which things to use is going to be the hard part!

    First go, my favorite e e cummings poem.

    somewhere i have never traveled, gladly beyond
    any experience, your eyes have their silence:
    in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
    or which i cannot touch because they are too near

    your slightest look easily will unclose me
    though i have closed myself as fingers,
    you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
    (touching skillfully, mysteriously)her first rose

    or if your wish be to close me, i and
    my life will shut very beautifully ,suddenly,
    as when the heart of this flower imagines
    the snow carefully everywhere descending;

    nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
    the power of your intense fragility: whose texture
    compels me with the color of its countries,
    rendering death and forever with each breathing

    (i do not know what it is about you that closes
    and opens; only something in me understands
    the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
    nobody, not even the rain, has such small hands

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  • JaderailJaderail Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    I'm in love with the theme but I'm a bit on the Dark side so... I might do a NAE of this little bit here.
    "Oh, look at my face, My name is might have been, My name is never was, My name's forgotten" Hole - Celebrity Skin.
    Then again I might not, climbing into my head can get very dangerous sometimes....

  • Shinji Ikari 9thShinji Ikari 9th Posts: 962
    edited December 1969

    The song that I chose for my render was 'Shine Your Light' by Robbie Robertson. Make note of the bold lyrics.

    The cry of the city like a siren's song
    Wailing over the rooftops the whole night long
    Saw a shooting star like a diamond in the sky
    Must be someone's soul passing by

    These are the streets
    Where we used to run where your Papa's from
    These are the days
    Where you become what you become
    These are the streets
    Where the story's told
    The truth unfolds
    Darkness settles in

    Shine your light down on me
    Lift me up so I can see
    Shine your light when you're gone
    Give me the strength
    To carry on, carry on

    Don't wanna be a hero
    Just an everyday man
    Trying to do the job the very best he can
    But now it's like living on borrowed time
    Out on the rim, over the line
    Always tempting fate like a game of chance
    Never wanna stick around to the very last dance
    Sometimes I stumble and take a hard fall
    Lose hold your grip off the wall

    Shine your light down on me
    Lift me up so I can see
    Shine your light when you're gone
    Give me the strength to carry on
    Carry on

    I thought I saw him walking by the side of the road
    Maybe trying to find his way home

    He's here but not here
    He's gone but not gone
    Just hope he knows if I get lost

    Shine your light down on me
    Lift me up so I can see
    Shine your light when you're gone
    Give me the strength to carry on
    Carry on

    Those where the ones to inspire me. I would like to note that this render is also a tribute to my late father whose 59th birthday would have been this month.

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  • evilproducerevilproducer Posts: 9,021
    edited December 1969

    I love Tolkien. I may have to revisit some of my favorite passages to find one that I wish to use.

  • TobiasGTobiasG Posts: 447
    edited December 1969

    I love Tolkien. I may have to revisit some of my favorite passages to find one that I wish to use.

    JRRT might be difficult - he didn't produce that many short, to the point, quotable text. Of course, most of the longer songs or poems could be illustrated with an elf staring wistfully into the distance, I guess :)

    (love Tolkien, despise Elves)

  • TobiasGTobiasG Posts: 447
    edited December 1969

    I softened the light a bit, corrected the finger pose, and fit the top better to get rid of that black spot.

    What do you think?

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  • Kismet2012Kismet2012 Posts: 3,891
    edited December 1969

    I think the contest has barley started and already the judges are going to have a tough time picking their winners. ;-)

  • evilproducerevilproducer Posts: 9,021
    edited December 1969

    TobiasG said:
    I love Tolkien. I may have to revisit some of my favorite passages to find one that I wish to use.

    JRRT might be difficult - he didn't produce that many short, to the point, quotable text. Of course, most of the longer songs or poems could be illustrated with an elf staring wistfully into the distance, I guess :)

    (love Tolkien, despise Elves)

    Quite honestly with all the song lyrics posted so far, I'm not that worried about short quotes. ;-) BTW, It wouldn't be an entry as I consider myself a knowledgeable Carrara user. It would just be for fun.

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 32,219
    edited December 1969

    It's funny, this contest has got me thinking about doing another render on this theme, just for fun, as well. :coolsmile:

  • Carola OCarola O Posts: 3,249
    edited December 1969

    I personally have a trouble deciding which of all songs to go for... or if I should go for one of my own poems *hmm decisions.. decisions*

  • en0ken0k Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    title: hail to the king, baby.

    wip ss. will add zombies and shiz later.

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  • evilproducerevilproducer Posts: 9,021
    edited December 1969

    en0k said:
    title: hail to the king, baby.

    wip ss. will add zombies and shiz later.


    And here I was hoping for an Evil Dead/Army of Darkness picture! Still looks like it could be a fun one.

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