I’m cheating. 1 or 2 images per page for Mirror Universe based mini novels.
Still have the TOS sequel to my very first novel in the works and the TNG based ‘Virus’ based story from last year.
Other projects pulled me away from Trek. Mainly to get my head clear since I was suffering a major burn out of Star Trek earlier in the year. But I did manage to get two books written and published.
For everyone else.
Technical notes for these mini novels. Each story is 14- 24 pages in length.
Each image took my computer (i7 8 core 2.5Ghz 8Gb ram, 64bit) up to 30minutes to render a piece.
One IBL (occlusion samples set to 128, Max raytrace set to 200, Environment Mode is set to Occlusion with Direct Shadows
2 spot lights : directly to the left and right of the characters, with shadows set to Raytrace.
2 point lights set to Specular Lighting only (they give the specular material a shine) No shadows.
All skin of the characters are SSS based. For you DAZ users this might help with using the skin shader by Omnifreaker https://helpdaz.zendesk.com/entries/20658113-how-to-use-the-elite-human-surface-shaders
Depth of field is based upon my tutorial: http://pdsmith.deviantart.com/gallery/#/d4jpw8r
for 3Dlights rendering setting, I stay with the settings as is with the exception of Max Ray Trace Depth is set to 4.