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Posted: 15 June 2012 10:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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No need to re-post the pics.  I’m paying attention.  Really…  I swear.  I can easily peruse the thread, and see them just fine.


I missed the mark on the pouch placement because I was going from memory, and working late half-asleep.  In fact, I finished the WIP late last night (early this morning?), but was just too tired to post.  I will adjust the pouch to sit lower.  Looks like at base of chest, or just below.


I can make a MT to lower the neck-cord to match.  If you do decide to use Chris’ cord I can include the MT, and create a couple of movement ones as well, if you would like.


You can get the neck-cord here in Chris Cox’s “NecklacePack1” (almost bottom of page):


http://dragonspace.com/wordpress/?cat=21&paged=2


Check out all his other work.  He is a really great creator, and a very generous individual.  His freebies are top-notch, and you might find use for some of his stuff for your covers.


Regarding the crystal base-n-holder.  Monday deadline…  Ouch!


Shape/geometry wise, it looks easy, but I have no idea what I am really looking at.  The author really needs to learn how to supply at least three basic views (including top and side), as well as not cutting off important design elements.  I’m not saying they need to be an artist.  Stick figures are fine as long as the design is at least comprehensible.


I will see what I can do, but no promises.  Will post tomorrow.  I am praying the black squiggly lines are coloring in the shape to represent black (Black Onyx perhaps?), and not some kind of design element.  Any help you can supply would be great.  For now I will fly blind.

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Posted: 15 June 2012 11:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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DaremoK3 - 15 June 2012 10:47 PM

No need to re-post the pics.  I’m paying attention.  Really…  I swear.  I can easily peruse the thread, and see them just fine.


Lol ... I wasn’t implying that you were blind ... lol. I have a tendency to edit my posts because I realize I forgot some or other detail and just go back and add it, then I remember than some people don’t read posts after they’ve already seen them. So I didn’t know if you had missed it due to one of my madd edits ... lol.

I missed the mark on the pouch placement because I was going from memory, and working late half-asleep.  In fact, I finished the WIP late last night (early this morning?), but was just too tired to post.  I will adjust the pouch to sit lower.  Looks like at base of chest, or just below.


No big deal, really. I can always adjust placement myself. I have to imply that it ‘could’ fit in his tunic, even though it’s flailing about in the scene.

I can make a MT to lower the neck-cord to match.  If you do decide to use Chris’ cord I can include the MT, and create a couple of movement ones as well, if you would like.


That would be awesome, thanks!

You can get the neck-cord here in Chris Cox’s “NecklacePack1” (almost bottom of page):


http://dragonspace.com/wordpress/?cat=21&paged=2


Check out all his other work.  He is a really great creator, and a very generous individual.  His freebies are top-notch, and you might find use for some of his stuff for your covers.


Perfect! I will head there right now grin

Regarding the crystal base-n-holder.  Monday deadline…  Ouch!


I think I can push it to Wednesday if I send her a draft of other parts of the scene by Monday. I often have to tempt authors into patience. I think sometimes they really believe original art happens over night ... lol.

Shape/geometry wise, it looks easy, but I have no idea what I am really looking at.  The author really needs to learn how to supply at least three basic views (including top and side), as well as not cutting off important design elements.  I’m not saying they need to be an artist.  Stick figures are fine as long as the design is at least comprehensible.


She says she didn’t describe it much in the book, other than being gold metal. When I pushed lightly for details, asking if it was like a ring or other type of jewelry setting/housing, just long to suit this stone’s odd shape, she excitedly said “Yes! Why didn’t I think of describing it like that.” ... lol And if you think THIS sketch was rough, you have not seen some of the one’s I’ve framed in my studio ... lol. I get some wacky sketches and descriptions. But I don’t complain. If they ever figure out how to draw or render I’m out of business ... lol.

I will see what I can do, but no promises.  Will post tomorrow.  I am praying the black squiggly lines are coloring in the shape to represent black (Black Onyx perhaps?), and not some kind of design element.  Any help you can supply would be great.  For now I will fly blind.


I completely understand :D If push comes to shove, I’ll Frankenstein something ... lol. Just let me know if you think Wed is too soon and I’ll get started improvising.  I’m just ecstatic so many modelers are willing to help and never wish to wear out my welcome. So if you can’t, you can’t. Perfectly ok by me :D Would it help if I showed you the stone it is to be mounted on? I’ll attach a crop of the scene.


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Posted: 16 June 2012 12:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Don’t worry, I’m on it.  You won’t need to Frankenstein anything together (unless I fail miserably).  I am working on it right now.  Just searching for a stone texture to apply to the stone prop.


Yeah, the picture helps (I like the look you achieved on the crystal), but now I am a little confused.  I started with creating the stone, but you have a stone.  Do you only want me to create the crystal mount/holder?


Also, in the description on the last page you said it is a holder (now I know gold, thank you) on top of a stone on top of a plinth.  Isn’t the stone actually the plinth?  In other words, are there three elements to hold the crystal (plinth, stone, mount), or just two (stone/plinth, mount)?


Would you like any kind of embellishment/decoration on the mount?  Or, do you want it smooth like a basic gold ring?


Here is a quick WIP pic:

 

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Posted: 16 June 2012 01:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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DaremoK3 - 16 June 2012 12:08 AM

Don’t worry, I’m on it.  You won’t need to Frankenstein anything together (unless I fail miserably).  I am working on it right now.  Just searching for a stone texture to apply to the stone prop.


Yeah, the picture helps (I like the look you achieved on the crystal), but now I am a little confused.  I started with creating the stone, but you have a stone.  Do you only want me to create the crystal mount/holder?


Also, in the description on the last page you said it is a holder (now I know gold, thank you) on top of a stone on top of a plinth.  Isn’t the stone actually the plinth?  In other words, are there three elements to hold the crystal (plinth, stone, mount), or just two (stone/plinth, mount)?


Would you like any kind of embellishment/decoration on the mount?  Or, do you want it smooth like a basic gold ring?


Here is a quick WIP pic:


Wow, you’re fast ... lol. I actually have the stone. And the plinth the stone rests on is not viewable in the scene. I had to explain to her that SOMETHING had to go in the foreground and she chose the sword over the MC, which means if she wants readers to see the crystal, she has to sacrifice seeing just the top part of the stone. So don’t worry about that part. All I need is the bracket, which I can hopefully make it look like it’s been majickally embedded into the top of that stone in postwork so it can support the crystal. Make sense?


As far as embellishments go, I am probably going to etch runes and other wizardy stuffs into it. Anything majickal looking ... lol.


Would you like me to email you the full scene? I just can’t show it in a public forum without author approval first. Hence the cropped images.

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Posted: 16 June 2012 01:36 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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O.K., I will concentrate on finishing the mount.  Below are some more WIP pics.  There are two versions at this stage for you to decide which one you want me to complete.  The difference is where the mount meets the crystal.  Please ignore the quick mock-up crystal.  I have the crystal mesh on another PC, and I don’t feel like retrieving it right now.  I will do that tomorrow, and line everything up correctly before moving on to UV mapping.


No, I don’t need you to send me anything.  I think we are good here.  No worries that you can’t post full renders.  The cropped pieces are fine to work with.


I’m done for now.  I need to catch up on some sleep.  I’ll resume again tomorrow.  Good night…

 

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Posted: 16 June 2012 02:54 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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DaremoK3 - 16 June 2012 01:36 AM

O.K., I will concentrate on finishing the mount.  Below are some more WIP pics.  There are two versions at this stage for you to decide which one you want me to complete.  The difference is where the mount meets the crystal.  Please ignore the quick mock-up crystal.  I have the crystal mesh on another PC, and I don’t feel like retrieving it right now.  I will do that tomorrow, and line everything up correctly before moving on to UV mapping.


No, I don’t need you to send me anything.  I think we are good here.  No worries that you can’t post full renders.  The cropped pieces are fine to work with.


I’m done for now.  I need to catch up on some sleep.  I’ll resume again tomorrow.  Good night…


Perfect! grin


I’ve got to be honest, though. I don’t see a difference between the two ... lol. So I guess which ever one turns you on & you feel most proud of, go with that one.  Totally amazing. I would have been at this forever and a day, even frankensteining ... lol. I just don’t have the patience .. lol. 


Rest well, my friend.


Oh, ps, the author saw the draft with just the sword and is absolutely thrilled. It’s “brilliant” and “just what I wanted”. Just thought you might like to know cheese

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Posted: 16 June 2012 03:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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Oh, and nobody start any razor-like phazers/fazers (however the heck it’s spelled ... I’m an artist for a living, not a spelling teacher) ... lol. I found a freebie the author may accept, so wait until ya’ll hear from me about it again before dedicating ya’lls appreciated time on it.


Thanks :D

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Posted: 17 June 2012 03:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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Final crystal mount model sent to you, Aidana.

 

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Posted: 17 June 2012 04:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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AidanaWillowRaven - 16 June 2012 03:01 AM

Oh, and nobody start any razor-like phazers/fazers (however the heck it’s spelled ... I’m an artist for a living, not a spelling teacher) ... lol. I found a freebie the author may accept, so wait until ya’ll hear from me about it again before dedicating ya’lls appreciated time on it.


Thanks :D


The LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) might be considered to be a precursor to the “phaser” (PHoton mASER or more recently PHASed Energy Rectification).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_weapons_in_Star_Trek#Energy_weapons  for interesting history.


*Totally unfazed* wink


Thanks for the encouragement DaremoK3 <(^_^)... I’m still struggling with the curves, but slowly beating this thing into a shape I like.  I realised that if twisting splines is anything like twisting wool together, then I should twist the snake body “backwards” at the same time as twisting the pair of them together… which is what this next WIP is part-way there to doing.


EDIT: I also found that my previous attempt was rapidly approaching the “weight” of a V4 ... clearly using waaay too many faces in the body of the snakes X)... so merged a bunch of loops together which, since this thing will really only be maybe 40-50 pixels on Aidana’s final render, nobody’ll notice anyway (>_<).

EDIT^2: nice crystal and mount ^_^.

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Posted: 17 June 2012 05:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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Whoops! ... overdid it a bit X)...

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Posted: 17 June 2012 06:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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M F M - 17 June 2012 04:40 AM

The LASER (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) might be considered to be a precursor to the “phaser” (PHoton mASER or more recently PHASed Energy Rectification).


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_weapons_in_Star_Trek#Energy_weapons  for interesting history.


*Totally unfazed* wink

 


lol ... thanks for the fun history grin I’m glad I asked ya’ll to hold up on the phaser. The author is thinking I need to show her a sample without the phaser because she thinks it throws off leg proportions. lol

I also found that my previous attempt was rapidly approaching the “weight” of a V4 ... clearly using waaay too many faces in the body of the snakes X)... so merged a bunch of loops together which, since this thing will really only be maybe 40-50 pixels on Aidana’s final render, nobody’ll notice anyway (>_<).


On the front cover, it will be small. But if we use it as the blurb’s ‘frame’ on the back cover, it will be a close-up. But I think it’s looking AWESOME. These guys look more masculine and fierce, too.


I do prefer the smooth version here or the twisty one below, though. I’m thinking only one or two twists if at all. What do ya’ll think?

 

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Posted: 17 June 2012 06:08 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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DaremoK3 - 17 June 2012 03:20 AM

Final crystal mount model sent to you, Aidana.

Perfect, perfect, PERFECT! Going to go play with this right now. cheese

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Posted: 18 June 2012 04:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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Snake ring is looking good M F M.  Can’t wait to see your final piece.


I worked on the neck pouch some more tonight.  Still some more work to be done, and then finish up the UV’s.  WIP pics below:

 

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Posted: 18 June 2012 05:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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Ok, _now_ I think I’ve got a grip on wrapping things around a cylinder >_<... I should have started from a simple cylinder, and wrapped the snake bodies around it first, before constructing the head (and the diamond) ... live and learn.


EDIT: I’m really liking the strings (and knot) on your pouch D3 - was that all done using a 3D curve and patience?


EDIT2: don’t panic Aidana! ... I haven’t forgotten the “snake bodies”... the ring below is just a test of the technique for wrapping a shape around a cylinder.  Now that I have that down pat, I’ll remove all the decorative green goo and leave just the two major “under-and-over” cylinders, which you’ll be able to put your snakeskin shader on ^_^.


(Blender cycles render below - beaten and shinyyyy ^_^)

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Posted: 18 June 2012 10:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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M F M - 18 June 2012 05:43 AM

EDIT2: don’t panic Aidana! ... I haven’t forgotten the “snake bodies”... the ring below is just a test of the technique for wrapping a shape around a cylinder.  Now that I have that down pat, I’ll remove all the decorative green goo and leave just the two major “under-and-over” cylinders, which you’ll be able to put your snakeskin shader on ^_^.


I like this, but I can’t see where you are going with it… lol. This is the one I like and want. Is it almost ready for me?

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