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Posted: 02 August 2014 03:48 PM   [ Ignore ]
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—Closed Voting Thread!—Aug. Carrara Monthly Challenge: SIZE MATTERS!—Closed Voting Thread!!—

Follow this link for complete rules and the WIP thread!

This challenge is meant to help depict one of Carrara’s great strengths. The ability to use its tools to create either really close and intimate scenes, or really massive world size scenes, or even combinations of the two. So this challenge is all about depicting scale. It doesn’t matter if it’s a giant scale or a microscopic scale. What your image needs to do is to make the viewer feel the scale. It should almost have an emotional impact and make the viewer say, wow!

Extra special thanks to DAZ 3D and RingoMontfort for sponsoring this challenge!

To see how these amazing peices of art were created using Carrara, please visit the WIP thread! It is not required, but it would be nice if you could include any comments about the entries when casting your vote!

Voting begins now!

The rules for voting are fairly simple.

Each person may vote for up to three entries.

Votes are per entry. If an artist has two images you wish to vote for, you may use a vote for each one, leaving you with one remaining vote to cast.

An artist may place in the top three, plus HM (Honorable Mention) only once. If an artist has enough votes to place more than once, the entry with the most votes will be the one that is placed, and the entry with the next highest votes will be moved up.

If there is a tie for any spot in the top three (plus HM,) I have asked three respected and objective forum members to act as tie breakers. I have asked that they refrain from voting during the regular voting period. If the same artist places in the top three with their entries tied, the above mentioned forum members will break the tie.

If there is no tie, I will give the tie breakers a chance to place their votes. If their votes cause a tie, I’m screwed. wink

Anonymous votes will be accepted with good cause. Please PM me if you think you need to vote anonymously. An example would be if a forum moderator or admin wishes to vote without giving an appearance of favoritism. There may be other issues as well.

I’ve asked the very talented RingoMontfort to name the Honorable Mention. Feel free to suggest your own, as it may help him with a very difficult task.

If there are any questions, please ask!

Important addendum to the prize list: 1st Place winner gets the horror- I mean HONOR of hosting the next challenge. The winner gets to choose the theme and the rules. I tell ya’ It’s enough to make an atheist pray. Just kidding, it’s almost not that bad.

To see the complete list of prizes that RingoMontfort and DAZ 3D has donated, please see this posting:
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/

Dates To Remember:

WIP Thread open Sunday, July 20th, 2014 and closes when voting begins.

Submission Thread Open on Saturday, August 2, 2014.

Submissions close and thread is changed to voting thread on Friday, August 15, 2014, at around 8:00 PM U.S. Mountain Time. (Oops! I missed that deadline!)

Voting ends Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at around 8:00 PM U.S. Mountain Time.

Thanks again to our fine sponsors, DAZ 3D and RingoMontfort for sponsoring this challenge!

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Posted: 02 August 2014 06:46 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Entry #1

Artist name:.
DustRider

Title of the submission:
A Moment Frozen in Time

Content used:
Vistoria 4 - http://www.daz3d.com/victoria-4-2-base
The Girl 4 - http://www.daz3d.com/the-girl-4-base
Freya Outfit - http://www.daz3d.com/freya
Riae Hair - http://www.daz3d.com/riae-hair
Handspan Studios V4 Morph Kits - ???
Muelsfell Display Plinth - http://www.daz3d.com/muelsfell-display-plinth
Millennium Dragon - http://www.daz3d.com/millennium-dragon
Fountain of Health (tree) - http://www.daz3d.com/fountain-of-health
Postal Props (package) - http://www.daz3d.com/postal-props
School Supplies (pencil) - http://www.daz3d.com/school-supplies
Alexs Apartment HDRI from HDR Labs

Content created:
Display Plinth Glass
Desk (you can only see a small portion of the desk in the final image, you can see a screen grab of the full desk in my WIP posts)

Postwork or any plugins:
Unfortunately, the way Carrara handles DOF, even though the glass display cover that is mostly transparent, can be a bit of a pain. When processing DOF, Carrara treats the clear glass as a surface that should be blurred. As a result, everything inside the display glass gets DOF blur (grrrrrrrr).  To rectify this I had to post process (composite) the render. I did one render with DOF, one without, then clipped out the areas that shouldn’t have blur in the no DOF version, and pasted then into the DOF version. I also had to re-add the DOF blur to a few areas in the non-blurred image. Composting was done in The Gimp.

No additional postwork was done.

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The character is a custom V4/G4 character with a lot of additional morphs, and a custom Skin texture based on a merchant resource. Also, a fair amount of shader work was done to make everything look “right”

Best when viewed at full resolution!

WIP Post Links:
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P31
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P73
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P84
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P113/

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Posted: 03 August 2014 07:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Entry #2

Artist name:.
Pimpy

Title of the submission:
“World Creators”

Content used:
Victoria 4.2 Pro Bundle http://www.daz3d.com/victoria-4-2-pro-bundle
Planets (premade in Carrara 8 pro)
Light Dome preset for Carrara 6 by Tim Payne http://carraracafe.com/downloads/?did=16

Content created:
“Hole” made it with modificated terrains in Carrara 8 pro
Wood structure ( beans, arch, wood plane etc)
Shader for wood structure and sky “hole”
Volumetric clouds modificated for nebula effect in Carrara 8 pro
Lights modificated for sun/star effect

Postwork or any plugins:
No plugins or additional postwork was done.

Optional Notes:
I added some characters (V4 male morph) to complete the scene

WIP Post Links:
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P30/#649039
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P45/#650078
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P60/#650704
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P90/#653187

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Posted: 03 August 2014 08:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Entry # 3

Artist name. kashyyyk

Title: Makeout Point

Content:  The 2 boats, light house and planes are Carrara content.  I used Stonemasons Urban Sprawl 2 The Big City, PhilWs Night and Day City, Carrara Realistic Seas and Cloud Domes.  I used Darkanvil’s cranes and the distant subdivisions are Rendo’s DreamlandModels Movie Sets, City Block Sixteen and eighteen.  The Airport and Tower are ShareCG-  Herminio Nieves@2013 Airport model http://www.sharecg.com/v/71696/view/5/3D-Model/International-Airport-Scenery and Tower http://www.sharecg.com/v/40465/browse/5/3D-Model/Tower  The .close up grass, weeds and rocks are from Carrara’s BMF Landscape Pack.

Content created:  Trees are Carrara tress editor, the terrains are from the terrain editor.  The flat ground are planes edited for the curve.  The bridge is vertice objects and I created the wood barrier and textures.  The airport ground texture is photoshopped aerial photos of airports mixed together for my design.

No Postwork

WIP-
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/648150/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/648607/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/651236/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/651345/

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Posted: 06 August 2014 10:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Author: DUDU

Title: A town in a drop

Contents made or modified in Carrara:
- The ladybird (Ladybug for US).
- Vegetation
- The water drop

The town is carried out with ESRI CityEngine trial:
http://www.esri.com/software/cityengine/free-trial

WIP’s
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/654740/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/654756/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/656065/

Postwork: red face
4 renders for various depths of field, edition in AE and frame made in PS.

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Posted: 11 August 2014 05:20 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Entry # 5

Artist name:.
Pimpy

Title of the submission:
“Ant’s Revenge”

Content used:
Michael 4 (Carrara 7 Pro)
Dish & Orange (premade in Carrara 8 Pro)

Content created:
Ant, Olives, Water bubbles and Straw models (created in Carrara 8 Pro)
Drink Glass and Spray (created some time ago in Wings3d)
Shader (wood, dish and straw) created in Carrara8 pro (spray label created in Photoimpact/ Gimp)

Postwork or any plugins:
No plugins used. Postwork created with two images (background image created in Carrara using DOF and forward image created in Carrara using alpha channel) final image edited in Gimp

WIP Post Links:
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P135/#656704
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P165/#657682
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P180/#658373
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P195/#659013
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P195/#659819

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Posted: 12 August 2014 05:27 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Entry #6

Artist name:. Diomede

Title of the submission:  Pirates in a Rum Bottle

Content used:
Michael 4, Genesis
Pirate for Michael 4   http://www.daz3d.com/m4-pirate
Image map for newspaper from Library of Congress newspaper collection, http://www.loc.gov

Content created:
Bottle, Boolean bottle fill and used as host for replicator of blue beads for sea inside bottle, pirate ship (based on original ship made for prior contest), vertex grid for crumpled newspaper, layer mask to put paint spots on newspaper image, paint brush, other scene to create spherical image of room to insert in background

Postwork or any plugins:
No plugins or additional postwork was done.

Edited to add works in progress links

WIP Post Links:
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P15/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P30
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P45

 

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Posted: 12 August 2014 06:11 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Entry # 7

Artist name. kashyyyk

Title: Jumping Spider

Content:  Supplied Glass shader for the eyes, edited for color and reflection, Surface replicator

Content created:  The Spider, the plants and dirt granules, Shaders and Carrara Hair

Postwork:  Depth of Field and Volume Primitives, then edited in Photoshop

WIP-
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/654982/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/655304/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/656826/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/658163/

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Posted: 12 August 2014 09:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Entry # 8

Artist - Stezza

Title - Must be climate change

Content used from Daz store:
Genesis, Troll cloth & club, Neanderthal hair & clothing, elephant, Ranger hair

Content created:
Palm tree thingy which is replicated, magnifying glass, fur on clothing, the troll cloth was modified in the model room with a magnet to give the impression that he is pulling it outwards.

Postwork :
A render was made of the primitive people, then another with the palm trees and another render of the background and another of the elephant. These were then composited together in PSE11 with a gaussian blur applied to the background and palm tree layers. A slight gaussian blur was applied to the elephant layer.. The image was then flattened and saved as a JPG file.

WiPs -
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/650774/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/651905/

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Posted: 13 August 2014 07:17 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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Entry # 9

Artist name.: Philemo

Title of the submission: For some, some sizes matter.

Content used .
- Mannequin from Carrara content
- Wood plane from ShareCG
- Woodworking Tools Collection From ShareCG
- Female mannequin from Archive3d

Content created.
Workbench and Wall using terrain (see WIP)

Postwork used to create the final image.

From Carrara multi pass:
- DOF using depth map
- Colour enhancement using Gobal illumination map
- Shadow darkening using shadow map (thanks to Headwax for the idea)

White Balance

WIP Post Links
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Using shadow map
Using terrain (2)
Scene set up
Using terrain (1)
Proof of concept

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Posted: 13 August 2014 09:33 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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Entry # 10

Artist Stezza

Title: Money for nothin’

Content used
From the Daz store there is Phil W’s buildings & some props from Stonemasons Urban Sprawl 2 and Daz’s BizMan.

Content created.
The flying saucer, Kingly Critter & the money

Postwork
nada

—Optional—notes or points of interest I wish to share.
I used three lights… three buildings, three props & three items from the store and three home made items before rendering it thrice times after three mistakes in render settings wink

WiPs
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/657513/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/661746/

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Posted: 14 August 2014 01:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Entry # 11

Artist:  Diomede

Title: Cheesiest Colossa in the West

Content used:  Genesis 2 Female, Aiko 6 morphs, G2F Skirt by Pretty 3d http://www.daz3d.com/after-school-2-for-genesis-2-female-s-and-v4 , Big Bill Truck and Trailer by Petipet http://www.daz3d.com/big-bill-truck , Poser prop convertible, Poser hand, 3 cars from the Carrara browser tray, Ballerina Shoes http://www.daz3d.com/giselle-ballerina-poses-en-pointe-shoes , Faertera top by LadyRhi and Sarsa http://www.daz3d.com/clothing-accessories/faertara-for-genesis-2-female-s , Amada shoes by Wilddesigns http://www.daz3d.com/clothing-accessories/amanda-shoes , Harlow hair by AprilYSH http://www.daz3d.com/hair/harlow-hair-2

Content created:  Conforming skirt and blouse for Aiko 6.  Dynamic Carrara hair for Aiko 6.  Terrains are customized, including using photosho to edit the heightmap to create the road and parking lot.  Sign.  Store.

No postwork.,

Works in Progress links
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P225
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P240

Optional comments.  Did this it to show that Aiko 6 could be used in Carrara. Cheesy - I know.  Consider it as filler for the field.  I did attempt to use the depth of field function within Carrara.  I set the sign as the focus. 

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Posted: 15 August 2014 01:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Just a quick reminder that the submissions close tonight!

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Posted: 15 August 2014 04:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Entry # 12

Artist:  Head wax

Title: ‘Rats, Hunter Street.’

Content: Stonemason Urban Sprawl, PhilW Night and Day City, Noggin’s rats.

Created Content: Three different hair objects on rats, disco ball (I know i should be embarrassed)

WIP: http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P255/#662276 http:,//www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/44033/P165/#657679

Post work: rendered out depth pass, coverage, object index, primitive passes, shadow pass. In post flipped the depth pass and made it screen parameter. Used object index, coverage and primitive passes to isolate foreground, blurred background, painted out anomalies with clone tool, took primitive pass, changed parameter to screen and used that to zap up the hair. Took whole into oloneo hdr to crisp it up, then hit it with a Romance Plugin to make it all snuggly.

thanks to RINGO et Evil and Daz again!! Well done evil, a fine challenge you ran, congrats to everyone who played, the work is magnificent, !

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Posted: 15 August 2014 05:01 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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Entry #13 (how appropriate!)
Artist: Antara
Title: Size matters: Difference between life and death.

Credits:
Content:
-Rabbit and Owl from Poser Animals pack.
-HDRI is from Dimension Theory
Modified Content:
-Grass and Flowers are butchered objects from Howie Farkes
My own created content:
- All shaders on everything (some use textures, which came with content, some use my own textures).
- 3 objects of rabbit fur with 1-4 hair groups each. All custom cut, brushed and shaped, custom shaded. I needed 4 objects because each object uses different general hair properties (thickness, scale, stiffness, etc).
Postwork: DOF + layer/pass compositing of 3 test renders.
More on postwork and process in the WIP thread:
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/647463/ - that was scary!
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/647919/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/661158/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/661162/
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/662131/

Thank you all for your help and suggestions!
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewreply/662133/

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Posted: 15 August 2014 06:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 15 ]
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The deadline for submissions is delayed around an hour. Take advantage of it, and git ‘er done!™

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