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Posted: 27 May 2012 01:31 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Oddly enough, I didn’t even know members could post personal gallery threads until I saw one today ... lol. Makes wonderful sense, though, since the DAZ forum almost always shows up when my name is Googled (courtesy of Google Alerts).


So, I’ll get started with some of my more favorite projects, many of which were made possible courtesy of the wonderful friends I’ve made in the DAZ forum. They are forever tutoring me, advising me, helping with computer crises, and creating custom freebies.


For my first image, I’ll share the one I use as my website’s entry image. What did I learn in the Daz forum that helped with this one? How to create point lights for the candle and sconce. Up until that thread, and several peoples endless patience with me ... lol ... lighting that didn’t come in a pack completely elluded me. I’ve learned a lot about lighting since, but this was the start of my custom lighting journey. Thanks, guys :D


The Dictionary’s Apprentice - printed/published in Scape Magazine (For those interested in reading the story it was created to accompany: http://scapezine.com/category/archives/issue-2/ ... scroll down until you see the title)

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Posted: 27 May 2012 02:05 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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This will be a must follow thread. Glad you found the Art Forum.

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Posted: 27 May 2012 02:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Jaderail - 27 May 2012 02:05 PM

This will be a must follow thread. Glad you found the Art Forum.

Awwwe :D Thank you. :D

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Posted: 27 May 2012 06:39 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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You do realize one image is not enough. We need more!

Can’t wait to see what magically appears next.grin

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Posted: 27 May 2012 08:28 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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LOL ... ok.


This next one is one of my first renders.


I’m sorta feeling like starting from the beginning of my Daz experience, so ya’ll are gonna see the older one’s first. Maybe that way, hopefully, a progression can be seen and ya’ll can see how valuable this forum is to not only newbies, but also for not-so-newbies. If it were not for the people who haunt the Daz forum, I would not feel comfortable enough with this medium to make a living at it full time.


Of course, I’d still be drawing and painting, but adding the digital medium to my portfolio definitely increased my client base.


Looking at Tarranau now, I can see so much that I would tweak if it were a new project ... lol. This was created back on my old desktop, the one that had to chug for 45 minutes just to open the Medusa ... lol. I didn’t dare breath the word ‘raytraced’ and didn’t know how to matte surfaces or tweak textures in PS. And what was a shader? ... lol.


So no laughing ... lol. Where did ya’ll come in? Ya’ll taught me the word frankenstein had another meaning (I frankensteined The Mage tunic with the Valiant tunic) and a few nautilus quirks were explained to me. Like how wind on a sailing vessel blows to the front vs the back, meaning the hair would too. I also had some help from some friends on the MidSouthCon committee. They thought my first draft was a woman, so I had to toughen him up, a bit ... lol.


Without further prattle ... the cover art for Tarranau & the final cover design. Those who read fantasy, can find purchase info, here: http://willowravenillustration.weebly.com/tarranau.html


Image removed by a moderator till resized…please see this thread for info:
http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewannounce/510_98/

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Posted: 27 May 2012 08:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Is the thread looking funny to you guys, or just on my end?


That explains it ... the size was too big.  Fixed below :D

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Posted: 27 May 2012 09:15 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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Thanks mod for the size info :D

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Posted: 27 May 2012 11:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Front and back unfolded. That is just so cool. More please.

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Posted: 28 May 2012 12:19 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Jaderail - 27 May 2012 11:24 PM

Front and back unfolded. That is just so cool. More please.


Thanks, Jaderail ... :D


This next one was really takes me back and I DEFINITELY need to re-visit it someday ... lol.


Take Apart Their Nightmares was my very first published render. I had been illustrating book covers and childrens books professionally for a several years, but I was still less than a Daz-year old when Scape magazine released it’s first issue, asking me if I’d illustrate one of their stories, and boy does it show! I knew almost nothing about textures or lighting. And I certainly had not discovered Optitex and his amazing Daz Dynamics, yet.


Luckily, Scape magazine did not see this piece the same way I see it now ... with my more experienced Daz eyes ... lol. I will definitely have to revisit this one on a day when I have a lull in my deadlines.


If anybody is interested in reading the story Take Apart Their Nightmares, you’ll find it here: http://scapezine.com/category/archives/issue-1/

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Posted: 28 May 2012 01:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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nice works here smile

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Samples of my renders by cosmo


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Posted: 28 May 2012 02:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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cosmo71 - 28 May 2012 01:37 AM

nice works here smile

Thanks, Cosmo.


I am loading images in order of when I did them, so these are my earliest adventures with DAZ. The plan is to hopefully show a progression in my work. Sort of a growing gallery.


This next series of renders were commissioned for a book titled Aldric & Anneliese. One of the various publishers I work with foolishly made me the Art Director ... lol. As AD, I get first pick on what covers I want o do, or to assign them to house artists. Being upper management has it’s perks. :D I get the cool books.


While discussing the cover art plans with the author, he expressed the desire to have a symbolic design over a narrative composition. I obliged. One problem ... When it came to the book trailer and needing images for the books promotion, it wasn’t like we could just wave the cover around for a few minutes. We had to make the trailer visual interesting. From that need came these three illos. No only do they appear in the book trailer, but they also grace the author’s walls as framed, signed prints. I’m sure ya’ll can tell I was still a newbie with Daz at that point, but I still get compliments on the Mourning Rose piece.


I present Aldric & Anneliese along with Stratagem, Mourning Rose, & Valiance.  If anybody is interested in the novella, it can be found here: http://4rvpublishingcatalog.yolasite.com/harry-gilleland.php

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Posted: 28 May 2012 03:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 11 ]
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Following a published artist is one of my dreams. I knew you did pro work, but never got to see too much of it. This is right up my alley, interest wise.

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Posted: 28 May 2012 10:05 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 12 ]
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Cool images. Keep them coming. It’s very interesting to see a progression from beginner to more than beginner. Really enjoying it. grin

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Posted: 28 May 2012 11:37 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 13 ]
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Jaderail - 28 May 2012 03:40 AM

Following a published artist is one of my dreams. I knew you did pro work, but never got to see too much of it. This is right up my alley, interest wise.

Thanks, Jaderail :D You make it sound so glamorous ... lol.


I’m published in more than 200 books, and about 1/4 of that is Daz work (I think ,,, never did the math), but it’s not like I have been gifted with a major house or best seller ... lol. I still study Whelan and his books, hoping to growing up to be like Mike, one day ... lol.


Reaching for this type career is easier than ever thanks to the internet. I get most of my jobs via Twitter. It pays the bills and allows me to work from home in PJs, if I wish. Not everybody can boast that. Love, love, LOVE my work. :D


Progressing up my published Daz work ladder, I’d like to share one that shows why I even started playing with Daz. As aptly mentioned by a vendor here a Daz, the 3D medium was originally created as a tool for 2D artists. It was designed to provide traditional artists with a means of posing or inventing a scene to use as a base or draft, of sorts, as a stepping stone toward the final piece. It’s expensive to hire models to pose while you sketch them for hours. And finding just the right stock photo can also be a PITA.


My career started in kid’s books. Although my goals in college were scifi/fantasy book covers, one has to pay their dues and bills some way. So why not get paid to play with crayons all day? ... lol


For Walking Through Walls, a middle grade books, I wanted an oriental feel. After studying some classic b/w paintings from the period (Ming Dynasty, China—it’s a re-telling of a Chinese folk tale), I set up my scenes with Daz, then used the printed scenes the same way I would have used a photo before I discovered Daz and pulled out my sharpie markers. Talk about the glamorous tools of the pros ... lol.


I do happen to have a Chinese writing brush and ink, but for print, I needed something fast and clean that mimicked a brush dipped in ink. Even so, I still had to scan the drawings into Photoshop and clean them further and darken the tones. Ink tends to scan translucent, vs pure pigment.


I wanted vibrant for the cover image, so I kept the rendered version of the dragon. I could have painted it, but that would have taken longer and utilized more of my art supplies. Paints are expensive ... lol. Besides ... I wanted to build my digital portfolio, so painting it would defeat that purpose.


What you see below is the front cover (Daz as main medium) and three of the illos (Daz as a method tool) and one of the awards that Walking Through Walls received this past March (there have been two that I know of this year, but I don’t have an image for it).


Can ya’ll see what Daz products were used as my models for the drawings?

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Posted: 28 May 2012 12:31 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 14 ]
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booksbydavid - 28 May 2012 10:05 AM

Cool images. Keep them coming. It’s very interesting to see a progression from beginner to more than beginner. Really enjoying it. grin

Thanks, David :D


I still consider myself a beginner most of the time. The fact that I am forever in the forum begging for help is proof ... lol. It may also be because I’ve been painting and drawing for over 20 years, so the two years with Daz feel more like my sophomore year in art school ... lol.


Heck, after 6 years majoring in fine art, I continued to refer to myself as an ‘art student’ for a year into my publishing career ... lol. The word ‘artist’ was reserved for those much more skilled and experienced than I. It still makes me itch .. lol. I still tend to correct people and categorize myself as an illustrator vs an artist. Probably some old brainwashing left over from college.


The image below was created as part of a collaboration. The designer hired me to create the scene, which would then be nestled withing a crystal ball. Even though I took some design classes in college (I was too cheap to pay a designer to ready my work for presentation and/or print, so I took a few classes as electives), this job only required the art.


I tried some new techniques with this one, and I think this is the first one I managed raytraced lights with, but I had to learn to work in layers. That old system just wasn’t thrilled with my desire for complex shadows ... lol. One of the problems when switch mediums, is the temptation to just paint it because it would be easier than fighting my computer or lack of software knowledge is pretty strong. But, I wanted fantasy work in my folio, and his was the first fantasy commission that included winged horses. I had to push through my challenges. ;P


You see, in this industry, you have a portfolio full of dragons and fairies, but unless it’s published, it doesn’t get you far. For bigger commissions, you need published works, and a lot of them. So muscle through I must. :D


I present the YA novel, The Empaths of Drayon. I really got into the book as I was prepping for the job. Those interested in purchase info and book blurb can be found here: http://willowravenillustration.weebly.com/empaths-of-drayon.html

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Jaderail - 27 May 2012 11:24 PM

Front and back unfolded. That is just so cool. More please.


Thanks, Jaderail ... :D


This next one was really takes me back and I DEFINITELY need to re-visit it someday ... lol.


Take Apart Their Nightmares was my very first published render. I had been illustrating book covers and childrens books professionally for a several years, but I was still less than a Daz-year old when Scape magazine released it’s first issue, asking me if I’d illustrate one of their stories, and boy does it show! I knew almost nothing about textures or lighting. And I certainly had not discovered Optitex and his amazing Daz Dynamics, yet.


Luckily, Scape magazine did not see this piece the same way I see it now ... with my more experienced Daz eyes ... lol. I will definitely have to revisit this one on a day when I have a lull in my deadlines.


If anybody is interested in reading the story Take Apart Their Nightmares, you’ll find it here: http://scapezine.com/category/archives/issue-1/

Makes me think of Dorian Gray.

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