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Posted: 28 May 2012 06:27 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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Muireanne - 28 May 2012 05:26 PM

Makes me think of Dorian Gray.


I love that book. I should so do a Dorian Gray series ... lol.


Although most of what ye’ll are going to see in my folio and tread is for published works, but once in a while a ‘just ‘cuz’ piece gets done, probably not as often as I should, either. Fireside is one such piece.


I had just been commissioned to illustrate a children’s western and was staring at a blank piece of paper. Pencils in had, at the drawing table ... NOTHIN! So, I spun around to my desk, revved up the computer, and surfed Daz lol. I spent as little money as possible, since this was not for a commission, and grabbed a few things to get me in a western state of mind.


In about three hours, this was the result. I still don’t know what I was saying, but as is the nature of my personal pieces, there’s always something lurking in my psyche that compels me to include elements that mean something, that’s only readable to those around me. They say it’s because hey know me better than I do myself. That’s probably true, since I’d rather express myself with images than words when it comes to personal matters. And since thoughts are silent words, I probably spend a great deal of time ignoring thoughts that are overly personal.


The fact that it’s a theme/genre I’ve never expressed before or after, the fact that I still stare at it, knowing how many flaws there are now that I’ve learned more, I’m sure I was saying something here, but I couldn’t verbalize it, anyway ... lol.

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Posted: 29 May 2012 01:55 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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A children’s western that has the very real aspect of death on the cover?  Maybe a teen book is more like it.  The picture could have a very good, sad story attached to it.  The render is pretty good considering that you were still very new to daz.

Renders like that inspire me to try and do better with my own and try and fit story into my renders.  So far it’s just playing around and learning more.  Good job so far.

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Posted: 29 May 2012 03:15 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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reavuson22 - 29 May 2012 01:55 AM

A children’s western that has the very real aspect of death on the cover?  Maybe a teen book is more like it.  The picture could have a very good, sad story attached to it.  The render is pretty good considering that you were still very new to daz.

Renders like that inspire me to try and do better with my own and try and fit story into my renders.  So far it’s just playing around and learning more.  Good job so far.

Lol ... no, no. I was faced with drawing a kid’s cowboy book, and had never done a western, so was drawing a blank. So, to get myself past my creative block, I did this ... just because. Not for the kid’s book. I’ve drawn/painted over 100 kid’s books. I’d new use a scene like this for a PB. It’s just one of my few personal renders. Most of my work is commissions.


And thanks. I have tried to utilize what I know from traditional art into my renders, at least from a composition and pallet perspective.


Lighting is my biggest challenge, though. Even though photography was part of my fine art major, my brain refuses to make the switch. I’ve always used my eyes to judge, and Daz only allows that in render. So more forethought is needed ... lol.

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Posted: 29 May 2012 03:40 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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Ahh I gotcha.

Ya lighting is always a big thing.  What you see in the pre-render doesn’t translate always to what it looks like on render. So test rendering is a big time-eater.

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Posted: 29 May 2012 05:09 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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wow

excellent serie, love your work

the first is amazing

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Posted: 29 May 2012 10:45 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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AidanaWillowRaven - 28 May 2012 11:37 AM
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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.

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


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I haven’t found the secret formula, yet. I’m jealous…in a good way.grin

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Posted: 29 May 2012 11:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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thadeus72 - 29 May 2012 05:09 AM

wow

excellent serie, love your work

the first is amazing


Thanks :D


The first one, The Dictionary’s Apprentice, is a later one. I use it as my website’s entry image. After I uploaded it, I started going in order of when I started playing in DAZdom. So hopefully you’ll be able to see a progression. At least, I hope there has been progression ... lol.


I think I may be a little mixed in order for the next few, because they were done at the same time. I typically have a dozen book projects going at one time, so some over lap a bit.


For Silverdream & Bloodfire, I was trying to blend a painted backdrop with a render. As ya’ll know, that doesn’t always mesh. At this point, I still had not known the trick of rendering a scene that has no background with a black backdrop. So I had a terrible time with my edges ‘glowing’. I painstakingly blurred every little edge in PS ... lol.


I had the added challenge of learning how to re-texture something to suit a book character’s description. Luckily, someone in the forum explained the surfaces tab to me well enough for me to make the dragon match the text.


And can we talk about how much of a PITA the MFD can be? I am so glad I discovered Dynamics! But to be fair, I don’t think I could have draped a dress on a flying dragon well, either ... lol.

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Posted: 29 May 2012 11:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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booksbydavid - 29 May 2012 10:45 AM

I haven’t found the secret formula, yet. I’m jealous…in a good way.grin


Secret formula? A lot of marketing. No, I mean A LOT.


I easily spend 60% of my day in networks, forums, updating sites, and replying to emails. I am a homeschooling mom, so there are kid/house needs. That takes up a good 30% of my day. So that leaves about 10% to actually do what I love doing.


Needless to say, I don’t sleep much and am blissfully single ... lol. My schedule is not conducive to keeping a relationship going.


Finding the formula for acquiring enough work to make a living at this is really a numbers game. Marketing says out of a 1000 viewers, only one will be interested in your product (in this case, your art). Of that .001%, they will need to be exposed/reminded of your work seven times before making the decision to buy. If in that seven times exposure period they find another artist better or cheaper, you just lost that potential client ... lol. So mass is your only option. Agents take too much money and I am not the type to wait to be ‘discovered’ ... lol.


This next cover, Chamber of Time, was also a fresh theme for me. I had never created an Ancient Egypt work before, and still didn’t know that with some light sets, the building has to have cast shadows turned of ... lol. Was this before I even knew about the Deep Shadow setting ... lol. As I said, these few are probably out of order. It was a couple years ago ... lol.


Regardless, I had some PS filter fun :D

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Posted: 29 May 2012 03:21 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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booksbydavid - 29 May 2012 10:45 AM

I haven’t found the secret formula, yet. I’m jealous…in a good way.grin


Secret formula? A lot of marketing. No, I mean A LOT.


I easily spend 60% of my day in networks, forums, updating sites, and replying to emails. I am a homeschooling mom, so there are kid/house needs. That takes up a good 30% of my day. So that leaves about 10% to actually do what I love doing.


Needless to say, I don’t sleep much and am blissfully single ... lol. My schedule is not conducive to keeping a relationship going.


Finding the formula for acquiring enough work to make a living at this is really a numbers game. Marketing says out of a 1000 viewers, only one will be interested in your product (in this case, your art). Of that .001%, they will need to be exposed/reminded of your work seven times before making the decision to buy. If in that seven times exposure period they find another artist better or cheaper, you just lost that potential client ... lol. So mass is your only option. Agents take too much money and I am not the time to wait to be ‘discovered’ ... lol.


This next cover, Chamber of Time, was also a fresh theme for me. I had never created an Ancient Egypt work before, and still didn’t know that with some light sets, the building has to have cast shadows turned of ... lol. Was this before I even knew about the Deep Shadow setting ... lol. As I said, these few are probably out of order. It was a couple years ago ... lol.


Regardless, I had some PS filter fun :D

Hey! I’m a homeschooling Dad! Have an eleven and eight year old. Definitely a full day. Fortunately, for me, I have a very supportive wife who can give me a break in the evening. I do stay up late, though, to work on my art.

I’m still learning to market myself. Obviously, I’m not very good at it…yet. Maybe one day. I think I’m falling down most on the seven times exposure thing. I’ve been stopping at six.LOL

I am enjoying your art. Keep’em coming.grin

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Posted: 29 May 2012 05:42 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 25 ]
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booksbydavid - 29 May 2012 03:21 PM

Hey! I’m a homeschooling Dad! Have an eleven and eight year old. Definitely a full day. Fortunately, for me, I have a very supportive wife who can give me a break in the evening. I do stay up late, though, to work on my art.

I’m still learning to market myself. Obviously, I’m not very good at it…yet. Maybe one day. I think I’m falling down most on the seven times exposure thing. I’ve been stopping at six.LOL

I am enjoying your art. Keep’em coming.grin


Small world. :D Mine are 19, 21 & 11. The 11 y/o has been permitted to substitute all of his k-12 art courses with his own projects, mainly because of his Daz work.


The 1000 per day is hard enough ... lol.


For Dogsled Dreams, I had to do thing a little differently. The background normally loads curved (I think a cyclorama?), but I didn’t like how it looked where I had to place the title. So, I modified the jpeg to load like a regular 2D scene. I then loaded that as the backdrop, rather than as an element int the scene. I think I could make it look much better now, but at that point, making the publisher and author happy was good enough. :D It was also the first one my Dad made mention of (he’s very quiet with direct compliments). It must be doing it’s job since it’s one of the publisher’s top sellers. :D

 

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Posted: 29 May 2012 11:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 26 ]
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Just to keep things moving along (I am excited to get to my newer stuff ... some of which has been selling pretty well :D) I will group some together. Ones that I know were completed at about the same time.


Hyper Harry is one of my first raytraced renders. As was The Epic Story of Me.


We also start seeing my use of Martin’s wonderful Dynamics (Hyper Harry). I think this is about the time I started noticing a change in my work output. Not a huge improvement, but a noticeable one, I think. Yes?

 

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Posted: 30 May 2012 10:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 27 ]
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Cool new images. I’ve always wanted to do a dogsled render. Never got around to it. I may have to start gathering content.

I read about your UPS delivering to your dog woes. That’s too bad. Kudos to your dog though for doing such a great job of protecting the household from a potentially vicious package.LOL

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Posted: 30 May 2012 12:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 28 ]
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booksbydavid - 30 May 2012 10:56 AM

Cool new images. I’ve always wanted to do a dogsled render. Never got around to it. I may have to start gathering content.

I read about your UPS delivering to your dog woes. That’s too bad. Kudos to your dog though for doing such a great job of protecting the household from a potentially vicious package.LOL


LOL. Thanks. He was looking so proud of himself, too ... lol. “Look, Mom. I shredded it good! I saved you from that potentially perilous package!” (I imagine a Scooby voice ... lol)


Let’s see ... what came next in my Daz gallery ... Oh! My first Daz-only children’s book illustrations, Strangers in the Stable.


Most kids books I draw by hand. I don’t typically consider 3D until at least the middle grade category. At first, I was planning on using Daz as a planning tool, but when I sent the author and publisher the rendered cover plan, they fell in love with it and didn’t want to alter mediums. So ... my first full 3D illustrated book came to be. grin

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Posted: 30 May 2012 10:30 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 29 ]
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This next series saw a jump in my output, I think. Of course, I create covers and illos in other mediums besides DAZ, but at this point is where I started seeing that I was going to be able to one day accomplish digitally what takes me months to do in a painting, and hopefully beyond, in a fraction of the time.


That realization means more commissions in a smaller time-frame (translating into more money ... lol).


The author hired me to not only create the cover for books two and three, but she has also contracted the re-covering of book one. This series has landed me quite a bit of residual work. At the time of this post, book three is not out yet, but soon. If you want to read more about the series: http://willowravenillustration.weebly.com/celtic-secrets.html

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Posted: 31 May 2012 09:11 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 30 ]
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Very nice. I like faeries. The faery world goes so far beyond Tinker Bell. There’s a wealth of material to draw from.

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