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WIP THREAD for October NEW USERS CONTEST
Posted: 06 October 2012 09:32 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 31 ]
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I agree you really need some shadowing. He does look like he's walking on air, but your doing a really good job. You just have a few detail that need worked out.
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Posted: 06 October 2012 10:14 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 32 ]
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I think Mr Demon is looking in disgust at his birthday present. Oh no, another pink dagger from grandma.

I would say if you want the dagger to be a focal point then set up a separate light for it and assuming the blade is silver, make the light fairly bright with a short focal length and a cone that just covers the blade. The rest of the lighting looks great. Dark and brooding.


Thanks for the feedback. At the moment I am not sure what I want the focal point of the render to be, I was just seeing if I could create a nice lighting effect using only one light in the scene.

Lighting is one of the things I'm trying to get to grips with because I used to fail massively with it. What I've learned is that sometimes you can create more atmosphere by using less lights, so yes, you've achieved a great deal with that pic.

I'm hoping it was obvious that my first comment about grandma's dagger was in good humour, but I realised after I posted it that a comment made in good humour could actually be quite painful, and that posting a WIP in here is a little like baring your soul.
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Posted: 06 October 2012 10:21 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 33 ]
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Well, I finally decided to get something done! My original idea was overwritten though while I was listening to the Queen II album! I was in my car singing along to March of the Black Queen very loudly and thinking I love that title, and the song, and that I'd like to base my image on that.

So far I've just done the main parts of the environment. I know there's no sky, but I can solve that.

Lighting is achieved so far using three very soft blue-grey distance lights and one brighter light to simulate the moon. Still needs work but I wanted to post something so that I'm then committed to finishing!

Next step is to populate the scene, and I'm REALLY looking forward to that, I've got some ideas.

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Posted: 06 October 2012 10:43 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 34 ]
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Good stuff folks, I'm on pins and needles waiting to see more of these.
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Posted: 06 October 2012 11:01 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 35 ]
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Night lighting is one of those that is hard to accomplish properly. I see a future contest idea stirring.
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Posted: 06 October 2012 03:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 36 ]
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I want to show this one.
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Posted: 06 October 2012 03:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 37 ]
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Very nice sasje. I really like that
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Posted: 06 October 2012 03:20 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 38 ]
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Ooh, very nice stuff so far. smile
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Posted: 06 October 2012 04:54 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 39 ]
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Frank0314 - 06 October 2012 11:01 AM
Night lighting is one of those that is hard to accomplish properly. I see a future contest idea stirring.

Yeah, because of the lighting I've switched to full raytracing now and high shadow softness apart from the moon which has a lower softness. I have plans to make the lights make more sense to the viewer but I don;t want to go into detail in case I cock it up and end up giving someone ideas that will ultimately fail. Am enjoying this though.

{edit} - Killed the render with the new lighting before it finished. It was clear that the scene had transformed itself from a dusk setting to a middle of the afternoon setting, so once again I've played with my lighting, both position and strength, and am re-rendering. Was hoping to put a new WIP up here but it's midnight, my computer will turn into a pumpkin any second and I'm about to lose one of my slippers again. Hate when that happens.

G'night guys, I'm loving what I'm seeing here and glad to finally be a part of it.

And Sasje, that image is beautiful.
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Posted: 07 October 2012 02:34 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 40 ]
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Sasje - 06 October 2012 03:08 PM
I want to show this one.


Looks good Sasje! Funny stuff
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Posted: 07 October 2012 02:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 41 ]
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Changed my mind and brought the kid inside
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Posted: 07 October 2012 03:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 42 ]
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I like that one Bartman.

Ok, so, I put my Black Queen into my pic, still unhappy with the night-time lights but I do have ideas for solving that. Here's my latest addition to the entry, but still a long, long way to go.

Incidentally, this is without a doubt the longest I've spent on one picture. Normally I have to get everything done at once or I lose interest, and I've lost count of how many times that's happened, so I'm very pleased about that.

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Posted: 07 October 2012 07:16 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 43 ]
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BlumBlumShub - 03 October 2012 02:06 PM
For once, I've started a proper render already for this, rather than just saying it looks exciting and not bothering.

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Posted: 07 October 2012 07:28 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 44 ]
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if it is make that 2. And not one of these so called "Neo-Pagans" either.

Back on topic, We are getting some really good starts here, fun to watch them progress. cool smirk
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Posted: 07 October 2012 07:49 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 45 ]
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Have a lot to do with this one, not happy with those really dark shadows and would like to make the background darker.

It has just gone midnight here and I think I should get some sleep and have another look tomorrow. I want to post the first one in a different thread (when I finish it) so I started this one for this thread.

Also I would like to make the vampires body to glow a bit, tried it with the ambient channel but it didn't look convincing.
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