@Spyro: I’ve joined DeviantArt but haven’t posted anything there yet…I’ll put a link to my DA page here, once it’s up and running.
This was my entry in the November New Users Contest. It wound up coming in second place, which I am very happy with.
This render began just as an experiment: an attempt to create a realistic, older Genesis character. I was inspired by the work that Zev0 is doing on his aging set, (see here: http://www.daz3d.com/forums/viewthread/11534/) and wanted to see what I could accomplish based on the products I already own (the key ones being the textures from Aged for V4 and M4, the aged morph from SickleYield’s conversion of the DieTrying morphs, and the hag shape from Creature Creator). As I was working on her, it occurred to me that she bore a certain resemblance to the avatar of one of our esteemed moderators. So I started intentionally moving in that direction, just for fun…
Independently of this, around the same time (Thanksgiving Day) I was thinking of how thankful I was for the advice and support I’ve gotten from all the moderators, community volunteers, and other helpful people here on the DAZ forum. I had been working on two other projects for the November contest, but the one was looking unwieldy and on the other I was getting bogged down in character design (my favorite aspect of rendering) and hadn’t even started to put a scene together. So considering all of the above, I finally decided to set those two projects aside for the time being, and use this one for the contest.
So thanks to Zev0 and chohole for inspiring this one (incidentally, just yesterday I purchased Zev0’s Face Weight morph set at Renderosity, and I’m sure it’ll pop up in this thread in the future)!
Aside from the products mentioned above, I used Light Dome Pro for the backdrop (not the lighting itself), 3 Raven Court, 5 Toadstool Lane, and Moon Gate for the set. I think the foreground ground plane is from DMs Courage Realm. The outfit is Onyx for Genesis Female plus the hat from Juggling Act for V4. MachPack and Totally Bazaar shaders were used on the hat, and Supersuit Fantasy Pack shaders on the boots. I started with lighting from Lantios Lights 2 but ended up making numerous additions and tweaks to it. Postworked in GIMP. The cats are Millennium Cat LE with textures from Content Paradise, and the crows came from CP also.
After submitting it, I decided it might be cool if I replaced the cat in the lower left corner with the feet of a troll. Maybe I’ll do that version at some point.
The Troll Hunter
(or, “I defeated the DAZ (Forum) Troll and all I got was this lousy club!”)
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