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  • DartanbeckDartanbeck Posts: 17,922
    edited May 12

    Diomede said:

    Daz Studio + Postwork for Bookcovers

    This video was recommended by Tiffanie G of Digital Art Live.  

    Video Link

    Very interesting video.

    That reminds me of what I was doing with Photoshop before I was introduced to 3D.

     

    So, as a very similar approach, but for animatons, we have to really plan and think outside the box while we're building our scenes to render and animating them.

    You see how he's using stock photo imagery to enhance the look of his painting. That is common practice. VFX artists often do a similar thing, but using Stock Footage instead of Stock Photos. For animations, it's best if the added bits we apply are animated - or can be animated as well.

    So I've taken to making my own "Stock Footage". This is where it can be immensely helpful for me to save my work. It can be very helpful sometimes to use the same camera I used for the shot if the camera is in motion. Other times I can use camera trackers in Fusion or HitFilm and apply the new footage VFX that way.

     

    Enter PD Howler

    Howler, with its powerful animation tools, adds a lot of artistic flexibility for making massive changes to the overall imagery as Christian was doing in that video. You saw how he would draw selections and masks... we can do that in Howler, and actually put that selection in motion across the timeline. What can we do with such a thing? Anything that we would do to a still image! 

     

    Howler with Carrara

    Carrara has the amazing multipass render options - and it has a Bazillion of them to choose from.

    In Howler, we can use these mulltipass renders as various things, like a swap image which can somehow manipulate the main image or it could also be used to act as the selection - or both. We can displace, lighten, remove, burn, combine... that's just a very short look at the long list.

     

    Before I started rendering to image sequences (rendering to avi instead), I didn't realize that, if a tree trunk from an animated Carrara disappears during a single frame of a render, rendering that same frame a second time will make it appear as it should. I'm glad that I switched to image sequences now!

    Instead of scrapping the entire render, I used Howler's animated selection (called the curve tool) to "Rotoscope" a selection of where the trunk should be across the whole animation - because I had actually lost the trunk in a few frames throughout. Then I took a sample from the trunk from a frame that did render, and painted it using the animated selection - fixed! 

     

    That was a great thing! Not only did I fix the animated render from the scrap heap, but I also learned how to rotoscope at the same time. Now I'm never afraid to rotoscope, and use that technique to add additional art (VFX) to my animations, among many other techiniques.

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  • DartanbeckDartanbeck Posts: 17,922

    In fact, I just got this awesome presentation by the one and only Philip Staiger of Project Dogwaffle

    You know I've been a fan of his tutorials for years now. In this, he's going into animation practices in Howler that are different from what I use Howler for, so I'm learning a lot that will help me to make better stock footage types of things for my videos.

    Same thing with Tiffanie Gray - she uses Howler in entirely different ways than I do, with entirely different (and amazing) skills and completely different tools and filters. 

     

    So it's a lot of fun for me to learn from these two - and Dan Ritchie as well. Amazing artists using my favorite 2d tool! :)

     

    The PD Howler YouTube channel is packed with fun stuff to watch!

    Tiffanie's Immortal Moments channel is another great Howler educational resource!

     

    This is the short video that promotes the course on the right:

    ...and this is another one "The Dark Age of Time", named after the song that plays in the background - Philip used this song a lot in the older Daily Dose episodes. I liked it so much I bought the music collection when I bought Howler!

    But there's a Lot more examples to explore - and tutorials for all aspects of making them!

     

  • DartanbeckDartanbeck Posts: 17,922

    I want to collect all of Tiffanie and Philip's Digital Art Live presentations! ;)

  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 12,358

    Thanks for all the extra info, Dart.  I've tried Howler.    At the moment I am using Photoshop for image editing and brush work.  I will go through your discussion and see if I can improve my workflow..  

  • DartanbeckDartanbeck Posts: 17,922

    Diomede said:

    Thanks for all the extra info, Dart.  I've tried Howler.    At the moment I am using Photoshop for image editing and brush work.  I will go through your discussion and see if I can improve my workflow..  

    Don't get me wrong, Photoshop is Amazing software. I just had a lifelong faling out with Adobe is all - but that's just me. 

     

    I bought Affinity Photo to use for 64 bit Photoshop-style workflow, which is fantastic. It's like the Pro version of Photoshop for $50 period, and I haven't had to pay a penny since then, even though it has gone through several major updates.

     

    Howler is a different thing altogether, but I've found that it really caters to most of my image editing and creation needs to the point that even Affinity Photo sits unused a lot of the time. I've just grown so accustomed to how I do things in Howler that, even though it's only 32 bit and doesn't have traditional layers (it works a little differently on that front - but I love it) it has become my immediate go-to for image work as well as creating and editing animation effects.

  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 12,358
    edited May 26

    Dystopia

    Some recent renders I did in Carrara for a challenge with the theme SciFi Dystopia

    "This Desert is Bugging Me"

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  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 12,358
    edited May 26

    "Scavenging Shoes" - another entry in the scifi dystopia challenge

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  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 12,358
    edited May 26

    "Car Roof Refugee" another in the scifi dystopia challenge

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  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 12,358
    edited May 26

    "No Longer the Yellow Brick Road" yet another in the scifi dystopia challenge

    I included a note offering to void this entry because the background is from MGM's Wizard of Oz

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  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 12,358
    edited May 26

    "Badland Village"

    And my final contribution to the SciFi Dystopia challenge.  This got 2nd place.

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  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 12,358
    edited May 30

    Here is an attempt to use Vimeo as host for a crystal ball I modeled and animated the shaders.

    https://vimeo.com/manage/videos/556924153

    Please let me know if you can view this video.

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  • DartanbeckDartanbeck Posts: 17,922

    It appears to me that one must be a member and login before watching it.

    Funny, folks don't have to do that with YouTube. But then again... YouTube.... I know. I'm looking at other options as well.

     

    On another note, Awesome artwork! You're really coming into your own with your atmospheres and lighting! I always say - "look at the shadows. Use them as part of the painting", and you're doing that well!

  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 12,358

    Thanks for the kind comments on my more recent efforts. 

    Hopefully, this updated link should work for the crystal ball animation

    https://odysee.com/@diomede01:7/diocrystal01mp4:c

  • DartanbeckDartanbeck Posts: 17,922

    Yep. That one works!

    Wow. Pretty cool! It goes by fast after which Odysee auto-plays the next (random?) video, so to get a good look right-click and select "Loop"

    If using this animation in a video, I'd slow it waaaaaaay down, but I really like the effect!

  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 12,358
    edited September 4

    Been a while since I visited the Art Forum Thread.  My summer was dominated by moving to a new city, and what time I had for 3D was largely taken up by training.  But here is the image I did for Daz3D sword and sorcery challenge.  I think it checks quite a few of the traditional 'Sword and Sorcery' fantasy art checkboxes.  I had fun.

    entry in sword and sorcery challenge.jpg
    1600 x 2192 - 815K
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  • DartanbeckDartanbeck Posts: 17,922

    Diomede said:

    I think it checks quite a few of the traditional 'Sword and Sorcery' fantasy art checkboxes.  I had fun.

    Agreed!!!

    Diomede said:

    I had fun.

    Awesome! That's what it should Always be about, right there! yes

  • DiomedeDiomede Posts: 12,358

    Thanks for responding Dart.  Hope you had a good Labor Day weekend.

    Hopefully I will be updating more often now that I moved in my place, and I retrieved stuff from storage.  

  • DartanbeckDartanbeck Posts: 17,922

    I need to find more time to update my stuff as well. I certainly sympathize!

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