December 2021 - Daz 3D New User Challenge - Open Render Challenge

Scott LivingstonScott Livingston Posts: 4,337

New User's Challenge - December 2021

Sponsored by DAZ 3D

Are you new to the 3D World? Are you at the beginning stages of learning 3D rendering? Have you been around for a little bit but feel you could benefit from some feedback or instruction? Have you been around a while and would like to help other members start their creative journey? Well then come and join the fun as we host our newest render challenge.

This year, we are breaking down each month into 2 different challenges. A Beginner Challenge and then also an Intermediate Challenge.

So which "Challenge" should you choose?

Follow the Beginner Challenge if you are:

  • New to the New User Challenges
  • New to Daz Studio
  • Newer to 3D Rendering in General

Follow the Intermediate Challenge if you have:

  • Participated in the New User Challenge for awhile
  • Know the basics of Daz Studio and would like to learn more in depth topics
  • Been using 3D Rendering Applications for awhile and feel comfortable with learning Intermediate Topics

 



"Open Render Challenge"

The Open Render Challenge is also referred to as a "free" month, where you can concentrate on using and combining the skills you learned in the past few challenges. Please be sure to mention in which Open Render Challenge (Beginner or Intermediate) you wish to enter into when you add your image to the thread.

Optional: in keeping with the "free" theme, you are encouraged to highlight a free product (either something you obtained for free here at Daz, or a freebie from another source) in your renders. This invitation is just for fun and intended to stimulate creativity, and use of a freebie in your renders won't have any bearing on the judging.
 



If you would like to review the previous topics and information you can find the topics/threads here:

Beginner/IntermediateComposition and Instancing, & Duplication
Beginner/IntermediateLighting and Light Effects
Beginner/IntermediatePosing and Posing II
Beginner/IntermediateUsing Props and Push Modifiers/Deformers
Beginner/IntermediateScenes, Landscapes, and Working Modularly
Beginner/IntermediatePortrait Rendering and LIE
Beginner/IntermediateDepth of Field and Canvases
Beginner/IntermediateAtmosphere and Ghosts & Special Effects
Beginner/IntermediateMaterials and Next Level Kitbashing

I will be checking in as will the rest of the Community Volunteers to try and help with anything you all may need.
For a list of the current challenge rules, please see this thread: Challenge Rules
 


Closing Date: December 31st, 2021

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  • Thanks for the links to the previous topics and info. Lots to look at and try out!  : )

  • Here's my start for this month.

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  • Shinji Ikari 9th said:

    Here's my start for this month.

    I see you got those little sparkles in the hair. I don't know what causes that but I get it from time to time. I have to clean it up with Photoshop. 

  • Beginner entry

    The Crystal Cave environment is free right now for Plat+ memebers

    https://www.daz3d.com/crystal-cave 

    I believe i forgot to give her any expression. Not sure how I feel about the fireflies in the foreground, especially the one in front of her left arm.

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  • Alewis478 said:

    Beginner entry

    The Crystal Cave environment is free right now for Plat+ memebers

    https://www.daz3d.com/crystal-cave 

    I believe i forgot to give her any expression. Not sure how I feel about the fireflies in the foreground, especially the one in front of her left arm.

     

    Lovely render! I really like the color palette and lighting, and your character fits the environment perfectly. Her face actually looks thoughtful, so I don't know if she needs any more of an expression. The distorted/skewed lens effect is great. What did you do for that? 

    As for the larger fireflies in the foreground - I'd probably use a blur those in post to soften them so their outlines don't stand out as much. You can try removing the one in front of her arm in post, or move it near the rocks to the right and see if you prefer it better. Nice work Alewis478!

  • SapphireBlueSapphireBlue Posts: 874
    edited December 2021

    I came across AOBB's free morph "Alluring" for G8.1F today (https://www.daz3d.com/forums/discussion/534086/alluring-for-g8-1f-old-hollywood-style-head-morph-no-textures) and decided to try out a BW portrait render with the lovely head morph.

    ...

    EDIT: I updated and simplified this original render and added AOBB's two other morphs to showcase them all together. I've uploaded them in a post further down.

     

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  • Shinji Ikari 9thShinji Ikari 9th Posts: 1,169
    edited December 2021

    Alewis478 said:

    Shinji Ikari 9th said:

    Here's my start for this month.

    I see you got those little sparkles in the hair. I don't know what causes that but I get it from time to time. I have to clean it up with Photoshop. 

    I'm using the defalt lighting as I get things setup, so that might have something to do with it.

    As it is, here's version B adding a second character. 

    I'm still needing to do texture work on the set to convert it to Iray, and decide on the lighting, but one bit at a time.

     

    P.S. Nice start that you have with your project by the way.

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  • Here's my beginner entry.  Never entered one of these before.  Depth of field and canvasses.

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  • SapphireBlue said:

    Alewis478 said:

    Beginner entry

    The Crystal Cave environment is free right now for Plat+ memebers

    https://www.daz3d.com/crystal-cave 

    I believe i forgot to give her any expression. Not sure how I feel about the fireflies in the foreground, especially the one in front of her left arm.

     

    Lovely render! I really like the color palette and lighting, and your character fits the environment perfectly. Her face actually looks thoughtful, so I don't know if she needs any more of an expression. The distorted/skewed lens effect is great. What did you do for that? 

    As for the larger fireflies in the foreground - I'd probably use a blur those in post to soften them so their outlines don't stand out as much. You can try removing the one in front of her arm in post, or move it near the rocks to the right and see if you prefer it better. Nice work Alewis478!

    Thank you. I used the aperture blades setting to achieve something similar to depth of field. In this render it is set to 8 blades.

  • Version C here with a start on lighting, primaraly using image based lighting for the exterior, and a couple of flame props in the first two rooms of the building.  I also added a hostile lurking in the first room if one were to look closely enough.

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  • Shinji Ikari 9th said:

    Version C here with a start on lighting, primaraly using image based lighting for the exterior, and a couple of flame props in the first two rooms of the building.  I also added a hostile lurking in the first room if one were to look closely enough.

    Nice job on the flames lighting those rooms. That looks good. 

  • LinwellyLinwelly Posts: 5,834

    Alewis478 said:

    Shinji Ikari 9th said:

    Here's my start for this month.

    I see you got those little sparkles in the hair. I don't know what causes that but I get it from time to time. I have to clean it up with Photoshop. 

    some hair props have a very hight gloss or even dual lobe dialed in. Some of these have material options to use a lower gloss amount and for some you have to reduce it by hand in the surfaces tab

  • LinwellyLinwelly Posts: 5,834

    Shinji Ikari 9th said:

    Version C here with a start on lighting, primaraly using image based lighting for the exterior, and a couple of flame props in the first two rooms of the building.  I also added a hostile lurking in the first room if one were to look closely enough.

    this is going good, as usual you could use a bit more light in your scene, in this case I woudl suggest it coming from where the characters are going so they might get outlined in the light

  • RexRedRexRed Posts: 1,212
    edited December 2021

    Image title: Lady Tannenbaum

    May love and good cheer follow you every day of your life.

    Intemediate  Open Render Challenge. 

    There may be several freebie objects used in this scene.

    (After getting into her Christmas tree costume, Elane wondered if she had shut the cold shed door...)

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  • aprilshowers2065aprilshowers2065 Posts: 713
    edited December 2021

    Title: Charmer of Beasts

    Intermediate Challenge

    Tried playing around with godrays again; feedback welcome!

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  • ShackShack Posts: 22

    Title: Scaring the Reindeer

    Composed and rendered in: DAZ Studio 4.16

    "At least put on some pants, Santa. You're scaring the reindeer."

    Intermediate challenge

     

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  • Alewis478 said:

    Thank you. I used the aperture blades setting to achieve something similar to depth of field. In this render it is set to 8 blades.

    Thanks a lot for letting me know! I'll have to try that out some time. : )

  • aprilshowers2065 said:

    Title: Charmer of Beasts

    Intermediate Challenge

    Tried playing around with godrays again; feedback welcome!

    Lovely render, I especially like his peaceful pose and the piglet is just the cutest. : ) 

  • RexRedRexRed Posts: 1,212
    edited December 2021

     

    Image title; "Snow Deer"

    RexRed entry into the December intermediate contest.

    Getting snow to accumulate and look just right on trees is a fun project using the Daz store product, "Materia".

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  • SapphireBlue said:

    aprilshowers2065 said:

    Title: Charmer of Beasts

    Intermediate Challenge

    Tried playing around with godrays again; feedback welcome!

    Lovely render, I especially like his peaceful pose and the piglet is just the cutest. : ) 

    Thank you very much! laugh 

  • DarkSoulDarkSoul Posts: 21
    edited December 2021

    My first time posting here

    Title: Rozy and the junkyard wars

    Intermediate challenge.

    15 year old girl fighting robots in a post Apocalyptic Statium 

    -Backdrop compositing.
    - Hdri and scene lighting
    - Extreme Kitbasking
    - Bloom filter
    - Displacement
    - Atmospehere
    - Ground visibility and reflections
    - Materials
     

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  • frodopoes said:

    Title: Rozy and the junkyard wars

    Intermediate challenge.

    15 year old girl fighting robots in a post Apocalyptic Statium 
     

    Wow, great amount of detail and detailed textures in this render! The glow of the robot's eyes and the sparks from the one lying defeated are a great touch. : )

  • SapphireBlueSapphireBlue Posts: 874
    edited December 2021

    "AOBB's Alluring, Glamorous and Charming: 1940s Stars That Never Were" (Beginner Entry)

    AOBB has 3 lovely G8.1F head morphs created in a 1940's Hollywood style available for free in the freebies section. I enjoyed doing renders with all three of them to reflect something of the time period and their names. I put up an early render before, but thought to update it and put all 3 together in a single panel showcasing the morphs. They are in order:

    1) Alluring (https://www.daz3d.com/forums/discussion/534086/alluring-for-g8-1f-old-hollywood-style-head-morph-no-textures)

    2) Glamorous (https://www.daz3d.com/forums/discussion/533486/glamorous-a-1940-s-hollywood-beauty-style-head-morph-for-g8-1f-no-textures) and

    3) Charming (https://www.daz3d.com/forums/discussion/534846/charming-for-g8-1f-1940-s-hollywood-style-beauty-head-morph-no-textures)

    I wanted to do portraits of them, and focused on composition, lighting and posing to capture the dreamy BW aesthetic that I remembered from the old movies and photos. I messed around with shaders and material settings to get the ensemble items working together. Big benefit to BW renders is that they're so much quicker to render! This was a lot of fun to do, and I love how full of character and life-like they are.

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  • StargazeyStargazey Posts: 242
    edited December 2021

    Intermediate Challenge. "Lucia", done in DS with postwork in Affinity Photo. (I think the Lucia crown was a freebie last year or the year before!) The background is from a photo I took, several years ago, in a local church.

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  • HLEET_3DHLEET_3D Posts: 172

    Hello, here is my submission.

    Beginner Challenge of "Open Render Challenge".

    Image Title : "The best male present in the world"
    Software Used to Create the Image : daz3D 

    The HDRi background is a free download from polyhaven.com

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  • Hello,

    Newbie here, this is my first project / 3D render I have worked on so far. Any tips, hints, advice would be greatly appricated. Not sure if I am happy with the face direction & expression yet, but don't have a lot of content to work with so far. 

    Beginner Challenge of "Open Render Challenge".

    Image Title : "Don't Worry, She's Armless!"
    Software Used to Create the Image : Daz3D, Photoshop for Background edits.


    Freebie used in the render for the android skin effect.
    https://www.deviantart.com/mysticartdesign/art/MysticArtDesign-Android-759619113 ;

    First Project - Cyberwomen Missing Arm.jpg
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  • ajhughes1991 said:

    Hello,

    Newbie here, this is my first project / 3D render I have worked on so far. Any tips, hints, advice would be greatly appricated. Not sure if I am happy with the face direction & expression yet, but don't have a lot of content to work with so far. 

    Beginner Challenge of "Open Render Challenge".

    Image Title : "Don't Worry, She's Armless!"
    Software Used to Create the Image : Daz3D, Photoshop for Background edits.


    Freebie used in the render for the android skin effect.
    https://www.deviantart.com/mysticartdesign/art/MysticArtDesign-Android-759619113 ;

    Super first project! Great use of the android skin and the blue and pink lighting. I like the background work you've done too. Very cool effects.

    My main suggestion would be just to increase lighting a bit so we can see her better, and see if you can maybe position a point light or spotlight to hit her eyes to get those eyelights, which would bring it a little more to life. Great work!

  • Hey everyone,

    Complete newbie in Daz here, really limited 3D experience ( used Wings3D 10-15 years ago lol ) 

    Here's my first 4k render, definitely not the best lights, but I wanted to see a neutral kind of tone first.

    No posing or scene yet, but it's on the to-do list for this month.

    Glad to become part of the community!

     

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  • Version D here. I've added another flame prop and an instance of one of the existing flames behind my characters to try and get some more light on them.

    Other then that I've done some texture work as well.

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  • SapphireBlue said:

    ajhughes1991 said:

    Hello,

    Newbie here, this is my first project / 3D render I have worked on so far. Any tips, hints, advice would be greatly appricated. Not sure if I am happy with the face direction & expression yet, but don't have a lot of content to work with so far. 

    Beginner Challenge of "Open Render Challenge".

    Image Title : "Don't Worry, She's Armless!"
    Software Used to Create the Image : Daz3D, Photoshop for Background edits.


    Freebie used in the render for the android skin effect.
    https://www.deviantart.com/mysticartdesign/art/MysticArtDesign-Android-759619113 ;

    Super first project! Great use of the android skin and the blue and pink lighting. I like the background work you've done too. Very cool effects.

    My main suggestion would be just to increase lighting a bit so we can see her better, and see if you can maybe position a point light or spotlight to hit her eyes to get those eyelights, which would bring it a little more to life. Great work!

     

    Thank you for the feedback. Increased the lighting by quite a bit as I had forgetten to turn off my HDR options on the tv for the first render. So was a lot darker than it was appearing for myself. Still working out the eyes as I can't quite get the spotlight positioned just right without it looking silly. 

    First Project - Cyberwomen Missing Arm - Edit 1.jpg
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