Welcome to the May 2013 Freebie Challenge: "Yesterday's Future"

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  • DanaTADanaTA Posts: 11,103
    edited December 1969

    Congratulations, Dorseyland!

    Dana

  • agsears_f6a68cb825agsears_f6a68cb825 Posts: 169
    edited May 2013

    Since the Mini-challenge is over, I wanted to point this out to see how many people saw this. :-)

    See the image below, and then look at this link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH-80fXjM6s

    Alexa ;)

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  • DanaTADanaTA Posts: 11,103
    edited December 1969

    Since the Mini-challenge is over, I wanted to point this out to see how many people saw this. :-)

    See the image below, and then look at this link.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IH-80fXjM6s

    Alexa ;)

    Oh, I noticed it. I had forgotten about that scene in Spaceballs, though. :lol:

    Dana

  • goldschopfgoldschopf Posts: 28
    edited May 2013

    I finally finished my entry!

    Title: PYGMALION

    This render was inspired by a lot of different things. I like how some science fiction illustrators, set designers, and costume designers take inspiration from the past and re-imagine costume, architecture, and culture to create worlds of the future.

    I was originally inspired by the myth of Pygmalion, who fell in love with one of his sculptures. I was also thinking about Blade Runner and Metropolis and thought it would be fun to create a futuristic version of Pygmalion and replace the sculpture with a robot or android. I think visually I took a lot of inspiration from Metropolis, Blade Runner, Tron, the art of H.R. Giger, and probably all sorts of other things.

    I wanted the render to have kind of a 'film advertisement' or 'promotional image/art' feel to it. I decided to use 3D letters to spell out a title and tag-line. Scaling and arranging the letters turned out to be harder than I thought it would be… the kerning is still a little off.

    The image actually turned out pretty different from what I had originally planned, but I'm really happy with the result!

    -Here is the list of freebies-

    V4 wears:

    ultimate shader pack for Daz Studio - http://www.sharecg.com/v/27568/material-and-shader/Ultimate-Shader-Pack-for-DAZ-Studio * (chrome texture used on her entire body, except for her face)

    metal bra - http://www.sharecg.com/v/27290/gallery/11/Poser/MetalBra-V4 *

    metal panty - http://www.sharecg.com/v/31115/gallery/11/Poser/MetalPantyII-forV4 *

    V4 borg 2 - http://www.sharecg.com/v/41068/gallery/11/Poser/V-BORG042Rev.2-for-V4* (used for her stomach area and the blue parts on her upper chest. This prop does have some parts that i felt were a little inappropriate. I chose to change the opacity to zero on these parts so they don't appear in the render)

    MMBoots-01ForV4A4 (second link from the left)- http://mamomamo.candypop.jp/Freestuff/CCP002.html

    Fire hose - http://www.sharecg.com/v/23278/related/11/Poser/Firefighting-Nozzle-and-Hose * (these are the six tube looking things extending from V4 up to the ceiling)

    the blue thing V4 is standing on is just a cylinder primitive with the y axis scaled down to a flat disc.

    Background:

    skydome textures ( click the mediafire link at the bottom of the first post, then click the RemusSkydomeTexturePack.zip link at he top of the mediafire page.) - http://forums.epicgames.com/threads/603122-Remus-high-resolution-skydome-texture-pack (used on a plane as the background)

    Fantasy Vault #2 (26th from top) - http://www.joes3dfantasyworlds.com/down/arch01/arch01.htm (the pillars and arch in the background)

    the cloister building elements - http://www.erato-base.net/cloister.html (Used for the floor and the short wall behind the pillars)

    scifi gate - http://www.joes3dfantasyworlds.com/down/scifi01/scifi01.htm (5th link from the top) (the thing on the left side of the render, with the blue tubes)

    Lettering:

    serif numbers/letters - http://www.sharecg.com/v/7957/View/11/Poser/Letters-and-Numbers-2-for-Poser * (used to spell the word 'pygmalion')

    san-serif numbers/letters - http://www.sharecg.com/v/6664/View/11/Poser/Letters-and-Numbers-1-for-Poser * (scaled down and used to spell the phrase 'His love is real. She is not.' The periods are just cube primitives scaled really tiny)

    Props with links that no longer work:

    Industrial Mill (the thing on the right side of the render, with the blue tubes)

    Industrial Water Filter (this is kind of hard to see in the render, its the thing seen through the circular opening of the scifi gate)

    *free registration is required

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  • DanaTADanaTA Posts: 11,103
    edited December 1969

    I finally finished my entry!

    Title: PYGMALION

    This render was inspired by a lot of different things. I like how some science fiction illustrators, set designers, and costume designers take inspiration from the past and re-imagine costume, architecture, and culture to create worlds of the future.

    I was originally inspired by the myth of Pygmalion, who fell in love with one of his sculptures. I was also thinking about Blade Runner and Metropolis and thought it would be fun to create a futuristic version of Pygmalion and replace the sculpture with a robot or android. I think visually I took a lot of inspiration from Metropolis, Blade Runner, Tron, the art of H.R. Giger, and probably all sorts of other things.

    I wanted the render to have kind of a 'film advertisement' or 'promotional image/art' feel to it. I decided to use 3D letters to spell out a title and tag-line. Scaling and arranging the letters turned out to be harder than I thought it would be… the kerning is still a little off.

    http://www.daz3d.com/forums/index.php?&ACT=50&fid=41&aid=72765_UAMPMmluKaYVBSXGcmZi&thumb=1&board_id=1

    Excellent! I'd say this was a success!

    Dana

  • W R WW R W Posts: 0
    edited May 2013

    So, maybe I missed the contest deadline, but my latest book cover ("The Signature of God" by John Dalmas) was done in Poser 9, some modeling in 3DSMAX, very little postwork (as in "almost none") after the Poser render. "Breaking Waves" and Jenay's freebie "Morphing Spore" were significant contributors. Available from Amazon.com

    Enjoy!

    William R. Warren, Jr.

    Footnote: In addition to a heluvalotta high res mapping and lights everywhere, what makes an image come to life is the action. For scenes like this, I begin by building the scene in frame 1, then morphing and changing selected elements (in this case, the 'spores' and, to a lesser degree, one of several layers of the 'waves') -- and I mean, DRASTICALLY morphing, scaling, rotating and transitioning these things, in frame 3, then rendering frame 2 with motion blur turned on in the Render Settings. The breaking waves, even the ones rolling over the ship slamming the Space Needle, came straight out of the Firefly render engine with almost no retouch required in Photoshop. Note that motion blur will not affect shadows: you may have a fairy's wings blurring through 180 degrees, but the shadow will only show that hard-edged moment frozen in time halfway between the start and stop position. So far, I haven't found a fix or workaround that doesn't involve Photoshop. sigh

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  • W R WW R W Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    I just got an email that there was a reply here that I don't find. No, this is not intended as a shameless plug for the book (although I am proud of it) -- it's intended to be a response to this "call for renders" and "The future ain't what it used to be" gallery. I don't intend to release the base art without some protection for fine-art prints later, would you prefer I do one with a watermark? (Easily accomplished!)

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 30,271
    edited May 2013

    You appear to have posted into the wrong thread. This thread is for the Freebie challenge, and is in the General freepository. Can you let me know which thread it was you intended to post to and I will move your posts over there.

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  • JaderailJaderail Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    W R W said:
    I just got an email that there was a reply here that I don't find. No, this is not intended as a shameless plug for the book (although I am proud of it) -- it's intended to be a response to this "call for renders" and "The future ain't what it used to be" gallery. I don't intend to release the base art without some protection for fine-art prints later, would you prefer I do one with a watermark? (Easily accomplished!)
    I removed my question because I figured you had posted to the wrong thread. I'm sorry it came out the wrong way. I was just stumped until it dawned on me this might not be the thread you meant to post too.
  • robkelkrobkelk Posts: 3,259
    edited December 1969

    I finally finished my entry!

    Title: PYGMALION

    This render was inspired by a lot of different things. I like how some science fiction illustrators, set designers, and costume designers take inspiration from the past and re-imagine costume, architecture, and culture to create worlds of the future.

    I was originally inspired by the myth of Pygmalion, who fell in love with one of his sculptures. I was also thinking about Blade Runner and Metropolis and thought it would be fun to create a futuristic version of Pygmalion and replace the sculpture with a robot or android. I think visually I took a lot of inspiration from Metropolis, Blade Runner, Tron, the art of H.R. Giger, and probably all sorts of other things.

    I wanted the render to have kind of a 'film advertisement' or 'promotional image/art' feel to it. I decided to use 3D letters to spell out a title and tag-line. Scaling and arranging the letters turned out to be harder than I thought it would be… the kerning is still a little off.

    The image actually turned out pretty different from what I had originally planned, but I'm really happy with the result!

    It's very reminiscent of Metropolis, without being a direct copy... Very nice.

    I don't see the metal bra in your image, and I don't get any links on the mediafire page (but I never get links on mediafire pages - they've forgotten how to support plain HTML, and I'm not installing a new browser just for one site)... However, you have enough other freebies that the entry still qualifies.


    ENTRY #014: ENTRY ACCEPTED

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  • robkelkrobkelk Posts: 3,259
    edited December 1969

    W R W said:
    So, maybe I missed the contest deadline, but my latest book cover ("The Signature of God" by John Dalmas) was done in Poser 9, some modeling in 3DSMAX, very little postwork (as in "almost none") after the Poser render. "Breaking Waves" and Jenay's freebie "Morphing Spore" were significant contributors. Available from Amazon.com

    Enjoy!

    William R. Warren, Jr.

    Footnote: In addition to a heluvalotta high res mapping and lights everywhere, what makes an image come to life is the action. For scenes like this, I begin by building the scene in frame 1, then morphing and changing selected elements (in this case, the 'spores' and, to a lesser degree, one of several layers of the 'waves') -- and I mean, DRASTICALLY morphing, scaling, rotating and transitioning these things, in frame 3, then rendering frame 2 with motion blur turned on in the Render Settings. The breaking waves, even the ones rolling over the ship slamming the Space Needle, came straight out of the Firefly render engine with almost no retouch required in Photoshop. Note that motion blur will not affect shadows: you may have a fairy's wings blurring through 180 degrees, but the shadow will only show that hard-edged moment frozen in time halfway between the start and stop position. So far, I haven't found a fix or workaround that doesn't involve Photoshop. sigh

    Thank you for sharing this with us, William!

    I can't accept it as a contest entry without a list of the free elements you used, and I can understand why you wouldn't want to list everything you used in a commissioned work. I'd be happy to feature the image in the "Not An Entry" gallery.

  • DorseylandDorseyland Posts: 724
    edited December 1969

    DanaTA said:
    Congratulations, Dorseyland!

    Dana

    Thank you, Dana! And many thanks to Rob and some of the judges. :cheese:

  • robkelkrobkelk Posts: 3,259
    edited December 1969

    You're welcome!

    Everyone, we're into the home stretch - one day and seven hours left, as I post this. Time to stop making your renders look perfect and live with what you've got.

    Oh, yes - June 1 and 2 are the Doors Open weekend where I live (checks the charge in the camera's battery), so I might be a bit distracted as to announcing who actually wins... or I might not, depending on how quickly the judges respond after the challenge ends.

  • BWSmanBWSman Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    June thread is up:

    http://www.daz3d.com/forums/discussion/23063/

    Looking for judges (please volunteer) and prize donations.

  • robkelkrobkelk Posts: 3,259
    edited December 1969

    There's still 18-and-a-fraction hours to go in the May Challenge...

    Tosses out some pi:

    3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679...

  • DanaTADanaTA Posts: 11,103
    edited December 1969

    robkelk said:
    There's still 18-and-a-fraction hours to go in the May Challenge...

    Tosses out some pi:

    3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679...

    Wow, no cleanup needed in aisle 3! :lol: What did you use for that calculation? Most calculators don't have that much precision.

    Dana

  • robkelkrobkelk Posts: 3,259
    edited December 1969

    DanaTA said:
    robkelk said:
    There's still 18-and-a-fraction hours to go in the May Challenge...

    Tosses out some pi:

    3.1415926535897932384626433832795028841971693993751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679...

    Wow, no cleanup needed in aisle 3! :lol: What did you use for that calculation? Most calculators don't have that much precision.

    Dana
    I cheated - I copied it from Wikipedia.

    So it isn't home-made pi...

  • ChoholeChohole Posts: 30,271
    edited December 1969

    That's cheating.

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  • LimneryLimnery Posts: 126
    edited December 1969

    The Diligent Census Sorter's Thoroughly Unexpected Encounter with the World of Tomorrow


    DAZ Studio 4.6, no postwork. Two models (the weird exterior structures) made in Hexagon and textured in the basic surfaces tab in DS. "U.S. Census Office" text added to the storage-box texture with Irfanview: http://www.irfanview.com.


    Purchased items:
    The V4 shape for Genesis
    V4 Morphing Fantasy Dress: http://www.daz3d.com/v4-morphing-fantasy-dress
    The shoes from the Edwardian Suit: http://www.daz3d.com/edwardian-suit


    Free items:

    1890 census machine, press, and sorter by Ockham: http://www.sharecg.com/v/62531/gallery/11/Poser/1890-Hollerith-setup

    Candlestick phone by Ockham: http://www.sharecg.com/v/63274/gallery/11/Poser/Old-Phones-and-1960s-Office

    Jim Farris's free money stacks with Ockham's punch-card texture applied, for the packets of punch cards: http://www.sharecg.com/v/25053/browse/11/Poser/Free-Money!

    Bay window by Adam Thwaites: http://www.most-digital-creations.com/free_poser_poses_textures_morphs_props_55.htm

    Picture frame (morphing! so easy to use!), Basic Box side walls, and add-on wall panel from Morphography: http://www.morphography.uk.vu/dlprop.html

    Floor, overhead gaslight, and oil lamp by Ockham: http://www.sharecg.com/v/47345/gallery/11/Poser/1910-Kitchen

    Clock by Zippo: http://lab108.x0.com/lab108/household.html
    Chair and plant by Zippo: http://lab108.x0.com/lab108/furniture.html
    Plant's pot and dish by Allen Art: http://www.sharecg.com/v/51607/browse/11/Poser/Potted-Violet-plant

    George III desk, Georgian chair, Victorian writing set, stereoscope from Ness Period Reproductions: http://www.nessrepros.co.uk/downloads1.php
    School abacus from Ness Period Reproductions: http://www.nessrepros.co.uk/downloads3.php

    Storage boxes by 3-d-c: http://www.sharecg.com/v/35981/browse/11/Poser/Box-it!

    Gibson Girl Style for the morphing fantasy dress, by Chohole: http://chohole.ovbi.org/page_7.htm

    Triple Braid Hair by Mylochka: http://www.sharecg.com/v/60592

    Terrain by Cybia, including the texture: http://www.sharecg.com/v/36518/browse/11/Poser/FreeZone-Morphing-Terrain

    Spaceship by Herminio: http://www.sharecg.com/v/68826/gallery/5/3D-Model/Scout-Patrol


    Also:

    Maps: United States Digital Map Library and the United States Census Bureau

    Sky texture (backdrop) and water texture (plane) from CGTextures.com

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  • DanaTADanaTA Posts: 11,103
    edited December 1969

    Cuisle said:
    The Diligent Census Sorter's Thoroughly Unexpected Encounter with the World of Tomorrow


    http://www.daz3d.com/forums/index.php?&ACT=50&fid=41&aid=73036_NbEaKY2LYTv76ad1nEyH&thumb=1&board_id=1

    This really looks very good! And you got a lot of stuff in there. Well done!

    Dana

  • DorseylandDorseyland Posts: 724
    edited December 1969

    MAGNIFICENT, Cuisle! I love EVERYTHING about it.

    Can I ask what sort of lighting set-up you used?

  • robkelkrobkelk Posts: 3,259
    edited December 1969

    Cuisle said:
    The Diligent Census Sorter's Thoroughly Unexpected Encounter with the World of Tomorrow

    Oh, my... This is gorgeous! I can see why it came in just before the deadline - you spent quite a bit of work on it.

    All links check out, and you definitely fit the theme...

    ENTRY #015 (OF 15): ENTRY ACCEPTED

  • robkelkrobkelk Posts: 3,259
    edited December 1969

    The May Challenge is now officially closed.

    I've heard from jeeperz already - other judges, please PM or email me your choices...

  • LimneryLimnery Posts: 126
    edited December 1969

    Rob: Thank you, and yay!!

    Dana: Thank you very much!

    Dorseyland: Wheeee, thanks! :) The lights are:

    UE2 Softbox, occlusion with directional shadows, intensity 100%, intensity scale 165%, slightly bluish color.

    A white distant light at 100% to shine on the outside objects and cast a shadow through the window. Raytraced shadow 5% softness.

    A linear point light in the ceiling gas light that I thought would light the room, but it kept creating glare against the windows, so now it's just a little sphere to cast some light against the lamp's metal frame.

    A pale-yellowish spotlight above the room's ceiling, pointing down, no shadows. It was originally meant to be specular-only, but wound up being the room's light when the point light didn't pan out. I think it could be brighter, but I ran out of trial-and-error time, so I went with the last render that had no window glare.

    An extra spotlight on the nearest exterior structure, pointing up a bit from below to give some extra shine to the parts in shadow.

  • DorseylandDorseyland Posts: 724
    edited December 1969

    Okay, you lost me at "UE2 Softbox", but I suspect that's the key. Regardless, I think the intense blue of the sky (accentuated by the haze below) goes so well with the subdued interior lighting that it makes the quite realistic scene looks like a classic illustration from the same bygone era as the census machine.

    Plus, I love steampunk.

    A knockout.

  • LimneryLimnery Posts: 126
    edited December 1969

    Sorry! By UE2 Softbox I mean the UberEnvironment light by omnifreaker that comes with DAZ Studio, for adding ambient occlusion to the scene. The Softbox setting loads the particular image it uses to calculate the light and shadows. The Softbox image is a really soft blurry grayish white and black, no hard bright whites or colors. I hoped it would be neutral enough to work okay on both the outside and the inside.

    ...At least, I'm pretty sure it came with DS...if not, I'm over my limit on purchased content. I think it's the same UberEnvironment light I've been using since I first downloaded DS, before I ever picked up any light sets....

    Rob, if UberEnvironment 2 is a countable item, I should have counted it!

    And thanks again, Dorseyland. Your comments are making my day. *big smile*

  • robkelkrobkelk Posts: 3,259
    edited December 1969

    Cuisle said:
    Sorry! By UE2 Softbox I mean the UberEnvironment light by omnifreaker that comes with DAZ Studio, for adding ambient occlusion to the scene. The Softbox setting loads the particular image it uses to calculate the light and shadows. The Softbox image is a really soft blurry grayish white and black, no hard bright whites or colors. I hoped it would be neutral enough to work okay on both the outside and the inside.

    ...At least, I'm pretty sure it came with DS...if not, I'm over my limit on purchased content. I think it's the same UberEnvironment light I've been using since I first downloaded DS, before I ever picked up any light sets....

    Rob, if UberEnvironment 2 is a countable item, I should have counted it!

    And thanks again, Dorseyland. Your comments are making my day. *big smile*


    If I recall correctly, UE2 comes with Studio 4 Pro, which is free - so it's a no-count item by my reading of the rules.

    But I've already accepted your entry and closed the competition, so you're in even if I made a mistake.

    Still waiting on the judges, other than jeepers... but it is the middle of a weekend.

  • Gloomy007Gloomy007 Posts: 0
    edited December 1969

    Just came by to say.. good luck everyone!

  • LimneryLimnery Posts: 126
    edited December 1969

    robkelk said:
    If I recall correctly, UE2 comes with Studio 4 Pro, which is free - so it's a no-count item by my reading of the rules.

    But I've already accepted your entry and closed the competition, so you're in even if I made a mistake.

    Thanks, Rob!

    Beginning Help with UberEnvironment 2 by Kraig Hausmann says that UE2 does come with Studio 4.x, so I'm doubly reassured that the render's within the rules.

    Krissy, thanks!

  • DanaTADanaTA Posts: 11,103
    edited December 1969

    Oh, I forgot to wish everyone good luck! Good luck, everyone! :-)

    Dana

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