The New Genesis 3 Female Figure for DAZ Studio

The fine folks at DAZ have released the new Genesis 3 Female (G3F) figure for their DAZ Studio product. Not only is the DAZ Studio product available for free download, but so is the G3F figure. Of course, you only get so much for free. With the free stuff, what can you do? You can somewhat vary the figure’s body type, height, weight and various other metrics, such as breast, waist and hip circumference. You can pose the figure, either by using some of the provided free poses or by manual adjustments. You can dress the figure with a limited set of free attire, most of which can be seen in my render below. You also get a skimpy outfit for free. The outfits come with a good variety of textures. You get one free hairstyle, and it comes with a wide variety of hair colors. There are a few options for eyes and makeup.

If you know how to model clothing, hair, morphs, poses, etc., then maybe you won’t have to buy much to support the G3F figure. But most people will want to buy more of all those things. To me, poses are the least necessary of the bunch, since DAZ Studio gives you lots of options for posing figures manually. The professional quality poses are a lot more easily applied, but even they don’t always give you exactly what you want, and you end up tweaking them anyway.

If you want to be able to give your G3F figure some expressions or reshape the body, you’ll want more morphs than you get for free. Then there’s always room for more hair and more clothes. You can never have enough hair and clothing styles.

For my first G3F render, I set the figure to 5 feet 6 inches tall, with measurements of 34/24/34. I used one of the provided poses to get close to what I ended up with, as I did make some tweaks so as to put G3F’s feet both on the uneven ground. Everything else you see in the image dealing with the figure was from the free G3F download. The background and sky did not come with G3F, so don’t go looking for them in the G3F set of free stuff.

The image below took 37 minutes to render to the stage where you see it here, using the Iray rendering engine. When I stopped it, the image was only 33% “converged,” which means it could have run for another hour or so before it would have been “finished.” With Iray, you can interrupt the render at any time and take it as it is at that moment. I don’t know how much improvement I might have seen if I let it run another hour, but I didn’t have the time to do that. I have other projects I’m supposed to be working on. :)

The render below is shown at medium size here on the post page. Click the image to see it at the full size at which I rendered it.

My First Render Using the New Genesis 3 Female Figure
My First Render Using the New Genesis 3 Female Figure

Tell me what you think.

Superhero Rule Number 1

What’s the #1 rule of being a superhero?

I created a graphic for it, to help all you superheroes-in-training out there remember this most important rule. The consequences of forgetting it can be devastating, not only to you but to anyone with significance in your life.

Print out this image. Post it on your closet door. Whenever you put on your costume, this image will help you remember to always put on your mask too. Or to take off your glasses, if that’s the disguise you’re going with. Continue reading Superhero Rule Number 1

No Looking Back – A New Contra Dance

I’m into contra dancing. I’m also a mathematician by training. I’m intrigued by the multitude of permutations possible in a contra dance composition. Many contra dances have been written to date, making it necessary for composers of new contra dances to seek increasingly creative ways of combining the different contra dance moves into a danceable routine. I read that one composer thought that all the danceable contra dances had already been written. When you start thinking about writing a new contra dance, it can certainly feel impossible to come up with something uniquely yours. Continue reading No Looking Back – A New Contra Dance

Alani Rendered with DAZ Iray

The new DAZ Studio 4.8 Pro is officially released. It comes with a new rendering engine called Iray. This rendering engine is intended for use in creating photo-realistic images. That is, you’re supposed to think you’re looking at a photo when you look at the image. See what you think. Continue reading Alani Rendered with DAZ Iray

Alani Rendered With Toony Camera Pro

Did you know you can make manga-style and sketch-style renders with Daz Studio? Compare the first below image with the ones in my previous post. They are renders of the same scene, but this one uses the Toony Camera Pro and a scripted 3Delight rendering engine.

Manga-style rendering of Alani

Of course, there are many variables you can play with when doing any 3D render, and that goes as well when using the Toony Camera Pro. The image above and the other images in this post below are just examples of what can be done, without making a lot of custom tweaks to surface settings or Toony Camera Pro properties. Continue reading Alani Rendered With Toony Camera Pro

Alani for Callie 6 Renders

Just wanted to post some of my latest renders. The images below are copyright ©2015 by Michael K. Eidson.

These images use the Alani character for the new Callie 6 figure. Both images are rendered in DAZ Studio with no postwork.

This first one uses the standard 3Delight renderer.

3D Render of Alani 6 in Lofn Outfit

The second one uses the Luxus renderer via the LuxRender plugin. I didn’t change anything in this image from the setup for the first one. I only changed the renderer. Remarkable difference, I think.

Alani with spear rendered with Luxus

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A Study of Light in Digital Art

I’ve been under the weather for several days, which hasn’t made it easy to be creative. But I was able to set up some scenes in DAZ Studio 4.7 Pro and let them render. I’ve been curious about the effects of different lighting in digital art, not only with regards to how lighting affects appearance but also rendering speed. I spent my down time running some experiments and will share them with you, complete with visuals, in the post that follows.

I set up a scene with a bunch of different lights. I used lights from a couple of professionally-created packages I licensed from the DAZ store: Set the Mood and Advanced D.I.Y Portrait Lights for DS4.

The mood lights consist of spot lights and distant lights, and come with a camera and something referred to as the “mood cube.”

The portrait lights are meant, as the name suggests, for close-up portraits. Amongst other lights, they include an ambient light and a specular light. These terms describing lights are all self-explanatory at a fundamental level except perhaps “specular” light, which is basically a light for bringing out shiny highlights, as you’ll see. Continue reading A Study of Light in Digital Art

New Release Alert: The Forever Girl Series, Book 2

Today I’m posting a special announcement from Rebecca Hamilton, author of the Forever Girl series, of which I happen to be a fan. Read on!

Coula Killed Me

Thanks for stopping by to view this quick announcement on Rebecca Hamilton’s latest release, COME, THE DARK, book 2 in the Forever Girl series. Although this book is the second in the series, it is a complete standalone following a completely new set of characters. And you can grab your copy today for only $0.99! Still apprehensive about reading the second book in a series? Well, you can grab the prequel, HER SWEETEST DOWNFALL, off Kindle–Always Free–and on January 9th, THE FOREVER GIRL will be free also, for the first time ever! Worried you might forget the date? Join the mailing list using the option on the Rafflecopter below and you’ll receive a reminder on January 9th to download your free copy anytime between January 9th and 13th!

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COME, THE DARK

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

Come, the Dark 2Rose desperately wants to escape the abuse of the father who impregnated her and the dark spirits that haunt her life. Being thrust from Georgia 1961 into the era of Salem’s infamous witch trials isn’t what she had in mind, and now her daughter is left hopelessly out of reach.

The only way to return to her daughter is by facing certain death to banish the dark spirits that plague Salem. If she doesn’t eliminate these dark spirits in time, they will destroy civilization and trap her in this strange new place, ages away from her daughter.

Even if she can complete the task in time to return home to save her daughter, there’s still one problem: she’s falling in love with a man who can’t return with her. Achieving her goals will force her to choose between the only man who has never betrayed her and a daughter she can’t quite remember but will never forget.

A heart-wrenching tale of a mother’s love for her daughter, this romantic paranormal fantasy underlines the depravity of both historical and modern society while capturing the essence of sacrifice and devotion.

TRIGGER WARNING: This book deals with the sensitive subject of sexual abuse.

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THE FOREVER GIRL

by USA Today Bestselling Author, Rebecca Hamilton

NOW OPTIONED FOR FILM!

Beautiful blonde with dandelionsAt twenty-two, practicing Wiccan Sophia Parsons is scratching out a living waiting tables in her Rocky Mountain hometown, a pariah after a string of unsolved murders with only one thing in common: her.

Sophia can imagine lots of ways to improve her life, but she’d settle for just getting rid of the buzzing noise in her head. When the spell she casts goes wrong, the static turns into voices. Her personal demons get company, and the newcomers are dangerous.

One of them is a man named Charles, who Sophia falls for despite her better judgment. He has connections that might help her unveil the mystery surrounding her ancestor’s hanging, but she gets more than she bargains for when she finally decides to trust him.

The Forever Girl is a full-length Paranormal Fantasy novel that will appeal to lovers of paranormal romance, urban fantasy, witches, vampires, ghosts, paranormal mystery, and paranormal horror.

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About the Author

BeccaRebecca Hamilton is a USA Today Bestselling Paranormal Fantasy author who also dabbles in Horror and Literary Fiction. She lives in Florida with her husband and four kids. She enjoys dancing with her kids to television show theme songs and would love the beach if it weren’t for the sand. Having a child diagnosed with autism has inspired her to illuminate the world through the eyes of characters who see things differently. She is represented by Rossano Trentin of TZLA and has been published internationally, in three languages. You can follow her on Twitter: @InkMuse

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Disclosure: The owner of this blog, Michael K. Eidson, is not a Forever Girl. But he greatly admires them.

A Poem for the Would-Be Novelist

Forgotten

I’m withering
and shrinking
in on myself,

retiring,
expiring,
all but a corpse,

unimportant,
but wanting
no death just now,

still surviving,
desiring
not yet to cease,

not to crumble
or tumble
into the abyss,

continuing,
aspiring
to be legend.

So why haven’t I published a novel?

Words come and flee,
un-captured
free-form spirits

flown far away
on the wind
twixt my temples,

now out of mind
out of touch,
out of space bar,

all out of time,
same as I,
so soon, too soon.

I’ll not e’en be
a mere speck
within God’s eye,

not e’en a joke
or a whim,
no afterword.

Because I haven’t published a novel.

—Michael K. Eidson

Farewell, Mystic Sounds

I’ve closed my Mystic Sounds music blog. I have too many other things I’m working on, I’ve not the time to keep up with it all. So it’s gone. If I feel the urge to post about music, I’ll just do it here or on Facebook or on Twitter. Thanks to all who visited the Mystic Sounds blog and left a comment or found any post there of interest.