Learning Dark Arts

Come learn the art of 3D computer generated art and animation. This blog deals with the lessons learned and the art created by Robert G. Male using DazStudio from Daz3D. Also covered are the ancillary software, tools, techniques, and processes needed both before and after rendering in the 3D software.


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October 30, 2007

Happy Halloween my Horrifying Haunters

Well, tomorrow is the day, and as luck would have it, my day off from blogging (well, if I weren't capping of my 13 Nights of Halloween at R.G. Male's Dark Corners). I'd stay and blather on some more but I have to go buy that Carrara 3D Express and get that free shader pack. Time is running out.

Happy Halloween Everybody!

October 25, 2007

Sorry, Busy

I don't have a real or pertinent blog today, but after skipping Tuesday I thought it best to pop in for a moment. I'm busy writing, and as soon as I get sufficiently ahead on that--hopefully tomorrow--then I want to get moving on a couple of pictures in Daz that I started so that I will have at least three for everyone to see next week just in time for Halloween. See you then.

Music: Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett and the Cryptkickers.

October 18, 2007

Help: Carrara 3D Express

Should I buy Carrara 3D Express for $20? I know most people wouldn't balk at that price. It only took me a few months to shell out approaching that for some Daz figures. A lot of it is a matter of time to put it to use, and will to put it to use. So, should I just go ahead and take the plunge?

Here are some questions for anyone who's picked it up already. Does it actually come with a bunch of materials to put to use right away building scenes? Terrain, skies, etc? I read some of the PDF file and it seemed to say so, but I don't to miss how it was talking that you could buy them. Is it relatively easy to use or am I going to spend a while on the basic learning curve? Can you import scenes from Daz? I know it said it uses the figures and such, but will I have to repose characters from scratch? Do I have to reinstall everything for it (is that even possible?)? Anything else I should know about the program that I'm not thinking of? Last question, should I stop whining and just go ahead and buy it.

Music: Don't Fear the Reaper by Gus.

October 11, 2007

Girls, Girls, Creepy Tower

I bought some more sets again. The timing and the prices were so right. For starters I bought 3D Celebrity Belle and 3D Celebrity Genesis. These mark my second and third purchases of "characters" for Victoria 4-the only figure I have that is fully of morphable. Now I have a huge variety of characters that I can make with three different skin tones head to toe in addition to three full injectable morphs (Saylor is the third). That should cover me for quite a while unless I run across another really great character.

Also in the spirit of Halloween-though for the likes of me every day is somewhat in the spirit of Halloween with all the horror stuff in my possession-I bought Dies Nefastus and Dies Mortis. Dies Mortis is essentially a map for Dies Nefastus. I immediately noticed something odd about Mortis, which is some parts of it are transparent until rendered. This poses something of a problem. Put another way this is a problem for some poses. It will take some getting used to with placing other items, like characters interacting with the building. I'm a little perplexed as to how it is transparent where it is, and why that might be.

Music: Bad Boy Boogie by Motley Crue.

October 2, 2007

Building Books for my Bookshelves

While looking over the settings and all the add-ons for The Study set and expansions I bought I noticed a bit of a problem. I cannot find any books to go on the bookshelves. I looked all through my folders, of which there is a tonne of them, and always growing, and I did not see the books. Kind of makes it hard to do a scene where the "house" hasn't been stripped before its abandonment, or for a lived-in scene. Now, I suppose I have that morphing book of magic or some such that I could use multiple times within the scene, but that would have to bring the program to a screeching halt trying to process all that information. So that means I have to do something about making a set of books.

The set would have to be scaleable without looking bad. That seems like a daunting requirement in and of itself if I intend to ever use them anywhere other than within that shelving unit. Why is that? Well the "object" could be just a flat plane, but unless I want the books to be really thin when they are resized for a smaller selection of books I'd have to make different sets with different numbers of books to make it so that they can be used different places, like say a few of them on a desk held up by book ends. This is never mind if I want each shelf not to look identical. This, if I do it, will require me to figure out my problem with placing an image on a "primitive". I have some notes kindly furnished to me from a previous blog. My apologies that I can't remember who they were from.

Music: The Price by Twisted Sister.

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