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.


Spell casting woman.

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October 5, 2009

Simple, Elegant, Bloody?

There is a new image in the Battered Spleen Productions Grotesquerie. The image is marked Violent, despite that it does not actually depict any. It is titled "What Happened Here?" and represents a concept that I wanted to explore. Sometimes simple says a lot. It is the basis of the adage "a picture is worth a thousand words." I received the butcher's block and knives, noted the bloody poses for everything, including the wall--the floor appears stained but cleaned up, well minimally--and had to immediately begin constructing an image. There were so many possibilities. I decided on a simple presentation that spoke volumes despite the lack of elements to the scene. A small number of elements do not mean a small number of things of interest.

The ambiguousness of the image is also a strong draw for me. The first assumption is that the woman has been murdered. Is this necessarily true? It is a butcher's block, there is blood spattered on the wall, but as previously indicated the floor has had blood cleaned off of it, repeatedly it would seem. The leg is a left leg. Where is the right? The woman must be in an awkward pose. The question I put forth is, is the pose too awkward? It might not be. Since we cannot see any more of the leg do we assume there is more to the leg currently? There could be nothing past the knee. That opens up an even greater number of possible stories to explain the scene. There are also the possibilities within the history of the woman. What does that pink toenail polish say? So many possibilities.

Music: Music: Poison Apples by Motley Crue.

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