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 rending in the 3D software.


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January 24, 2011

2011 Back and Forth

It's well on its way at this point, but Happy New Year. I was tempted to start right in on a new topic, but then I thought why do that in the first entry of the year. Instead let's look back a bit and then look forward. A new discussion of a single topic can wait until next month. The first thing that strikes me about 2010 is that I fully intended to put together and show off a video made in DazStudio of pieces of an image with different lighting schemes coming together to complete the final image. It of course did not happen. I just couldn't find the time to do it. I doubt I will now. I don't think I prepped it enough to know what part of what layer goes where any more. C'est la vie de l'art. What I did do in the year was talk a lot about the covers and art of Killing Time - Horror E-Rag™ covering such topics as reflections, lighting, text art, and hiding pieces of images.

I fully expect to continue talking about the covers. Some of them I put together under time constraints, some began as existing pieces of unfinished art affording me more time to work on them. I just created a cover this month where I took extra time, pushing myself to the limits of the publishing deadline to make it everything I wanted it to be, not settling for what would be good enough. I'll stop talking about it now and you can read all about it next time. I want to talk some more this year about the stories that pieces of art tell, and how titling can add to that. That all will probably keep me busy a while. Beyond that who knows what I will write about. There are several covers I have not covered. I have five more to make for certain. I should already look at what comes next story-wise and begin planning the next cover. There's a blog post in that too. See you soon.

Music: Sanctuary by Iron Maiden.

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