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May 13, 2005

Father, Forgive Me

A family health situation is worsening, so I was in something of spiritual mood this week. Thanks for stopping by.

Technical notes: This is just M3 wearing the M3 casual pants from DAZ. The cloud bank is Fog Tool Deluxe by Nerd. It took a little trial and error to find what I wanted, but I couldn’t have done this without it. I consider myself a decent effects modeler (for an amateur) but my own attempts at doing a clouds like this looked far more like moldy brains than actual clouds. I highly recommend the fog tool. While getting this effect, I ran through several other interesting ones that would be great in other scenes.

The fog effect was augmented by using a textured spotlight much like I did to create an underwater lighting effect in a previous scene. The light and dark interplay gives the illusion that the surface is much more complicated than it really is.

The extra wispy clouds around the central figure were made by dropping a sheet onto a cylinder in another scene file and exporting the resulting mesh as a prop to be inserted and arranged multiple times. Then I textured it as white or grey along with a transparency mask that was Clouds multiplied by Turbulence multiplied by a circular gradient to fade out the edges. It came out decent, but still wasn’t quite the effect I wanted.

Finally, the starfield in the background is just a recycle of a starfield shader I created for an earlier scene, with just the nebula pattern swapped out with some bluish turbulence.

The only postwork was a couple of minor joint cleanups and the signature. (Nothing against postwork, per se... just that I’m not very good at it, so I work harder to tweak the original render.)

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May 15, 2005

Sorrow *WIP*

I've marked this one as work-in-progress because I'm not quite satisfied with it. It feels like it's missing something, but I don't know what. So, I'm posting it for now with the hopes that feedback or time will show me the way to finish it off right.

P5 w/ minor postwork in Photoshop/CS (mostly just some color/contrast work)

Note: I didn't say this at the time, but when I did this piece I had just found out that my father's cancer was entering the terminal phase. It had become "just a matter of time". He died three months later. At various times I think about going back and finishing this piece (I think I know now what it's missing), but I just haven't had the heart.

May 20, 2005

But He Said He Loved Me

Just a quick render with a couple of Judy's.


May 22, 2005

I Am Not A Number!

Sometimes I think that's all we can hope for.

BTW, that's 10 Don's rendered from about 20 different camera positions, though only about 150 of them are actually in the shot. Compositing/etc. done in Photoshop/CS.

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