Wow! After the December Christmas Sale I need to take a break from the Daz store for the next 2-3 months. 😀 There were lots awesome stuff for sale, so let’s get straight to it.
For new releases, a big favorite for me is the Cloudscape Creator Bundle. Sky HDRis are always very useful for my fantasy images, and I like how customizable these are. I just started experimenting with it, so still in the early stages of use. Dimension theory also released a cool PC+ HDRi pack, which I scooped up right away. I am a big fan of their HDRi products.
Next, the dForce Spidertech Outfit looks totally bad-ass! It is also a Daz-O so bonus discounts. In the hair department, I like Alyssa PonyTail Hair. Definitely want to try combining it with other hairs as well, to create some new styles.
Finally, there were a couple of fun Zeddicuss pose sets. I especially love Z Guardian Angel Shape and Poses, which would be perfect for Valentine’s Day images. Z Pin Up Mania Props and Poses is another interesting set with some very cool props.
In addition to new releases, there were also some great vendor sales. Many vendor stores had discounts of 65% or more. Together with the loyalty discount, it was a really fantastic deal. I must have bought up most of the items in my wishlist. 😀 There are too many to list here, but a few that I am most excited about are –
- IgnisSerpentus – Divinity – Athena Outfit, dForce Mistress Malefica Outfit.
- Ansiko – Floating Market, The Gateway, Escape.
- Pixeluna – The Pose Collection for Genesis 8 Female, Pix Onyx.
- outoftouch – Vintage Leather Jacket for Genesis 8 Male(s), Sara Hair.
- Mytilus – Star Warrior Outfit Set, Top Daily Outfit Set.
Finally, I want to highlight some wishlist item purchases that I am most excited about –
- Adventure Outfit – Excited to enhance my Lara Croft renders with this one!
- Muelsfell Modular Frozen Cascade – Beautiful winter environment.
- Dramatic Together Poses – Very well crafted and powerful poses.
January 2020 Contest Vendors
For the beginning of the new year, we selected six brilliant vendors that gave us good discounts during the Christmas/New Year sale –
Images with the newly released Tristan 8, Rynne 8, and Darcy 8 will also qualify.
1st Place – In-the-zlums
Artist – daguilera6
Emotionally powerful and amazingly rendered.
This image really speaks to me. It tells the story of abandonment, when we have run our course and are no longer useful. This is the story of the Little Fir Tree and sadly, the reality for many dogs and cats. It is the secret fear in our hearts, especially as we age. Indeed, this is not a comfortable image to consider, which is why it is so potent.
Superb feature of Li’l Scrap Boy HD by Pixeluna. The beat-up old texture, with gears and wires exposed, is a perfect fit for this tale. His face is heart-breakingly expressive, as he sits in his old box, amid the other trash. Great attention to detail, with the box showing the Technotronics logo, as well as the various pieces of thrown away paper, cans, bottles, and bags. The old bicycle wheel is an excellent touch.
One cannot help but feel deeply for this little abandoned boy. In these difficult and challenging times, where cruelty is being normalized, this piece is especially appropos.
2nd Place – Sue’s Secret
Artist – RLove
A brilliant idea and a fantastic storied scene.
Sue is not only incredibly powerful, but she is also super cute. Love how much precision she has over her powers. She is levitating herself as well as a bunch of other objects. The pencil container is levitated, but the pencils remain in place. I also like the flipped clock face, which reminds me of the Twilight Zone. Wonderful choice of outfit for a high schooler, and the drape makes everything look very realistic. The scared couple in the background is a cool add.
Marvelous feature of iRadiance – Light Probe HDR Lighting for Iray – Expansion 4 by DimensionTheory. The lighting together with the materials make this image look as real as a photograph. Terrific camera work with perfect framing and depth of field.
The judges also loved Doom. The fear of the robot girl is palpable. One cannot help but feel her panic and desperation as those little robotic spiders claw their way into her little glass pod. Clever idea to convert Aeridian Lady Stardust into a young girl.
I also like Wired. Pix – Synx looks awesome in this pin-up. Outstanding job with integrating the Ron’s Cables & Hoses into the scene. The cables together with her short hair definitely gives it a strong Ghost in the Shell vibe.
Another set of sensational images. Bravo!
3rd Place – The Spiders Lair
Artist – Stalest
You featured Black Widow HD For Genesis 8 Female perfectly as the spider queen. I love her evil smile and anticipatory pose. She looks like a child on Christmas morning, ready to pounce and open her very large present.
Excellent use of Heavy Metal for Creeping Death as an outfit for her victim. It makes her partly meld into the rocks. Mystical Cave is ideal as the backdrop. The rocks are beautifully detailed, sinisterly dark, and the lights embedded in them gives the image a lovely fantasy look.
Finally, fabulous camera work and lighting. Love the tilt of the picture as well as volumetric light effects.
3rd Place – Bird Watching
Artist – rolltiderichard
Brilliant title and concept!
I totally love this futuristic take on watching airplanes take-off. Here, instead of taking a truck, she has suited-up and taken her sci-fi buggy to a great vantage point. As she perches on the large front wheel and wistfully looks into the distance, we are left to wonder if she is watching her true-love fly away.
Incredible detailed terrain and feature of Azzuria Hairstyle by Neftis3D. This hair fits perfectly with the futuristic theme and works well with the helmet.
The judges also love Hot Blooded. Another very clever concept that is wonderfully executed. Outstanding character, pose, camera angle, and effects. Marvelous feature of Pix Prisha HD as the volcanic diety, with Muelsfell Storm of Magic Iray FX for the dynamic storm energy around her.
Definitely reminds me of Disney’s Mowana.
Awesome movement in this piece!
Love the dynamic poses of the horses and especially love the effort you put into the flying manes and tails. They definitely look like they are having fun!
Excellent textures and terrific feature of DAZ Studio Iray HDR Outdoor Environments. It is one of my most used HDRi packs. Also, I just noticed that it now comes for free with Daz Studio Pro, so bravo for Daz.
Amazing hot and cold colors! Definitely an eye-catcher.
You did an incredible job with the colors and effects. They definitely capture the viewers’ attention and draws them in. Superb feature of dForce Mistress Malefica Outfit by IgnisSerpentus. The colors of her outfit complement the backdrop very well, and the dynamic skirt also fits with the magic maelstrom around her.
A marvelous woman of power.
Haha! Love that he is just chillin by his monster truck.
Fabulous expression and pose. You also did a brilliant job showing the size of the vehicle. I never realized how large those trucks are. According to Wikipedia –
A competition monster truck is typically 12 feet (3.7 m) tall, and equipped with 66-inch (1.7 m) off-road tires.
A wonderful dedication and happy belated birthday wishes to Alex!
Superb use of colors to separate foreground from background. The cute, otherworldly fox girl is composed mostly of cool colors, while the backdrop is mainly warmer colors. The effect is quite striking.
Congratulations to Our January 2020 3D-Art Contest Winners!
Thank you all for visiting, participating, and a big congratulations to all the winners!!
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