There is a new version of Daz Studio! The main feature for me in DS 4.12 is the OptiX acceleration. I just got a new RTX nVidia card, and renders are now a whole lot faster.
In addition, there is also the Face Transfer plugin. I have been playing with this the last few days and it has been fun. Not surprisingly though, it is extremely difficult to get to even a somewhat recognizable person. I played around with the textures as well as dialed in various morphs, but the end result was, at best, at the mild resemblance stage. There are still a few things I want to try out, which I will report on if they pan out.
September is all about the Premier Artist Festival at Daz-land. There were some superb discounts this year. One big one was the Stonemason store sale, with many items going for 70%, plus added discounts. Urban Future 7 was also released, and it looks amazing.
Another big Festival favorite of mine is Mountain Lakes and Forests by Andrey Pestryakov. In fact, I was just trying it out today and am very happy with the results. It makes for a very beautiful, customizable backdrop, especially when combined with an interesting HDRi sky.
Other highlights for me –
- Fawne Bundle for Genesis 8 Female(s) – She is super cute, and that smile is too adorable. The outfit and hair also look great. Definitely want to try her out soon, as well as combine her with other morphs. Should be fun! 😀
- Ensary poses – I also picked up several Ensary poses, including Bamboo Master Poses, Dark Archer Poses, White King Poses, and Greco Roman Poses. They each have something special that appeals to me. Can’t wait to try them out!
- Riviera Hair for Genesis 3 and 8 – Very unique looking with the usual OOT realism and quality. Also looks anime-ish to me, which is a big plus.
I also want to give a shout-out to SloshWerks for helping me out with transferring G8M textures to G8F. Very happily, their awesome UV Swap product works in the Map Transfer tool in Daz Studio. By using both, I am able to convert the actual textures from male to female (and vice versa).
October 2019 Contest Vendors
With so many fantastic products released during the PA sale, we will feature 6 vendors this month.
1st Place – Blade Runner Blues
Artist – dtrscbrutal
Wow! Amazing concept, detail, lighting, and everything else!
Love it that he has a model city inside his apartment, while we can also see the actual one through the windows. Truly a magnificent feature of Stonemason’s Greeble City Blocks. You showed off what can be done with these versatile building blocks, with some effort and a lot of talent.
The lighting is also superb, with strong primary reds, blues, and greens. I especially like how they reflect off the various surfaces, and how they light our hero in the scene. The dynamic cloth on him, as well as his tousled hair are great touches, adding softness and contrast to the hard surfaces that predominate the scene.
An incredible work on art.
2nd Place – Nocturne
Artist – SmR
Stunning feature of Mountain Lakes and Forests by Andrey Pestryakov.
The brilliant camera work shows off the scale of the environment perfectly, and highlights the reflections of both the mountains as well as the large Nocturne ships on the lake waters.
I love the little guy on his boat. He further underscores how truly massive those airships are. They must be a sight to behold from his primo spot in the middle of the lake.
The rain effect is a wonderful touch, especially all the little ripples they make on the lake surface. A sensational idea that is marvelously constructed.
Colors is another composition that caught the judges’ eye. Another excellent comparison of scale, with cool use of environmental lighting and effects.
3rd Place – Portrait of a Demigoddess
Artist – Swan
A fiery red-haired sorceress; powerful, passionate, and all around awesome!
The crackling ball of energy is another great symbol of her untamed strength and vitality. The color palette, character design, effects, and pose all work together to capture the essence of this dazzling heroine. Fantastic work!
3rd Place – Night In The Wood
Artist – BavarianR
A brilliant rendition of the headless horseman.
Stonemason’s jungle elements provide the perfect backdrop, especially when combined with the cool fog effects. Combine it all together, and we get a marvelous composition with movement, detail, and hair raising spookiness! 😀
Young Blood is another judge favorite. Pale, dangerous, and drop-dead gorgeous; a perfect vampire.
3rd Place – Livie Loves Murdock
Artist – Jewel Designs
This image is totally adorable!
The poses and expressions of both girl and dog are excellent. As junk says in the comments section, “You can absolutely see the love between these two!”
I love the cute little ladybug toy, as well as that classic bulldog stare. Together, they make a very charming trio. I must say though, that a toy like that would not fare very well with my pups. 😀
Always feels good to look at your pictures.
Haha! Such a brilliant idea!
The little robot with mismatched eyes is adorable, as he patiently waits for the fish to bite. Outstanding top-down camera angle, framing both fisherman and fish perfectly.
Marvelous feature of The Streets Of Asia 4. Terrific details on the stonework of the bridge, surrounding vegetation, and realistic water. Love the reflections of sunlight, shadows from the bridge, and of course seeing through the clear water to the fishes in the river, as well as the pebbles on the river floor.
A fantastic portrait!
It has all of my favorite elements, including the realistic red hair, striking green eyes, detailed skin, school uniform, and a lollipop. Excellent choice of colors. The strong reds of her lips, outfit, and lollipop, definitely draws the eye. That, together with her hair, also sets off her green, green eyes beautifully.
A rich scene and superb tribute to our Allied forces.
You feature Stonemason’s Battleground environment very well here. The zoomed out camera allows us to see many of the ruined buildings on both sides of the bridge. I liked that there isn’t much DoF, allowing us to see details even in the farther structures.
The varied army vehicles crossing the bridge adds movement and activity to the composition, while also highlighting the vastness of the set. Terrific work!
Congratulations to Our October 2019 3D-Art Contest Winners!
Another fabulous month of entries! It is always great fun going through all the entries, so thank you all for participating and sharing your amazing art.
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