Monday, April 28, 2008

Lighting test and a happy accident

This was a lighting test. I added a tan distant light. I was trying for a sunrise/sunset feel but it didn't work out that way, instead it gave her skin a really nice tan color and the building an almost adobe feel. One thing about doing renders, when doing women finding jewelry that looks good is a pain in the ass. There is very little that isn't horrid. I call this one "Pondering"

This one was a happy accident. Oh the girl and her pose wasn't, but the feel of her is different in the final than in the original idea. She was suppossed to be resting after killing the dragon, but when I put the dragon in and started testing poses I got the one you currently see. It reminded me of a puppy who was seeing what their master was doing. Since dragons are intelligent - the idea flashed in my head of a dead knight in the background. I call this one "Was I bad?"

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

After a week of nothing

Well, after a week of nothing going right, or ideas fizzling as soon as I had them... I got some rendering done today. The first one, "Bridge to Adventure" I'm not sure about the second girl - the one in white... but I do like how the lighing turned out.

The second one I was playing with a texture for the dress. I liked the way it was turning out so much I added a few things and took it to finish. I really like this one... just wish I could think of a title for it... I'm calling it "Thoughtful"

Monday, April 21, 2008

Today has been a Monday

So, today is Monday... and it has tried hard to be one... Tried to work on a render and ended up frustrated because it wouldn't work out the way I wanted. Got one to work finally but more about that later.
I've created a Zazzle store to try and make some spending money off my renders. I'm in the process of uploading them, some very old stuff is on there but it will be coming down for the new stuff... keychains, magnets, mousepads, tshirts, posters, mugs etc... it's here if you are interested - Comment with any specific render you want on a specific item and I'll work on getting it up.
Now to the render... well it's really more of a joke was thinking about Ancient Egypt, then thought museum... which led to me thinking about the movie "Night at the Museum" - which gave me the idea of a little girl insisting to the Museum employee that the figures came to life at night... and so I created this:

Sunday, April 20, 2008


I hit a bit of a block today... well it could have something to do with falling at 6:30 this morning and just having a down day - happens sometimes. I did still managed to get one good render done. I like the motion that came through on this one. I call it "Last Warrior Standing"

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Saturday and two renders...

And so the rendering continues. First one I call In the Desert... I like it but after completing it I did wish I'd done a few things... more bushes in the background so they'd look a little thicker, lights a little brighter for a noon in the desert effect. But all in all still a strong image.

The second one is totally Maggie Shayne's fault. Maybe I shouldn't try and read the entire Wings of the Night series back to back... not stopping but oh well. I call this one "No Place Like Home" and features the ancient vampress Rhiannon.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Today's Work....

So I finished the one I was working on last night... notice a slightly different angle, the hem now floats around her ankles, panther is panting, and ta da they are looking at each other!
This one is "My Queen"

This one has 3 crossing lights that are centered on the lovely priestess. This one has a bit of a story about it... Long ago - ok 2 years ago or so - my friend Tiranth and I started this story... space travellers looking for Earth 3, they appeared on this little planet that had only one civilization that was based on Ancient Egypt... long long long involved story I don't feel like going into... one of the characters was the High Priestess of Anubis, Amneris... well here she is...

"Priestess of Anubis"

If you are wondering about the Egypt theme lately... I just got a great deal on a ton of egyptian content....

Thursday, April 17, 2008

A Work in Progress

I thought you folks might enjoy seeing what I call a test render. I do one before I apply lights to the scene. I use it to check for little things that need to be fixed.

The little things in this one? Well... the hem of her dress... it's not bunching around her feet... it's cutting through them. She's not quite looking at the guy yet and I'm thinking of having the black panther yawning.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Welcome to DK Renders

I absolutely stink at creating web pages. I have a domain and everything but can't seem to create HTML, YET! Yet is a big word for me. There are a lot of things I don't know how to do, yet... but I insist on learning. Learning keeps the mind young and active. I like that. It's why I learned to do renders.
I've always wanted to do visual art, but lacked the talent, but with 3D rendering, I'm able to do bring the pictures in my head to life - most of the time. I've been doing them for about a year now and every day I push myself. I have an account on Deviant Art - and now this blog. I'm going to try and post the days renders before crashing each night. I usually do one render a day... sometimes 2.

Here are today's renders:
I'm still learning to do reflections and FINALLY got a render where they turned out well.... I call this one Restocking The Bar

This next one is part of the building the environment series... for too long my renders were single character, blah background, no depth - working on that too... and courtesy of Alexis Morgan's wonderful books about Paladins I get lots of ideas. This one is called - The Meeting: