|Various inspiration and stock for ideas|
I love all things escapist. Fantasy, scifi, alternate reality. Reading, movies, games. Drawing, painting, CG. |
I am currently working towards a career in graphic design and web publishing, and have nearly completed my Bachelor of Computing Studies degree towards this end.
Fan Art Friday: Archertechgnotic
FAN ART FRIDAY: Danger Zone
OMEGA SKETCH Archer
Agent Sterling Archer, codename Duchess, is known from Bangkok to Berlin as the world’s most dangerous spy.
Archer is an animated TV series on FX, which focuses primarily on its titular character and his co-workers — operatives at an agency known as ISIS. The show was created by Adam Reed, who’s known for his work on Adult Swim shows like Sealab 2021 and Frisky Dingo.
At first glance, Archer is your basic adult cartoon show abo
Dying Of Thirst: Earth's Water Is Running Outtechgnotic
Dying of Thirst Earth’s Water
Is Running Out
Every day the sea level gets a little higher, and every day we have a little bit less water to drink.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, 2.7 billion people are faced with water scarcities during at least one month of the year. As drought conditions prevail in many places around the globe and our limited supply of accessible fresh water continues to dwindle, the problem is getting worse, not better.
A global w
Edison And Tesla's Electric Feudtechgnotic
The War of Currents Edison and Tesla’s Electric Feud
Edison VS Tesla
The $50,000 Wager
The story goes that when Thomas Edison’s Serbian-born employee Nikola Tesla told his boss that he could make several fixes to his direct current power generators, Edison offered him a healthy reward — $50,000 — if he was successful. In a few months, Tesla finished the project and asked for his payment. Apparently Edison laughed Tesla off and instead off
Watch The Throne: The Wars To Cometechgnotic
Watch The Throne:
Season Five Episode OneThe Wars To Come
Epic Game of Thrones
Hey everyone, welcome to “Watch The Throne”, a weekly feature in which we talk about Sunday night’s episode of Game of Thrones from the season premiere to the finale.
Before we begin, one bit of housekeeping: You are probably aware
DeviantArt Road Trip: Isle of Wighttechgnotic
DeviantArt Road Trip: Isle of Wight
Alum Bay at Sunset
When people think of England, they often forget one very important and yet tiny factor. Around 7,000 years ago a small diamond shaped piece of land broke off and became a popular tourist destination and home to many. The Isle of Wight is the largest and second most populous island of England and is located in the English Channel just off the coast of Hampshire. It enjoys a variable climate, experiencing the wet and windy conditio
Cosplay Friday: Mortal Kombattechgnotic
COSPLAY FRIDAY: Finish Her!
Mortal Kombat X is the latest installment in the Mortal Kombat video game franchise and it comes with its very own pro tournaments.
The Mortal Kombat ESL Pro League allows Xbox one players in Europe and North America to battle it out in weekly challenges with 16 finalists competing in the Grand Finals in Los Angeles on July 11. The Mortal Kombat Cup tournament is open to players in 17 countries and will hold the finals in
[Tutorial] Creating Dust And Atmosphere in IrayA video version is here.SickleYield
I learned this method from jag11 on the DAZ3D forums, who is thanked for permission to use it in this tutorial!
In 3Delight there's no way to create atmosphere or godrays (the rays that are visible when light passes through dust or particles). There are products to facilitate (one of them mine), but most are either not the easiest to use or ultimately just a faking of a feature the engine lacks. Many artists use postwork instead.
DAZ Studio 4.8 Beta's new Iray engine also lacks a native mechanism for creating atmospheric volumes - but it can be easily convinced to produce them! They will come from your lights and react to objects in your scene. I did a test image of Jack Tomalin's Chapter House Iray scene (free to Plat Club members
Today's Iray Tip: OptiX AccelerationIn your DAZ Studio Render settings under Advanced, you will find the area that shows your CPU and graphics cards.SickleYield
Below the "Photoreal" but above the "Interactive" areas, you will find a box labeled "OptiX Render Acceleration."
In my testing, checking the box to turn this on speeds up my renders, sometimes knocking off a third the render time, sometimes even half!
Others in the benchmark thread on the forum have gotten different results, some saying this even slowed things down. I'm interested in people's results.
Iray Surfaces And What They MeanI've updated and corrected this article based on DAZ's documentation. You should read that if you want more information. This will continue to be more of a "plain talk" breakdown.SickleYield
Let us begin with the different types of shaders from the "Base Mixing" dropdown at the top. Choosing one of these will hide or gray out some options and reveal others.
The Iray shader behaves as though it has three layers: The "base" layer, the "metallic flakes" layer on top of that, and the "top coat layer" on top of that. It is possible to turn off the top two layers and not use their settings, but the ability to use them is a property this shader has that 3Delight did not. This makes using shaders made for Iray very important when rendering to get the best look in Iray!
Iray in DAZ Studio: Plain Talk About HardwareAs my deviantart and YouTube traffic explode with new Iray users, I'm still seeing a lot of confusion about this. Before we go on, please have a look at my time benchmarks for the scene I made for that purpose, try rendering it at 400x520 on your system, and compare.SickleYield
We've also got a thread about it on the DAZ forum, where you can see a lot of people's hardware and how they did.
Hopefully this will help remove some confusion:
1. In general, the main thing that affects how fast you can render with Iray is how many CUDA cores and how much VRAM your Nvidia graphics cards have.
If you bought a card one or more years ago and it was a midrange/decent card then, it is of very little use to you with Iray. ATI Radeon cards don't work at all. There seem to be some issues with Macintoshs and older cards' drivers, but I don't completely understand how t
[Tutorial] Getting Started With IrayIntroductionSickleYield
Here is the tutorial on YouTube.
Here is a .pdf version.
This is for those of you who are looking at the interface going, "Now what?" This covers how to convert existing shaders and how to set up lighting for your render. Please be gentle about the vocal quality; I've been ill, but people are asking, and I just couldn't wait! Iray is so exciting and there's so much that we can do, and, well, we lost another one of our heroes today, and maybe we can use some cheering up.
Here is a text version that, while different from what I'm saying in the video word by word, contains the same information.
To use this you need DAZ Studio 4.8 Pro Public Beta, or if it is much later than March 2015, any current version of DAZ Stud