The Golden Android Completion

Well that's about it for TGA. I will do a couple of epilogue-type pages to finish off and the obligatory credits page (lots of fine print no doubt!) but the main story is done.

 It started out as an experiment and I am happy with the results (well, mostly):
- Organisation for a big project was tested and refined
- New models and content were added and their use figured out and proven
- I almost managed to eliminate zaggies completely (They are EVIL!)
- Despite not having a complete written script I made (I hope) a coherent story
- I pushed the system and software to the point where I had 22 characters in one scene and it all rendered fine (The dance scenes p.36)
- I learned a lot about lighting scenes and how to get acceptable results.

So what now?
I am still thinking about an animated feature  . . . . but probably the next work be still again - it will be scripted, and models/sets/props will all be found or made before starting as opposed to the casual approach of the first production.  This also creates problems of course: it might seem hard to believe if you look at the sites selling content, but there is a serious shortage of good content when you want to make something big. It's fine for a short or a small zoned story but when you get bigger you need more and more sets and props and there just never seems to be quite enough - you can't use the same actor, prop or set in different places. 

Then again there is quite a lot of what I regard as crappy models - things that (for me, at least) just destroy the storyline when they appear. I could provide examples but I don't want to annoy anyone else. Some of the models I used had problems which I either fixed or worked around but at least they looked acceptable.

Thanks for reading, if you have any comments or critique to offer I am happy to hear it.
Either post it in the comments for this blog or send it via any of my webpages - here, DeviantArt (see link previous post) or Renderosity (same).

Irena in Intercessor outfit (P.49)


The Golden Android

Just in case you haven't found it yet, here is the link to my current project, "The Golden Android", a graphic novel made using DAZ Studio 4.6 for rendering and some models made in Blender.

Most of the models are purchased but there is still a lot of work combining and modding them to get the required results: if I had to do it all myself it would never get done. Personally I like the people at Renderosity and DAZ who make all the content and provide it very cheaply - and you can even ask for models.

The layouts were done in a newish app called Acorn which has turned out to be very good and much cheaper than Photoshop yet it has the pen tools missing from PS that you need to do a proper job.

The link takes you to my DeviantART page, the content is the same as at Renderosity but at DA you don't need to log in to read the pages. On the other hand, no-one at DA seems to be reading it wheras at Renderosity I have a few regular followers.

Abby, looking annoyed on page 13.


One small detail . . .

Ooops, I forgot to mention in my previous post: my member name on Renderosity is Prof_Null: once you are signed in, go to the "Members" menu and use "Member Search" to find me.
There is a LOT of artwork there btw, check out the galleries, it just keeps coming every day.

Where to find my latest work

I see that I have people that actually follow this blog - well, thanks folks. If you want to see my latest works you need to go to Renderosity and then if you want to see my work you will need to create an ID and password for the site. Sorry if this is a hassle, I know I am fed up with passwords etc. and f it were not for my browser remembering them all for me I would not bother! It is worth it though:
Here is one pic from my ongoing series made using models from Renderosity and DAZ:

By using purchased models, sets and props I am finally getting some results I am happy with, leading to a 3D Graphic novel. As I have said before,  the amount of work required to properly complete even one model is huge, so for me the DAZ/Poser system is really the only way to go.  I still have to make various bits and pieces myself, for example the footprints in the image above are modelled and the ground has holes in it for the footprints to sink into, and I just can't get a decent spaceship so I'm still having to do some things myself - but the results are good enough for me.  Now if I could just get that twelve core beast of a PC I have been saving for, I might be able to create some animations . . . . .
well, okay, maybe next year at this rate.  I'll probably forget about doing animation anyway - comic books are quite enough of a challenge.  It seems that some folks have lots of time for art but I still have to work for a living.


NO Projection Paint?

Since  version 2.49 Blender has gradually improved . . . except that it sometimes loses features.
For a while there was no Knife tool but it is now back as of 2.65.
I never thought of Projection Painting as a "feature" though - more like an essential element - but it does not seem to be there any more.
I posted on BlenderArtists Forum asking for any help on how to use Projection paint in 2.6x versions and received zero replies.
There does not seem to be any tutorials for it and the 2.6 wiki is mostly empty: how the Blender lords expect anyone to use their software is a mystery to me.

What is Projection Paint? think of it as being able to paint a photo flat on the side of your model.
It really is very useful and can't be replaced easily by another method.

I'm not happy.  Blender has been my preferred modeller but this is the first time I have run into a serious feature fail.