Halloween season is heeeeere!

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Always my favorite holiday. Maybe because it arrives during my favorite season, fall.

Spent a little money during the recent DAZ PA sale, though not a lot. My favorite “score” was the Mei Lin 6 Geisha Bundle (wondering what a girl with a Chinese name is doing with a Japanese geisha outfit.) The prop set alone was worth the price for me; the fans and head gear are gorgeous. The kimono is nice too and comes with a number of useful pose presets for G2F and the kimono. Finally started work on a render idea I’ve been wanting to try for a while:

And…still no joy re: creative inspiration. In a funk in that regard. Happens sometimes. When I’m feeling stressed, I’m tired all the time and have trouble concentrating on things. So I’ve just been doing simple stuff for myself, although even my usual stress-buster — gardening — was kind of a wash this year because the weather was so weird. Really cold and rainy for a long time, and even when the rain stopped it wasn’t a very warm summer. Tomatoes were the only garden crop that did well. We have an insane amount of tomatoes, both Roma and cherry tomatoes. We’ve been eating a lot of homemade pasta sauce!

I do have one little Halloween-ish freebie, related to my recent binge of art doll-inspired dial morphs. This one is for Genesis, though I’ve been hopping all around various figures, new and old (except Genesis 8; don’t have much for that figure yet.)

Very niche-interest, I know, but I have fun doing these.

Download here (DS only)

A few previews inside. You’ll need the Genesis Head Morphs, Genesis Body Morphs, Genesis Head Morphs Resource Kit 02, and DieTrying’s free V4 Morphs for Genesis.

She’s tiny with a big fat head, ha! So parent hair props to her head and manually adjust to aforementioned big fat head. Fitting/Autofitting will just mess up the hair props, unless maybe they’re very short hair props. I didn’t try any of those.

After applying the shaping preset, add the smoothing modifier to the Genesis figure. It helps smooth out some of the more extreme areas of the morph.

In case any folks missed the other free dial morphs I posted at Renderosity recently (I got $5.00 in credit!), here’s a lineup:

Available at my Renderosity Freestuff. Nunzia isn’t an art doll inspiration, just a morph based off actress Sofia Boutella.

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All those old RDNA links

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Thanks for the messages re: the Sluggian freebies that disappeared when the old RDNA forum was deleted — along with a ton of other nice freebies, a large number of which were listed here on the blog. (If anyone has a link to a broken Christmas tree bulb ornament, free or otherwise, please let me know.)

I’ll get around to combing through all the old posts and updating those dead links, but in the meantime gonna sticky this post as a reminder that those freebies are gone for good.

I’ve been making art doll-inspired dial morphs and uploading them to the Renderosity Freestuff area so I have bursts of inspiration here and there. Real life continues to be stressful, with illnesses and deaths, and while things get better, the well of creativity is still a bit on the dry side…

Also have an online comic bookmarked to read. 😀

Hey!

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I’m rather embarrassed to see I haven’t posted since December!

At the moment, real life stuff continues to keep me from sitting down and doing anything much with my hobbies. I’ve hardly rendered much in these past few months and the well of inspiration for freebies continues to be a bit on the dry side. Boo!

Still, I’m aiming to at least come up with something to offer for my favorite holidays, Halloween and Christmas.

Hope all the visitors to REC are enjoying the summer and being much more productive at rendering things than I am. 😛

ISO: Heavily freckled male textures

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I have Caleb M4/Genesis, Edinburgh M4, Ethnique Nathen (forgot him), and the V4 Male face from Bell A4, which I converted to M4, but none of them have freckles like this guy:

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I was playing around with the male Bell texture on M4 and it really doesn’t even come close:

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I’d settle for a female texture if it worked; I’ve adapted female textures to males before. So any suggestions?

Also, eyebrows are a pain in the butt. Why are male eyebrows so high on so many textures?

Kit-Bashing: Evil Candy Corn

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zombie-candy-corn-3dl

Freebies used:

kb_helloweencandy kb_zombieeconomics kb_rotteneggs kb_veryvictorianbelljars kb_morphingsandprop

The candy corn prop needs to be scaled up quite a bit, then inverted. It takes a little time to position the legs and arms of the other two figure props, but once they’re in place and parented to the candy corn you’re good to go. (BTW, I love the long nail morph on the Zombie Economics hands; I turned off the limits and made them into claws.) I used the sand prop instead of a rock but there are a ton of free (and commercial of course!) rock props as well as many styles of display props.

I tried an Iray render but it was way too grainy. Probably failed to adjust some setting. The glass looked very nice but the figure itself was too hard too see, especially at the bottom. I didn’t use any glass shader on the 3DL render; not sure if I have a decent one. Glass materials have always been a problem for me. Ugh.

Anyway, if anyone is so inclined to give this a try themselves, the candy corn texture is inside…

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