WIP for Dawn and a little more shopping

Another WIP I’ve been working on for many months now. It’s a texture tone set for Dawn, mainly so I have a wider variety of tones to use. Still fiddling with textures and settings but I’ve managed to get everything more organized and standardized.

The basic set with LIE brows, LIE subtle makeup set, and a bit of LIE freckles.

I’ve been improving my LIE usage. As usual, learned some things the hard way. Such as not to make LIE presets until I’ve finalized the name of the basic texture files. Changing the name of a texture map means either making new presets or editing the older ones (which I did.)

The layer image editor is a godsend for managing texture bloat for characters. Plus, you can edit the layers even after they’re applied and do lots of mix-n-match stuff.

My only real frustration with the LIE results is that black eyebrows get more reddish-brown with SSS values. I made a SSS map with black brows and that helped, but it’s still problematic when increasing SSS to 50% or above.

Some options, including a preset to add more sheen to the skin. Also made a few presets changing diffuse color to get darker skin tones as well as fantasy-related tones. Not photo-realistic, true, but they work for what I need them to do.

This is Jayne in the “Deathly Pale” option. She would like you to know she has a bit of an Orc nose morph and a bit of a Troll Head morph in additional to her other dial morphs.

The “Devilish Red” option.

I even started to work on iray settings, which is tricky for me since I so rarely use iray. Not quite there yet…

She’s a little too washed out, color-wise and her black brows are more reddish than they should be. But it’s a start…

And about shopping, I probably should have anticipated the Dusk sale right after the Dawn one. Good chance Baby Luna follows?

Anyway, I bought a few things for Dusk during the “Feel the Love” for Dusk sale (ends tomorrow.)

Dusk’s Mid-Length Hair (numerous morphs; I especially like the “hat” and “crown” adjustments), Dusk’s Creature Head Morphs (only need Luna’s to complete the set), and Sculpted Dusk (handy for dialing up a variety of bodies.)

What I wish was in the creature set — I realize these are head only; just sayin’ — are claws. My scary folks need claws.

I don’t do much with creatures but sometimes those morphs can be mixed a little with other ones for interesting results, like with Jayne up there.

Pulp Pose Project: WIP 02

Our lovely models:

The poses; still need a little work:

That couple pose is not playing nice. I probably won’t get it to look exactly like the cover model, but a little closer should be possible. With the female pose, the cover didn’t show much of her legs so I just went for suitably dramatic. Same goes for the male pose, though the angle of the legs isn’t quite right yet.

I’ll get the third set in shape, then go back and do some fine-tuning before I start conversions. Whee!!

Pulp Pose Project: WIP 01

The plan is to do three sets, with each set including a couple pose, then a separate female and male pose. This should be doable, providing it doesn’t take too much time to convert the poses to multiple other figures. (I have several pose converters but results still need fine-tuning.)

Here’s what I’m doing for the first set. Starting with M4/V4 and will go to the various Genesis figures and Dawn and Dusk from there.

The inspirations:

 

The WIPS:

Probably will tweak this batch a bit more. And I’ll do mirror poses as well.

Would like some feedback though on scaling. The couple pose would look better if I scaled the female down a little. The scaling would have to be baked into the pose preset. So is this okay or should I assume most folks would prefer to do that kind of adjusting on their own?

WIP: Last minute Halloween party costume

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Inspired by this image by nitchzombie at Deviantart.

I’m using a free sign by Most Digital Creations, resized and retextured (eight mouths, though one is just a mustache.) I was aiming for posterboard stapled to a cardboard handle. The prop loads roughly to the right hand so it isn’t too hard to pose. I might try and make a few basic poses anyway, but it depends on time. Got busy again…

I’d hoped to get these done this weekend but the hubby just sprang a family fish-fry on me tonight, scheduled for this Sunday, so probably won’t get it done until next week instead. I’m close to finishing them up, though, so it won’t be too long.

Add bunny or cat ears, devil horns, or some ridiculous hat and it would make a pretty good Halloween costume for when your significant other springs an event on you at the last minute. 😕

 

Found Scary Cherry’s dirt mask

Some time back I commented that I’d wanted to upload the dirt masks I used on the textures in case someone wanted to make Cherry more grubby, but that I couldn’t find the images. Finally found them, stuck in a folder where they shouldn’t have been. Of course.

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Here are the dirt mask layers. Right-click-save and apply to the texture as you see fit (just remember to save the results under a new name!) Used with Halloween Treat #03: Scary Cherry Xtras and Scary Cherry Xtras Add-On.

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^^ Face

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^^ Body & Limbs

Also, if anyone wants her templates let me know and I can upload them here.

Not a productive weekend. All I did was tinker with the textures I’m working on for the G3F Princess Line Dress, trying to fake seams for solid color textures. The lines of the dress are pretty but only obvious when textured with prints. Since I’m big on solid colors or very subdued prints — tends to look less busy for the sort of renders I prefer — I wanted to see if there was a way I could do this:

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Probably a non-issue with renders that aren’t closeups, but I think it looks okay.

Also, for those who do postwork, I keep forgetting to mention some nice overlay textures from the CoffeeShop Blog:

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Artisanal Texture Set #05

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Fine Art “Charcoal” Texture Set

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Oil Painterly Fine Art Texture Set

I tend to use them with the Soft Light layer setting, at various opacity levels, but play around with them to see what you like best.