Glitter for water globes

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The free Replicator script by Tofusan at ShareCG does a pretty good job of making glitter. I had this downloaded for a long time but it was the first time I used it.

It’s pretty easy — if I can use it, anybody can, ha!

Created a primitive plane, scaled it down to 2%, parented it to a primitive sphere, made the sphere invisible, then ran the script on the plane with the default values except I increased the number of copies to 150.

Then I saved it as a scene subset.

Loaded the subset twice with a prop, scaled and translated the invisible spheres to fit, rotated the second one, and then changed the instances to an orange color. Quickie test render (pls ignore the crappy glass materials):

Glitter, and no transmaps, yay!!!

I’ll make a rectangle one too, and maybe a square one as well. That should cover all my water globe glitter needs. 🙂

Oh, and Crystal Ball by Luxxeon.

Dawn SE: a few more dial faces

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Still haven’t felt motivated to do much, but there was some dial spinning today as I worked on a mature woman and then a tween/young teen.

I rendered with iray for this one; you can tell because it’s grainy. I’m still experimenting with a few iray light sets I bought but with these renders taking nearly two hours to complete, the experimenting is…slow-going. No freebie morphs with this one, just the sets from the Hivewire store.

And an “artsy” kid. Used some of my free Dawn morphs for her.

Now I’m wondering if I can get something similar out of Dusk and his morphs.

Random Renders: Crone for Etta HD for Edie 8

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One thing I’ll say for DAZ’s Genesis 8 characters is that quite a few have added much needed diversity and originality to the lineup, especially in regards to older and quirky fantasy characters.

I don’t own many G8 core characters, but I had to have Edie 8 and Ollie 8 and took advantage of several good sales to acquire them within my budgetary needs. Got the Edie 8 Starter Bundle for $20 and the Ollie 8 character for $10.

(I now have Victoria 8 because she was free and I snagged Michael 8 for $10 in the same sale I got Ollie 8. The other G8 core characters in my wishlist are Alexandra 8, Edward 8, Mabel 8, Floyd 8, Mrs. Chow 8, Mr. Woo 8, Sanjay 8, and Kala 8…and OMG I’m still not done collecting Genesis 3 and Genesis 2 core characters!)

After getting Edie 8 I decided I needed Etta HD for Edie 8 and the Crone add-on for Etta, which were all on sale at the same time I bought Edie. Major budget wrecking ensued. March Madness at DAZ was mostly a bust but April and May had a few great sales that didn’t involve me having to buy something I didn’t want in order to take advantage of nice discounts.


Edie 8; Etta HD for Edie 8; Crone for Etta HD

Anyway, I love these characters; they’re just so unique and fun — extra points to Crone for a bit of ethnic diversity.

Alas, HD morphs take forever to begin rendering on my old computer, so I do small and simple projects when using them. The Crone render above took a while — not sure exactly how long because I gave up waiting and went to bed but it was more than three hours and less than six. 😀

I worked a little on Etta’s materials. The 3DL materials for most of these newer characters just don’t look nice when I render them. Usually far too dark and orange-ish. I’ve been making 3DL material conversion to Ubersurface for days now — Victoria 2 through Victoria 8 — just to get characters to a starting point where I can work with them and experiment with different settings.

For Etta, I’d like to get a little more sheen on her skin and lips, but HD effects have been a bit of a challenge for me. Too much specular and they look really, really plastic. Not enough and the skin looks flat, like above. I have the same issue when using ZevO’s aging HD morphs and still haven’t found a solution I’m completely happy with.

Despite that little quibble, I’m having lots of fun playing with my new toys.

And the new kittens, of course! Both are zonked out right now after a morning of strenuous kitty chase-and-ambush games. They really like the dust ruffle on the daybed in my office. Great for ambushing…gotta love those comical little butt wiggles before the dramatic pounce.

Dawn Indian woman WIP

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Yeah, I was correct in anticipating the nose part of this project would be a bit of a problem. Just not enough fine-tuning nose morphs available for Dawn, and the mesh gets a little temperamental when the space between lower nose and upper mouth is narrowed. Not all Indian women would have this feature, of course, but the photo references I happened to have on hand showed a fair number of women with that narrower space and a more down-turned nose tip.

The rest of the face isn’t too bad though.

Also, how can I have hundreds of hair props and still not find the one I’m looking for? Argh!

The Elegant Bun for G3F/G8F is nice (though I need to work more on the ear wisp when fitting this hair to Dawn) but what I really wanted was a long, loose braid where the braid starts at the nap of the neck. The closest I had was Loreley Hair for V4 and Arki’s Dragon Braid for V4 — and I don’t own the Dawn version of the latter (yet.)

The Genesis 1 Vintage Sari (from MEC4D’s personal store) autofitted rather well to Dawn.

I also have the Vintage Kurta for G1…and for the heck of it, here it is fitted to G3M EleBeast.

Ha! It’s almost Ganesha, though with a couple less arms.

The kurta fits EleBeast better than the Egyptian sandals meant for G3M. I added a small amount of push modifier to the outfit, but there were only a couple very small areas of poke through around the thighs, which was easy enough to fix in PSP. The EleBeast does not have small thighs.