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December Again

Sun Dec 3, 2017, 6:47 AM
Wow, time flies. Here we are at the end of another year. I look back and wonder, what did I do all year? Of course, that comes back to what did I not do this year.

So, after those thoughts, I decided to try something new, something I've never really been very good at but felt the need to try again. I have a favorite actor and, when I write for a particular story, I use him as reference because he has a great look. I've never really found the right digital representation of him so I couldn't really get very creative in representing moments of the story like I'd wanted to do so many times. Last night, I set out to try again.

There are still some tweaks I feel are necessary but the response by my writing partner was very positive. She knew who it was the moment she saw him. This makes me happy.

So, I'm going to tweak a little here and there, get real happy with the results and then you may see it pop up in my gallery.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero
Thanksgiving was great this year. I planned on visiting my parents and staying a few days. Unfortunately, I forgot critical medications (but I did remember the Honey Baked Ham).  So I was forced to cancel my plans and get back to my place the same day. I was bummed but I still had vacation time (Good Friday) and friends online to chat with. I hunkered down in my apartment and enjoyed the day in (since there was no way in hell I was going to leave my cozy haven during Black Friday). In spite of the change of plans, Thanksgiving was nice.

Then I woke up today and thought, "I still have some time off, my boss said I could work from home on Monday. What's keeping me from going back to my parents for a couple of days?" At this point, I'd not remembered I have an early morning eye appointment on Monday. So I bundled up my stuff (medication included), got my work computer and my art rig packed up and even brought a load of laundry (Mom likes to see me with my laundry).

So now here I am, in my parent's basement. No, I never lived in my parent's basement growing up or as an adult (I used the attic back then). And really this is like no basement anyone has seen. It's cement floors but it's set up as my mother's sewing haven. I've been granted tenancy in a small corner. It's sweet to look across the basement and see my mother doing something related to sewing and quilting, focused on her task, sometimes looking up to have a conversation with me. She's the greatest woman in my life and I love her more than anyone. And then there's dad. My dad is somewhere watching something on the television. It's probably something on Netflix. It's a quiet country night with a quiet country family .. and me, the city mouse.

I'm used to running to the store at all hours to get things I impulsively want. Out here, no such thing is even available. Nearest all night store is over 45 minutes away. ACK! But I do love my family and I enjoy hearing the stories (for the third, fourth or fiftieth time).

Well, it's time to poke around my runtime and see what comes to mind. The quiet may help or it may drive me insane. Not sure yet.

Good night, fellow Deviants. Good night.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

Woot!

Sun Nov 19, 2017, 6:06 PM
Okay, so I have something rendering. It may take a while.

In the meantime I'm looking at my past art. Wow. I shudder at the quality I used to produce. To me it's horrible but it shows how far I have matured in my detail and posting .. etc. My first love is sci-fi and I prefer to work with male characters instead of female characters. I'm still blown away by how many people have favorited Drow Priestess.

I remember when I got excited when I had 1000 page views. I checked back every hour to see if it made it to that (to me) huge milestone. Now I have over 14,000 views. I'm grateful everyday that I see more views out there. I do this because I like it and it really is cool that other people like what I do too.

I have goals. I want more to have more diversity in my renders .. male, female, dark skinned, light skinned, weird skinned, human, alien, animal, landscape... I've achieved some but I'm not done yet.

I've probably rambled on enough for one night. My render still has not even completely 1 percent. I'm glad it can work while I sleep.

We'll see how it turns out in the morning.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

I knew it was coming...

Sat Nov 18, 2017, 7:16 AM
DAZ is having a sale and I was going through buying things today, some in small spurts due to requirements to get the special pricing, and finally my card went 'Declined'. Now, I knew it wasn't due to insufficient funds. I appreciate my credit union looking out for me. Took me about five minutes to straighten it all out.

Made my last purchase.

Time to PLAAAAYYYYY....

If you don't hear from me anytime soon, assume I'm lost in my DAZ Studio content library.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

Since May...

Thu Nov 16, 2017, 6:43 PM
This was my worst year yet but it is turning out to be ending as my best year yet.

That aside, I've been able to grow in my artwork and learn more about DAZ Studio. I've made friends offline and I've made several friends online. Each and every follower I have is precious to me and I hope to never disappoint.

I'm focusing more on a place I call the Verse. It's a vast setting for storytelling of the sci-fi/western and many things in between. I've made some characters and sprinkled them in and among the other images I produce. It thrills me that so many seem to enjoy them as much as myself and my writing partner.

I haven't forgotten the fantasy or fantastical. That's just on the back burner for a while.

Your feedback is important to me and I'd love to hear your opinions on what you'd like to see me try my hand at creating.

Thank you for watching. Thank you for taking the time to favorite my artwork. And most of all, thank you for just being there.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

Diablo III: Necromancer

Sat Jul 1, 2017, 4:16 PM
I love playing Diablo. Started on a PC way back when. More recently, when D3 came out, been playing on either my PS3 or XBox360. It was fun. Had a great time running around, looting, killing and generally escaping from the anxiety of my normal life. Well, I heard the Necromancer class was coming and decided I needed it. I remember playing the Necromancer before and was elated!

Then I discovered no information about it for my platforms. This made me sad. So I gathered up everything I had, marched myself off to GameStop and came home with a shiny used Xbox 1 S. And D3: Ultimate Evil

I got the Necromancer the day it came out.

Unfortunately, I couldn't play at first due to some real life crap.

Now, I've made up for that lag. I'm not a very high level yet but I've finished 2 of the 5 acts with my precious Necromancer and I am having a BLAST! So far, no dying. This is awesome. The game has been quite generous with gifts (got 2 Legendary drops as gifts for one of my XBox 1 buddies) and cool drops for me too!

Life is good.

I'd love to share stories, hints, etc. .. if you feel like talking, let me know.

For now .. it's time to raise the dead a little more.

  • Listening to: Diablo III
  • Playing: Diablo III
  • Eating: Burritos
  • Drinking: Coke Zero

Why the Struggle?

Journal Entry: Sat Jun 17, 2017, 8:45 AM


It grieves me to see the polarization of views in the LGBT Flag thread. I don't typically post things about politics or current events but my heart is broken by the way people treat/judge people. Nobody is better than anyone else. We each have endured struggles since birth, some greater than others.

There is no black and white, all or nothing, correct answer to anything.

I truly believe that if you simply have respect (and demonstrate it), compassion, and a sincere love for an individual regardless of the circumstances surrounding the individual then our world would be so better than it is today.

True love has no conditions, no but's, no if's. Love simply IS.

It's scary but it's so worth it.

  • Listening to: Imagine Dragons
  • Drinking: Coffee

Bummer...

Journal Entry: Sun Jun 4, 2017, 2:27 PM


Note to self .. do not go to WalMart to get your prints quick. They will harass you about not having a release form (Dude, I'm the artist) and basically call you an art thief.

I have got to get my printer fixed.

  • Listening to: Silence
  • Reading: Nothing
  • Watching: Nothing
  • Playing: Nothing
  • Eating: Nothing
  • Drinking: Nothing

Looking Up

Journal Entry: Sun May 7, 2017, 4:53 PM


To say I've been dealing with challenges recently would be incorrect. I've been dealing with challenges for a long while and finally reached the breaking point where I had to admit that, for my health, I had to take a step back from things. I hope in this downtime to be able to recoup from years of draining circumstances and more recent stressors that tipped the barrel.

On the up side, I look forward to this quiet rebirth and hope to discover some new joys and rekindle old ones. To that end, I will be now focusing on my artwork more studiously.

Thank you to everyone who has visited my page and who watches my art. It is a joy knowing that there are those out there who enjoy my work.

  • Listening to: Tutorials

Where to Next?

Journal Entry: Sun Apr 30, 2017, 7:02 AM


I'm curious .. what do YOU want to see me attempt to create?

Suggestion 1 was a suggestion for me to make a half man/half something else. Siucar, I offer this: Name Unknown.
He was fun to work with and presented some challenges in the area of keeping the ground and him playing nicely. The setting is from Stonemason (DAZ3D) and I am definitely going to use it again soon.

Does anyone else have a suggestion on what to create next?

  • Listening to: Tutorials

Lighting Tutorials

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 7, 2017, 3:57 PM


On my search to unlock the mysteries of DAZ Studio 4.9 lighting, I've seen a lot of tutorials both written and youtube. I am going to keep record on this post which I found the most helpful.

Starting off

SickleYield
The video in question was titled "Creating And Lighting A Scene With Iray In DAZ Studio"
It was for DAZ Studio 4.8 (beta) and although a few things changed between 4.8 and 4.9, pop ups during the video noted these. I found the instructions throughout the video, no pun intended (well, maybe a little) illuminating. I can't begin to catalog everything I learned but I can say I've watched this multiple times and always come away with some new little trick. I have since subscribed to SickleYield's channel on YouTube.

  • Listening to: Tutorials

The Virtual Light

Journal Entry: Thu Apr 6, 2017, 7:57 PM


Ugh .. still working on that lighting thing. I have found a number of helpful tutorials but my light work is still reliant on other packages. I want to be able to do it myself. I've figured out the spot lights and how to place them right. But my environment in the background is still too bright for my liking and I haven't figured out the magic button/dial/setting to make my background appear in shadows.

Several days off here. My goal is to figure this out during my time off. It's my main focus.

Thank you to everyone who has been friending me and sending me llama's and adding my art to their favorites. I really appreciate the support.

-Kg

PS .. I am accepting suggestions for how to make DAZ Studio 4.9 bend to my lighting desires. Tutorials, comments, instructions .. Thanks!

  • Listening to: Tutorials

Thank you DAZ Community

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 27, 2017, 2:49 PM


I've been struggling with DAZ Studio. I admit that I got hooked by the IRay rendering. It's awesome. But I had trouble with getting at my content.

So, I reached out on the community forums at DAZ. I got a lot of things resolved and explained in only a day or so. It was great!

I'm learning the interface and some really cool tricks thanks to some great tutorials.

Things are looking up.

  • Listening to: Tutorials

The Ends Justify The Means ... maybe

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 26, 2017, 9:30 AM


I recently purchased a really awesome looking package from DAZ3D. I was pretty geeked about doing some fan art with it. No matter how much I've tried, I cannot get the package to work with Poser. I've used the DSON importer but for some reason, my package still will not install.

So .. I bit the bullet and downloaded DAZ Studio. I'd gotten the pro version a while back (read years) and decided to give it a go.

I can't say I'm a fan but there is a learning curve that is frustrating me. Maybe I'll end up being a fan. Not sure really.

However, the first render wasn't too bad. Don't get me wrong, there are lots of areas for improvement. There always are. But I'm not completely disappointed with it.

We'll see how I do after tutorials.

  • Listening to: Tutorials

Tutorials and Superfly

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 25, 2017, 2:37 PM


I used to use Firefly in previous versions of Poser. Honestly, I still very much like it. I am comfortable with it. But great things seldom come from operation within a comfort zone.

Soooo... Superfly.

I'm having trouble with getting my renders to have that realistic feel. I'm taking tutorials. I'm sure that eventually it will click. Until then, I'm frustrated. I'm tempted to throw in the towel and go back to what I know.

But that would be quitting.

Ugh.

  • Listening to: Tutorials

A Glance Back and a Look Forward

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 19, 2017, 9:23 AM


Time flies when you're having fun.

Right after getting the new rig, I got sick. Since recovering from that surprise flu, I've been getting my Poser set up so I could dive back in. While talking to a long time (and very dear) friend (the sister I never knew I wanted), she heard me lament that I couldn't find a lot of my old artwork files. She commiserated with me and then later 'had a surprise for me'.

Did she ever. Years ago she'd managed to collect a vast number of my old files. She sent me a link and I've been in heaven ever since.

Thank you CATLORE!

Between looking at the old files (and shuddering occasionally at the poor quality) and poking at Poser, I might have something new to post very soon.

Here's hoping.

Getting Back Into the Swing

Journal Entry: Mon Mar 6, 2017, 4:24 AM


So this weekend saw me get a new art rig with Windows 10. Yesterday I got my Poser downloaded, installed and all updates applied. Then I thought, "Ugh, content." I logged onto DAZ3D and found ALL my content waiting for me. Same at Renderosity. I happily spent most of the day downloading content.

Then I installed Nybras and Wyvern (2 of my favs) and decided to poke at Poser to see what the new Pro version was all about. I was stunned at how fast the computer provided my render.

Tonight I need to get into some tutorials about the program and the best settings for realistic renders. I can't wait to get home. :)

Where did the time go?

Journal Entry: Sun Mar 5, 2017, 6:12 PM


It's been a while (years) since I've really been able to consider attempting art again. I'm back though. Bought a rig, assembling my content, blowing the dust off my Wacom. I'm looking forward to this new adventure. My child is grown and has a family of her own. I have no pets .. it's just me and the beast (pc). Time to get cracking. :)

Clawing my way Back

Journal Entry: Sat Aug 31, 2013, 7:41 AM


So the last couple of years have not been the best for me. I've had a lot of changes and upsets. I see things starting to settle down, though and I find the fire returning to explore my artwork and expand myself. I want to challenge myself to be better and not settle for something that is just 'ok'.

Thank you all for being there and for being supportive. I appreciate all the likes on my works that have already been posted. I hope to have something new in the next couple of weeks.

I am not going to be rushing so bear with me.

Peace!

:happybounce:

Prints .. be Mine

Journal Entry: Sun Feb 19, 2012, 1:20 PM


Today I finished a new print and decided to get it and several others printed. I chose to use my local Wal-Mart. Odd decision perhaps considering the previous journal entry where I had issues with Wal-Mart. Something I didn't mention was that the offending Wal-Mart was not my local store. It was in another state.

My local store is used to seeing my artwork get printed. It had been a while (almost a year) since I have gotten anything printed and decided to go ahead with the print idea. I got there, new faces in the photo lab. Good for me? Hmm.. maybe not. They don't know me.

I submitted my images (11 8x10's, 2 11x14's and 1 16x20). I got the new image plus a lot of old favorites including Firestorm, Happy Place, Kokali, and Purple Moon. I waited for them to say anything.

All I heard was, "These are great. Come again soon."

Hmm .. so either my local Wal-Mart is staffed with people who don't have morals or they are unaware that their job description also includes being morality police for artists trying to get their own personal works printed. Either way, I am happy. I got my pictures.

My irritation currently only extends to the Wal-Mart in that other state.