Thursday, June 10, 2010

Exotic, erotic fantasy art ... new blog launching today

Textures -- bump maps, displacement maps, materials -- here's where digital art gets to be the biggest fun. Adding layers and layers of texture to an image so it goes from 'nice' to drop-dead gorgeous. Start with Michael 4 (DAZ Studio 3's base model), add a pair of jeans and a pukka shell necklace. A bridge. Two bushes and two trees. Four lights with deep shadow maps set...

And the results will be nice. This is what I had time to do the last time I worked with this shoot. Then, uploading them yesterday I thought to myself, hmmm ... this needs more.

A few years ago I bought my partner a 3D Art magazine for his birthday -- at $18, a magazine makes a good pressie. He didn't have much use for it at the time. But there was a CD-Rom taped to the cover... I opened it the other day out of curiosity, and found a whole folder or textures. And boy, did I have fun with this!

The jeans, above, are wearing one of my own textures, but the bridge and the lanterns have been re textured with stones and mosses from the texture set I stumbled over on an old disk; and I also set displacement maps for them, to make the whole shebang look old and worn and weathered. Then adjusted all the lights. Result: wow.

Want to see the "full monty" extra to this shoot? Click here to go over to today's post on the Adults Only version of this blog...!

Two more things to blog about today!

The first thing is (as Mel Keegan has already blogged about ... and it's the first time we've had a post out of Mel in about four months!) I finished the cover for tyhe new Keegan novel just yesterday. Here it is:

What's it all about? Well, I'm just going to take a leaf out of MK's book here. As Mel says, "Learn what Ctrl+C and Ctrl+V are for. So, let me copy a paragraph out of Keegan's blog [sticks tongue out at Mel] instead of waxing lyrical here:

"I'll give you few hints right here: gay science fiction, transhumanism, gaming, revenge, survival, technology, love, war. And that's a potent mix." Unquote. And here's the link:

In the next couple of days we'll be launching the book, and if you like gay SF, this one is a must-see. In fact, you can WIN one: -- and you can't get better than that! The book is great; I just packaged it a couple of days ago, and as soon as the ISBN thing falls into place ... we publish. It's being published to our own pages first; it'll take about two weeks to make it into the Amazin paperback "engine." It goes to Sony, Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble and Smashwords as an ebook before the end of June; it goes to Kindle and a couple of other venues in July. Whew!

So if a great gay SF romp is your cup of tea, stay tuned here!

Lastly ... and I'm saving the best for last [sticks tongue out at Mel again] ... check this out:

I did it finally, at last, I got my finger out (of the pencil sharpener) and hived off another blog specifically for ADULTS ONLY ARTWORK. As in, the full monty. (Didn't you love that movie? It's almost as good as Brassed Off!, in many ways ... but Brassed Off! is still better. Ewan McGregor was 24 years old. Ooooooo.)

Yep: male nude and female nude art, with all due content warnings and therefore no need to censor anything. Here's the link: ... and you can also jump over there from a new link in the menu across the top of this blog. Enjoy! (What's not to enjoy, right? Be warned: adults only. Don't write me emails about your heart attacks when you get your reading glasses on the dangly bits, all right?)

That's all from me for today. You can see what I've been doing for the last few days ... like the man said in the movie, "I need a vacation."

Jade, 10 June
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