|Jackie O'Lantern: Come a Little Closer. Cropped version.|
I was a little late with my Halloween picture, but I choose to consider myself very early with my 2020 Halloween picture instead.
I came up with the idea for Jackie O'Lantern partially because I studied Halloween pictures at ArtStation, and partially because I wanted to do a Halloween picture with some cross culture connections. In this case, Halloween -Voodoo. The Voodoo influence is not nearly as strong in the finished picture as it was when I started. Well, maybe next time around.
|Jackie O'Lantern: Come a Bit Closer. Uncropped version.|
Here is the full, uncropped version. This version wont be on Facebook, because if you look closely, you may spot a werewolf nipple. Because it is a female werewolf, Mark Zuckerberg, and presumably a large number of Facebook users, would go bananas if they spotted it.
I built the basic scene in Daz Studio, as I often do. You probably aren't interested in what the image produced by Daz looked like, but I'll show you anyway.
|Image rendered by Daz.|
As you can see, the original looks quite different.
I am an amateur photographer, not a 3D artist, so I do not build 3D models from scratch. On the other hand, I do a fair amount of kit bashing.
For example, look at the throne Jackie sits in.
The original throne is from Mort Augur
, A commercially available 3D scene. I combined the original throne with a new stone texture, then layered three algae and moss textures, added vines, a rock, and a couple of skulls.
The throne has skulls carved from stone in the armrests, but I wanted more detail, and more control over the textures.
Just adding the skulls actually looked fairly good, but I wanted a bit more.
I added a layer of blood, and then a layer of moss on top of that.
When I render a scen in Daz, it usually comes off as looking a little too clean, a little too perfect.
|Rendered 3D images often look a little too clean.|
After compositing the image in Affinity Photo, where I also added the fire to the pumpkin head, I saved the image.
Then, I used Dynamic Auto-Painter to turn it into a painting.
|Image painted with Dynamic Auto-Painter.|
I like the painted version a lot. Sometimes, I like the painted version more than I like the more photorealistic end result.
In this case though, I added the painted version as a layer on top of the photo realistic version in Affinity Photo, and blended them together.
|Final image, with painted image blended in.|
That is it, for now. Be seeing you!