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Succubus' Throne - Angle 1

DS4P -> Reality/LuxRender to 2800S/p

I don't expect this render will be received well, between the cheesy over-the-top fantasy sexual nature and the girl in bonds automatically disqualifying it for many groups here on dA. But I had wanted to create a scene for the revamped Skeleton King's Throne, an environment prop that has a dark/evil feel about it. Before even loading any figures, I spent quite a bit of time experimenting with different lighting designs before finally coming up with this one, that conveyed the proper mood I wanted for the throne.

The flame props are image-mapped planes converted to mesh lights. While they look decent (someone please make and sell some proper 3d-geometry based flames!), they are not bright enough to actually light the scene. If you crank up the gain enough to emit the light that real flames would be generating, it makes the flames themselves blow out to pure white. And setting clamp to hue instead of luminosity makes the color look kinda off. So I cheated a bit. I put in cylinder primitives set to 1900k colour temp, centered in the middle of the flames. These cylinders easily lit the scene, but, of course, showed as burned out lines in the flames. However, by placing them in their own light group, I was able to turn them off after the render was complete and save a 'flame only' version of the image. (One of the major benefits of using LuxRender as the render engine -- you can change lighting intensity and colour without re-rendering.) The two versions of the render were then loaded up in Photoshop, with the flame-only version as the bottom layer and the eraser tool was used to erase the burned-out cylinders and allow the flame appearance to come through.

All three figures are Genesis-based.

My original four-armed succubus concept render: (She still has red skin here, but with the 1900k primary light temp, it comes out more purplish looking in this render.)

Other angles:
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Wow! Totally awesome. Thank you for all the extra angles too.  One of the best and sexiest 3d renderings I've ever seen. 
3dmania's avatar
Thanks for the flame tips. I learned so much from you already
mbinz's avatar
I think the render should be received very well! A great amount of detail put in to getting this right and it shows. The flames are great, as well as the candle flames... if there was anything that I could pick up on was that the candle flame would probably cause the glow to be seen through the wax of the upper part of the candle, given the dark environment... noy sure how to get it like that mind! - it is just a nit pik as it really is a superb image overall! Love it!
cwichura's avatar
I suppose one way to do that might be to use the polygon group editor to make the top parts of the candles into their own material zone and then set that up as matte translucent with a light placed inside them. Food for thought...
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CB1964's avatar
Absoulute great, the idea, the posing and lighting, great characters!
scifigiant's avatar
Thank you so much for the mini tutorial on how you did the flames. I've been trying to figure out a way to do flames in lux for a while without much luck. I always have the same problem you were having. The lighting on this turned out great.
cwichura's avatar
I'm always happy to share techniques with folks. Hopefully it works for you.
bryte-rockx's avatar
Multi tasking four armed succubus--I like her already :D And, the human girl's glossy skin looks great as well!
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