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Just in case anyone was wondering, no, I did not drop off the face of the Earth. I'm just phenomenally busy with Business Purchase, Take Two: Boss Will Carry This Time.

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I just got ready to add new stuff to my Daz Studio library, because sales. And then I discovered the disaster. I kind of forgot I bought a bunch of stuff during the PC sale. And got a bunch more free. And never thought to categorize it properly in my library. And my long weekend is almost over!!! WAAAH!!!

Oh, the joys of being a 3D artist with a card on file during the big sale season... Torn between excited about the new toys, and wanting to crawl under a rock and hide from the inventory explosion.

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Anyone know about this Filament thing in Daz Studio 4.14?

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Those of you that know me are likely well aware I have an Elder Scrolls Online addiction. As far as I'm concerned, that's my real life, not the one where I have to work all the time. So it's likely no surprise that I'm active in some guilds there. The people running the game decided to have a guild-based contest, where people in guilds worked together to produce a video or a poster advertising the guild for recruitment purposes.

One of my guilds did a video, to which I contributed a big shiny rock. If you saw it, you'd understand. ;) Filming happened while I was, of course, working, so I had to let my rock sparkle in my place.

Another guild said "Oh, hey, cool! Let's do something!"

But... nobody did anything. So I slapped together an image and put it up for consideration, comment, and other input.

Prismatic Poster

This one died a quiet death, because I'd misread the rules and screenshots weren't allowed. Oops!

But as a 3D artist, guess what, I can barf out fantasy images on demand. So I let comments and stuff simmer in my subconscious for a while, then tossed another concept out for comment.

Prismatic Poster Test

I really liked this one. My guildmates saw it as visually chaotic and hard to read, though.

No problem. That's why I put stuff out for comment when it's not a purely personal project. Just because I like confetti and champagne and fireworks and balloons and glitter all going off at once doesn't mean everyone does. One of the guild officers asked for the renders, said she wanted to turn her graphic design skills loose on them.

Okay, fine, not a problem. Renders sent.

This is what she came up with.

The Pf


Sorry, but still yuck. I like the fog. But in general, it's rather boring, and looks a great deal like it should be on the cover of a Harry Potter fanfic.

The general consensus in the guild was "more life, energy, vibrance, please!" Suddenly people liked the energy and rainbows of my other attempt and wanted to liven this one up a bit.


No. Guildmaster and officer both really liked this one, so this version became the submission.

Okay, fine, whatever. I still contributed, I'm not a founding member or anything, and it's only a silly contest for a game. No problem. It's about the guild, not my ego.

Unfortunately, the person who did the work is supposed to submit the entry. And the person who soft-focused and darkened and fogged up my render lives in Brazil, which can't participate in the contest because rules.

So I had to suck it up and submit the poster I didn't like and call it my own.

:sigh: :sigh::sigh::sigh:

Oh, well. At least I can come here and whine about it. And I got promoted to deputy in the guild, for taking the initiative and actually doing work to represent us in the contest.

And on the off chance any of you are fellow ESO fans and looking for a guild, well, there's a recruitment poster I saw somewhere...

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I suppose I probably ought to mention this here, given how much people here helped out with the pain-in-the-butt cover design. The Apex Mage is now live! You can find it at Amazon and Smashwords.

Apex Mage
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