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Something Pleasant by lyssophobe Something Pleasant by lyssophobe
This is one of those that I didn't really render with the intention of sharing. And it's not really so much that the outcome inspired me to change that stance, but rather that the circumstances around it made me want to mark it in time.

I rendered this at a larger-than-necessary size (thought I might use it as a wallpaper, actually) so it took a ludicrous amount of render time. After the first night, my hard drive started throwing SMART errors at me. So, no biggie...I ordered a new one, ran a Time Machine restore and prepared to swap them out. Now...I've been doing my own hardware replacements on Macs since the Mac Plus. I've swapped hard drives in Mac Minis and iMacs, notoriously the most arduous of Mac models to upgrade. Which, of course, led to my ego-fueled haste last Wednesday. This was the first time I'd opened up a 27" iMac, and the design is a little different than previous models; primarily, the LCD data cable is a bit shorter. So what did I wind up doing? I yanked the LCD data connector right off the logic board. Triple f**k.

I have a replacement connector ordered (from the UK, no less) and a whiz electrician at my day job assures me that he can handle a measly 30-pin surface-mount connector, as he solders 144-pin chips on boards fairly regularly. So, in the long run, it may wind up being a $30 repair rather than an $800 gut-punch for a new logic board. If I'm lucky. Update: repair went badly; sending logic board out for out-of-state repair. Will hopefully not cost more than $700. *sigh*

And the real shitter is that it was totally self-inflicted. Computer was still under warranty (until I opened it up), but I didn't want to burn a day taking it to an Apple Store and felt overly comfortable in servicing them myself.

Anyway...all that aside, this is something a little different for my gallery: no weapons, no real sci-fi elements...just a pretty girl in an albeit fantasy-based outfit. There are some obvious flaws in there (that I'm wont to point out), but I'm really impressed with the skin textures and the outfit itself. Props for those go to:

danae for the amazingly beautiful London morph...and

SilverArk for the really imaginative Angeloi Outfit.

Workflow: DAZ Studio 4.5 > Reality 2.5 > LuxRender 1.2

Thanks for viewing. :-)
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Chanteur-de-Vent Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like her face, she looks very human and kind. 
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Arhivator1981 Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
She is amazingly beautiful! And that's really great work!
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Kyricus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really very nice.
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PinkVendetta Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful work.
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codyseajay Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2014
yes she is
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This picture made it on the front of DAZ 3D's website!  Now that's something to be proud of!
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
HOLY SHIT. Thank you for the heads-up; I'd have totally missed that if you hadn't brought it to my attention. :-)
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stopsigndrawer81 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Was it in a gallery at DAZ3D.com? 
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Dimeolas7 Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2013
ouch, it used to be that i could do anything inside my pc or with windows...I could look at the files and tell what didnt belong. But now im totally lost. Ive been wanting to add more ram to my alienware liquid cooled but kina leary of opening it up :( btw sweet render, I think i`m going to run over and get it, thx
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I won't lie…I miss the stunning simplicity of opening the PowerMac G4 case. But this episode was entirely my own doing, being far too hasty and overconfident. I've opened the machine once since the Unfortunate Display Connector Incident and didn't have any trouble at all, knowing that the cable is short and I just can't yank the display up to a 45° angle to disconnect it. Live and learn. Sometimes expensively. LOL
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Dimeolas7 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
...sometimes, with many things nowadays, I think they make em so you cant do it yourself...
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revenger681 Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013
I don't know why you mention this as just an average render... I think it's beautiful. Great work! Oh btw... I had looked into buying that outfit but the product page keeps talking about how various things "will not work in daz!", So i avoided it, but I see you used it in ds.... :(

Did you run into any issues?
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I actually had a very hard time with the outfit (you can see the distortions in the upper parts, and the fitting is WAY off) but I honestly wasn't sure if it was the outfit of the London body morph, which also has some quirks in DAZ. I'm considering a render using the black mat set with this soon, so I'll switch things up a bit and see if I have better luck. Hell, as good as the Genesis 2 fitting is, I may try that.

Thank you for the kind thoughts! :-)
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AmmarKH Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
she is alive man
what a great job
:) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) :) (Smile) 
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It's that London head morph, yo. I can't tell you how challenging it is to avoid using it in EVERYTHING. LOL

Thanks!
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AmmarKH Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
:D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) :D (Big Grin) 
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adidenir Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Hobbyist Filmographer
amazing
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:iconlyssophobe:
lyssophobe Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very, very much! :-)
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Hungy78 Featured By Owner May 30, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Wow? this is very cool!
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! :-)
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MichaelG1234 Featured By Owner May 27, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very very nice, cute and beautiful. Ace job.
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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MichaelG1234 Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
welcome.
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Mickytroisd Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
Very pleasant :-) Beautiful girl & render.
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you!
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filipokkk Featured By Owner May 14, 2013
this is so creepy
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
^This is one of my favorite comments ever.
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snikeye Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :-)
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snikeye Featured By Owner May 18, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! ^^
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VKrull Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
I had to fave this for a variety of reasons. One being that you did a killer job using the London model (one that I'm thinking of using myself) and the lighting as well as the clothing choice. It's just a warm image all around. Kudos on it. Love it :)
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! I hope to be able to do more with her soon. :-)
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Bowski--Productions Featured By Owner May 13, 2013
This is a phenomenal render! Thanks so much for sharing this!!! :love:
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :-)
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BWByars Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional General Artist
Very charming. This is a great render. I really like the lighting and the hair and outfit really compliment London.
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! I actually had to use another body morph (can't remember which) because I can't get anything to fit the London body in DS. Again, probably my own ignorance...
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BWByars Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah. I have my own body preferences, so while I've used London's face, I haven't actually tried her body yet. However, in DS, I always use the smoothing modifier. For my OC Johne [link], he has the Gymnast FBM from the M4 muscle morphs. Those are great morphs, but I don't think anyone uses them in their conforming clothes. With the smoothing modifier, I can dial up the collisions until the clothes fit. You may already know about that, but worth trying if you don't.
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Tjeb Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
I don't see any flaws either. (and I'm not a newbie) or you must mean the clothing not really tight on the right part of her chest.
You forgot to mention your workflow; you were telling about a night render, so I'm guessing: DAZ/LUXrender ?
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The clothing on the right side of the chest is a lemonparty: the fitting is bad between the breast and the arm, there's this strange bulge at the top of the outfit in between the breasts, and the cheststrap distorted some of the features. I'm willing to bet that most of that is just user error, but it's beyond frustrating to even investigate that when I've gone from 2650 x 1440 resolution to just my 1920 x 1050 (poorly colored) auxiliary display. :-(
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
HAHAHA I know what you mean. Yes I can see flaws, but I do not think they are major. I guess it all depends on the mood you intend to set in the first place.(i.e. lighting)
Having the head angled upwards, the hair is probably your major issue as it is the most visible. I think if it could be weighted down or pushed back to an angle mayhap, will not look too stiff? (More visible when long I guess.)
But overall, love Danae's skin texture and I have been dabbling with it too. O great one... may your mac woes cease and the hurricane of time speed up your renders! ;)
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL - So, okay...I'll cop to being bothered by the stiffness of the hair on her right side; the left looks okay to me. I could probably have spent some time tweaking that but, again, never expected to display this render. It was really just a test; sunlight reacts with skin textures in a dramatically different way than mesh lights do. This really started off as a test of that, as well as just trying to get anything to fit the lovely London body.

Thank you so much, though. I still contend that you must have me confused with someone else in your praise. I'm fumbling in the dark, yo. ;-)
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
No siree... a great eye I have for would be Masters... Great things in store for you I see... and yes... use the force I do :yoda:
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No fair - you know I won't argue with that reasoning. ;-)
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AOGRAI Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:lol:
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thetrainmaster Featured By Owner May 12, 2013
I'm looking, but not seeing any major flaws, if I'm to be honest, none at all. An incredibly well-rendered piece and everything really works well together. A job very well done, I'd say! :)
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lyssophobe Featured By Owner May 12, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much. Still not going to point out the flaws, but they practically scream at me. LOL

The quality of the skin texture on the right index finger distracts me enough, though. ;-)
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