My first impression after reading the notice was that it looks aesthetically promising, but after reading some of the comments from testers I feel cautiously optimistic.
After considerable thought, I've decided to pursue content creation as a side job, creating exclusively for DAZ Studio. I'm gong to keep my day job and most likely remain with my company until I retire, but I need to give my life meaning away from my cubicle.
Wish me luck!
I was recently reminded by my registrar that the domain will expire in November. I'm not going to renew it. I've already moved on with much more fulfilling interests (music and 3D art) and am eager to be rid of it.
Someone contacted me shortly after I closed it with an interest in buying the site and taking over updates. I told them they were welcome to the domain name when it expires but its content no longer exists. They didn't follow up. Regardless, I would never let anyone build on my work.
I'm posting this to let any other interested parties know that the domain will be available for purchase after November 15, 2018. That's when it expires. Please don't contact me about buying it or transferring ownership before then. I have no interest in learning how that process works. Simply look for it via your registrar of choice and it should be available.
I'd like to thank everyone for your patronage and support during the 19 years it was online. I greatly appreciate it.
In 2006, I dipped my toe into a massive ocean called the 3D art community. In 2007, I found a message board full of 3D artists who inspired me to learn everything I know about the craft. Art of Darkness was a 3D art board run by an English gent named hieronymous. Thanks to his tireless efforts to maintain the best board I had the pleasure of calling home, I got to know some of the most amazing talents in the 3D art community. Sadly, it no longer exists.
Thanks to hier's encouragement and support, I created Visions of Darkness to carry on the torch. It went live on June 1, 2016. We are an adults-only message board where digital artists can share and discuss their work. Though we welcome conventional 2D media, our primary focus is on 3D art. Our Terms of Service are designed to allow as much artistic freedom and flexibility as possible. However, there are some restrictions, and you should read them before you begin posting.OUR GOAL
Like Art of Darkness, VoD offers a vibrant, forum-based community environment where mature art can be enjoyed with as few restrictions as possible, and is founded on constructive interaction between all members.
The digital art industry is constantly evolving. New technology is being developed and new products keep offering more resources we can use to express ourselves. VoD will continue being part of the landscape for years to come as it offers a place where artists of all skill levels can hang out, share their work, and help others while learning from each other to improve their craft.
Here's to the future and all of the artists it will inspire!
The unfortunate truth is that GPU prices have risen significantly thanks to increasingly high demand for hardware capable of mining cryptocurrency, especially bitcoin. Consequently, finding a good deal on high-end GPUs has become quite difficult.
Last year, I briefly ran dual 980 Ti's. Last June, I replaced one with a 1080 Ti - The FTW3 edition by EVGA. I've been itching to replace the other so I can run dual 1080 Ti's. Last night, I learned that Amazon.com had several on order and was selling them for $1069 with a one-per-customer limit. That's nearly $300 more than I paid for my first one and the best deal I've seen this year so I reserved a spot. It'll be here next Wednesday.
I'm also going to refrain from posting future technical exercises and filling my gallery with non-fetish themed work. I got into this hobby to share my asphyxia fantasies with you. I don't want to waste your time with fluff pieces.
On a positive note, my decision to leave gave me an excuse to clean up my gallery. I'll begin rebuilding it soon.
I've just learned through my 3D art forum at Visions of Darkness that DA has started taking a more restrictive position on what they deem acceptable mature content. One artist named Curia-DD was recently suspended for edited content that was considered offensive. Another artist named LM.Ant whom I know and whose work I'm familiar with was recently asked to remove one of her pieces despite the fact that it does not violate DA's ToS.
I've also read that, in light of this news, several artists are now preparing to leave DA and look for a new home to share their work. I've decided to follow suit because I don't want to risk someday finding my account suspended due to an inconsistently enforced ToS. I have no foreseeable intention of planting roots elsewhere. All of my attention is currently focused on running my board, my clip site, and learning how to play electric guitar.
I've already canceled my Core membership and will close my account at the end of the month.
My four years here have been quite an experience. I'm glad my work found so many fans. Thank you all for watching, and for your feedback. I greatly appreciate it.
Very truly yours,
January 23, 1:45am CST: In preparation for my departure, I've removed all of my non-fetish artwork.
I never bother with beta versions of DS, so I don't know anything about how dForce works, but it looks promising.
More info about dForce here.
More info about DAZ Studio 4.10 Pro here.
And a video demonstrating dForce-created dynamic cloth in action: