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Thoughts about SHiP/NBP

Thoughts about SHiP/NBP

This post is ancillary to my post about character creation. In that post, I referenced @dangerguy01’s post about the same, as well as @devduck01’s comments about SHiP (Superheroine in Peril) characters. Dangerdude also discussed SHiP characters. Yet, I didn’t. The reason is simple. I’m not very good at SHiP or NBP (Naked Bondage Peril). Oh, I can make the image! I made that to work with Thunder-3D’s Skin Moisture Set, available on Renderotica. That is the best wet skin I’ve ever seen. Yes, I’m pimping another product. If I’m going to put a naked and sweaty girl in the desert, there is going to be a reason she’s naked and sweaty in the desert. Someone stripped her and tied her up, thinking she needed to sweat off a few pounds. Actually, I could put my signature on that image and post it. Darn, that’s a hot image! The reason I say I’m not very good at it is I have my own personal beliefs about SHiP and NBP. They tend to get in my way. I wrote about them in April last year. At the

How a Crackpot Creates Characters

How a Crackpot Creates Characters

@Dangerguy01 wrote a wonderful journal on the process of creating superheroines: . If you read it, make sure to read the comments for @Devduck01’s “Guide to SHiP Characters.” It’s equally insightful. Consider this the Democratic Response. No, it isn’t a rebuttal of either DangerDude or Sir Duck. It’s a corollary. It’s the process of character creation from the point of view of someone who does everything backwards. Reverse engineering (or Appalachian engineering) at its finest. You too can create characters out of duct tape, WD-40, and Budweiser! Perhaps looking at DG and DD’s structured processes and my organic one, you can find what you need to craft your own three-dimensional character or tweak up an existing one. I won't go into subjects like weaknesses and character consistency since DangerDude covered those in depth. This is simply process and method, which is an educational study in itself. The best way for me to approach this is to go character by character. Each one was

Pondering the Future

Pondering the Future

Yesterday, we went to see some friends in Ft. Worth. They’re Covid-free. We’re Covid-free. Seemed safe enough. We stayed until 9:30. When we went to leave, we discovered our truck had been towed. An hour and $300 later, we had our truck back. Here’s the odd part. I didn’t laugh about it, but neither did I get upset, angry, or depressed. Instead, I became Mr. Detached Analytical. We simply blundered. None of us expected the apartment manager to be a hardass about where visitors parked. I’ve noticed that about me. In an actual crisis, I become the cold-hearted one looking for a solution. In a stupid situation, such as the frustrations of navigating an unnegotiable website, I suffer a brain-chemistry inversion. Maybe I need a psychiatrist. I still haven’t decided what I’m going to do about Wix. It isn't DeviantArt anymore. It's Wix. Call it what it is. Posting one image reminded me of how many steps are involved now in posting one image. That doesn’t count the multiple annoying steps

Night of the Eternal Darkness

Night of the Eternal Darkness

I tried using Eclipse. I really did! For two full days. Then, last night, after the twentieth time of going through six steps to do what once required only one, something snapped. Repetitive activity is one of the things guaranteed to cause me frustration. There is a difference between activity and action. Repetitive activity is something like plunging the bathroom sink every two weeks because the drain is poorly designed and it clogs easily. Which is true and I do need to go plunge it today. Action is getting in there and replacing the drain with a better designed piece, but I don't own the place. If too much repetitive activity occurs at once, what happened last night happens. I had a massive cortisol dump. That resulted in an uncontrollable explosion of rage. It overrode my medications. It's just how my brain chemistry works. Or doesn't work, rather. I hate cortisol dumps. They actually hurt. Physically. I'm wiped out today. A website isn't worth that. My gallery isn't

A Little Look Around

A Little Look Around

I though you might like to see where the magic happens. Yes, I use a laptop. It's a 2018 Sager with a Skylake CPU and a GTX-1060 GPU. Think the keyboard has been used? At the moment, a new wallpaper of my dear lady is rendering. Behind the mouse is the statue of Aura and Lady Quantum that Lady-Quantum made for me after Belladonna's death. Behind that is an external dock for backups and storage. That cheap piece of plastic is still running after ten years. The new external hard drive (that now holds 2TB of DAZ Contents) can be seen immediately to the left of the computer in back. The iPad arrived today and I spent most of the day setting it up and loading it. Of course, Aura had to be the wallpaper. Oh. That little tiny thing in front of the iPad? That's my phone. It makes phone calls. The iPad is actually for my next endeavour. Learning how to draw. The iPad is going to hold photo references, and ebooks. It's also going to hold reference books that I don't really want to spend

Sailor Moon Moved My Cheese!

Sailor Moon Moved My Cheese!

Guess what? This isn't about Eclipse, although Eclipse plays a cameo role. I'm also going to sound like an art snob, but bear with me. During the night, DeviantArt logged me out. So, I logged back in. It defaulted to Eclipse and took me to the Front Page. I never go to the Front Page, and today reminded me why. It also reminded me of Tim Townsend's rant just before he left DA in 2013. The Front Page was a wall of Sailor Moon, all in the same pose with the same expression. Artjam I suppose. When I first joined DA in 2004, it was an art gallery. Communities formed of people gathering around to discuss the art. DA had a coffee shop feel. That

What Music Do Your Characters Listen To?

What Music Do Your Characters Listen To?

nyctophobia11 (https://www.deviantart.com/nyctophobia11) started a good one! So, let's see ... AURA LOCKHAVEN In her world, Aura listens to whatever is playing at the local tavern, or what she can strum on her lute. In ours ... she's totally lost! "That's ... interesting, but when are they going to stop tuning their instruments and start playing?" When she visits Lady Quantum or Viona, the two make sure to play something the redhead may recognize as sorta, kinda, maybe familiar. Bluegrass fits that bill better than most things. So does Loreena McKennitt Then, Aura discovered that our world has Pagan bands and fell in love with Dahm the Bard. KATIE ASHE / VALKYRIA Katie has

Seven Days in May

Seven Days in May

All right. I took WhisakedJak’s Eclipse Challenge. I used DeviantArt in Eclipse mode for one week, without saying anything about it until the week was up. Well, the week is up. Before I begin my commentary, I will say that the old DA Classic did need to be replaced. This is my second DA account. The first ran from 2004 – 2012. The platform was the same in 2004, except for a few minor details like being able to report art theft but not being able to change your user name. We’ve all griped about how wonky and buggy DA Classic was getting, even before the first mention of Eclipse. Software that old can only be upgraded so many times before it breaks. The hardware upon which it runs will eventually bypass it, leaving it untenable. Imagine trying to play 1995’s Rise of the Triad (designed for a Celeron/Pentium) on a 2019 Skylake. I don’t think it will run at all without some sort of legacy architecture emulator. That’s fine for a single player game, but totally impractical for a

Three Days of Silence

Three Days of Silence

And we're back. Apparently, quite a few folk participated in the Sound of Silence protest. The last time I was gone for three days, I came back to 10,000 notifications. Today, I only had 4,500 and most of those were in a particular art group that accepts everything. Did the protest do any good? Doubtful. Wix only listens to its shareholders, not its raw materials. However, the protest, like most protests, was a good way to blow off steam. We said what we needed to say, and even if we were just howling to the wind, we needed to say it. Since there is nothing we can do to change Eclipse, much less stop it, I am going to participate in :devwhisakedjak:'s Week of Eclipse Challenge. I'm going to use the wee beastie for a week without commenting. At the end of the week, I will say what I think of it. May as well, since I won't have any choice after the 20th. I am actually typing this journal in Eclipse. To be honest, I enjoyed my vacation. I had to much free time away from DA that I

The Thin Maltese Sleep

The Thin Maltese Sleep

As soon as that render walked into my computer, I knew she'd be trouble. She wasn't just a render. She was a render to make a bishop kick in a stained glass window. I reached for the bottle of bourbon and took another drag off my cigarette. That little gem. Not only is it my most popular render, it's one of my personal favorites. I can't get that look in Iray. Not yet, at least. Reality used volumes, a method DAZ3D is beginning to experiment with. It was my number one leader in favorites at 375. Then, Curia-DD (https://www.deviantart.com/curia-dd) listed it when she featured me as her artist of the day. That pulled it from the background and it shot up to 399. Then, stayed

Solving the Grapefruiting Problem

Solving the Grapefruiting Problem

Grapefruiting. Not the same as motorboating, although both deal with a woman's breasts. Grapefruiting is what I call the effect we far too often get in 3D art when we increase the size of our figure's breasts. And you know I like mine to have cannons, at least D cups. Some have Gs. The larger the breasts, the greater the chance they'll look like grapefruits instead of melons -- pitted instead of smooth. The problem lies in what we have to work with. A real life woman with DD breasts has twice as many skin cells in her chest as a C cup. No problem. Not so in 3D! That wire mesh has a set number of polygons. A 3D woman with DD breasts still has

Odds and Sods, April 25

Odds and Sods, April 25

What day is it? With Eowyn working at home now, I seriously thought yesterday was Wednesday until around noon, when I realized the next page of Insemination Planet was due to Rob66 (https://www.deviantart.com/rob66) and I didn't have the time to work on it that I thought. Bollocks! As of this moment, I have compiled twenty chapters of Shop Talk into one document. It's 130 pages and 39,000 words. So far. The whole story is 66 chapters long. Yeah, I knew the blooming thing was a novel! I may split it along the divisions of the three acts if it looks too long. The PDF will be available for free. In rereading it, it's a darn good story! Certainly, it has plot holes. But it
Don't drink it so fast, Stephanie!
Sometimes, I have to talk to myself. Me, this morning: "It's June 1. 2020 is half over and I haven't done a thing!" Me, in response: "Dude. The world turned upside down in February. It turned inside out last week. Eclipse threw a monkeywrench into
You know you need to take time away from the computer and go do something else when you dream you are rendering Aura. When she finishes, the screen flashes "Objective Complete. Auras Rendered 1/1. Reputation with DAZ increases 350." World of DA
Seen on Facebook. Q: I wonder how non-Americans see America right now? A: I bet Canadians think they live in the apartment above a meth lab.
Yes, I designed a new outfit for Aura. No, I really don't use it. The gloves, boots, and skirt bother me. However, when I see her like this in her classic outfit ... STUFF THE NEW OUTFIT! This one is Aura! It really helps to see your character f
Valkyria Cover 1 has 28 Faves. Aura Cover 1 has 72 Faves. I like to think Aura Cover is so popular because of the English Major humor, but I know better. Chain up a beautiful naked woman and you get Faves.
Okay, DAZ! Who was the smart aleck who decided G8 Eyebrows belonged under Anatomy instead of Hair?
Of all the images I've done of Aura Lockhaven, this may be my favorite. Despite her power and knowledge, her past haunts her. She is at her core, just human.
Oh dear! Can Aura save Lady Quantum?
Taking a wonderful recommendation from @TawnyT, I picked up the UltraScenery set from DAZ. DANG!!! The trick is, it isn't really there. That's all instancing. And it instances from the file. I have a feeling Instancing From File will the be way
I've said this several times today, so I may as well say it to everyone. Expect glitches and problems for at least another week. That isn't bias against Wix. It's actually cutting them slack. Think about the sheer number of servers Wix must have.
Whoa! Aura's cookies are having a different, and unexpected, effect on Lady Quantum.

Should I do a scene of Naked Aura, Charlotte, Sasha, an...

  |  141 votes
  • BOOBS! What's taking you so long?
  • Sure!
  • Nah. Seen one naked girl, seen them all!
  • You misogynist! Did you ask them if they wanted to be naked?

How Old Do You Think I Am? (Some of you actually know)

  |  147 votes
  • 60 or older
  • Mid 50s
  • 50
  • Late 40s
  • You're a 20 year old girl conning us!
  • You're a 25 year old Millennial socailist!
  • 30 ... something.
  • Young enough to know better, too darn old to give a rip.
  • Older than God's dog!

How Often Do You Tweak Your Character's Skin?

  |  54 votes
  • I just use what comes out of the box, just like it is.
  • I adjust the color settings in Iray and that's it.
  • I may try something new once in a while.
  • I use tools like SkinBuilder but when I'm done, I'm done.
  • Every month. Always looking for more detail, more realism.
  • Look. How many of us do you really think are freaks like you!

RUNOFF! The Official Name of the Ashe Girls Team Should...

  |  103 votes
  • The Parthenon Angels
  • Sisters of Salvation
  • Sentinels of Parthenon

The Ashe Girls Official Super Team Name Should Be ...

  |  95 votes
  • Protectors of Parthenon
  • The Salvarion
  • The Valkyrie Trio
  • The Parthenon Valkyries
  • VWS (for Valkyria, Whysper, Strykana)
  • Sentinels of Parthenon
  • The Regulators
  • The Parthenon Angels
  • The Hearteners
  • Sisters of Salvation

Who Wants to See More Aura through the Ages?

  |  109 votes
  • HELL YEAH!
  • Meh!

Can Aura Lockhaven, the Enchantress of Hartshorn, funct...

  |  108 votes
  • Absolutely! It doesn't matter if she's from another time and dimension.
  • No way! She doesn't wear a mask.

What Generation Figure Do You Use in 3D Art?

  |  79 votes
  • Victoria 3/Michael 3
  • Victoria 4/Michael 4
  • Genesis 1
  • Genesis 2
  • Genesis 3
  • Genesis 8
  • A combination (feel free to explain in comments)
  • Other, such as Dawn/Dusk (feel free to explain in comments)

Who Wants to See Me on Aura's Cookies?

  |  88 votes
  • It's about time!
  • Will this be like the time you smoked marijuana and hallucinated for six hours?
  • GOOD GOD NO!
  • Why do I think Boutiona is about to destroy our eyes?

What Should I Do for My Birthday?

  |  141 votes
  • Aura kicking ass.
  • The Ashe Girls kicking ass.
  • Aura in Naked Bondage Peril.
  • The Ashe Girls in Naked Bondage Peril.
  • Barbara and Andromeda tribbing.
  • Charlotte and Shannon naked on some planet of tentacles.
  • Tiny Ted in a thong.
  • You're going to be too drunk and gorged on cake to even think about DeviantArt!
  • Duster, Eclipse, Blue Bombshell, and Fantasma playing croquet in bikinis.
  • Aura calling a halt to all this nonsense and telling you to write on your birthday anyway.

Who Is Your Favorite OC of 2019? Rerun because I forgot...

  |  177 votes

What Was Your Favorite My OC/Your OC Crossover of 2019 ...

  |  107 votes