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Even the Smallest Blade

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--ᴇᴠᴇɴ ᴛʜᴇ ꜱᴍᴀʟʟᴇꜱᴛ ʙʟᴀᴅᴇ ᴄᴀɴ ᴋɪʟʟ ᴡʜᴇɴ ᴀɪᴍᴇᴅ ᴘᴇʀꜰᴇᴄᴛʟʏ

This is a simple character render for my Dragon Age: Inquisition role playing character, Anthracite Cadash. During the obsessive Alistair render work stage, I had several projects I set aside and didn't finish to focus on figuring out the custom morph process for Alistair. 

This was one that was laid aside, until last night. 

I went meandering through deviant art to look up how to make better portraits, some tutorials about lights and discovered two VERY important articles I wish I had of found last year. SickleYield 's article here: sickleyield.deviantart.com/jou…

And VAlzheimer Studio's article on using Luminance HDRI's for lighting scenes: www.valzheimer.info/2015/10/va…

I downloaded lasaucisse 's FREE (amazing) Diffuse HDRI's packs (there are four, here's the first one lasaucisse.deviantart.com/art/… ) and tried out HRDI #3 in this render. 

Oh my goodness. The results...What have I been rendering all my freakin' life? For portraits--these are perfect. And I am sort of mad at myself that I didn't go looking for this earlier. 

I have a long way to go -- such as learning how to position the camera for interesting portraits, props (I would like to stick to minimalist portraits, but also somehow tell a story / show / portray character too) and still, lighting is wonky. But I feel as if this was a huge leap/step for me. 
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