Sunrise on Divinity Skies Rapture

Poser Scenic posted on May 24, 2022
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I got kinda tired of trying to use some of Jack Tomalin’s amazing structures as part of scenes with characters b/c the structures kept competing for attention with the characters. So I decided to try making a structure the subject of its own scene. I like how this one turned out, so I may do the same for a few other structures. Maybe once that’s out of my system, I can try putting characters into some of them :-) I feel like there should be a bit more splashing where the water meets the big rock, but every time I tried adding more than just the little bit I painted in, it didn’t look right. It’s possible I need to go in search of more splash brushes! Rendered in May 2022 using Firefly in Poser Pro 11.3 for Mac at 2000 × 3000 pixels. View full size on my blog. ==CREDITS== SCENE: Divinity Skies Rapture I and II by Jack Tomalin. Poser Ocean by RubiconDigital. Skydome from TerraDome2. CHARACTER: Seagulls and geese from Songbird ReMix Flock Formations by Ken _Gilliland.

Comments (21)


Gisela 12:00PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

It is a beautiful scene. The structure looks fine. Well done.

perpetualrevision 8:17PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much, Gisela :-)


kelchris3 1:24PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

Beautiful!!!!!!! Wonderful way to show this off.

perpetualrevision 8:19PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks! It figures that after I did this one, I can't come up with anything I like for the other Jack Tomalin structures I've tried! Oh well... something will eventually come to me! Adding specular nodes to the structure's surfaces made quite a difference in how this one came out :-)


MollyFootman 2:04PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

Have to agree with the commenters above: beautiful! I don't have any ideas, really, about the splashing; it would have been cool if you could have pulled it off. I don't know that the prop splashes by the likes of Flink would have worked and I think I, too, would have opted for painting them after rendering. As it stands, though, beautiful!


perpetualrevision 8:51PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thank you, Molly! I actually finished the scene a few weeks ago but decided to hold off on posting it in case I thought of some ways to improve it (esp. the splashes), but my mind just went kind of blurry whenever I thought about working on it, so I decided to just go ahead and share it. Of course, in retrospect I wish I'd spent more time with splash brushes, but oh well!

I do have those splash objects by Flink, but I've had a heck of a time getting them to look right b/c I can never seem to get the splash material to match the water material. I'm still kinda traumatized by the days I spent trying to get the splashes to look right in this scene, and I was so impressed when I saw how you used them so well in the Envoy's scene on the lake!


evargas 2:25PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

Beautiful scene! Love it! It is all still and calm with the flag, birds and waves bring some movement to the scene. Something that got me thinking is the horizon line, as it is always far away shouldn't we get a clean flat line? Maybe fixed in post if is easier.

perpetualrevision 8:52PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much for the comment! I like that the sea looks "alive" and not flat, but you're probably right about the horizon line. I think I should've rendered with DOF enabled and maybe that would've softened the horizon so that it looks less noticeably uneven!


poser4me Online Now! 2:50PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

Hey this looks really good. You really do firefly justice in your work. This looks like a classic work of art, kudos to you and the vendor. Jack doe's have amazing work and I have a lot of his work. Now you make me want to did in my Runtime drawer. :) As far as the s[lashes go, it is tricky to get those right as a 3d object. I think finding brushes is the way to go, but you did well not leaving the splashes in if it were going to take away from this scene. But your scene is really nice and I envision this as an opening scene from a movie of Rapunzel.

perpetualrevision 8:55PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much for the comment! I do like using brushes and other tools to add things to renders, but I'd like to get more experience using water and splash brushes in particular, as I really like how they look when they work well! I think I did OK with the splashes in this scene, but of course that was a stormy sea and the sea in the scene above is much more calm!


abstracht 3:17PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

Very nicely done!


mazzam 3:37PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

Wonderful image and scene. At this scale you probably wouldn't see the splashes anyway with such a calm sea.

perpetualrevision 9:01PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks for the comment! That's kinda what I was thinking, that there might be a little bit of "water spitting" around the edges of the big rock but not big splashes both b/c the sea is fairly calm and because the rock isn't near the shore.


CoolDimension 3:52PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

Beautiful work.


eekdog 5:54PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

That tower sure has a beautiful view of the area. Nice composition.

perpetualrevision 9:02PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks for the comment! I almost put a figure in there, enjoying the view, but I knew I'd get bogged down in ultimately minor details like which figure, skin, hair, outfit, etc. to use. I spend too much time in that "bog" already! :-)

OmniFX 8:21PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

Wow, really cool looking tower. I just can imagine the effort of the people that built the tower. Can't see behind the tower so don't know how far it is from land but regardless would still be an enormous undertaking to construct it. Excellent job!

perpetualrevision 9:04PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks for the comment! Building that tower in 3D was probably also a considerably challenge! I don't know if it was inspired by a real tower or just came out of Jack Tomalin's imagination. But I sure wouldn't want to have to climb all those stairs, no matter how amazing the view at the top :-)


MeInOhio 9:53PM | Tue, 24 May 2022

This looks great! Nice work!


brylaz 5:57AM | Wed, 25 May 2022

Excellent work!


uncollared 6:32AM | Wed, 25 May 2022

Stunning scene. I'd live there.

perpetualrevision 9:05PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

But I bet you wouldn't want to carry your groceries all the way to the top :-) Thanks for the comment!


miwi 7:46AM | Wed, 25 May 2022

Excellent composition,wonderful scene!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


enigma-man 9:28AM | Wed, 25 May 2022

I have to agree with all above commenters. It turned out great. Water scenes are difficult to get it "just right".

perpetualrevision 9:05PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much for the comment! I love rendering water, but it does present a few challenges :-)


Flint_Hawk 11:17AM | Wed, 25 May 2022

This structure deserves being the star of the picture & you have certainly shown it off to its best! Marvelous lighting & the birds do add additional life to the scene!

perpetualrevision 9:08PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much!! This is the scene that prompted me to realize that I'd missed the opportunity to get some SBRM seagulls on sale. I already had the flock formations, which are great, but in the future I'd like some individual birds to pose here or there as needed :-)

I do want to do similar scenes with other Jack Tomalin structures, but so far none of the others have come together the way this one did!


DRAKELOT 8:59PM | Wed, 25 May 2022

Xcellent !!!


Radar_rad-dude 11:23PM | Wed, 25 May 2022

A most magnificent and imposing structure! A gorgeous image, my friend! A most superb creation here! Many fine kudos from me!!!!!


mifdesign 5:19PM | Fri, 27 May 2022

Awesome view, wonderful atmosphere and lighting, brilliant render. Exquisite Artwork. I love it!

perpetualrevision 9:31PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much for the kind comment!


UteBigSmile 6:01PM | Sat, 28 May 2022

Your new graphic looks very nice again, I like it very much! I thank you for all your visits and comments and I take this opportunity to wish you a nice weekend.

perpetualrevision 9:08PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks so much for the comment, and you're welcome for the comments :-)


Y-Phil 10:17AM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Amazing! wow

perpetualrevision 9:10PM | Mon, 30 May 2022

Thanks! It may seem like a small thing, but re-doing the specular settings on all parts of the tower and rock made such a big improvement in how this structure rendered!

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