Embers in the Rain by LyleAryn ()
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I had this idea the other day. This is for a friend.
A while back we made this character. Her name is Azraille. She started as a drawing that my friend made, and I sorta just ran with it. I livestreamed so she could input and we made some really pretty art. (I haven't posted it. Maybe I will. It's really good, too.)
I was walking the other day, and I got to thinking about "Embers in the Rain." And then this is the result.
My friend loves it, and I love it, and obviously I had to share it.
Azraille isn't an angel, nor a vampire either. (There's fangs! You can even see them!) She's a creation born entirely from my friend's mind. An assassin in a gothic-esque world. She has very white skin, and long white hair with black tips. A beauty-mark on her cheek. She's a badass. (At least I think so!)
LOT'S going on here.
I used coflek-gnorg's Fire and Water and Flink's rain at first.Which aren't iray. The Fire wasn't an emissive. I started to doubt. Added an ember field from iray fireworx. Pale skin meant she turned orange. Almost gave up. Rain wasn't showing up. I had the pose great. dforce on the outfit worked fine. Hair started out as 'dForce Long wet hair' but that wouldn't take the shaders I wanted. I decided to try the normal I hair I use, with the "white" part tinted a little darker, and gravity turned up so it would hopefully cling. I think that worked out just fine. I like the results, anyway.
Next, I went to work on the water. A water shader didn't help. Then I remembered an old trick in Hollywood where they would use milk curds as rain because water wouldn't show up in black and white. So I shaded the water grey. I made the firehail emmisive. And while it no longer looks remotely like water, it was reflecting the fire. I moved the ember field behind her. At this point I was starting to fall in love with the piece. BUT. It's supposed to be "embers in the rain."
I worked on the environment a bit. Got my storm clouds from "Dreadful skies." "Forsaken Village," and "Purgation" for the set. Got my lantern positioned and looking mighty fine.
Got out "iray storms." Added the rain prop and the fog prop and dangit, the rain still wasn't showing up in render!
And like an idiot, I realized that this is IRAY.
I added a spotlight. Wide-angle, set to "rectangle" mode. height/width to 350. Turned up the lumens until the rain showed up.
24 hours render time later, and here we are! I set the iterations super high (broke the parameters), and just stopped it when it felt done. (72% of 35,000)
Amazingly, it all fit in my video memory. Even that hair, which so often can be the difference between a GPU render and a CPU render, lol. I love the Jam hair, but man can it suck the resources sometimes!
I hope folks like it. I think it might be the best one I've done thus far in my journey. It made my friend happy, and that's most important to me.
Have a lovely day,
Image Comments (29)
chasfh () Online Now! 7:19AM | Sat, 29 August 2020
You ain't kidding, a LOT going on! This is incredible work, beautifully executed.
uncollared () 7:26AM | Sat, 29 August 2020
Love the lighting and mood you created here. Beautiful work
BellaDark () 9:48AM | Sat, 29 August 2020
Fantastic light and effects here, Lyle! With your description, it's clear you posses a level of patience I can only dream about. Awesome work :)
Darkglass () 10:27AM | Sat, 29 August 2020
Definitely got the WOW....factor....beautiful work, render and lighting....!!
ArtDeCroh () 10:29AM | Sat, 29 August 2020
Wonderful lighting!! Great shadow on her face! Creepy cool love it!
Thank you. A friend of mine said he thought of "Jack the Ripper" when he saw it, because of the spooky lighting and the lantern. I figure since she's an assassin, that was appropriate. You have a wonderful day. Eat some cookies and milk, and find somebody to massage your feet.
eekdog () Online Now! 11:28AM | Sat, 29 August 2020
you never cease to amaze us viewers. always a like and fave on your art.
daggerwilldo () Online Now! 11:36AM | Sat, 29 August 2020
A very successful and compelling render.. You do some amazing work. What is deepest in our mind often reveals itself in our art. Yikes, i probably should seek professional help. This one has some real dreamlike depth to it.
Lord_of_CNF () Online Now! 1:54PM | Sat, 29 August 2020
all previous have said it right !!! nice work! :)
redwalrus () 2:40PM | Sat, 29 August 2020
The effects on this are awesome. The lantern shows up just perfect.
Radar_rad-dude () 3:24PM | Sat, 29 August 2020
Excellent work on this scene! Great effects and fine looking character. Love reading your descriptive too! Most excellent all around!
Belit () Online Now! 7:43AM | Sun, 30 August 2020
Wow totally amazing stuff you got going on here. I am very impressed by it.
linwhite () Online Now! 11:15AM | Sun, 30 August 2020
Time well spent. This turned out so great. Explaining your process was the icing on the cake.
RodS () Online Now! 1:47PM | Sun, 30 August 2020
Wow! Just wow! This is magnificent, good sir! Really love the look and feel of this. She does have the bearing and attitude that says "Yes, I'm a badass..... But only to those who deserve it..." Keep 'em coming, bro!
Thank you. I certainly will. I got some other ideas I think I'm going to start prepping for soon. Getting to that point where I'm able to get the pictures out of my head and onto the screen! Have a good one. Hope you're up and running again soon! (Need more TNA girls!)
adrie () 3:10PM | Sun, 30 August 2020
Fantastic work and the image is just superb, love the atmosphere my dear friend.
TwiztidKidd () 2:25PM | Mon, 31 August 2020
Ohh, this render is amazing!!! It should be hanging on a wall somewhere in some asylum where nobody bothers to straighten out the pictures hanging on the walls LOL! I'm just messing with ya Lyle... Luv your work my friend, you put a lot talent into this.
beachsidelegs () 4:41PM | Mon, 19 October 2020
Absolutely stunning love the embers and the rain not to mention the lighting a fav for sure :)