Akari by Deane ()
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A chance to post an image I have had been working on for some time, since investing in Poser 9.
I wanted to start from as realistic a starting render as possible, and limit the amount of postwork needed to produce as convincing an image as possible.
The end render result is due to long study of the informative forum thread on lighting and supporting techniques located here on Renderosity.
The render uses Bagginsbills VSS prop from the same discussion which can be found at:
Many thanks to all who continue to view and comment on my art.
Poser 9, postwork in Photoshop
DAZ Victoria 4
Character: Idler168 & Hitman47 - Eastern Girl
Clothes: Idler168 & Hitman47 - Eastern Girl
Hair: Kozaburo - Long Hair Evolution
Props: DAZ/Redhouse Studios - Apartment 39
VSS PR3 Control Prop - Bagginsbill
Image Comments (36)
Once again, Deane: a tour-de-force! The lighting in this image is spectacular. And so is the skin and the setting and all... but the girl: she brings vibrant life into the image. Akari reminds me of Louisa (Caroline Catz) from Doc Martin, more in attitude than actual resemblance. Her skin - beautifully enhanced by the VSS shader though it is - plays a secondary role to your portrayal of a girl with something on her mind. THAT makes the image pop. A lovely work... quite compelling, her look!!
A lovely picture, Deane. When you get to this level of realism the tiny "unreal" messages that the brain still picks are so subliminal that it's difficult to positively identify them in the image. One thing that does so often grab my (critical) attention in V4 portraits is the usual V4 eye misalignment, which in this image I think makes her left eye look slightly over-rotated in comparison with her right. Another favourite!
You've really succeeded in the realism department my friend. She is totally believable. Any that goes beyond the wonderful lighting and texturing, her bearing and expression seems so natural and intelligent. Thanks for the references too, I''l take a look at them when I get some time.
This is amazingly realistic, which is especially impressive considering you're using VSS PR3 and not the more recent EZSkin2 (Snarlygribbly's app, Bagginsbill's material). VSS PR3 doesn't have true SSS, but this is more realistic than most works that do. I really like the pose and expression, the light is beautiful, and the focal blur looks great. Wonderful, inspiring work.