"Festival of Dragons" http://digitalblasphemy.com/preview.shtml?i=dragonfest2
I’m pretty pleased with how this one turned out. I might even prefer it to the day time version (http://digitalblasphemy.com/preview.shtml?i=sakura2k131). Not happy that it took 66 hours to render at 4096 x 2560 though.
Let me know what you think!
98 billion polys!
A personal friend of mine’s daughter is a brilliant tennis player and wants to use her skills to make a difference in the world. She has set up an event called “Swing for Wishes” where she will wear out her arm to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Her goal is to raise $6,000 (the cost to fulfill one “wish” of a child with a life-threatening disease) but I know if only a few DB fans pitched in we could blow that number out of the water.
Please have a look and even if you don’t want to donate please share this post so others might have the chance.
By request, here’s a day version of my Arrakeen render. Of course, my original vision was far darker and more ominous but I do like to provide options. I tried to make this one as bright as the other was dark so to provide a true contrast.
If you swap between the two images quickly you would probably notice that some building and rocks have moved. The reason for this is that certain elements looks fine in the shadows but needed to be retooled for the day version. Hopefully it isn’t too jarring for folks.
And yes, the center figure hasn’t moved. Let me know which version you prefer!
This piece was inspired by one of my all-time favorite novels: Frank Herbert’s “Dune”. I realize it is a bit dark in spots, but I wanted a good deal of shadow between the desert and the Shield Wall.
I still have the hard-back copy of “Dune” that to my Mom gave me for Christmas way back in 1984 and I try to read it every few years. The movie was ok but no adaptation will ever compare to the sights I conjured in my mind while reading it all those years ago.
I recall that it was the first work of art that inspired me to be creative and I started writing my own stories around that time. Creative writing was my primary outlet, in fact, until the mid 90s when my Mom (again) gave me a computer on which to compose my first novel. Things took a different turn after that…
Anyway, I hope you enjoy my simple homage to one of my favorite works of art.