Monday, December 27, 2010

Is it Live, or ... ?

After seeing an image from a Morgan brochure, I couldn't help but wonder whether perhaps the company hadn't yet built a copy of the vehicle-- and therefore, hadn't actually photographed it.

So I tried a small feasibility study:

Although my "lacquered aluminium" surface settings aren't quite up to their contractor's skill level, I think that's more a matter of my relative inexperience, rather than any intrinsic limitation in the consumer-grade gear I'm using. Still, the demonstration was sufficient to satisfy me that the original image was, beyond a reasonable doubt, synthetic.

[2011/01/15: Edited to expand technical mumbo-jumbo content.]

For any DAZ Studio aficionados who wander by, this character is a nearly stock Victoria 4.2, with just two Stephanie 4 head morphs, plus a smidgen of The Girl 4-- the latter used mostly for adjusting her head-to-body ratio:
- Grace (Head) 66.7%
- Lily (Head) 33.3%
- The Girl 4 (Head) 12.5%

Her top is Jan19's Coed Chic - the Layered Look. The stretch pants are from JoEtzold's S.H.A.D.O. Uniforms packs (specifically, the HQ-Pant item.) And her slippers can be found in Richabri's V4 Lacewear set.

That hair billowing in the slipstream is from the Project Sailor Moon page at The Realm of Savage. Remarkably versatile, despite having been designed for a specific character.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Montecristo Habana Cigar Fake

Under the raptor-eyed vigilance of its Moderators, spam around the R3 Forum generally evaporates quicker than a midsummer's dew. But on this occasion, I happened to be logged in early enough to witness the Dadaistic splendor of "Free Image Gallery Cigars: Montecristo Habana Cigar Fake" (or whatever the exact subject line was.) I ask you, Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury, how could any absurdist cartoonist reasonably be expected to forego that opportunity? Hence the costume vaguely reminiscent of early 19th-century dress, as a nod to Monsieur Dumas, and the digital fakery (of yellow sticky note technology.)

No actual yellow sticky notes were harmed during the production of this image.