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In The Woods by DS-Penguin
In The Woods
So I migrated my endpoint here and I'm seeing what I think of the process. While I've been dumping into Photoshop for years, for this I worked things out in Color Efex Pro 4... honestly my lighting was really rough in the original but I'm fairly happy with the tool in post. Still lots to learn, but so far, seeing a lot to look forward to.

Daz Studio 4.9 -> IRAY -> Color Efex Pro 4
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Cyber Knight by DS-Penguin
Cyber Knight
Wow it's been ages since I've done anything. Like... ages. Trying to get myself rebooted a little, debating jumping on board with G3F / V7 and going on a content binge to kick start things... some times I feel like I'm running up against V4s limits you know? But this was a fun use of an afternoon and all in all, I'm pretty happy with how she turned out. 

Daz Studio 4.9 -> IRAY -> Photoshop
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Among The Fae by DS-Penguin
Among The Fae
It's been too long since I rendered something. Time to get back to basics.

Daz Studio 4.8 -> IRAY -> Photoshop
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Who doesn't need a soft bed? by DS-Penguin
Who doesn't need a soft bed?
The last piece I did, in some ways, is everything that's wrong with 3D art. Technically... it was fine. Lighting wasn't bad, textures were good, but the pose was stiff and in many ways unnatural in how the model sat and how she placed her weight. She'd been stuck on the scene without being part of the scene and that's not okay. So I did something I virtually never do. I reloaded the scene and started working on making it right. This time around, I'm much happier.

Also, discovery of the day... my "semi-passive" GPU has been deciding to pretend to be fully passive when rendering. I wish I knew how long that had been going on.... it was bouncing off 90C while rendering and throttling back to 550 Mhz to stop from cooking itself. Not good. BIOS update (for the card) fixed that but I lost my color profiles because to update the BIOS I had to uninstall drivers before I could run the BIOS update (LAME!) If this looks oddly washed out or overly dark, please let me know... I have yet to run back through a fine tuned color calibration on my monitors since fixing the card late last night so this may be a little off. On the plus side, now that the card isn't throttling this rendered in less than an hour :)

Daz Studio 4.8 -> IRAY -> Photoshop
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Call It A Day by DS-Penguin
Call It A Day
I swear I started this thinking: "let's do a quick easy pinup to wind down the weekend...." My muse didn't agree with quick and easy but I'm getting way faster working through IRAY materials than I used to be so this turned out to be less labor than I thought it would. Lots of fun to put this together :)

Daz Studio 4.8 -> IRAY -> Photoshop
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DS-Penguin
Jae Alexis Lee
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
Interests
  • Listening to: Flaw -- Because that's where it started
  • Reading: Tao of Pooh
  • Playing: Guild Wars
  • Eating: I should do that shouldn't I?
  • Drinking: Too Much Mt. Dew
So, I took a day off work to play with Daz Studio's new release with NVIDIA's Iray (you should have seen my boss's face when I told him why I wanted the day off...) Here are some thoughts about the BETA release.

Performance: For context, I'm testing on a single GTX 970 which I consider a fairly moderate card for GPU rendering. Performance with a single card is still very good. For results that are very similar to LuxRender, I'm turning out projects in 20% of the time (compared to render times for a CPU render on an i7-5960X clocked at 4.2 Ghz.) When compared against LuxRender's GPU rendering, speed is fairly 1:1 comparable. 

Workflow: The single greatest benefit I've gotten from Iray is the ability to use an Iray render in the viewport. While you can, technically' use it for a real time viewport draw, I've found that anything beyond a simple scene (V4+backdrop) bogs viewport performance down too much to be of significant utility. Additionally, any change requires Iray to start redrawing from scratch. Materials work takes place 100% in the Daz Studio surfaces tab. Note: Loading the base Iray shader to any item is a near must for optimal results.

Quality: Render quality is superb, easily on par with LuxRender or Octane for final render quality. 

Ease of Use: If you've been using DS for a while and are familiar with Reality or other external render tools, picking up Iray is fairly straight forward. That being said, Iray's feature set goes deep and there is no hand holding. You're going to be put face to face with more sliders and dials than you may be used to and it's going to take some time to get into the advanced bits. I found myself missing the slimmed down interface in Reality more than once as I drilled through several nested features.

Overall: Overall, I've been more than a little impressed. The workflow speed is stunning and I find that I'm able to make minor corrections to things frequently along the way because I notice the problems in the render very quickly. I really do miss the ease of tweaking lighting & camera settings during a render in LuxRender though. While the speed makes this less of a deal breaker, it would be nice if I could adjust and not lose progress as I continue to refine a project. I've also noticed that it seems to have a delay in loading scenes... some times a scene will take 2-3 minutes to load before it starts rendering, though I have yet to pin down a cause. It's not something I can reproduce 100% of the time. 

Final thoughts: Does this mean people should rush out to buy NVIDIA GPUs and jump on the Iray bandwagon? Well, maybe. If you've been thinking about a new graphics card anyway, keep an eye on Daz who has said they're working on a way to offer up some discounted Nvidia hardware and if you see a good sale, of course, jump on it. (Hey, I'd love a Genesis 2 bundle or two with a GTX 980 purchase wouldn't you?) If you're already running on high end AMD hardware though, you might be better off holding out for the next LuxRender update that will bring more features into the GPU rendering side of things. (of course, Maxwell series GPUs do just fine in LuxRender, so if you did buy a new card and just used it on Lux, it wouldn't be wasted.)

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Xantec Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
nice cybernetics work.  :)
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DS-Penguin Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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Xantec Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2015
you're welcome :)
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SkylineStudio4 Featured By Owner Edited May 6, 2015  Professional General Artist
I have to say, Digital Storm is just as pricey as Alienware and Asus. Their all overly expensive computers. I mean I am not sure if having two graphic cards would increase the graphics. But the best one I saw on their site was around 4K.   
I think the highest I've seen an Alienware was for 6K or 8K either way, I find it hard to believe people pay that much for a computer...I mean jesus. I definitely need something better than what I'm using for better experience and performance. But I'd like your opinion. Is two graphic cards necessary? What would you suggest be the better choice? Maybe I'll take a look on Ebay and see. I mean I think they just included two cards in it, but its still the same machine. I'll probably buy the Level 1 version and just buy an extra graphic card for it. 

www.digitalstormonline.com/beh…
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lexxii Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi Jason & Thank you for joining This Super Group Of Artists: iconCutieShots: Please enjoy your membership & Looking forward to you submitting more of your fine art into this Super Group Ofyen:) Thank you xoxoLexxiiCutieShots
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lexxii Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Great Gallery Jason:)

Invite to join :iconcutieshots: A Diverse Growing Global Super Group Featuring Over 150+Galleries & 2400 Members Strong dedicated to artists of all genres to display their fine art here:) **Please Join Soon** xoxoLexxiiCutieShots
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AuriV1 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello! This is just a friendly reminder that you have five days remaining in the 'Draw My OC' competition: fav.me/d7jkt7p
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Spydraxis01 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks for joining Fantasy CGI.
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Axcido Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hello ^_^ great gallery!


I want to invite you at my page
I start a poll ... please vote ---------> [link]


And if you have time... a comment or a fave of my new drawing ------> [link]
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DS-Penguin Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
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