This is too cool not to share!
A while back, one of my readers by the name of Roger Ellingham (known in the comment list here at Requiem as Count Thalim) got a hold of me privately about doing a satellite imagery style picture of the main continent (Ainm Baile) that much of Requiem takes place on. Well today, he emailed me the final product.
What the good Count did was take the map that I had designed and layered satellite imagery from a whole ton of different NASA pictures to come up with the first satellite pictures of the world I've been writing about. I’ve been staring at it off and on for hours now, and I have to tell you that it is incredible.
So without further ado, I present to you one of the coolest things that I have ever seen. it is visible right HERE
Thank you good sir, you have made my holiday!!!
And now on to other art things...
The 3d content war is continuing a pace with the battle lines being drawn even as we speak. On one side we have DAZ Studios with a huge content library, and the software catalog from Eovia under it's belt. On the other we have E-Frontier with Poser 7 and Vue d'Esprit.
I have been watching things with a great deal of interest the last few weeks after noticing that several things that were being rendered/imported into Poser used almost double the RAM as the exact same items being used in DAZ Studio. Now most people wouldn't call that too much of an issue, but when the size differential is 750 megs vs. 1.5-1.6 gigs, I say that there is a fucking issue.
Now tonight, I found out that the new Poser 7 breaks the Transposer plugin that Carrara 5 uses. Transposer is what causes Requiem to be possible. Without it, I am screwed. Now things may end up being fixed with the advent of Carrara 6 which is right around the corner, but with the recent news that Eovia Software (the people that make Carrara) didn't end up licensing the SDK development pack from the Poser people for C6, I am more thna a bit nervous right now.
From my perspective, it seems that E-Frontier is banking their marbles on Vue...which I think is a piece of shit.
I've ran Vue 5 and Vue 6 and have had nothing but problems. Multiple program crashes, excessive memory use, and crippling performance have been pretty much all I have noticed on their end. I don't care that LucasFilms is now using Vue in the production arena, what matters is what I can get out of it.
So far though, it is looking to me that an upgrade to Poser 7 will not happen for me unless C6 can handle it. And I am looking at DAZ with a bit of uncertainty with regards to C6 as well...DAZ owns Bryce as well these days, and I am not entirely enamored with it (especially Bryce 5.5 which I bought and found to suck).
That's the state of the production line these days at any rate, Carrara 5 Pro and Poser 6; and it looks like it will be staying that way for a while.
Seven hours straight on a computer working, a two hour break, and then another run at the finish line. Tomorrows comic is done, the Renderosity strip is almost nailed, and I have learned things.
One thing I have learned was how to control my temper as I listened to a global warming denialist recite the republican doctrine according to that inbred, oxycontin snorting fucktard Limbaugh in my local hangout/drinking establishment.
Three cheers for temper control, I guess.
Oh, and according to this dick, Nixon was a good president.
And a few other observations...
1. Has anybody out there but me noticed that singer Macy Gray sings like a female Fraggle with a really bad cold?
(oh, and in case you don't know what a Fraggle is... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
2. It's all about connection, and the things money can't buy...(meteru will know what I'm talking about)
3. I'm currently taking the new version of Fireworks for a test drive, and I have to say that it makes me a very, happy panda. They actually improved it (which I didn't think was possible)
4. Obsidian canyons have recently been springing to mind lately as something I might visit in the digital art side of things.
5. I am still working on the Requiem Tarot deck...I'm still hung up with The Hermit right now. Yes, I am beating my head against the wall. I know what I need to complete it, I just don't have it yet.
6. With the recent work on Microholography and the development of 500GB's of storage on a DVD there may finally come a day when I can back up my Poser directory and comic art files on one disk. Of course, this also means that a couple people I know will soon be making the ultimate mix DVD's ;)
7. I have had Tracy Chapmans "Baby, Can I Hold You Tonight?" as my mental soundtrack for the last month or so. Great song, and the memories from it are enough to almost kill me at times.
With everything that has been going on, it's not something I need to be doing...yet the idea of a Requiem Tarot deck intrigues me. I just might be able to put together an interesting slant on it (especially with some of the characters and locations running through it.