It's a funny thing about PBRs ... and whenever I see PBR, I think of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, which in my college years was a trailer park brew available for my kind of money, not an overpriced hipster delicacy. It was my grandfather's standard greeting whenever I'd walk into his home. "What'll you have? Pabst Blue Ribbon?" Uh ... Where was I? Oh, yes. PBRs, meaning Physically Based Rendering. To be similar rendering engines, Reality and Iray handle skins in opposite directions. A girl who looks nice and tanned in Iray, looks like a ghost in Reality. A girl who looks nice and tanned in Reality, looks like she fell asleep on the beach, without sunscreen, in Iray. It's just the nature of the two beasts.
One solution is to make two sets of maps for each of my characters. Not too difficult, but also not satisfying. The other solution is to make two separate casts of characters, one for Reality and another for Iray. That is what I chose to do. Actually, I have three casts of characters, and it fits my odd take on the two engines: Reality for fantasy, Iray for sci-fi.
In Reality, I have my custom morphed slider-by-slider, you could actually meet these ladies in any mall, realistically shaped Aura Lockhaven and the Sarethian Seven. They're illustrations for written works, so I want them to be as natural as possible.
Also in Reality, I have my fantasy lineup. They're based on either Fred Winkler or Devious Dolls figures. I like the faces. I gave them figures patterned after Playboy Playmates of the 1980s. So far, only Tori has made an appearance, but the other eight are about to.
For Iray, I made five new characters: Sasha, Amber, Lindsey, Miriam, and Claire. They're also FW or DD figures. Sasha made her appearance in "Not That Easy," while Amber debuted in "Defiance." Their figures are based on Good Girl Art; in other words, greatly exaggerated, but that fits the sci-fi, dystopian aesthetic. At least, in my mind.
I suppose the Dandelions cast qualifies as a second Iray cast, but they're title specific and won't do any crossover work.
Now, here's where the problem lies. I'm working up some pinups of the Iray cast. They just seemed to beg centerfold scenes, sans clothing. But my mind doesn't work that way. I'm so used to the Frank Frazetta concept of action and drama, that a pinup seems, well, tame. I keep thinking, "This girl kneeling on the bed ought to be doing something! She should be holding a sword, a gun, or a severed head or something!" Well, pinups don't work that way. Pinups aren't about drama; they're about glamour and the beauty of the model.
But it seems so strange!
At least a dagger?
This is all good for my discipline and expanding my artistic consciousness.
Listening to: Silence, ah!
Reading: Next by Michael Crichton
Watching: I ain't got no TV, Lt. Dan
Playing: Ain't got the time
Drinking: Ice Tea