I am placing this post between parts one and two of “Creating the cover of my novel.” This is because I want to demonstrate how easy the creation of a simple image can be with a tool like DAZ Studio. (I feel like a magician revealing tricks of the trade)
DAZ Studio is a free (yes, free!) piece of software that permits the user to arrange and pose 3D models. These models are purchased from incredible artists at the same site. What makes this really brilliant is not only the ease with which someone can create a picture, but the fact that the licence permits these pictures to be used in books. So you buy the models and then you can use them in creating your illustrations. Being a fantasy and science fiction writer, I am particularly pleased that so many of the models come from these genres. Magnificent! The URL is http://www.daz3d.com/home.
Below is the piece of art that I will create. I will do this in mere minutes.Â A particularly observant person might query a few of my light angles (i.e. if the subset is behind and to the right, why is light reflecting from the left front), but we can just imagine that there is some alternative light source ahead. The important point is how fast I can create this using fairly a fairly simple set of steps.
I’ve created a video that demonstrates how easy it is. In the video I’ve used a nice piece of armour called Darkon which is created by an artist called Mec4D (http://www.daz3d.com/mec4d). This armour was one of my first purchases and I really like it.
Apart from cropping the picture at the end of the video, I have notÂ performed any post-production. This is not to say that I would notÂ if I were to use this in my book, but I just want to show you the quality ofÂ a simple pictureÂ from DAZ Studio. Imagine what it could look like if you did do some proper post-production work!
Anyway here is my video. It is actually the first video that I have ever placed on YouTube, so please forgiveÂ any amateurish mistakes. Hope you find it useful.
One more thing to consider is this, tools such as DAZ Studio can help you to visualise better the scenes that you write. The art work that I created for my cover gave me insights into the look and feel of the actual scene it represented. As a result I went back and improved the writing of the scene. They can help you to realise that a room might be crowded with so many characters there. They can make you think about the look and feel of a place. So take advantage of them, whether to include in your book or simply to help you to set the scene for yourself.