I admit it: I'm a total geek. I love electronics, programming, 3D art, vintage Apple hardware, and whisky. I'm always juggling half a dozen projects. I also enjoy documenting it all: my successes, my failures, my experiences... and everything geeky along the way.

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Kevin Rye

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DAZ 3D's Big Cats 2

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DAZ 3D just released some Big Cats! They look pretty cool. It’s normally $40 bucks for the whole set, but I got it for only $19.58 with my Platinum Club savings and new release discount. Read More...

The Maiden

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Maybe she’s just a maiden of the house. Maybe Michael is the lord, and he just takes what he wants. Whatever the case, she looks more than willing to accept Michael’s advances. Read More...

Barbarian Overlord

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In order to showcase Michael 6, I had thrown together a few test renders. I decided to revisit one of those original renders in order to make it an aspect ratio that would work as a desktop wallpaper.
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HD Michael and Victoria

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DAZ 3D released some HD morphs and textures for Michael and Victoria today. They look amazing. It’s just unfortunate that they have to be purchased separately. You’d think at this point that this level of quality would be standard, but I guess DAZ has to make their money too. Not that I’m knocking the standard versions. Looking at renders of Michael 6 and Victoria 6, it’s hard to imagine that they could look any better.

I’m going to do a lot of side-by-side comparisons between the standard-issue M6 and V6 and the new HD versions. I’ll give you the head’s up now, some of theses renders are NSFW. Read More...

Michael 6 Pro Bundle


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Michael 6 was finally released today. The bundles went on sale with an introductory 51% off. With the additional 30% off coupon I received from the PC Anniversary MEGA PRIZE, I scored the Pro Bundle for $42.86. Not bad at all. I still think they should have given us Michael 6 for free as the MEGA PRIZE, but I can live with a $125 Pro Bundle for $43 bucks. Read More...

Ranger Bundle

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The Ranger Bundle is a brand new release. It’s comprised of a Ranger outfit, Ranger hair, Ranger props, and archery poses. Since I scored a 50% off coupon from DAZ, I just had to have it! Read More...

Victoria 6 Pro Bundle

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The Victoria 6 Pro Bundle usually goes for $124.95. I managed to get it for $25 bucks after a few discounts. The Victoria 6 Pro Bundle is packed with goodies: poses, hair, characters, and clothes. It’s a solid purchase. Between Stephanie 5 and Victoria 6, I think the days of me using Victoria 4 are over!

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The Headless Horseman

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Happy Halloween! What’s a Halloween without a Headless Horseman? Read More...

The Freak 5 Pro Bundle

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Week 4 of DAZ’s Platinum Club Anniversary sale is underway. You know what that means? That means the rewards for Week 3 were unlocked. Say hello to my free Freak 5 Pro Bundle. Read More...

Creature Creator HD for Genesis 2 Female

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DAZ released a whole new morph package today. It’s called the Creature Creator HD for Genesis 2 Female. They also put out an add-ons package that comes with leg options, horns, ears and a few additional textures. I can’t wait to see what fun I can have making some really cool creatures! Read More...

The Hunter

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I though the Lycan Hunter outfit from the Stephanie 5 Pro Bundle was the best item of the lot. I wanted to throw together a quick scene to test it out. Read More...

The Well

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I hadn’t even gone through all the goodies that came with the Stephanie 5 Pro Bundle before I jumped right into creating a scene. I was so eager to make something with Stephanie! Read More...

Stephanie 5 Pro Bundle


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DAZ’s Platinum Anniversary is in full swing. Week 2’s reward for buying 12 items was a Pro Bundle of your choice. Since I already have Victoria 5 and Michael 5, I opted for Stephanie 5. That’s a $125.00 bundle for free! Read More...

She Patiently Waits

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This is a Genesis 2 Female wearing the Darkish for Emotions outfit. I wasn’t planning on using this outfit in a scene just yet. I just wanted to see how it looked. Read More...

DAZ Monstrosities

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The month of October continues with DAZ’s Platinum Club Anniversary sale and their crazy deals. Being October, they also put a bunch of monsters and Halloween ghouls on sale too. I just couldn’t resist picking up some of DAZ’s Monstrosities!
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Trouble in the Cemetery

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It’s October. That means it’s time for some Halloween renders!! Read More...

After Hours

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I spent a lot of time on the set for the Bedroom Scene, so I thought it would be easy to just recycle a potion of that scene for my next render. I though I’d take a break from fantasy scenes and do a simple portrait.
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We Bring News of Victory, My Queen

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I really like the wet skin maps that came with the free Victoria 4 Pro Bundle that I scored during DAZ’s PA Festival sale. I really wanted to use them in a scene. What better place to get Victoria wet than in a Greek Bath? I was also itching to do a follow-up to the Super-Ultra-Mega-Epic Battle Scene. Gotta love those Centurions!
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The Assassin

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I wanted to make something sexy spy-ish, with a little Lara Croft and The Matrix thrown in. Read More...

Wine with Friends

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I picked up Jack Tomalin’s Holiday Nook. I wanted to make a scene with a sexy girl in lingerie having a glass of wine by the fireplace. The more I played around with it, the more I wanted it to have a few sexy girls dressed in lingerie drinking wine by the fireplace. Something of a sleepover, but with adults.


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Michael 4, Victoria 4, Stephanie 4, and the Freak 4 Pro Bundles for FREE!!

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I’m so overwhelmed with the amount of content I just scored right now that I’m having trouble getting my head around it. DAZ and their crazy promos!
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Yoga at Sunrise

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I picked up a cool Yoga pose set for Genesis. There’s a lot of nice looking Yoga poses in it. I figured it would make for a nice tranquil scene.
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Lorella Fantasy Outfit

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I got suckered by another one of DAZ’s crazy sales. The fact that they threw in a $5 off coupon didn’t help either. Well, it helped, but you know what I mean. I picked up a bunch of poses, weapons, clothes, and a bunch of other stuff. One item that really stood out from my weekend splurge (that I was eager to play with) was the Lorella Fantasy Outfit. Read More...

New Characters: Ianthe & Mina

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DAZ had another crazy sale. They kill me. They have sales every week, and I just can’t refuse. This time, it was buy one at 30% off, buy two and get them for 50% off. I already had some figures on my Wish List, so I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to get them on the cheap.
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Michael 5 Pro Bundle

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I have so many ideas for scenes with dragons, fighters, warriors etc, that it was only a matter of time before I had to pick up Michael 5. There’s only so much you ca do with Victoria. Sure, hot chicks fighting dragons is awesome, but sometimes your scene really just needs a dude. Read More...

The Wisps


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I liked the Wisps in Pixar’s Brave and wanted to do something like that. I’d never heard of them before and though that Pixar made them up. It wasn’t until I Googled it that I found out that Wisps have been sighted in swamps, bogs, and marshlands for hundreds of years. Read More...

Super-Ultra-Mega-Epic Battle Scene

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I’ve had it in my head for weeks to create a super-epic battle scene full of Victorias. Something big. Something with a lot of blood and gore, and a little nudity. Read More...

Gladiator

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I picked up some really cool Centurion armor as well as the Aslan Court. I think they’ll make for a very cool battle scene. I picture something with a ton of Victorias running around killing each other like savages!! It’ll be EPIC!!!! Read More...

DAZ Horse 2 Starter Bundle

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DAZ had a huge sale today. The DAZ Horse 2 was on sale for $24.48. It’s normally $70 bucks. This is a great bundle and it’s going to be a great addition to some scenes. Think warriors on horses fighting dragons! Epic!

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Millenium Dragon 2

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Don’t get me wrong, the Millennium Dragon that DAZ gives you for free is pretty nice, but the Millennium Dragon 2 is totally badass! DAZ was having a huge sale and I just had to have it! Read More...

The Bedroom Scene

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I picked up the Reflections Victorian Bedroom set, along with the Reflections Furniture and Reflections Vanity and Dressing Screen add ons. They’re normally a good $17 each, but if you’re in the Platinum Club, you get them for $1.99. It’s a steal. Putting them all together should make for a very nice looking setting. Read More...

New Model: Katana

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I found a new model today: Katana. Not only does she come with a high texture skin map, but she was on sale! Read More...

Bree by Candlelight

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I wanted to do something a little sexier than the last two I’ve done. Yeh, this works. Say hello to Bree. Read More...

The Dragon Rider

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I was really pleased with the way that my first 3D graphic came out. I wanted to keep the ball rolling and jump straight into another one. I wanted the next one to be more elaborate than the first. The first image I did was more of a proof of concept. I used it to familiarize myself with the software and techniques. This time I wanted to have a go at creating the background in DAZ Studio as well; instead of just filling the negative space with smoke. Read More...

DAZ Studio 3D Modeling

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I've been wanting to get into 3D modeling for years but the software needed to do it is crazy expensive. I’d love to use Poser. It looks amazing, but it’s $300 bucks. I could never justify the $700 price tag for ZBrush either. I found DAZ Studio yesterday. It's amazing. And it's free! Their whole deal is to give you the software for free with the hopes that you'll buy content and plugins, etc. Sounds like a good business model because I can see myself getting hooked on this. Read More...