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Introducing Dorchadas, which literally means "Darkness". He has this name because of his eyes which have such a dark blue tone, that they seem to be black if you do not look close enough. Dorchadas is a dancer and he understands to hypnotize the viewer with his moves if he wants to. Mind games are his favorite kind of games but he has to be careful as not every elf likes those. ;)

Thank you for looking!

DAZ Studio 4.6 render with Photoshop painting.

Now to some technical details:

THE CHARACTER:
Genesis 2 Male with a lot of custom morphs as well as Lee, M6 and Creature Creator HD. Textures I made myself from various ones that I own.
I used the UberSurface shader system with quite a lot of SSS: All Diffuse Maps only with 90% of opacity, bumps set to 100% and with a min of -0.033 and a max of 0.033, Specular set to 60% with 10% Glossiness (I have high resolution spec maps! Color set to a blue-grey), no displacement (veins done with HD). Subsurface Color set to a dark red with 100% strength, a refraction of 1.5, a scale of 4 and a shading rate of 64. There you go. I have been asked about this a lot. ;)

LIGHTS:
I have used many many lights here. Two linear point ones in front of him, both with a different blue tone, one linear point light with the color of the flame above his hand, a UE with a very dark blue tone (almost black) and very high settings, a bright orange linear point (diffuse one only though!) coming from the upper right and a strong cyan distant light coming from the left side / behind him. The individual settings for all the linear point lights I cannot recall now, but they varied for getting the best out of them.

RENDER SETTINGS:
Not very spectacular this time... pixel samples on both coordinates have been set to 12 and my shading rate was set to 0.33.

Do with this information what you want, maybe it can help you a little, maybe not. In the past I have made bad experience with giving those settings away but you know, this is not the holy grail and just technical stuff. It is about numbers and values and coordinates and sliders and even more numbers. The soul within a piece comes from something else. ;)

I want to thank parrotdolphin for the wonderful set of DAZ shaders that I used on his wrappings! :heart:

Inspiration: ant-zen.bandcamp.com/track/sch… Listen to that and turn up the volume! :heart: I listened to it pretty much the whole day while finishing this picture, it has nothing to do with fantasy or the lore actually. But oh the mood it creates....
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
He is absolutely gorgeous! I think the markings beneath his eyes, his chin and the middle of his chest
are absolutely adorable! I don't know why, I just find them especially cute! :love:

And thankyou oh so much for the inclusion of the details for the skin. I punched those numbers into
my shader, and tweaked some other settings and I am finally getting my skin in DS looking how I
want it! Nothing is going to be final until I make my own skin textures, but I'm loving the look I'm
getting so far. So thankyou!!! :huggle: :love:
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Mavrosh Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Professional General Artist
I remember you sent me a note about it a bit ago... so I thought, I might as well write down the settings where everyone can see them. :)
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SilveriMoonlight Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That definitely makes sense - saves you having to answer multiple notes about the
same thing. As soon as I finish recovering from an unexpected format, I'm going to
head back into DS and tweak my skins some more.
Thanks again for the settings, they were a massive help! :squee: :huggle: :love:
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psychopath556 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student General Artist
epic
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Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Pretty!
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Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D
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LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
<3
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SweetnSour333 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Photographer
Oh wow. I like his design and his abilities. Hmmmm I wonder would he be able to hypnotize anyone even the ones who resist??
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Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well... hmmm.... I have no idea! :)
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