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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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:iconsilverimoonlight:
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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:iconmavrosh:
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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JWright-3D-Graphics Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Student General Artist
epic
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:iconlucyfaerie:
LucyFaerie Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014
Pretty!
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
:D
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:iconlucyfaerie:
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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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Well... hmmm.... I have no idea! :)
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:iconblanket86:
blanket86 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Very interesting and beautiful work! Great conception. Congratulations! :-) (Smile)
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:icontymora11:
tymora11 Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting, love the eyes...

Also, thanks for the technical tips!
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
You are welcome! :)
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SparklingDragonfly Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
He's beautiful! Thank you for sharing him with us. And I am positively sure you are getting better and better at this :)
Will there be more of him?
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! Yes, there will be more of him! :)
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:iconportisheart:
portisHeart Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart: absolutely excellent picture! :love: he's gorgeous, and the wrappings are just so awesome! nice lighting, pose and expression ^^. this is the stuff posters are made of.
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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evoluzione Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Lovely work and thanks for the technical details.  :) 
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
:bow:
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:iconlorelander:
Lorelander Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Beautiful! And thanks for technical info!
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you and you are welcome! :)
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:iconanironbutterfly:
anironbutterfly Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Totally beautiful guy!
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you! :)
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:icontheowl68:
TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the info on what settings you've used and everything here~ He's a stunner, beautiful everything!! :heart:
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you so much! :)
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:icontheowl68:
TheOwl68 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're most welcome! :dance:
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Aquamonkey92 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hypnotise? Oh my..........................Llama Emoji-38 (Confused) [V2]  Erm...........................


.................

What was I going to say again? Oh yeah, I know. I like him. Llama Emoji-02 (Blush) [V1] Love  His eyes are very interesting, yet a little creepy. I bet he uses them to his advantage, and perhaps as a lure to unsuspecting patrons? wink 
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ahahaha, yes yes, who knows... ;)
Thank you!
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dreamdesigner442 Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
Gorgeous&magnificent!!:-)also that very detailed technical info is great  help for the DAZ users!thank you very much even if I'm a bad Old poser7 user!LOL:D
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hahaha, yeah, my DAZ settings are no big help for poser users, I fear. :XD:
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dreamdesigner442 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Interface Designer
No problem My friend:-)İf I can find enough time, ı wanted to learn and use DAZ too :-)
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arkeoklept Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
He looks splendid. I look forward to seeing more of him. Thank you for the info on how you created the image. I learn a lot from you. :)
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Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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:iconinhumaninfernalbrood:
This looks SO AMAZING! I'm in love more and more with your artworks! Keep the good work, honey! :)
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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TinaEvil Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
so many comments!
wonderful as usual Mav.
as far as advice - I'll take any that you dish out :).
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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sith-kitten Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, this is so pretty! The colors, the lights, the mysterious look... Beautiful!
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you very much! :)
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EbruKash Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Wieder mal ein scharfer Kerl!
Eine Frage: was ist der Unterschied zwischen Hd veins und Venen mit Displacement?
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Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
HD ist im mesh direkt und wir reingemorpht während Displacement das Mesh mit einer Textur verändert, hier wird durch schwarz und weiß auf der Map  quasi dem Programm gesagt, wo es das Mesh nach innen bzw nach außen verzerren soll. Venen kann man so zum Beispiel auf einer Texture Map in weiß bzw Grauabstufungen auf schwarz zeichnen und dann hinterher im Programm diese Textur als Displacement Map mit den dementsprechenden Einstellungen setzen. 

Beim HD sind es die Polygone direkt und das ist durch eine sehr hohe Auflösung des Meshes möglich. Da kriegste dann viel mehr Details in das 3D Objekt, wie eben bei einem hochaufläsendem BIld - je mehr Pixel, umso mehr Detail sind möglich und mit den Polys in 3D verhält es sich ja genauso. :)
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EbruKash Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Danke schön! Und ich habe bei G2M immer beide benutzt! ;)
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Klar, mach ich auch bei manchen Jungs! Narben zum Beispiel. Oder schuppige Haut. :)
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:iconebrukash:
EbruKash Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014
Natürlich, ich nicht. Habe beides für Adern zugleich genutzt. Jetzt kann ich Disp für was anderes nutzen. Mir war der Unterschied nicht klar.
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:iconrozrr:
Rozrr Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wonderful Mav...
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
:heart:
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Gizmorian Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014   Digital Artist
Sehr schönes Lichtspiel und bringt das markante Gesicht umso besser rüber! Sehr mystisch - gefällt mir sehr gut! :)
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:iconmavrosh:
Mavrosh Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Dankeschön! :)
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Grim-Red Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well, i don't know how is possible to mis-use the technical notes, but i find them really useful to experiment and see how far i can improve using something different from my normal settings... :confused:

Leaving this aside, great piece. I absolutely love the mixture of lights and colors, the picture came out dark but bright at the same time and the way that the lights flow on his body. :clap:
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