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:
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.
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.
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!
Listen to that and turn up the volume!
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....