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Creating Image #137

This page outlines how image number 137 was put together and demonstrates some of the techniques that are used. I hope that it also answers the question that I am often asked about how I create my images.

The computer programs that I used for this were Poser, Bryce, and Classic Painter. I also use GIMP and Vue. For hardware I use a Wacom Intuos graphics tablet and pen.

Step 1: The Figure

Using Poser, a figure was created in the pose of someone hanging from a cross. This was the resulting figure - from three different views:
Poser Image 1 Poser Image 2 Poser Image 3

Step 2: The Scene

Using Bryce a cross was created using two rectangular blocks with a wooden finish. The bright light was also added above the cross - although this is not so obvious here. Bryce Rendered 1
Next a dark sky was added. Bryce Rendered 2

Finally the figure was imported and moved into position. Here is the resulting wire frame scene from three different views:
Bryce Image 1 Bryce Image 2 Bryce Image 3

The yellow globe is the light simulating the lightning flash, and the blue shape indicates the camera position and the direction it is looking. It captures the following scene which was rendered and saved:
Wire Frame Rendered
Bryce Image 4 Bryce Rendered 3

Step 3: Finishing

The work up to this point is mostly graphical design. The remaining tasks needed to complete the image are pure artwork for which Classic Painter is used. The graphics tablet and pen are essential for this.
First the nails were added to the wrists, and the hair and crown of thorns to the head. Some texture was also added to the arms so that they would not look so bleached. Classic Painter 1
Next the lightning was added and the sign with its own shadow. Classic Painter 2
Finally some small text was added to the sign and the wood was made more realistic. The image below the arms was also darkened, resulting in the final image. Classic Painter 3
To this image was added the verse. Click on the image below to see full size.
We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:6.


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