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One Really Messed Up Dream by DivineError One Really Messed Up Dream by DivineError
Woot. Yeah, what a strange dream she's having! Why is she smiling??

I hope this even qualifies in the contest, since I only used one model (the girl) and then exported to Maya for editing. I really did throw this together at the last few days of the contest, I put it off WAY too long. I wanted the tentacles to be more translucent-like with the new mental ray physical subsurface scattering shader, and have a nice overbright background, but that's my fault for procrastinating! :D I for once really really wish I had given myself more time. Oh well, for the tiny amount of time I did spend on it it seems to have came out pretty freakin good! Yeehaw!

Arguably my most complicated scene to date. This is a revolution in my skill cause as you can tell, I've never ever done anything like this before, and I'm quite proud of it since it's the first time I've done this type of image. In fact, I would fav this if it weren't mine, hehehe.

Contest Details: I used the Victoria model. I used the default pose then edited it from scratch myself. My name is Erik Anderson, I live in San Diego, California. I am currently only doing random freelance work. I used DAZ|Studio to open and pose the model, then I exported as OBJ, and imported with Maya. Then When the scene was done I used Mental Ray to render it.

Technical Details

I used the new FAST mental ray subsurface shaders on every object in the scene. Used three lights. The monster was done quickly in zbrush in about 3 minutes. Hair done in Maya PaintFX then composited over with photoshop later, since mental ray can't render PaintFX brushes unless they are converted to meshes. The spines were a real pain in the ass, cause I decided it would look too fake to use the same spine model over and over, so instead I decided to duplicate and modify each one as I went to keep them from looking the same, which took a few hours since tehy have to fit and rotate perfectly. So yeah, each spine is individual. Hard to tell at this res, but I'm working on the higher res one now.

Here is various layers I rendered and composited in photoshop: [link] [link] [link]

Here's a few shots from the Maya viewport: [link] [link] [link]

Oh yeah, and theres a PNG version you can get at this [link] if you don't want any compression :)
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Irawadee Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2013  Student Artist
HurpDur Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2011   Traditional Artist
Tentacles monster? O_O
SEspider Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
You be loving SSS don't cha?
Great job as always
J3V1L Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"tee-hee! that Tickles!"
Kyooki Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
Oh so awesome work. õ_õ
If that big thing is a fish, then I have dreams like this too... ToT ...except that I'm not smiling... xD

So so brilliant work... *v*
metalgearhead123 Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2009  Student General Artist
that is an odd dream... I had one where a tentacle monster want taking over the world growing like vines and covering the earth! latter in the dream people were building a giant dome the extended up into space haha
SaphybOO Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2009   Traditional Artist
NiobeeWoman Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2009
She's smiling cos she likes it :)
Lady-Puresweet Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2007
jarod1872 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2007
That's really cool man. How've I never seen this before, with how long I've been a fan of your stuff?
Thunor Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2007
Wow never seen this in your gallery +100 points.
SeruOmen Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2006
Whoah o.o Plain AWESOME!
renagade676 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
She's smiling because she thought this was her usual hentai dream, and she just got to the part with the tentacle monster. Little does she know her fun will be cut short.... :D
furryomnivore Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2006
aww.... cute!!!11 Its like ponies, ney (ha, get it NEY) OMG PONIES
Perigryn7280 Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2006  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really awesome work :)
SesakaTH Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2006  Student General Artist
Whoa! That's soo realistic! :wow: :+fav:
applex Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2006  Student Photographer
bummerrr! lol
h1gh3r-r3s Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2006
that looks crazy!, you are really talented!

its also really cool to see the maya shots before its rendered
AurorBlackHeart Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2005   Traditional Artist
dang thats really enhanced dream kinda werid but it looks kool for a movie thing
awsome job with the lighting too
Lazipto Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ha..dude..thats awsome!
Royfullmetal Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2005
She's smiling 'a'cus she's made of poison that goes BOOM!!!
Kage-J Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2005
X.X That's bitchin. XD :+fav:
Spacer2079 Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2005
jeez... very scary...
hao-sama Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2005
hey man :O you should revisit this sometime soon~ also, i don't supose you could show us some more intereting angles? :D
happymasksalesman Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2005
Good work, reminds me of starwars episode I "There's always a bigger fish" :D
is worth a :+fav: defenately
miredd Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2005
Geh. Super-creepy.
werefox7 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005
When I look at this...the word hentai comes to mind keke. But other than that, my God this is amazing. How do you do this? The whole 3d art is amazing made especially by the shading.
dodongski Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2005
hmm... looks like hentai. hahahahahaha!!!!!
popfizz Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2005
Beetleborg Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2005   Traditional Artist
not as messed up as my dreams... i ended up predicting a movie 7 years before it came out.
echoinglight Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2005
very nice...
NSVN64G Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004   Digital Artist
Just crusing through ur gallery. It's awesome to try out new things like you did here. The monster reminds of the Rancor from star wars.
3D-Studio-Mike Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2004   Digital Artist
*scratches head* Hmm... very hentai. :P
C-D Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2004
nice lighting effects =3 and I love the soft look there.
Matix411 Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2004  Hobbyist General Artist
I though these were action figures.
brilliant, considering it's your first like it!
j3concepts Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004
maybe have her facing the demon!!! hmmm....
j3concepts Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004
slick vector work mate... wow freaky dream!!
XenoDragon Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2004  Hobbyist Digital Artist
astrosnik Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2004
Her mouth throws me off, but otherwise this is awesome. The monster kicks ass, and the lighting is frikking effective. :D
Replicated Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2004   Digital Artist
You are now my most favorite artist on DA. You are so damn talented. I have never seen a render like this on DA. What I like about you most, is that you are innovative unlike most of the fucking trendwhores on this fucking site. This deviation right here is the prime example I like you best. :+fav:
DivineError Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2004

ive never been the kind of person to follow trends
BootlegZiyi Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004
Holy shit that is COOL! I almost had a dream like that (except I wasn't being eaten)!
DivineError Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2004
i wish i could remember my dreams.

whenever i do remember my dreams i always wish i hadnt
spleenmuncher Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2004
Very cool render! I have zbrush and Maya, but I am still a novice. I don't know if you remember me, but I was the one that sent you a whole bunch of messages so you could give me some tips on how to render like you, you're the one that got me started in Maya! Right now I am learning how to model on zbrush 2 and it rocks! The biggest challenge in 3d right now for me is not the modeling part, but the environment/lightning and how to properly apply the materials. For example, I downloaded a whole bunch of shaders from the Alias website and I applied, lets say a metal shader to my object, but the final renders comes out bad. On top of that I have a very crappy pc for running Maya. Anyways, very nice render and excellent use of the MIsss shaders. Since you might want a critique so you can improve on your work here are a few, The monster could use a more wetter/slimy look, the a few of the upper spines on the tentacles are a little too bright, and it would be cool if the monster had some glowing red eyes. That's all I can critique because the render is awsome! Keep it up man. I also submitted a render for this contest that I made in Maya, you can view it in my profile. Good luck on the contest and lets hope that we both win! :D
DaliLives Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004
I won't comment because i'm too jealous :D
Smuggler-Of-Mos-Espa Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004
Woah, shit, that's awesome dude.
Daybreakcat Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004
I could think of a few reasons why she's smiling. See, off shot are her cloths and they are back from dry cleaning. And the monster, being the nice guy that he is, is keeping her covered so none of the perverts can see her naughty bits. So she's like "Ah, freshly cleaned cloths AND a helpful monster, what a great dream"
And shes going to wake up and realize that her cloths AREN'T dry cleaned and that all the monsters out there won't even give her the time of day and start crying...
On a more serious level, I like the lighting effect, very nice. Everything seems to be made out of plastic, however, as someone else mentioned. I don't know what kida effect you were going for in particular, but thats what it looks like to me. Nice detail on the tentacles too.
DivineError Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004
Lol, always have a funny response you do. Damn I phrased that like Yoda.
Daybreakcat Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004
Yeah, I've been accused of being charismatic at different points in my life, but what do people know. I just like to keep spirits up and hearts light. Course, sometimes I can be a cranky old man, but thats pretty rare :)
Besides, someone has to tell all these people what you're REALLY thinking when you make these pics!
DivineError Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2004
hehehe. yeah, all too often people go WOW THATS AWSOME and stuff like that. ide like to know waht peopel are actually running through their heads when they see my images.

i also try to keep the mood light, in case you didnt notice already. i cant remember the last time i was actually sad, hmm.... hmmmmm......
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