Thursday, 20 April 2017

RENDER - Lucy extended bio

Lucy entered this world with the brightest red hair.

Make of that what you will.

She was walking early and running not long after that.

Her childhood was profoundly unremarkable. Yes other kids teased her about her hair. No it never bothered her because she wouldn’t let it and she was not shy about confronting her tormentors and bullies.

And very early on she decided she loved the single braid look.

Until one day a boy in her class took it a new level. When she wasn’t looking he grabbed her braid and yanked it – HARD.

She did not cry. She yelled. She did not cry.

And with an purpose she’d not known before she turned to look at the stupid smiling face of the dumb ass kid who thought this was funny.

And with that purpose she brought her left hand up in a fist and smashed that stupid smiling look right off his face.

The teacher didn’t see the hair-pull. And by the time they’ve turned around someone else is already making a lot of noise.

The teachers seemed angriest over the fact that Lucy felt no shame or embarrassment over what she’d don’t. She wasn’t feeling bad about it and she sure as hell wasn’t going to apologise for it.

She was suspended for a week and her parents had to take turns taking time off work.

After Lucy explained what had happened they weren’t inclined to ask her for an apology either.

Instead they looked online and found a few places locally...

Lucy never stuck with one thing, she preferred the variety. So after a little bit of boxing, a little bit of judo, and a little bit of wrestling she was pretty rounded.

In high school when another boy yanks her braid he’s more careless and the teacher sees it. This time Lucy doesn’t so much knock the stupid look of his face as the stupid look, what used to be his nose, and.. Yep, that’s a tooth on the floor.

Suspended again; at least she’s old enough that her parents don’t have to miss work.

Lucy is already on the high school wrestling team. Genius should have considered that in the first instance. Her cred is up several notches when she gets pack, but there’s a problem.

The team is co-ed, there aren’t enough young women for their own team.

Genius with the new nose job and expensive dental bill is one of the guys on the team, and he has mates.

Lucy has never backed down from a fight until now. She’s not going to start.

She gets smashed around pretty rough. She refuses to quit. There are a lot of bruises and a couple of concussions. The coach recognises the problem and asks to talk to Lucy and her parents.

When they meet she’s spitting fire, and she won’t quit.

Instead she gets better.

Before long she’s giving as good as she gets.

Not long after that there’s been a change in the dynamics of the team.

The guys thought they could hurt her and scare her off.

Now they are the ones scared of her.

And “The Crusher” is born – right there on the high school wrestling team.

So Lucy has solved her problem. There’s still a matter of balance though.

Graduation and Lucy is done with high school.

At the graduation party she meets the genius again. He’s scared of her and with cause.

She’s happy with that, she wishes for more. She gets it...

The genius speaks, “Can I have a private word with you someplace?”

They’re outside. It’s just started getting dark and they’re under a tree away from the crowd.

“You broke my nose and wrecked my teeth. I haven’t forgotten that. Do you want to apologise? If you don’t I will make you pay for it!”

Lucy keeps very, very calm...

“You want an apology from me?”

“Damn right!”

“And if I don’t?”

Apparently not, he grab’s Lucy’s hair with one hand and one of her breasts with the other, and he squeezes *hard*.

Genius has had a couple of beers, does he remember nothing? He’s a lot bigger than Lucy so he never rolled on the mats with her due to weight limits, it was all of his smaller friends who got brutalised instead. Maybe that’s why he thinks this is an ok idea?

 “If you don’t I will get mine back!”

Lucy isn’t even angry.

It’s like the heavens heard her prayers and answered them.

Lucy has done a little bit of Muay Thai. Not a lot. A little bit.


That knee; landing where it does; well someone is going to need a lot longer than a minute...

Then, force of habit, right jab first. It’s like just *so* perfect. Right on the nose and the crunch isn’t as loud as the squish.

And before genius has even realised how much pain he’s in, here comes the left.

Lucy hurts her hand. She can feel something break. She felt something else break now also.

Look – there’s more teeth on the ground!

This time police get involved. Dad of genius reckons he’ll sort this out and get an example made of Lucy.

While she’s being arrested Lucy says three things.

“Look under his fingernails. You’ll find my hair and skin and the matching scratches are behind my ear.”

“I need a doctor to examine me right away – I have a bruise on my breast to show you.”

“I’m done talking – I want a laywer.”

It goes to court. Karma is great and three other young women come forward to admit that genius assaulted them also and they wish they’d had Lucy’s “pluck”.

Acquittal and genius is the one who goes away.

Lucy decides to go to a trade school. She’s unsure what she wants to do so she picks up some carpentry, then some electrical...

It’s in a drafting class that she meets someone new – and she can’t stop looking.

Her classmate has a tattoo sleeve. Lucy thinks!!!

Get gets a job working as an aide in a tattoo parlour. She doesn’t get that much ink herself, mainly the sleeve she wanted so badly for herself the first time she saw it.

She likes not needing skirts and heels or safety boots. She likes that she can dress and make up however she goddamned pleases and that here, this is an asset – not a liability.

She becomes a pretty awesome tattooist in her own right.

It’s a poster on a telephone pole that makes her stop and ask “what the”?!?!

And that’s how she discovers roller derby.

Takes her awhile to get good on skates. She’s still not the best on skates. She has other skills to compensate.

The Crusher is back in business again.

Lucy wonders about the future a little bit. She’s an assistant manager at the tattoo place but that doesn’t pay great and it’s unsure what kind of future it will hold. She can sort a few things around the house on her own so that helps save, but she knows someday she needs to get into something more.

One day she rolls with Eloise.

The next week she’s serving at a pretty glitzy restaurant.

Turns out she likes the heels and dresses. It’s even fun to lose the braid now and again.

That was a while ago. She’s assistant manager at the restaurant now also.

Well at least money isn’t a worry, and she’s got skills, experience (and references) that mean it won’t ever be...

RENDER - Dani's expanded bio

Dani's parents are... Well...

Basically they're hippies.

This explains a lot about Dani.

Early on she knew how to spend time outdoors, everything from gardening to hiking.

At an early age she discovered a talent for climbing. Trees to begin with.

Rock faces not long after that..

A lot of parents would be horrified. "That's dangerous and she could get hurt!"

Like true hippies Dani's parents weren't big on what people aren't allowed to do.

Did we mention that Dani's mum was an engineer, and became that in an era when that was distinctly uncommon for women. Dani's dad was the artist. Same again for young men.

The conundrum here is that mum and dad were a pretty awesome partnership back in the day and thanks to some brilliant design work there are more than a few buildings and bridges (complete with community areas and parks) that Dani is familiar with indeed.

To put it bluntly, Dani's parents could afford to own... Well an awful lot of stuff!

They live in a modest house. The bulk of their clothes are second hand. No big screens, just lots of solar panels.

The car is expensive only because... Well Tesla’s aren’t that cheap yet I guess.

Between op-shop clothes, a modest lifestyle, and atypical gender roles, Dani doesn’t look at the world the same way many others do.

And now Dani has grown up in a world with a great deal of freedom and role models that make it very clear to her - the only limit on what you can do (or be) is you.

No one and nothing else can put limits on you.

Dani does ok in school. Actually she does better than that, especially in maths and science for that matter. Just because there's nothing you can't do doesn't mean that aren't some things you have to be and mom does have certain expectations here.

So besides freedom Dani also understands the concepts of having a sense of purpose in life and being self-sufficient.

She’s going to do what she wants and she does not need anyone to look after her.

Her parents do not disapprove of college.
Mum is disappointed that the degree is in philosophy.
Dad is perfectly happy.

College is also where she picks up a lot of other experiences, we’ll come back to that later...

There is one fright.

Dani has a few drinks at a party and ends up alone with a guy who has problems with the word “no”.

Dani isn’t afraid and starts making a lot of noise.

Others hear and the guy gets a forceful explanation on the English language from the boyfriend of her best friend (all-state middle linebacker).

Dani is shaken and upset.

She thinks about it and makes a conscious decision that she will not live in fear though.

She gets a few self defence lessons and knows to be more careful in future.

(Author’s side note here – it pisses me off that we spend more time asking women to be careful than we do teaching men to be not assholes)

Then there’s that other incident. Annoyance really... It’s not like she needed the cast longer than a couple of months. Oh well. Never too late to learn that when rock climbing it is best to avoid things like falling.

When the cast is off Dani finds out she’s lost a lot of strength in that arm.

She needs to get that back before she can start back on the rock wall.

Lifting weights seems... She does it a bit. It’s really not for her.

The doctor suggests yoga?

Well that does really seem to be for her!

A lot of it comes naturally. Her flexibility improves (it was pretty awesome to begin with) and now she’s able to tackle some even tougher faces. Best of all you can do it outside!

That's how Jessica and Dani meet (find out about Jessica here).

Talking gets to laughing which gets to more talking.

And just like that a friendship is struck.

Jogging climbing together Dani asks Jessica if she'd like to learn yoga.

Jessica says sure.

And Dani asks what Jessica's first sport is.

"You mean like WWE?"

No. Not like WWE.

Easier to show...

Dani likes this too, even if it's not outside.

So starting off Dani’s game comes a long way really, really fast.

And with her flexibility and conditioning from rock climbing and yoga her bottom game is amazing. In no time at all even Jessica is struggling to pass from Dani’s guard.

Perhaps Dani’s one shortcoming is that she’s... Well timid isn’t the right word. It’s just that her defence when grappling is way ahead of her offense.

But if she does get your back and get her hooks in... Well you may want to consider getting comfortable because you won't be going anyplace soon.

And forget punching or kicking. She’s happy just to roll.

And because they are friends and because they hang at the gym and outside they occasionally hang inside with a glass of wine or a beer even.

And it’s after a couple of those drinks one night when Jessica looks at Dani in a way that she hasn’t before.

Dani recognises the look.

Like I said, she experienced a few things in college.

So when Jessica holds of Dani’s face and leans in Dani isn’t surprised.

When Jessica leans back her look is a little more stricken.

Dani laughs and jumps Jessica, bringing their mouths together again. This time it’s Dani who pulls back.

“Sorry Jess. I’ve tried it. If you want it that bad I can do some stuff. I simply prefer guys. Please tell me we’re still ok to be mates?”

Jessica doesn't want it so bad that she's willing to ask that of a friend. Instead the question is “Did you know?”

Dani laughs. “How much time have we spent on the mats?

Yeah I figured that one out pretty early. So long as you’re ok it’s not me, I’m ok that it is you.”

So they remain friends, probably better than before even.

One day in the gym Dani notices Jacelyn and then she notices Jessica looking at Jacelyn.

“Why are you looking at her like that?”

Startled at an unexpected question Jessica stammers. “Oh she's a bitch and I don’t like her.”

Dani smiles... “No. That wasn't that look.”

Jessica is a bit embarrassed. Dani's joke that Jess like’s them buxom makes her face flush.

One day Dani comes across Jacelyn with a stricken look on her face, and asks what the problem is.

Jacelyn groans... “Me and my big goddamned mouth was putting crap on your girlfriend earlier and now I’m going to get the crap kicked out of me.”

Maybe it’s poor form, but sometimes you gotta help a friend out.

So Dani whispers into Jacelyn’s ear.

“She’s angry. She's not a bitch. If you don’t put up much of a fight she won’t be able to bring herself to hurt you."

Jacelyn looks at Dani forlornly. Really?

"Yes really. Oh and if you ask her out after she’ll say yes.”

Jacelyn’s eyes widen.

Dani is pretty perceptive.
"I know how she looks at you when she thinks no one is watching. I also know how you look at her when you think no one is watching."

You can find out how that one ended here.

and here

Dani and Jessica are still very much good friends.

So much so that Dani likes to joke about where Jessica’s girlfriend is ever upset by the amount of time she spends with her other girlfriend.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Lighting and bad language....

The guys out there who take photographs will understand what I mean when I say that, regardless of what you see through the shutter, if you don't have your exposure settings right, the final result is crud.

I use a program called DAZ for my 3D renders.

Default the render engine is something called 3delight.

Because this is the default you can set your scene and with a click of a switch get a render.

It's easy and it's ok. It is also good for producing images that are very flat and, well, kinda "ick".

I remember the day I first discovered lighting setups. This was the first challenge. What I saw looking at the preview pane was suddenly not the same as what I saw after the render. Worse my render times went from seconds to minutes.

This didn't take too long though, and soon enough I was getting *way* better results using light rights I'd purchased and that has been a long and awesome trip.
And the extra time was well worth it!

Recently I got a water prop. As in for pool surfaces and stuff like that.

Using 3delight it was... Well "ok" would be kind.

A bit of research and what I need to be using is a different rendering engine called Iray.

That was six weeks ago.

I was getting pretty damn close to buying a plane ticket so I could visit the R&D crew for DAZ and start breaking furniture.

Patience and persistence, I kept at it.

I finally got to a point where I had some comfort I knew what was going what, where, how and when.

Right - time to take the plunge. Bit of research and I've gone and purchased a pair of preset light rigs that are designed specifically to work with Iray...

I think I finally understand why those mad scientists make that weird cackling noise when the thing on the table finally gets up and goes for a walk...

Patience please everyone....

Friday, 7 April 2017

RENDER - Cass and Corveena

The awesome and glorious Cassidy Bryce has kindly allowed me to reapply my meagre talents her direction again.

Different set and light rig, different outfits.

Unsure how practical those boots/shoes would be for grappling, they do seem to suit nice long legs.

The real item is way better. Go check her out here.

Corveena isn't a real person. So it's just about checking her out here.

Question though, it appears Corveena is letting her hair grow out a fair bit now.

Back to the pixie cut or is it better long (or longer)?

We have more in the pipeline, patience though please.  :)