When I found that spot in your map dougal2 I knew I had to use it, the tree and sun are important elements in this practice, the flares are in-fact behind the glass and lighting it in a interesting and surreal way, the flaring tree itself behind the "rock" becomes a symbol that anyone who Really has practised Qigong might understand, but is very hard to describe in words, yet I found it in the light map, how is that possible? That's the magic part imo, no mistakes, hypershapes rotating outside our dimensional frame of reference appear to be unrelated events yet are not.
The "rock" is another example, I decided to go for a painted rock like you might find in a city park, white with gold Chinese characters tho at first they were spray painted on; so a mixed texture between a glossy with a low exponent and a matte with Oren-Nayar .1, I got about 1/2 way there and again decided I liked what it said, orange gaussian texture with more cracks as you reach the bottom of the "rock." I think of it not as a rock any more but as a word.
The Monk is floating slightly but I moved the Camera angle from the original position and lost the tension of that, if you zoom in there is still a tiny gap, also it was meant to be fairly subtle, the center moment between, balance - falling - completion of motion.
The core point is the real "power" is the perception of Time.
I did not expect a good reception for this image but have decided to not bother with credibility any more as I am not a dev and don't need to put on a mask of sanity to maintain that postion, the language of the picture itself is what I am trying to get at now.
For example in painting I might paint the cloth still and wonder why I did it? because it creates a paradox, the spining leaf is very important to me personally as a symbol for how I like to practice Qigong, but in CG the relative stillness of the elements will not be parsed as language but as a "mistake."
I have been having a very hard time finishing work the past few weeks and I think the reason is I keep correcting these "mistakes" and restarting but my subconscious keeps making new ones because they are in fact Not mistakes but messages from a deep part of the self, so I am going to stop "correcting" them and try to understand them. Which is the old way of doing art, not making cool looking images so much as channeling the inner dialogue and externalizing it so one can see it; you will teach yourself things you did not know you knew.
Why is the cloth still and the leaf in motion? That is not a error, its a question
One of the greatest things about painting is the discovery of yourself, "why did I do that?"
Anyway, thanks for not tearing my head off over this one
Heh, I was wondering if anyone was looking at the Current Render, I try and keep it up to date.
( back to the egg chair now, but with the snake inside the egg, humm....baahahahahah! )