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The Phoenix by armieri The Phoenix by armieri
This was an attempt to contrast the black and whites of a dark volumetric lighting setting with the bright colors of the phoenix.

My only hesitation here is that I have really started to notice how much variation monitors have in displaying colors and the effect that has in highly saturated images; some artwork that looks great on my screen doesn't come off nearly as well on others. Ah well, you can't please all of the people all of the time.

Rendered in DAZ Studio 4.6 Pro, used three light sources and a volumetric camera.
Color saturation and flames added in Photoshop.
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Conlaodh Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I like the idea, and I think that it has been mostly realized. Something seems missing, though, and I can't put my finger on it.
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armieri Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014
Well, here are some of my thoughts as I was being critical, as they say you can be your own worst critic:
1) I rendered at 2560*1440 to make it a background wallpaper for my computer. But the 16:9 aspect ratio probably isn't right... I think this should actually be some portrait ratio, not landscape;
2) The phoenix model looks a little like a flying chicken to me.  Perhaps just perched on a post would be better.
3) The volumetric light looks really good... except it's only coming in from one window, not both on that same wall. That's a little weird in a subtle way.
4) The flames are expected in a phoenix image, but they really don't impress here.  If I was better with postwork perhaps I could blend the flames to actually flow right from the wings... I don't know, maybe I could request a tutorial from some group here so I could actually learn how to do that.  I think it's especially tricky as the lower feathers are purple, not red... not sure how that would work exactly.

I think if I correct all that, it might come together better.
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Conlaodh Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think your analysis is pretty good, although it's still a fine piece. With postwork, the flame colors could be adjusted to match the feathers, which might give a nice effect.
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