Finally, Daru gets her chance to shine in her iconic outfit! This image has been in the works for nearly 2 months now (plus at least 2 more of general thinking about it). I wanted to get just the right pose to capture Daru's sexiness and alluring charm. I felt that the closest to that was her pose in Women of Color so I used that as my starting point.
I also had quite the dilemma with her lekku: front or back? Given that they're in the back in WoC, I decided to go with them in front.
Finally this makes use of every trick in the book (that I know XD). In each image of my "Just" series I've tried to improve on the technical aspects. Here we have new Ambient Occlusion and new procedural materials for her clothing. Her skirt is patterned after satin, while her top and boots are now a velvet material (thanks to RDNA's awesome material freebie as a starting point). For the first time in a long time, there's no postwork on this render (aside from fixing pokethrough and small rendering artifacts).
Sorry to ramble on so long. I hope you enjoy the image!
Coming up in the (hopefully) not too distant future: more from Shina, and a special image from Max to celebrate my 10,000th page view on deviantArt (people seem to be big on that over there), both already in progress.
Thanks for looking and especially for your comments!
Very Nice. Can't Wait to see the other ones you're working one.
04/12/2008 09:02 PM
Join Date: 05/22/2006 Comments: 187
Magnificent image, Giolon! Daru looks fabulous and I love her pose. She looks like the proper harem girl with the outfit and the positioning of her arms. You (well..I, lol) can imagine her slowly gyrating her hips to the sound of music.
The new textures and colours you have used for her clothing work wonders. Everything looks so much richer and luxurious. It is almost as if she went to a more expensive shop this time for the garments. The golds look more burnished and vibrant while the fabrics look more like silks and velvet rather than cloth. That isn't to say previous images of her in the iconic outfit are now poor in comparison (because she still looks amazing), just that everything looks more resplendent.
The positioning of the lekku looks nice whichever way they are placed. My all-time favourite of her, regarding the lekku, was your image "Daru in Poser 7". There was something about the way she had one lekku in front and one behind. Something so sexy. Here though, the fact that they are both in front looks perfectly fine because of where the arms are. In the previous image I mentioned, her hands were lower. Here, because they are higher, if any of the lekku were behind her, it would have been more or less hidden by the arm. For me, much of the Twi'lek's sexuality and sensuality is due to her lekku so they need to be visible.
Another thing I like in this image is how her right lekku makes the right brassiere cup appear more three dimensional and more outwards. It emphasises Daru's beautiful, full bust because it gives the impression that the brassiere is covering something that, well...sticks out. ;)
So as a parting note, I think I am going to have to start charging you for my water bill, because every time I see one of your new images of your sexy Twi'lek girls, I find I need to take a cold shower afterwards. :)
04/13/2008 12:09 AM
This is, as always another wonderful picture from you. The texture on her clothing look great and as Solaris already said I think one should see at least one lekku of every Twi'lek. The Lekkus really push the sexappeal. You are a real artist.
Greetings from Cologne, Germany
04/13/2008 02:12 AM
Join Date: 12/10/2006 Comments: 31
I dont know how to say but I think this image looks more "sharp" than the other daru ones. I also agree you should do lekku forward at least once with all the girls :). Great Picture. Also hope you are interested in doing the comparison pictures I suggested for all the girls like Daru Twi'lek and Daru Human.
04/13/2008 06:29 AM
Join Date: 05/12/2006 Comments: 144
Bonafide, that idea is a thought that had crossed my mind. :)
I didn't use any filters this time b/c I really liked the way the colors came out of Poser, and b/c I wanted to let all Daru's lovely freckles stand out for thsemselves! It did end up in a "sharper" look than my images have had for a while.
04/13/2008 02:55 PM
[insert Solaris full post]
year, you tell him ! Ã–_Ã¶
04/13/2008 03:10 PM
Join Date: 06/06/2006 Comments: 22
Thank you Giolon for this 2 months of working and for the 2 more of general thinking about it..... By the way, you think very well because Daru looks beautiful, as always ;-)
04/13/2008 03:26 PM
Join Date: 08/10/2007 Comments: 4
very nice. very, very nice.
I really don't have anything more to say or add, other than looking forward to seeing more of the Twi ladies as time passes
04/13/2008 04:42 PM
Join Date: 01/24/2008 Comments: 11
In my opinion, Daru is the sexiest Twi' Lek i have ever seen. A Twi' Lek with freckels is a very great idea and they make Daru the most beautyful of your girls in my eyes.
04/14/2008 11:41 AM
Awsome pic, man. I think I even asked for a "Just Daru" image a little while back. So now, my wish comes true! (For once..............)
P.S. NOT MEANING HERE!!!!!!!!!!
04/14/2008 06:19 PM
Lovely! Great work!
04/15/2008 12:45 PM
Why don't you do a picture of all the twi'leks in one picture?
04/20/2008 10:58 AM
Daru is my favorite of your Twi'lek collection, and she looks so...beautiful in this pose. Not that any of Daru's, or the other Twi'leks for that matter, poses looked bad, I just think you rendered in a very, very awesome pose.
P.S. I agree with Famerlor, lekkus do push the sex appeal.
04/25/2008 10:59 PM
i agree with master cheif, Daru is the hottest of the 5. Sweet pose Gio! been waiting for a dance pose