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Pygmalion by Robert O'Neill


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Hopefully the title says it all.

A couple commented on perhaps the reality/unreality of the image.

It is a 3D render, using photographed skin for a shader and High Dynamic Range Lighitng a spotlight and Global Illumination.

Thus contributing to the ‘realistic’ side of it.

Skin normally has light penetrate the surface and bouncing around (Sub Surface Scattering). This was not turned on.

Also, I gave it a High Key filter (NIK software).

These two helped add to the unreality of an already unreal model..

It is normally possible to add to ‘photo reality’ in photoshop.

I did another render with Sub Surface Scattering turned on and tried a few things in photoshop. I didn’t spend that much time in Photoshop, but I would be interested if anyone thinks they look more ‘photographic’ even with a quick couple of filters on top.


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  • VanSnuG
    VanSnuGabout 6 years ago

    WOW! Stunning. So Stunning. Awesome, Rob. :-)

  • Thanks Steve. I get the impression you like this one a lot. Happy to know it.


    – Robert O'Neill

  • Mia1
    Mia1about 6 years ago

    very cool angle. Awesome.

  • Thanks Mia. Glad you like it.


    – Robert O'Neill

  • butchart
    butchartabout 6 years ago

    very very cool………………….b

  • Thanks Butch. Bit of difficulty with this one, so happy to know it turned out ok.


    – Robert O'Neill

  • shannondonovan
    shannondonovanabout 6 years ago

    Ohhhh this is incredible Rob. Wow!

  • Thanks Shannon for the very, very nice comment. Means a lot.


    – Robert O'Neill

  • juliex
    juliexabout 6 years ago

    A very stunning image love the off set capture….jux

  • Thanks Julie. Glad you like it.


    – Robert O'Neill

  • ellamental
    ellamentalabout 6 years ago

    I hope I’m not insulting anyone, she looks unreal,doll like.

  • I called it Pygmalion because it is a creation—a statue. Pygmalion, as you know created a statue he fell in love with. So, well spotted.

    As to reality . .. Well it is a 3d model….
    I guess, that comparing it to other renders here or in deviant art, for example, it’s about as realistic as they are. More so in many, many cases.

    The skin is real skin— photographed and applied as a shader. The lighting is HDRI, GI and one spot light. Set on quite high settings.

    For extra reality, perhaps I could have increased the photon count or render it in MAX, with V-ray.
    ANother option is to work it in photoshop, with camera blur and film filters, perhaps, but I wanted it to be as it was: a creation.

    – Robert O'Neill

  • Maggieposh
    Maggieposhabout 6 years ago

    Great angle, nice model, Its good to be different dont you think One ? Well done. Mp

  • Thanks Posh. I think it’s very good to be different. Not an easy thing to do, however. With so much art being made, the chances of real difference and real originality are harder.

    but we can try.


    – Robert O'Neill

  • Shelleymay
    Shelleymayabout 6 years ago

    I’m jealous! love how you do this , lovely image and I like the placement of the subject.

  • Thanks Shelly. Glad you like the placement. It was a bold choice on my part—slight break with convention. It was done in Carrara—3d Program. Free trial downloads are available from DAZ

    – Robert O'Neill

  • Barssel
    Barsselabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful image………….

  • Thanks Barssel.


    – Robert O'Neill

  • PJ Ryan
    PJ Ryanabout 6 years ago

    this looks really bizarre ~ so realistic and yet so not .. she’s beautiful :)

  • Hence the title… Thanks for the view, Nicole


    – Robert O'Neill

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