She has no name yet, but this is her. She is my attempt at replicating this 12" BJD, Melissa Hon, in a realistic morph with the help of the Rayne morph package on a Victoria 3 base. Her hair is Laques hair by seisui. As she contemplates the Pierian Spring, she is wearing a neutral, unrealistic outfit, the V3 Morphing Fantasy Dress. I like her long chin and androgynous look. She is, obviously, the hero of the story. Continue reading The newest assistant at the Library of Intellectum
…lies a fountain fed by an underground aquifer. Library employees call it the Pierian Spring, after the fountain of Greek mythology that was supposed to impart knowledge to those who tasted its waters. No one dare drink from it, for they remember Alexander Pope’s admonishment on the subject:
"A little learning is a dangerous thing.
Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring…."
Everyone forgets the next two lines:
"There shallow draughts intoxicate the brain,
And drinking largely sobers us again."
…Which imply that a long, strong drink of Pierian water would do no harm. Anyway, like the book wyrm, the Pierian Spring remains a legend among library denizens, most of whom don’t go belowstairs [for fear of getting lost in the many passageways!]. There are rumors, however, that certain drinking fountains in the library are fed by the same spring, although no one can specify quite which ones.
This set was made from pieces of Caligo Fanum [the floor and back walls], Daz’ free Mansion Staircase [the pillars around the spring] [login needed] and Daz’ free Fonte Aretusa [the fountain and cobbles around it] [login needed]. Caligo Fanum is getting quite a workout these days. I never thought I’d use a product that I downloaded for free [many months ago] so frequently. Continue reading In another of the Library of Intellectum’s labyrinthine basements…
One of my favorite 3-D models is a cartoon character, The Girl, created by Kim Goossens. I used her as the base for this picture of Frank, who is clothed in free EvilInnocence skirt and top because I’m not up for spending new money on 3-D. The engaging smirk! The gravity-defying boobs! What’s not to love?Continue reading I love The Girl!
…Sleeps in the basement. Which came first, the library or the book wyrm? No one knows. Most people don’t even believe in the book wyrm, but, then again, most people don’t get down to the library’s subbasements.
This scene is made from elements of Caligo Fanum with the Eastern Dragon. I had to fight with it to get it to curl up sleeping, but I think the beautiful results are worth it. Doesn’t it look like a welcoming book wyrm, even in its sleep? 😀 😀 Continue reading The Library of Intellectum’s book wyrm
Intellectum Common now has benches, trash cans and a central information kiosk instead of a fountain. It’s very accessible!
Grass is a texture from somewhere on sharecg.com. Trees are from Daz’ Days of Cider. Park bench is a Renderosity freebie by 3dpmr. Trash cans are cylinder primitives made green. Info kiosk comes from Daz’ NeoStop.
Continue reading Library of Intellectum from across new, improved Intellectum Common
The Old Library [the green part of the library complex] boasts a lifesize statue on top of its pointy dome. This naked silver figure, which holds a book, represents Sophia, or knowledge, but everyone in the library calls her Scanty Sophie. No one knows why she has no hair or clothes, but people generally agree that the sculptor, whose name is mercifully lost to time, couldn’t sculpt cloth or hair very well.
Anyway, old-timers at the library always tell newcomers that Scanty Sophie comes down from her pedestal and lurks around the fashion section, trying to find something to wear. Some people swear that they’ve seen her, but they’re also the same people who are certain that a dragon — a book wyrm, to be precise — slumbers below the library’s foundation.
Scanty Sophie is a textureless Daz model, the free Victoria 2. Her book is just a cube primitive rescaled. Continue reading Sophia, the symbol, mascot and haunt of the Library of Intellectum
I added trees, sidewalks and a reflecting pool to Intellectum Common.
…Just so I can create a wedge of a futuristic city with a library complex at the center of the scene. Behold the Library of Intellectum! It’s made of some pieces of the aforementioned Dystopia City Blocks, colored in nice bright pastels by me.
The Library of Intellectum occupies the whole block in the center of the picture. I don’t know very much about it yet, but I do know that the green building with the pointy dome is the earliest surviving library structure. It is easily 200 years old. When the city was small, it originally housed the entire library. Over the years, additions and other buildings have been erected. The large wedge-shaped building behind the green one is known as the Magenta Monstrosity. Still controversial, even though it was finished over 50 years ago, the Magenta Monstrosity excites revulsion because of its color and because it’s kind of out of scale with the rest of the smaller, older library buildings.
The Library of Intellectum fronts on one of the city’s parks, partly shown, but currently undeveloped. Intellectum Common still needs trees, paths, benches, trash cans and a sculpture garden. It has a long, interesting history that I haven’t made up yet.
Daz does have its strong points, namely in the rendering of peopleless scenes and beautifully constructed buildings. I’ll never again use it for people, though, no matter how diverse their body shapes, because they all end up posing unnaturally. Besides, I can’t touch them the way I do with my dolls.
…But I couldn’t help but go into my old account and order these Dystopia City Blocks 1-10 and 11-20. They’re just so beautiful — I’ve admired them since I first became interested in 3-D rendering — and, besides, they’re free. I’d love to do a multimedia doll soap opera using some of them as exterior shots.