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Micro Ventures by leroysquab Micro Ventures by leroysquab
Doc Carter is back and this time...
... he left the kids at home!
Micro Ventures ran briefly as an animated segment on the Hanna-Barbara Banana Splits show. The 4 minute segments were about Professor Carter and his teenaged kids Mike and Jill who used a shrink ray to shrink themselves and their dune buggy to get a bug sized view of the world. The threats tended to be distant ones as the Prof lectured his kids on bug life to downplay how the Professor would transform the safety of the yard for his kids into an alien jungle looming with the threat of fatal encounters with any of the thousands of giant insect monsters out there.  It could not compete with the thrills and action of the show's other segments, Arabian Knights and 3 Musketeers and lasted only 4 short episodes. Great potential never realized. I think with a little refomatting to up the thrill factor, it might have enjoyed great success.

Done in Daz Studio Pro 4.5 with a little postwork in Photoshop.
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Spydraxis01 Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I love it dude, although I would go with a dirt texture on the ground with some displacement mapping instead of the grass. I would also recommend a little plug-in called "Solarcell" from flamingpear.com which you could use to give some glow to those headlights. As for the spider...creepiest looking 3d arachnid I have ever seen in any render...seriously that thing looks real as hell. 
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leroysquab Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014
Thanks, bro! Yeah, dirt's probably a better call but I'd done Antman with dirt in a similar scene years ago so I just wanted to try something a little different but dirt would've been a better choice. Actually there was intent behind the soft diffused lighting type headlight... my thought was actual high beams might draw unpredictable reactions from insects as it would be a very uncommon sight for them so instead, use a softer lighting that mimicked bio-luminescence and might also make the vehicle look like a poison frog, something not terribly predatory yet best not messed with either. But thanks for the tip! I may have to look into "solarcell" anyway for other stuff. :) Yeah, Predatron's LR Fantasy Spider is awesome! I just gave him a little hair with the Garabaldi plug-in.  :)
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Spydraxis01 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Do you have a link for that Girabaldi plug in I copuld use something like that so long as it isn't too heavy on the resources or render times
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leroysquab Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014
It takes a bit of a toll on each but it's not too outrageous.
www.daz3d.com/garibaldi-expres…
It often goes on sale for half price, I'd keep an eye on it and buy it then unless you really need it now. It had been suggested to me that Garibaldi was about worth that half price and that Look at my Hair might be a better buy at full price so if you've got the cash, you might consider that one instead. :)

But yeah man, I hear ya. I just started playing with more advanced lightings and settings and it's taking so long now, it's killing me! I'm not used to it and it's horrible! I am right this minute, 13 hours and 45 minutes into my latest render, this after discovering a mistake that needed correcting 9 hours into a render. Fixed that before starting on the current stretch! So here I am, nearly 23 hours into this far (83%) plus I still need to render a depth mask and possibly a followup render for corrections! (groan!) There must be an easier way!
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Spydraxis01 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Light Dome Pro-R (www.daz3d.com/light-dome-pro-r) should bring down your lighting times by a lot I mean seriously my render times run about 20 minutes and usually less.
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leroysquab Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014
Thanks, I may have to check that out. The results look impressive and I really need to get back to those 20 minute renders! Been playing with scattered type lighting lately and while it produces a slightly nicer effect, damn... 15 hours render time on my last one... ridiculous! 
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Spydraxis01 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah 15 hours is full on BS and you see the results I get and that's typically just one shadow, 
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leroysquab Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2014
Here's the real kicker... after all that, I decide the lighting still sucks and end up and going back and re-doing it AGAIN. Well, I do have to take my share of the blame for mistakes made as I'm learning but it's not even the 15 hours I mind so much as the 24+ hours of completely wasted render time with nothing worth while to show for it. Oh well, live and learn. :)
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jrmalone Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome!!! I loved The Banana Splits as a kid, and I recognized this dune buggy immediately! I need to go back and watch these for the segments you referenced -- it's been SOOO long! :) Excellent work on the model! And that spider is just amazing and terrifying! Awesome work, bud! Thanks for the nostalgia! :)
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leroysquab Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014
:omfg: You actually remember this?! Truly the dune buggy was the most interesting and memorable character from the original series! :lol: Thanks, Predatron's Spider (creepiest I've seen!), I added hair (though he was plenty creepy enough already). I'm glad you enjoyed it and truly amazed you remembered this! :D
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