DAZ Studio : Powerful Portraits

February 23, 2019 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT

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February 23, 2019
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm GMT
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Register for this webinar and receive almost 4 hours of additional tutorials for free : Create Compelling Characters!

Creating outstanding portraits with DAZ Studio requires practice and determination. Then there’s a slow but sure improvement on picking up tips along the way. But what if you could learn a whole raft of tips within a few hours by an established portrait artist? Mary Wright (Quixotry in the DAZ 3D community) will share her experience on how to create premium character artwork. Learn techniques that will help your characters generate a powerful emotion by the story that they tell.

Mary will share valuable tips on:-

  • Picking a character to convey the story
  • Backgrounds
  • Camera position
  • Expressions
  • Poses
  • Lighting, shadows and mood
  • Composition helpers
  • Postwork : Enhancing hair
  • Postwork : Enhancing the eyes
  • Postwork : Enhancing the skin
  • Tips on male portraits
  • Composition tips on two character portraits
  • Black and white portraits

Webinar Content : 1.5 hours+

In DAZ Studio


  • Pose
  • Expression

Camera and composition

  • Moving the camera
  • Framing
  • Planning a scene around kersic composition concepts
  • Canary’s composition helpers for DAZ Studio

Telling the story

  • Conveying mood with light and shadows
  • Comparison of three different lighting setups

Rending backgrounds

  • Benefits with a background
  • Benefits without a background

In Photoshop

Postwork : brushes, tools, layers and blending modes

  • Enhancing skin
  • Enhancing eyes
  • Enhancing hair

Lighting and Background

  • Brushed shapes
  • Gaussian blurs
  • Adjustment layers
  • Blending modes

Software used in this webinar

  • DAZ Studio
  • Photoshop (or Gimp)

Bonus Content (from free additional tutorials)

• Body types
• Basic Face Shapes
• Character relationship maps
• DAZ Studio Deformer tool
• Adding scars and cuts to a character
• Factors that shape a story!
• Setting First Impressions
• Our understanding of the characters is shaped by the actions they take
• Elements to understanding a character
• Key Properties of Characters
• The Characters Populating Your Storyworld
• Major, Minor and Placeholder Characters
• Character Archetypes
• Avoiding Clichés and Stereotypes
• Raising the Emotional Stakes
• What makes a character distinctive looking?
• Challenges In Distinctive Features
• How characters are typically differentiated
• Ways to test your cast’s distinctiveness
• Character relationship maps
• Character arcs
• Face and body types

About the presenter : Mary Wright

Mary Wright is a published artist at DAZ 3D known as Quixotry.
She’s an accomplished DAZ Studio portrait-maker, with a fantasy edge and has developed a series of characters and pose sets sold in her DAZ 3D store.
She grew up surrounded by beautiful paintings. Her father, Thomas Baker, is a master oil painter specializing in portraiture. It was his talent, teaching, and encouragement that led her to begin developing her own artistic abilities. This, combined with help from several other talented family members, led to the taking up of a great many hobbies which include woodwork, clay sculpting, papercraft, beading, and writing: all practiced with great enthusiasm and varying degrees of success.
Mary discovered Daz Studio while looking for an affordable program that would allow her to learn about the world of 3D art. Recognizing it as a useful tool for figure reference, illustration, and book cover creation, she added it to her workflow and found that pairing 3D renders with postwork in Photoshop opened up a world of exciting artistic possibilities.
On top of being a digital artist, Mary is a freelance editor, voracious reader, and lover of the written word. She has run her own business, Quills, Nibs, and Keyboards Editing & Design Services, from home since 2014. It started out as a simple editing business and later expanded to include graphic design elements as she branched out into book cover creation with the help of Daz Studio.
She lives in New Mexico with her husband Brandon and their cat, Bagheera.