Gathering Strength

Gathering Strength

1999 © Tobin James Mueller
collaborative artwork for The Power of 10, a VisionForge MultiMedia Project
To view a 800x640 248k version, click here.)

Dido Titania, the Keeper of the Portal to the Fifth Dimension, calls forth the power of the Temple.

This and other images of Dido are painted by Ian Brand.
The lyre and wings were painted by Toy Takai.
All other artifacts are modeled by Tobin Mueller, most in the Bryce terrain editor
or in Poser 3, and rendered in Bryce 4. The wings of the altar statue, for example,
were first painted, then scanned, then a .pict file formed the basis of the shape
and ambient texture sculpted in side Bryce, with the bump map providing
realistic shading is a custom wood grain texture made in Bryce.

The circular portal is made of several layers of transparent lenses and images
The basic internal image is pict of an abstract Bryce rendering by Loannis Adonakis.
The statue holding the lens portal aloft was modeled in Poser 3, its texture is a
customized version of the brass seen in the two flanking altar adornments,
with a slightly offset transparent reflective texture created in Bryce.
The lightning effects were created with Xenofex 1.0, the sky fractals with KPT 5,
all other images (shadows, highlights, helmet sheen) created in Photoshop 4.0 by Tobin.

Other views of Dido and her Temple can be seen from Tobin's Gallery:
The Portal of the Power of 10
Singing Forth the Image (640x800 - 141k version)
Singing Forth the Image (460x600 - fits screen)
The Helmet of War Wakes (a Bryce Select winner)
Gathering Strength (800x640 - 248k version)
Gathering Strength (600 pixels - 114k version)
Dido's Oath (800 pixels - 288k version)
Dido's Oath (640 pixels - 134k version)
The Hand of Perspective (800 pixels - 268k version)
The Hand of Perspective (600 pixels - 116k version)
The Portal Lens (early draft)
Reflective Face of the Goddess
Song of Creation (690x609 - 188k version)
Song of Creation (600x530 - 75k version)
Naked Choices (800 pixels - 120k version)
Naked Choices (640 pixels - 80k version)
more to come...

The Power of 10 is an Online Collaborative Picture Book project
in its formative stages. As the initial illustrations are completed,
writers are sketching out the first chapters and musicians are composing theme music.
See "Contents".

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