Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
About Digital Art / Hobbyist Core Member Luke CageMale/United States Recent Activity
Deviant for 10 Years
2 Month Core Membership
Statistics 491 Deviations 7,590 Comments 127,015 Pageviews

Newest Deviations

Shelby Cobra :iconsodacan:sodacan 10 9 Little Mermaid :iconsodacan:sodacan 18 9
Mature content
Barefoot Kitten Pays it Forward :iconsodacan:sodacan 51 18
Mature content
The Blonde Avenger VS MicroMan PT2 :iconsodacan:sodacan 17 6
The Blonde Avenger VS MicroMan PT1 :iconsodacan:sodacan 17 2 Lizzie Head Shot :iconsodacan:sodacan 12 0 Virgin Killer Sweater SelfieTrans Map :iconsodacan:sodacan 39 10
Mature content
Barefoot Kitten's St Patrick's Day Pt 3 - Next Day :iconsodacan:sodacan 34 2
Barefoot Kitten's St Patrick's Day Pt 2 :iconsodacan:sodacan 39 4 Barefoot Kitten's St Patrick's Day Pt 1 :iconsodacan:sodacan 45 6
Mature content
Velma and the Doppleganger :iconsodacan:sodacan 83 9
Mature content
Virgin Killer Sweater Selfie :iconsodacan:sodacan 44 12
LI One Piece Transmap :iconsodacan:sodacan 20 0 Skylar Red One Piece :iconsodacan:sodacan 34 4
Mature content
Toon Power Girl Exposed :iconsodacan:sodacan 7 0
Toon Power Girl :iconsodacan:sodacan 46 8

Random from 3-D

beautiful sadness :iconmugenb16:MugenB16 8 0 The Lost Garden :iconsartoritangier:SartoriTangier 72 54 Barbecue Chicken - 2 of 5 :icondouglasshuler:DouglasShuler 41 11 Hyper - 1 of 5 :icondouglasshuler:DouglasShuler 76 8 Warrior :iconleakygraphics:LeAKyGrAPHics 16 9 Spider Warrior :iconmrsynnerster:MrSynnerster 39 21 Mushroom Party :iconelborja:ElBorja 117 75 Can't Wait A Moment More :iconclarissab:ClarissaB 39 25 I Hate It When That Happens :iconfredy3d:Fredy3D 178 126
Mature content
Wounded Bat :iconeferrier:eferrier 209 21
Dayala :iconvexiphne:vexiphne 420 54 Iseult - Full Frontal View :iconbrokenangel:brokenangel 78 27 A Matter of Faith :iconbrokenangel:brokenangel 220 114 Laces :iconbrokenangel:brokenangel 626 500 Battle suit :iconcaptvovan:CaptVovan 151 11 Sun :iconcaptvovan:CaptVovan 48 1
Favorite 3D works by DA Artists

Random from Photos

Ballerina and a Harley - Alexa - Legs Emporium :iconlegsemporium:LegsEmporium 35 13 Out among the vines... :iconrobertsleeper:RobertSleeper 242 10 Simply Beautiful.... :iconjus4taday:jus4taday 108 24 Shasta 14 :iconspawlphoto:SpawlPhoto 138 2 Stretch the Tiger Stripes :iconalan-h-bruce:Alan-H-Bruce 92 9 ~caged~ :iconcreativephotoworks:creativephotoworks 596 27 Billie-Jean-3171 :iconjagged-eye:jagged-eye 50 1 Lina :iconsnezhanamorozova:SnezhanaMorozova 434 11 Greetings :icontscharlie:tscharlie 189 7 Nyasia :icontheartofchurchwell:TheArtofChurchwell 76 1 Roses Lullaby :iconannie-bertram:Annie-Bertram 1,120 48 So much love, so much pain :iconstefangrosjean:stefangrosjean 3,691 208 Every Man Hais His Follies :iconstefangrosjean:stefangrosjean 3,102 107 Dream On :iconstefangrosjean:stefangrosjean 2,738 81 M-7724 :iconeffjot:effjot 123 6 ~dreamin pink II~ :iconcreativephotoworks:creativephotoworks 548 19
Favorite Photos

Tutorials-Items for Free and Sale

Left Arrow :iconicon-s:Icon-s 65 0 Pd-Soft Leather Daz Studio Shaders for Iray :iconparrotdolphin:parrotdolphin 137 82 G3F Reset Poses :iconspyrorue:SpyroRue 58 47 G3F Grey Materials :iconspyrorue:SpyroRue 49 36
Virgin Killer Sweater for G3F (Freebie)
"It’s a knitted sweater that features a large open back which has gone viral in Japan and has been labelled doutei wo korosu, a phrase which suggests it would excite a virgin man so much he would die."
Version 2 available here
:iconjohngate2014:johngate2014 9 24
Alternative UV for the eyelashes of Deco for G2/3F :iconamyaimei:amyaimei 6 3
[Tutorial] Creating Dust And Atmosphere in Iray
A video version is here.
I learned this method from jag11 on the DAZ3D forums, who is thanked for permission to use it in this tutorial!
In 3Delight there's no way to create atmosphere or godrays (the rays that are visible when light passes through dust or particles).  There are products to facilitate (one of them mine), but most are either not the easiest to use or ultimately just a faking of a feature the engine lacks.  Many artists use postwork instead.
DAZ Studio 4.8 Beta's new Iray engine also lacks a native mechanism for creating atmospheric volumes - but it can be easily convinced to produce them!  They will come from your lights and react to objects in your scene.  I did a test image of Jack Tomalin's Chapter House Iray scene (free to Plat Club members
:iconsickleyield:SickleYield 222 83
Mature content
Stock: Sirena Wren Back Poses - 26 Images :iconstockphotosource:stockphotosource 116 2
WebMan Texture for Genesis 3 Male Super Body Suit :iconrawart3d:RawArt3d 30 7 Free one click infinite grass shader for Daz3D 4.5 :icondecanandersen:DecanAndersen 78 52 Black Canary new 52s Suit :iconpgandara:PGandara 18 10 Free Plastic Crate (Freebie) :iconluxxeon:LuxXeon 110 32 Qipao A for Genesis 3 Female :iconamyaimei:amyaimei 14 18 Shuttlecraft Galileo :iconmetlesitsfleetyards:metlesitsfleetyards 32 5 USS Enterprise :iconmetlesitsfleetyards:metlesitsfleetyards 52 15
Tutorials I have found helpful.




sodacan has started a donation pool!
520 / 5,000
If you like my work and want to support me, feel free to donate!

You must be logged in to donate.
  • tramusser
    Donated 4 days ago
  • Anonymous Deviant
    Donated 4 days ago
  • SlootySlots
    Donated Mar 5, 2017, 8:54:34 PM

Before and After

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 4, 2017, 9:18 PM

Velma - done
Special Request - done
Personal projects
Ariel Request

Have you ever gone back and reviewed some of your older work to see how you’ve improved and changed your approach to your craft? I thought it would be interesting to compare work from when I started in 3D around 2007 to now. In some cases, I’ve improved, but mostly, I think 3D software has improved to the point it’s easier for users like me to realize a decent image.

First up is one of my first images I posted. It’s of my character, Green Radiance

  GR Before and After by sodacan

This is interesting because there’s only a 2 year difference between the 2 images and probably shows the leaps and bounds in improvement you make as you begin to understand the program. Yes, the 2007 Green Radiance is hideous. At this point, I knew nothing of lighting, creating textures, shading, render settings, in fact very little about the program DazStudio. I knew even less about postwork and using an image editing program. By 2009, I was getting the hang of it and you can see a remarkable improvement and a character more in line of what I created to use in the game “City of Heroes”. Still, at this point, I couldn’t grasp the 3delight render engine and lighting was my nemesis. The 2009 image lacks the dramatic lowlight effect I was looking for.

Green Radiance and Rocket Boy

GRRB Before and After by sodacan 

2 of my characters I used in “City of Heroes”. In the first image, you can see “flat” the surfaces are. The 3delight render engine lacked the ability to do IBL lighting and could not do reflections well without adding an image in the surface shader to create the reflection. Most of my scenes around this time looked light this. Flat and lacking depth or shading. 8 years later, Daz is a much improved program with IBL lighting, improved shaders, Iray rendering and other goodies. The main thing is I understand the program much better and am able to take advantage of the tools it offers. Still, a lot to learn. Again, lighting is a problem. I was going for a lowlight feel and this is just dark with no punch.

Luke Cage

Luke Cage Before and After by sodacan 

Again, flat with no depth. I do like the action I was going for though. Luke is a little contorted but this is one I wish I had the original file. I’d love to go back and improve the original.


  Maids Before and After by sodacan

Lastly, Maids. I chose this one because they all use the Aiko3 figure wearing the same maid outfit. The first 2 are from 2007, early and late. You can see the fast improvement you can make as learn your way around a program.  The 2012 image was rendered with Reality/Luxrender instead of the standard 3delight render engine. I had a much easier time with Reality and wish I could still use it. For some reason, since version 4, I have not been able to get it to run right. The last of course is 2017

I think my greatest improvement was really from 2007 to about 2009-2010. After that, improvements have mostly been driven by better software. It’s not really a knock on me so much as the real truth is I just don’t spend enough time “stretching” my skill set.

Back to Journals

Who reads them?

Ask me anything...... There's no secrets to anything I do. If you see a figure, garment, object, etc and want to know where I got it or how I did it, feel free to ask and if I can share, I certainly will.

Requests.... I have no problem with someone asking for requests. Just know that if I'm busy, it's not my style or feel like I can't do a good job on it, I may turn it down. I don't judge, but if its outside the scope of what I feel like I can do a respectable job on....

My Featured Character Focus - Devon

Devon - Bad Decision? by sodacan

Image Folder ->…

Devon is not your average 18 year old High School senior. She's a daydreamer and a bit of an introvert. Coming out of her shell late, she has a lot of catching up to do and prone to more than her fair share of bad decisions. She has a good heart, but a detachment to reality gets her into trouble. So far, she's come out on top. I don't do comics so each image is a mini chapter of sorts. Devon is based on the Deco Anime figure updated for Genesis 2 by

Most Views, Most Favorites And Most Comments
Power Girl Redux by sodacan Jessica Rabbit Portrait by sodacan

Art Trades & Gift Art

Reference Images

Below is a link to reference images for Rocket Boy and Green Radiance. C'mon, you know you want to.

Rocket Boy and Green Radiance Reference Images

  • Listening to: Van Morrison
  • Reading: Drawn With Sword
  • Watching: Miller's Crossing
  • Playing: Work
  • Eating: Chili Verde
  • Drinking: Stella Artois

So, I've done 2 Velmas in the past, one with Daz's V4 and one with HiveWire3D's Dawn. Which one makes a better Velma? 

34 deviants said

Mature Content

Velma and the Doppleganger by sodacan
The better Velma is on the left, in black and orange.
13 deviants said Either works. Different strokes for different folks.
12 deviants said

Mature Content

Velma and the Doppleganger by sodacan
The better Velma is on the right, in the orange.


Luke Cage
Artist | Hobbyist | Digital Art
United States
I'm here. I don't think you need anything else.



Add a Comment:
artmatrix Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama ♥
sodacan Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
artmatrix Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav: :bow:
sodacan Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No Prob!
alithking Featured By Owner 4 days ago
Thank you for the Llama! :) (Smile) 
Add a Comment: