If you love fantasy in 3DX, then you know of Gazukull and his works. Gazukull has created some of the best fantasy works in 3DX, showing off the creative side to our medium. With elves and wizards, warriors and goblins, you can’t help but be impressed by his works. That’s why we were honored to interview him and talk about his works and how he came to be part of the 3DX community.
Tell us about yourself. Where did the name Gazukull come from? Where are you located at?
Gazukull was actually my user name in Everquest way back in 98-99. It was a variation on the Ork Warboss name Ghazghkull Mag Uruk Thraka from the Warhammer Universe. It was on a whim at the time, but I had an email address that used it and so it has stuck with me ever since. Fortunately the spelling is far away enough from Ghazghkull, to avoid Games Workshop suing the ever living shit out of me… I hope. I live with my wife and three dogs way out in the country in the southwestern United States. I wear cowboy boots and drive a pickup truck. I also shoot guns and drink whisky, however not at the same time. I have a degree in Information Technology, but work in a different industry altogether.
How did you get started in 3DX? What was your journey to becoming an artist in the genre?
2001 I came across an old set done by Wyrmmaster on the internets. I did research on his artwork and how he did it. Poser 3/4 was the version we were on at the time. Voluptuous Vicky was the ultimate character at that time. So I got me a copy of Poser 4 and started making images. I would definitely consider myself as a hobbyist and not an artist. My early work was a shit sandwich. Terrible. I wish I had more of my early stuff so you could see my work through the years. So I have stuck with the hobby all the way since 2001. I cannot draw for shit, so Poser is my medium to tell stories.
If you could battle a dragon, would you?
With melee weapons? Or can I use a T-12 AT gun from 300 meters out? I suppose the easy answer is… no. Not unless I have to. Then it would be time to drop some gangster shit!
You’ve created this fantasy universe revolving around the character known as Gazukull. Could you tell more about this world? Who are the main characters and what are their backgrounds?
Gazukull was also the name of my character in the classic computer RPG series Baldurs Gate 1/2+Throne of Bhaal. In the game you can have a whirlwind love affair with the former Priestess of Lloth Viconia DeVir. I was fascinated with how well written that part of the story was. I was riveted to my computer seeing how the story was going to unfold. The cultural difference between humans and the Drow was like sitting in a fantasy based sociology class. I wanted to do fanart based on those personalities. So I started to do fantasy work based on the characters in game. It came out that I just took your average human warrior, someone I can relate to and put him in a generic fantasy universe (mostly to avoid getting the shit sued out of me by Wizards of the Coast). The typical heroes journey, but with lots of pr0n and giant boobers. I stay away from trademarked names and creatures these days. So the world itself is a fantasy setting with all kinds of fantasy creatures and beasts. So Alia and Gazukull muddle their way through all sorts of adventures… I will admit that I never really put a lot into the actual story up until my latest release. Mostly because the people reading my stuff want to see stuff going in holes… and probably not hear about the societal structure of the high elves. If they wanted that, there are 11ty billion fantasy books you could read. I like to think that my comics are paranormal romance for men, AKA Elf Pr0n.
Out of all your girls, who is your favorite and why?
Alia Dvir. She was originally done on Aiko 3 from DAZ. I was a generation 3 character holdout forever. She eventually got converted to V4 after it was no longer feasible to do any kind of animation with her rigging in A3. Honestly, until Erogenesis came out with Lali’s Bits I was pretty dissatisfied with V4’s rigging as well. Now, we are having a 3DX renaissance due to Lali’s Bits being released. In either case, she is the only female character that is recurring. Now elves are often depicted as being slender with no curves… I think the dark elves have perfected cosmetic sorcery. This would explain why they seem to always have gigantic boobers whenever depicted by myself. I should mention that I am obsessed with dark elves. They are the porniest of all elves. I should mention that I despised R.A. Salvatores Dark Elf Trilogy. I know, provocative. But seriously, the guy cannot write for shit. Read some Fire and Ice Trilogy or the Black Company or any book by Dan Abnett and then tell me Salvatore can actually write a fucking book.
You recently released Dryadalis Pectore Magnum Fornicatione, which looks to be your ambitious work yet. What was the process behind it and what can people expect to see from it?
Easily my best work to date. We have a clear record of my work if you read all my stuff from Chronicles of Gazukull 1-20+ to now. The main ingredient in Dryadalis Pectore Magnum Fornicatione is learning and using Octane for the whole comic. After the initial learning curve… it is much faster than working in Poser with the firefly renderer. No really, I have not clicked the render button in Poser in months. The second ingredient is the Lali’s Bits, allowing images that used to have to be photo manipulated be rendered instead. AWESOME! I was so excited with how great the renders were coming out, I said… I have to go ahead and make a big book of this. As for what you can expect to see in it? Stuff going in elf holes. My wife will call me on a Saturday and ask me what I am up too, I say “Rendering shit going in elf holes.” Her response is “That’s fun.”
A lot of your works takes place within a fantasy realm similar to those in Dungeons & Dragons. What fascinates you to go towards this direction? Is there a certain element or lore that attracted you?
It is kinda strange… I started out doing a Sci-Fi series originally. Sinclair: Voluptuous Space Captain which you can read in my Renderosity gallery. It was not pornographic at all. Don’t get me wrong, all the female characters had huge tits. But that is just part of my artistic vision. Then… I started doing fantasy. I could not say what really made my change in genre so seemingly permanent. It is possible that it is harder to do generic Sci-Fi, almost every Sci-Fi race is iconic to nerds and immediately recognized as cannon from someone else’s world. Not necessarily a bad thing. I have chatted with Chimera46 about reviving Sinclair VSC. Maybe if I have more time in the future.
Who are your inspirations into doing art?
I love traditional art. I love Scratchtastics work from Manaworld. I like Simon Bizley… Armando Huerto, Reiq, ArtbroSean, Ganassa, Lunareth, and Jaxtraw. In the 3D realm, Blackadder is at the top of his game. I wish Craigos from Looks Can Kill would have his babes take cock… or at the least lick some snatch. Artdude41’s work is super clean. Epoch-Art is a bad ass. CUBiKO shames us with his clean work. Mavrosh… her work is tits… I mean, the subject matter does not really sing to me, but her skills cannot be denied. MetalHed13’s elf shit is tits. Umemaro3D has always been a favorite. I always tell my wife, if I get laid off, I intend to become the Umemaro3D of the West. Miro’s newest joint looks next level, very clean. Way back in the day, you could not beat Wyrmmasters vision of the world. Chimera46 has a vision of the world and he animates with an astounding level of attention to detail. I love Juelz Ventura and Gia DiMarco as pr0nstars. If either of you are reading this… GAZUKULL LOVES YOU!
Tell us the process that goes into your works of art. What are your tools of the trade?
Comics are my current medium. You look at a lot of galleries and you see the Nekkid Vicky in a Temple over and over again. I said to myself… how do I separate myself from everyone else? Tell a story. Like why is she naked? Why is she about to get plugged by a giant frogman with two prehensile cocks? I am looking at a way to do up an easy to use choose your own adventure type of deal. I think Galaxypink has seen great success with that model. In either case, I do up storyboards with a pencil and paper and then get to setting up the scenes in Poser. Tweak the lighting, and then convert it all to Octane. Thanks to the plugin, it does all the heavy lifting. After I render everything I go ahead and make corrections in Photoshop, I am still using my ancient CS2 version. Then compile the edited images Comiclife, which is a low-end comic software from Plasq. It is super easy to use however. Then have a finished up PDF to share on my blog or sell on Rotica. I think my cycle is going to be, free set so people can see my work and then a pay for set at a modest price to continue fueling the hobby. Also, now that Miro has shamed the rest of the community with the quality of his latest endeavor… maybe I could try a feature length animated joint? /shrug
With the new use of a renderer like Octane, how was the transition over? What advice do you have for people who are looking to use it?
Octane has ruined me on standard rendering engines. It is SO fast. You can have a shit old system and slap a next level CUDA based GPU in there and have a rock solid rendering box. No really, if you were on the old CORE2 architecture and had 3 open PCIE slots you could build a render box that would nuke a current i7 x86 rendering solution. Parsing the PZ3 files would take a bit longer, but the actual rendering would be quick. This is all relative. Renders still take time. Advice for someone wanting to get into Octane: More RAM per GPU is best. I am currently using a pair of 650 ti’s with 2GB each. I have hit the hard RAM limit at least twice and it was infuriating. If I were buying cards today, I would suggest a pair of 770 GTX 4GB’s or a single TITAN GTX with 6GB of ram. The next piece of advice, you want to have a third low end card to run your monitors and not help with the rendering. This way you can surf pr0n or work on your next scene while your system renders. Under Poser and Firefly, you really could not do shit if you had all your cores rendering. Lastly, don’t give up on learning it. It is really easy to use… as I am a dumb ass and can do it.
Do you have any other advice you’d like to give to any aspiring artists?
Read tutorials and get other people to look at your work. My wife looks at my shit and points out all kinds of stuff that I never would have even thought of as an error. Make your own textures and mix and match clothing sets. One of my pet peeves is when I look at an image and I can identify every element in the scene. I say… what did “YOU” do? Another, and you see this all the time, V4 will be barefoot, but still be standing on her toes. Probably because whoever did the image was too lazy to adjust her feet flat. Who stands on their toes? That shit is hard. Another pet peeve, pay attention to when mesh objects poke through each other. Feet going through the floor, a finger poking into a leg, that kind of thing. Lastly, people have emotions… you see fish face constantly in galleries. So, if you are making a scene where every item is off the rack, V4 is standing on her toes with her hand poking into her thigh with fish face, you may want to re-examine your work flow.
Do you prefer V4 or V5? Poser or Daz3D?
Currently I am a V4 / Poser user. If I were getting into the hobby now, I would probably be a V5 / DAZ Studio user, cuz that shit is free. You can get Octane for DAZ3D as well as Lali’s Bits on V4. V5 would be for variety and Genesis… Genesis looks amazing! All the different crazy body types you can get for it! One of these days I should look into the getting Genesis into Poser thing they finally came out with. It might be worth it. Freak 5 looks tits.
What do you have coming up in the near future?
My current set is going to be a series of nautical themed sets of 50-60 pages for 10 bucks theres abouts. Gazukull and Alia will be muddling through pirate intrigue. I have 30 renders done so far, and that is with my three week break in work when I was on vacation. I think a 50-60 page set for 10 bones is probably easier to stomach than 120 pages for 20 bones. I think that the key to not having your shit pirated… make it a good deal. Do not get me wrong, your shit is going to get pirated, stolen and used without your permission. It is a matter of when and how badly. To some extent, it is a measure of your success. Maybe I will revisit the Sci-fi setting. I have done some storyboards, but it never really… panned out. My wife wanted to work on a Steampunk series. As far as she is concerned… Steampunk based pr0n is far and few between. I would like to mention, my wife does a lot of my writing for my comics. She is great to bounce ideas off of, as well as my wiener.
Any last words for our dear Affect3D readers?
Do I swear this much in real life? I sure do. I did some time in the American Army when I was young, never broke the habit. I do not swear around kids or in church or other public places. But in normal day to day settings, it is like the South Park Movie…. “Fuck, fuckity fuck fuck, what’s the big fucking deal bitch!”
Where can we find you online at?
Best way to reach me: write me a message on DA. I always listen to feedback. I might tell you to go fuck yourself in my head, but your feedback is appreciated.
Peep my shit at:
My Blog: http://gazukull.blogspot.com
My Renderotica Gallery: https://www.renderotica.com/gallery/browseimages.php?do=member&imageuser=210
My Renderosity Gallery: http://www.renderosity.com/mod/gallery/browse.php?user_id=55831
My DeviantArt Gallery: http://gazukull.deviantart.com/
My Shop on Rotica: https://www.renderotica.com/xcart/manufacturers.php?manufacturerid=799
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