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igorstshirts
06-30-2005, 12:30 AM
Hey,
I've been "experimenting" with vector illustration alot as of late. I was having a hard time making shapes up as I went and keeping ambient lighting and color consistent throughout my pics, so I decided to rastor my graphics and import them into Lightwave to see what I could come up with. Here is a sample... (Sorry for the large sizes but already up on the server this way). Lit with Lightwave... First time I've tried lens flares on a 2D image like this... Nicer than PS.
http://www.igorstshirts.com/temp/copbot3.jpg

igorstshirts
06-30-2005, 12:31 AM
Original vector illy. (CorelDraw12).
http://www.igorstshirts.com/temp/copbot.jpg

igorstshirts
06-30-2005, 12:34 AM
Another Vector illy... My Master and Servant.
http://www.igorstshirts.com/temp/1612droidwbike.jpg

igorstshirts
06-30-2005, 12:36 AM
Same image rastorized, mapped onto a poly and lit in Layout...
http://www.igorstshirts.com/temp/tokyo-taxi-final-press.jpg

igorstshirts
06-30-2005, 12:39 AM
Doing the work in a vector program can make the shapes a little easier to model...
http://www.igorstshirts.com/temp/wheels1280.jpg

Sil3
06-30-2005, 12:41 AM
Those look GREAT :applause:

I like the first "LW lit" pic more, love the color tone you got there.

Really cool workflow you got to input the "extra life" into vector illustration :thumbsup:

igorstshirts
06-30-2005, 12:55 AM
Thanks... I'm pretty happy with the "find".

I posted because I have a few questions though... You guys know your stuff so..

1. Can i make a spotlight oval? Without using shadow maps? I need to do this for foreshortened images drafted up in three-quarter view.

2. Can I import a .PSD image with the alpha data in tact... Sort of like laying down 2D cards in 3d space, Aftereffects style? Without using a clip map?

Right now, I map the .PSD image onto a vector poly and light with the background and all. I'd like to find a way to keep the background transparent so I can position and space my 2D cards in 3D space, this would allow for atmospherics, blurs, lensflares, fog etc...

Thanks in advance!

P.S. I tried to do this same thing in AE first. It just was not possible at high res, like anything above 1280 or bigger. Lightwave seems to handle higher res bitmap images alot better for some reason, can't put my finger on it. Thanks again for viewing.
http://www.igorstshirts.com/temp/lighttest.jpg

igorstshirts
06-30-2005, 01:07 AM
Here is the full body WIP... Somewhat relative.
http://www.igorstshirts.com/temp/copbot2.jpg

Phyrea
06-30-2005, 04:53 AM
Very cool! I especially like your Master and Servant version that was lit with LW. I gotta admit, I've never even thought of using a 3D program to do post work on vector art. Nice work. :thumbsup:

DonAVP
06-30-2005, 05:07 AM
Thanks... I'm pretty happy with the "find".

I posted because I have a few questions though... You guys know your stuff so..

1. Can i make a spotlight oval? Without using shadow maps? I need to do this for foreshortened images drafted up in three-quarter view.

2. Can I import a .PSD image with the alpha data in tact... Sort of like laying down 2D cards in 3d space, Aftereffects style? Without using a clip map?


Quest. 1, Yes you can us a light with a mask. Open the property panel for the light. Change it to spotlight @ the bottom you will find 'Project Image'. Load a b/w image in the shape you want.

Quest. 2, Yes, but you will not get the alpha to act the way you want it to. Copy the alpha in PS to a new image and save it. Load this image in the Transpency 'T' channel. This an inhancement/problem with LW (it's just the way it was written).

Hope this helps. I think you have found a new and interesting way to use the power of LW. Next will be using radiosity and maybe even caustics next. Start thinking like you said in an earlier post in 3D with a space between the panels that the images are on w/wo alphs.

Don

igorstshirts
06-30-2005, 05:32 AM
Phyrea,
Thanks... Trying to figure out ficticious shapes/forms while worrying about perspective and ambient light was just too much for me. I can't walk and chew gum at the same time so... I had to cut one of those out and worry about it later.

Don,
Thank you for answering my questions so fast. You mean I can project a light in any shape I want? AAAARRRRGGGGHHH... That's good to know. Thanks for telling me how, it will for sure come in handy.

Too bad LW won't accept PSD with the transparency in tact, without a little trickery, like AE does, but it's good to know that it can be done.

It is one of those things though... It is almost easier to build the model and be able to film it from any perspective, rather than drawing it each time... Although, I could see the method being used in stag illustration and comic book type art, if it isn't already... Thanks again!

Solace9
06-30-2005, 06:04 AM
Cool use!
-Micah

T4D
06-30-2005, 07:00 AM
excellent work man I Mean REALLY Great work !:applause:
very clean lots of style, SUPER :buttrock:

coremi
06-30-2005, 07:09 AM
one of the best coreldraw works i've seen. I hate coreldraw, the most unstable application i came across. :eek: :cry: , just 5 min ago shut down without explanation. Bravo to u to make such great things with it.

Kid-Mesh
06-30-2005, 12:22 PM
Awesome style and excellent personal workflow :twisted:

uncommongrafx
06-30-2005, 12:22 PM
Right on!

I've said it for a while now: LW could be a great compostitor with just a bit o'love!

Nice work.

igorstshirts
06-30-2005, 08:58 PM
Thanks for the positive feedback everyone!

coremi,
I don't know man, CorelDraw is THE most stable app. I own along with Photoshop. You might be trying to do something with it that it doesn't like or your machine needs a good reconfig.:)

uncommon,
No kidding there. Only a few simple changes/add-ons and Lightwave could not be touched in the compositing dept.

Thanks again everyone.

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