View Full Version : Tp Barracuda, Sormann At Work (3D)

06 June 2004, 01:14 PM (

Finally I am done with this Vehicle.
Its the TP Barracuda, flagship of the Theme Planet fun police

06 June 2004, 01:26 PM

First of all we should dedicate a section of the Gallery just for your works, second, could you PLEASE post a larger image? The amount of detail screams for it!
Sorry i can't critisize, i'm just a puny fanboy in this case!:bowdown:

06 June 2004, 03:19 PM
Wow, that's quite the contraption! Fantastic stuff!

06 June 2004, 03:35 PM
wonderfull as always:)

06 June 2004, 03:57 PM
this is great !!! :thumbsup:

Pavel Lazarov
06 June 2004, 04:40 PM
:eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:

06 June 2004, 04:46 PM
I'm amazed.. WOW great details.
well, can u pls post some wire for this scene?

06 June 2004, 04:53 PM
I like it :thumbsup: Great details! :bowdown: :applause:

06 June 2004, 04:54 PM
Amazing, absolutely amazing!!!!!
I have no words!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 05:02 PM
Awesome, great detail, wish i could do that. :buttrock:

06 June 2004, 05:20 PM
Just to note something that some people may not have understood. The images Sormann posts are from an animated film, they may have the detail of a well made 3D illustration that someone would have worked for months on, but they are just a tiny part of the whole thing. It makes me think that Sormann is a disquise name for a whole team of 3D artists! :)

06 June 2004, 05:23 PM

Perfect colors and designs!! As always, a masterpiece!!



06 June 2004, 05:30 PM
great details. and nice materilas.:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 05:48 PM
Thanks guys!
Here the wireframe: (Its from a slighly different angle)

06 June 2004, 06:11 PM
cool!Beauty,Great work.:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 06:23 PM
the work is really words to say that:eek: :thumbsup: :applause:

06 June 2004, 10:44 PM
holy crap, thats amazing

06 June 2004, 10:48 PM
hey! I need a bigger version for my desktop!

06 June 2004, 11:05 PM
/me attempts to breath
/me fails


I now idolize you sir :D

06 June 2004, 05:26 AM
I don't know what the hell is that :) But it's really impressive :thumbsup:

Greetings, neu

06 June 2004, 05:55 AM
WOW this is fanstastic.

really really nice mood.

it does look like it could topple over witha small nudge, but hey that just adds to the scene :D


06 June 2004, 08:03 AM
Amazing work!!

06 June 2004, 08:05 AM
truuuuue, this looks freakin awesome. I love the modeling, shading, lighting, i love it all. The composition is great.

Keep it up! :bounce:


06 June 2004, 08:33 AM
Thanks guys for the nice feedback. :)

hey! I need a bigger version for my desktop!I plan to put some wallpapers on my homepage soon ...

06 June 2004, 10:52 PM! I need a bigger version for my desktop!
Bigger Version, even a little bit more colorful :)

06 June 2004, 01:16 PM
Absolutely stunning work

06 June 2004, 01:17 PM
Hey Sormann, really great work. Looking forward more and more to your short. Do you have any deadlines to work to or are you just doing it in your own pace?
I think the image would be more impressive with more reflection on the metal parts. I'm not sure if you have any at all really, but I understand it is for an animation so maybe it's too expensive renderwise.


arno barbo
06 June 2004, 01:33 PM
it realy seems to have been painted! Simply perfect!:buttrock:

06 June 2004, 01:43 PM
oh, that is fantastic! very impressive design! hope to see it to be used in your reel! cheers!:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 02:09 PM
Beautiful!!! As always :) Not much more to say...

06 June 2004, 02:18 PM
great work!!!

06 June 2004, 02:30 PM
Beautiful concept and render. Although it looks more like a Lion Fish than a Barracuda. ;-)

Is that a matte painting in the upper right? I don't see any corresponding geometry in the wireframe. But then again I do see what could be bounding boxes.

Looks like Maya from the Wireframe screen grab. But just for the record, since some use multiple packages, what software was used for modeling, texturing and rendering?

06 June 2004, 03:02 PM
Awesome work! :bounce: The front of the ship reminds me of Jabba's sail barge from ROTJ.:applause:

06 June 2004, 03:08 PM
WoW! The amount of detail lends itself to so much intrigue, without being overkill. wonderful...

06 June 2004, 03:08 PM
i'm loving it :D :applause:

06 June 2004, 03:33 PM
How about even BIGGER? :P

Like...1280x1024? =) You'd make my desktop very happy!

06 June 2004, 03:35 PM
when i saw the small thumbnail on the frontpage i thought... "o... o... mr. sormann is showing us something really good again" - and i was right.

you should start some fan club, sormann ;)
pro stuff as always. nothing to crit.

what is your target resolution?
and what about the deadlines? :)
do u have any small home-made renderfarm?

keep us stunned... forever :)


06 June 2004, 03:40 PM
Amazing work

06 June 2004, 03:57 PM
Great concept!

06 June 2004, 04:00 PM
You Rock !!!

06 June 2004, 04:06 PM
that's frikking brilliant! Nothing to crit. Also those characters looks pretty damn cool, any chance to see some close ups of them?

06 June 2004, 04:11 PM
Damn it, more! I want MORE.

Please show concepts and wires and tell us the process of how you got
to this stage.

I would be interested in knowing how long it took etc. For me, a piece like
this would probably take 4 solid months of spare time work.

Totally dig the Themepark world thingy. Well impressed.

06 June 2004, 04:36 PM
Great work! We need a 1600x1200 or greater image for my background :)

06 June 2004, 05:13 PM
This is awesome. Suberb Detail
Somehow reminds me of Last Exile

06 June 2004, 05:22 PM
Outstanding lighting! Great desing and quality!

what is the polycount of that???? Can you tell me your hardware configuration?

06 June 2004, 05:24 PM
Very Nice!

Look at all the lights! What is the render time on this baby?

06 June 2004, 05:29 PM
very nice modeling and lighting, cool work!

keep up!

06 June 2004, 05:45 PM
Thanks for all your feedback, and thanks for putting me on the frontpage:)

Rivendale: No I dont have really deadlines, I created a rough plan for the creation of my shortfilm project, but to be honest, I just do the assets that interrests me in the moment...

Chikega: The name is not really final, I will think about it later...its more a working title in the moment...You are right it doesnt look much like a barracuda

The Part of the outside in the upper right is not really a matte painting, its a backround plane in the Background scene. I rendered it seperatly and mapped the rendering on the background plane to save rendertime and have better control over the lighting.

I use maya for all my work

Blacknoise: My target res is PAL in the moment.

Stayinwonderland: It took me roughly 5 weeks/ 2-3 hours a day
Concept artwork can be found here:

06 June 2004, 06:12 PM
amazing~ :buttrock: :buttrock:
stare at it for couple minutes, what the detail~

you got it

06 June 2004, 06:18 PM
Great work! My only crit is the backgorund - I think it's too bright. It just doesn't look so far to be so bright. :)

06 June 2004, 06:30 PM
Wow, this is the greatest work i've ever seen! PLEASE render us a Version in 1280x1024 or greater :).


06 June 2004, 06:59 PM
You're work is absolutely rediculous...I'm still waiting anxiously for the film...

06 June 2004, 07:03 PM
What can I say other than SWEET!

06 June 2004, 07:05 PM
Terrifically individual style, great modelling, lighting, texturing and er....everything, Michael :)
Just shows what one man can achieve with his own creative abilities and knowledge of his software package of choice :D

'specially appreciate the quote about 'asset management' ;)
Great stuff, and entirely inspiring!


06 June 2004, 07:35 PM
How much polygons has that scene? And, whitch programm ... and how long did you render... Very kind from you when you could answer thease questions :).

06 June 2004, 08:18 PM
Amazing work, as always! I'm really impressed - great job!

06 June 2004, 08:24 PM
I simply love this render... It's so full of detail... Really nice work you've done!:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 09:21 PM
Dude, throw some off that tallent this way, amazing work of ark.

06 June 2004, 09:34 PM
was waiting too see that on the frontpage - congrats!

also would like to stick this on my desktop

.... a absolute must for all you people is visiting michael sormanns homepage and the animation section of his short. this images are not just stills :D . . . looking forward to also see the policeship in motion

06 June 2004, 10:33 PM
Amazing !!! Your home page is fantastic as well...very inspiring ! Keep images coming...


06 June 2004, 10:56 PM
Simply Amazing work!!! :applause:

What inspiration!!!

06 June 2004, 11:42 PM
Really awesome image. It was mentioned earlier, the upper right corner seems a bit off. The bright glare/oversampling seems to barely effect that little zeppelin. Maybe the zeppelin isn't in the light sources rays?...that doesn't seem obvious to me if that is the case. Aspiring work! Kudos!

06 June 2004, 11:48 PM
simply beautiful! no words. :bowdown:

06 June 2004, 11:50 PM
That is truly phenomenal. The details to the textures, and the lighting are incredible!

06 June 2004, 12:06 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek:

06 June 2004, 12:28 AM
WOW! niely modeled

06 June 2004, 01:00 AM
OH.....*pause*.......MY.......*pause*.....Giddy......*pause*.....GOD! . . . .THE DETAIL ! ! ! ! !THIS HAS TO GET A DETAIL AWARD OR SOMETHING!

06 June 2004, 01:04 AM
This is insane. I mean.. Wow.

06 June 2004, 01:45 AM
wow really cool!!!

I counted a lot of light, how many lights are in the scene?
can't wait to see a bigger image!
Time for me to take a look at your website


06 June 2004, 01:50 AM

06 June 2004, 02:21 AM
WOoo hooo....

COOOL ...:eek:

06 June 2004, 03:01 AM
It was mentioned earlier, the upper right corner seems a bit off. The bright glare/oversampling seems to barely effect that little zeppelin. Maybe the zeppelin isn't in the light sources rays?...that doesn't seem obvious to me if that is the case. Aspiring work! Kudos! I think its due to the relative brightness of the different parts... what i mean is the foreground is bright... then the mid layer is darker then the back layer is brighter. so its bright, dark, bright. sort of muddies the image and confuses the eye a little. But the image is still awesome.

06 June 2004, 03:49 AM
Very inspiring piece...Thank you :twisted:

06 June 2004, 03:50 AM
I love it! I like this style of scene. Kind of "Steam-Punk".

The only caveat I have is that the image needs some big-breasted women pulling the ship. "CG ain't CG without big breasted women!"

J/K, of course. It's Exposé material!


06 June 2004, 04:30 AM
Now if somebody put up a poll about which are the most inspiring images that make 3d artists (especially newbies) trying harder and be more creative, i would definitely choose many of those of Theme Planet. They have a warmth and style and depth you just don't find elsewhere. I'm not the type of person to praise other peoples work so much. I would rather prefer them to be humble and down to earth artists rather than proud and arrogant because of their talent. But i think Sormann deserves a lot of thanks for what he is doing, because through his passion and dedication, he helps a lot of people to become more creative and more passionate, by seeing how far this art can go. Showing examples like these, is much more helpfull than a thousand of boring tutorials...

06 June 2004, 07:34 AM
first of all choice work, love your stuff.

only crit is the top right corner, the perspective is all off, if your looking up at the ship and roof, you shouldnt be able to see the horizon.

06 June 2004, 07:45 AM
Thanks again guys..:)

sergage: The back is brighter because it was important for me to sepereate the foreground optically from the background, maybe the env fog is a bit too strong..maybe i will tweake that slightly...

Littleiuk: The polycount is 248 220 .Additionally I have a lot of nurbs surfaces for curved elements, dont know the polycount of these exactly.
Rendertime on my new:D computer: about 3 minutes.

Goldenarm: Its true, There is a light mimic the sunlight and the Zeppelin is affected by it, theoretically but obviously not enough... the rest of the brightness is a post process glow on the background layer, the Zeppelin is part of the foregound scene, .

weiper: The number of lights in the main scene is 24 , the overall cuont used for this scene in all layers is (roughly) 50

06 June 2004, 07:53 AM
Dear Sormann,:love:

I really like your work, It's really of the big art :thumbsup:

I know that you have already published a bigger version for the desktop of PHP.
But I would like to know yew you could not publish a version bigger version in 1152 x 864 or 1600 x 1200 ?
It's for my desktop.

Still thank's for the quality of your work, it's really really great !!!!

Continue to dream about us with your creations which are fabulous.

Thank's for all, Roderizator.:thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 09:02 AM
impressive...I can see the little green fellow Igor is on it :)

I hope you have a greaaattt story because so much hard work on every element deserve it !!

looking forward for the next step...

I hope you don't have any looping on the railroad :)

06 June 2004, 09:39 AM
got my new desktop image...
Amazing and stunning work soremann...!! hats off!! :applause:
all of ur THEME PLANET images are terrific!!
luv to see the animation..!!

06 June 2004, 12:14 PM
very nice modeling and lighting.

06 June 2004, 01:30 PM
OMG!... this is really an insane piece of work. I like the lighting and the mood of the composition.

06 June 2004, 02:36 PM
amazing work, man!

the atmosphere you created is simple amazing...

Lot of details, and the character is good too, he is mixed with the background...

Very great work!

06 June 2004, 02:48 PM
Very good work, very good detail... n' the little man looks like a little scare or is a optical ilussion? lol. 5 stars for u.

06 June 2004, 03:38 PM
Wow thats great :eek: i am speechless. These details, the atmosphere i just love it. :D

Good work!


06 June 2004, 03:44 PM
Insane ! in a good way.

06 June 2004, 05:04 PM
Wow! wonderful amount of detailes, and cool atmosphere!

06 June 2004, 05:55 PM
wow ! it´s perfect!!! :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

06 June 2004, 06:46 PM
Thanks :)

Rodarizer: The biggest rendering I did of this pic until now can be found at:

Baby: Thanks... But to be correct: Igor is not present in this pic...(He works for mad constructor deepdown in the planets core :) The guy you see here is "Rollercoaster operator" another green character, but hes an cameleon and igor is a grasshopper :) Mad constructors humble assistant(not present) Roller coaster operator (present in this pic) ... He and two brothers of him, looking pretty much the same :)

06 June 2004, 06:57 PM
Man...this is amazing work...crazy mood and such a beatifull work. :love: :deal: :love:

Cograts!!! ...i am jealous now!!! damn!!!!

06 June 2004, 09:28 PM
I simply have no words to describe how awestruck I am at this very moment! In all my time as a wannabe 3D artist I have never seen anything so beautiful, with such fine intricate details.. it just baffles me! :eek:

I’ve seen some of your work on your website and I can say without a shadow of a doubt YOU must be the most talented 3D artist I have ever seen! :buttrock:

I could go on and on about your talent all day, but I have to stop at some point because its depressing at the same time to know that I will never even be half as talented as you! :sad: lol

I cant wait to see more from you!

06 June 2004, 10:50 PM
:bounce: absolutely stunning work. looks more like a superb painting than cg, just magnificent.

keep it up, eh. :buttrock:

06 June 2004, 12:35 AM
you rock man!!!! :eek: :applause: :eek:

06 June 2004, 01:31 AM
:buttrock: You are Mad!! Crazy! Good!!! good!!!:bounce:

06 June 2004, 07:56 AM
Thanks again guys
I really appreciate your support!

06 June 2004, 08:07 AM
Great modeling.

06 June 2004, 11:31 AM
OMG its so beautiful

06 June 2004, 11:43 AM
Wow... Wonderfullllll...

06 June 2004, 12:13 PM
my mistake :)

06 June 2004, 12:50 PM
very impresive uffffffff

06 June 2004, 12:57 PM
really cool,

me likes these fantasy styles

06 June 2004, 06:34 PM
I simply have no words to describe how awestruck I am at this very moment! In all my time as a wannabe 3D artist I have never seen anything so beautiful, with such fine intricate details.. it just baffles me! :eek:

I’ve seen some of your work on your website and I can say without a shadow of a doubt YOU must be the most talented 3D artist I have ever seen! :buttrock:

I could go on and on about your talent all day, but I have to stop at some point because its depressing at the same time to know that I will never even be half as talented as you! :sad: lol

I am depress too

06 June 2004, 06:49 PM
Absolutely fantastic. I love the image

06 June 2004, 08:04 PM
Shocking! Awesome play with light. Very artistic

06 June 2004, 08:08 PM
No comments.....!!!!! simply the best !!

06 June 2004, 08:10 PM
Whoa, wonderful pic, i would say it was extraordinary 2d art but after i saw the wire i was completely amazed!! the mood is also fantastic! :thumbsup:

Excellent job at all levels, congrats :applause:

06 June 2004, 11:29 PM
I thought it was a 2D picture!
Very powerful and compelling work!
Really and truly amazing!

06 June 2004, 04:11 AM
wew thx for the wire :)
well, would u mind post some closer look for some parts ?
heheheh relly thx a lot for the wore :)
Great work u guys :)

Thanks guys!
Here the wireframe: (Its from a slighly different angle)

06 June 2004, 04:21 AM
very good work :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 06:34 AM
YaY!!! SPLENDID!!! Really great work!

Best regards


06 June 2004, 07:08 AM
Amazing!!! :eek:

your work is perfect! I love it!

06 June 2004, 09:06 AM
Fantastic. The concept is very nice. The cross between locomotive and the old ship is incredible. The licht and the materials are top notch. :bounce:

06 June 2004, 11:40 AM

May I ask if you could post a sketch or two ? (or did you nuilt all this up without any drawing ? DID YOU !?!)

Waugh's in awe.
Waugh waugh.

06 June 2004, 12:06 PM
cool!Beauty,Great work.:thumbsup:

great!!! :thumbsup:

06 June 2004, 12:49 PM
All I can say it's "wooooah I am posting the 115 th message of congratulation...". Great work ^_^

06 June 2004, 03:38 PM
thanks ...:)


May I ask if you could post a sketch or two ? (or did you nuilt all this up without any drawing ? DID YOU !?!)

Waugh's in awe.
Waugh waugh.
I created concept drawings bevore starting modelling:
(I also have a front view but its not uploaded in the moment so I just can show you the side view )

06 June 2004, 03:54 PM
Hey Sormann,

That is alot of work, alot of good work.
Great Texturing and lighting

Is this your full time job? Or do you have a industry job and also work on this at home. . . . . cuz how do you find the time?
Maybe you have an army of space monkeys helping you out!

Great work, waiting to see more.

06 June 2004, 05:13 PM
hey is the great work
and can i ask what PC u using to create this 3d ? is it powerful?? and how long u learn 3d before? and what kind of work u are doing now?

06 June 2004, 06:12 PM
Damn man! You just simply rock :D Awesome work. Nothing I can say is enough to describe how I like it :)

06 June 2004, 07:15 PM
Awsomme, Very nice design.

06 June 2004, 08:45 PM
i dunno if i read wrong, but you said it took 3minutes to render this?

06 June 2004, 10:09 PM

Personnaly I don't care about the how you did it stuff....

I just want to thank you (again) for doing and sharing your work, you prove that this king of (huge) idea can be handle by a single motivated person

You have an incredible modeling and animation skill, that 's the more important, seeing something that make me think, whaooooo 3d is cool, there are beautiful people around here, we don't work in a factory, have dream, realised it, well carry on, and show us more....................;

06 June 2004, 10:31 PM
Simply Amazing work!

06 June 2004, 10:44 PM
AWESOME sprich endgeil!

Bewunder schon lange deine Arbeiten......
schöne Grüsse aus Wien 3!

06 June 2004, 10:50 PM
I love it. The style is awesome, great detail and the textures have that aged look bronze look I so adore. There's a lot of details in the background, but the composition and lighting really draws your eyes onto the ship. Very very very cool.

06 June 2004, 03:29 AM
love your style. Your work is always inspirational.

06 June 2004, 03:20 PM
Thanks to you all!

Monkey Meat: I am digital artist in the Computer games industrie,
Theme Planet is my hobby (Well a little bit more than a hobby...:)

hsk: I have a new computer (at last) , now I can render the pic (at least the main layer) in 3 minutes. Its a pentium4 3.2Gh 1GbRam

07 July 2004, 06:41 AM
I saw this at 3dtotal, jaw-dropping and intricate modelling! Gorgeous and so much detail its mesmerizing!!

Dene of Terror
07 July 2004, 04:59 PM
User: 'Dene of Terror' cannot reply at this time as he has been utterly blow away by the level of detail.

07 July 2004, 06:00 PM
That is amazing my friend, very detailed, it looks almost like a painting! Very good job indeed!

07 July 2004, 06:53 PM
it makes me more humble.. :(
i wanna see the detail please send a hi res....

07 July 2004, 02:11 PM
I am always amazed and impressed with the photo's I see here. Everyone does a great job.

07 July 2004, 02:20 PM
that is just AWESOME... WOW :eek: :thumbsup: :applause:

07 July 2004, 05:15 PM
gosh, being a beginner the image of the firframe had me scared that a flash and blood like me can come up with something soo out of this world. You are an inspiration to me, I would love to see more of your work

07 July 2004, 07:53 PM
I like it... no wait I love it but one thing bugged me...

Seems like when it would turn it would probably tip over due to the thin railing

07 July 2004, 09:18 PM
You do such a good job of making an illusion of details. Fantastic.

07 July 2004, 11:45 PM
ty for larger pic...lets me explore all the tiny areas :eek:

07 July 2004, 11:38 AM
ty for larger pic...lets me explore all the tiny areas :eek:
Thanks :)
Find a larger version here:

07 July 2004, 06:23 AM
just love it, amazing.....

09 September 2004, 07:35 PM
Nothing more to say then WOW!:)

11 November 2005, 07:42 AM
Yeah ,I like it. you modeling very nice ! And your hue is very nice! I have some your work!
You are very fineness animator !I believe you will succeed!
I will for it 5 stars!
Go on!

12 December 2005, 03:19 AM
Amazing vehicle. Love the universe its in too. It just needs bigger cannons :D

03 March 2006, 05:58 AM
master work:wip:

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