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10 October 2004, 07:33 PM (

Title: Bathroom Scene
Name: Josh Staub
Country: United States
Software: 3ds max, VRay

A simple bathroom scene. I normally don't create images this "clean" (free of dirt and grime) but this was for a print ad, and I was going for a clean Restoration Hardware Catalogue sort've look.

Enjoy! :)

Josh Staub

10 October 2004, 08:34 PM
greats job!!!how much time render?????and the final resolution?


10 October 2004, 08:34 PM
Wow, this is why someone invented the term "photorealism"!! Especially the texture on the towel looks great.

10 October 2004, 08:37 PM
don't post photos cause I gonna call the admins :twisted: hehehe just kidding it's
Awesome Man hyper real.. only I think that the sink should be little bit less reflective I mean tone down the reflections but THat's Just Me...
Great Work ! :thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 08:38 PM
awesome man. i have nothing more to say. perfect:thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 09:04 PM
exelent soft lighting and rendering!
I give You **** Sters...:thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 09:05 PM
I think that the out of focus frames in the mirrors reflection, and only half of the soap bar being wet realy adds to the realsim.

10 October 2004, 09:08 PM
this is very good..
the only thing i would crit is the towel's lack of fiber-fuzz on the surface.. it looks very molded, but the texture is spot on! a little fur-shading action (very subtle!) on the towel and i would be convinced that this is a photograph. excellent job!

10 October 2004, 09:35 PM
Thanks for the comments. :)

The scene was created over the course of 3 days (part-time) and the final rendering took about 4 hours.

Here's a wireframe for those who are interested -

10 October 2004, 09:38 PM
this is realy excellent work
cong :applause:
can you show us your render setting

10 October 2004, 09:48 PM
Forgot to mention that the final resolution was 1200X1600.

As far as Render Settings go, I'm not sure specifically what you're looking for, so I hope this helps.

Enjoy! :)

10 October 2004, 09:54 PM
Very nice! Great materials, lighting and attention to detail.

10 October 2004, 10:14 PM
A real work of art..... I admire you

But there is smth wrong with the "brush" of the toothbrush, isn't ....

Overall, impressive render and realistic materials... keep it !...

10 October 2004, 10:40 PM
really nice!!! very soft light!! I like it! Congratulations!

my finished work, comments are welcome

Super Chicken And Raging Dog (

10 October 2004, 11:20 PM
awesome. Simply lovely :)

10 October 2004, 11:26 PM
thanks jstaub for render settings
good luck

10 October 2004, 12:08 AM
Nice work! Very realistic!

I think the soap is a little too reflective(even if it's suppose to be wet on one side), also the towels looks wieghtless.

aquafina a great
10 October 2004, 12:37 AM
heh great job keep it up :)

10 October 2004, 05:10 AM
Very good light and material!

10 October 2004, 06:06 AM
hi jstaub :)

Where put light in Work's ?

How lights kits :eek:

The wires No light !

thanks jstaub for render settings
good luck


10 October 2004, 12:20 PM
This is quite photoreal:applause: :applause: :applause: , did u use hdri?

I agree with the soap being reflective, but this could be fixed in photoshop in a minute.

10 October 2004, 01:56 PM
is that the good ol' kitchen HDRI I can see in there lol...very impressive, especially the sink and reflection in the mirror (slightly blury-very cool)

10 October 2004, 02:14 PM
The nice work.

The material Chrome is excelent.


10 October 2004, 03:39 PM
Yeah, I'm using the ol' Kitchen HDRI, plus a couple of VRay Omni lights as wall sconces for either side of the mirror (fyi - the sconces themselves aren't visible from this view, but the light from the rt side sconce illuminates the towel).

Thanks again for the interest. Love hearing the comments! :)

10 October 2004, 01:36 PM
Josh ! Great job on this scene. I like how its 'hyper real' as someone else said but that it also has a bit of a dreamy look to it. Almost like a romantic feel, as if shot through silk. It looks like a bathroom that I would enjoy spending time in. Fantastic!!

10 October 2004, 03:30 PM
Really nice render...the glass and porcelean sink are perfect.

10 October 2004, 05:46 AM
great work man...cant say any thing but awesome:thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Tony Richardson
10 October 2004, 05:46 AM
Truly a beautiful render! I'm sure the client was very, very happy! Front page quality, for sure!


10 October 2004, 02:17 PM
Yop:bounce:, It's very realistic, congratulations!!!...

10 October 2004, 11:32 AM
:buttrock: :buttrock: :buttrock:
Great Image . I like soft color ,HDRI .... :eek:

10 October 2004, 11:39 AM
very nice render l like this lighting

10 October 2004, 01:55 PM
you are the phenomenon

10 October 2004, 05:25 PM
... Why dont you go to your bathroom and take a picture of it and save all the trouble of doit in 3d???

whats the point ???

I dont get it...really

jajaja j/k ... Thats terrific work !!! keep it up

10 October 2004, 06:47 PM
Muzztein - It's funny you mention that because I asked the Ad Agency the exact same thing. In fact, the final Ad is a straight-on shot of the mirror, and what was required was more of a Photoshop thing to make the mirror look like it was fogged over with steam, and there was a "shape" wiped out in the mirror (make sense?). I can't post the final shot because it hasn't run in any publications yet, so I figured I'd post the rest of the bathroom scene here instead. I still think it could've been done with a photograph and photoshop work, but I must say I enjoyed the challenge anyway. :)

10 October 2004, 11:15 PM
jstaub would you be so kind as to post a wire frame your magnificent pic? I'm a novice taking pointers from you heavy hitters.

10 October 2004, 11:24 PM
Here's a wireframe for those who are interested -

Enjoy! :)


10 October 2004, 07:06 AM
Nice. the material are reality!!!

10 October 2004, 03:37 PM
oooh mai God what a nice render...awesome render dude......didn't know vray is that good......

very very very clean and whel done.......cheers

10 October 2004, 03:51 PM
OK you did answer my question, with which program to start.

I will start learning with 3ds


10 October 2004, 02:58 PM
Modeling is very good, however I noticed that the material you used for lavatory could be better. It's too shiny, too much reflection, it actually reminds me of tea cups. I would also create a few drops of water somewhere, maybe under the glass. That way it would look a bit more realistic I think, but nevertheless very nice work.

10 October 2004, 08:25 PM
oh my god, man this picture looks so nice, i cant get my eyes away from it

congrats guy !!

Ali Imran Zaidi
10 October 2004, 07:58 AM
Hi.... :thumbsup:
Its very nice piece of work.....I ever see this.
I love your depth of field.
I love your lighting.
I love total scene.

10 October 2004, 06:39 AM
That a amazing work i really mean it ...dude ur fired up...way to go...but is that soap wet...just asking..coz of the reflection on it

enjoy keep working and amaze every one
ankit Sharma

10 October 2004, 04:49 PM
I like it has a warm feeling but honestly in my opinion with scenes like this one it's kinda difficult to give full credit to the creator. what i mean is that the modeling is good and efficient but very simple, and there are little to no textures so it practically has more to do with setting up and adjusting parameters rather than any painstaking work of detailed and complex modeling, texturing (painting them too) etc. It's beatiful but in this picture i see too much of 3dmax, like a tech demo. If a scene like this one was to be made 5-6 years ago it would lose all it's charm and quality because back then 3d max couldn't provide you with such high quality reflection, refraction, lighting etc, so in a way this pic is 100% software depended.

10 October 2004, 11:10 PM
wow. that is a beautiful bathroom.

10 October 2004, 02:05 AM
hahaha, that looks just like my own bathroom. Great work!

10 October 2004, 02:16 AM
Dude, this is EXCELLENT work. I'm really impressed by the details in the mirror. The towel looks little thick though.

10 October 2004, 03:43 PM
WOW... it makes me want to shave ;] looks great. the soap seems too relfective though, shouldnt seem to have and specularity at all. but wow really nice

10 October 2004, 08:28 PM
Very good work

I noticed one minor thing though, and this may have even been noticed by you and left there intentionally, but it looks like there's a reflection of person in the faucet. Which is most likely caused by the HDRI photographer, but you should try rotating the map or removing the person. I guess it looks nice either way though, just a little weird with no actual person to reflect in the room.

10 October 2004, 09:34 PM
great textures it almost looks like a photo of a real bathroom

10 October 2004, 01:57 AM
I just wish my bathroom was this clean :) I'm searching to find something wrong, but looks perfect to my untrained eye.

10 October 2004, 08:43 AM
Excellent work! Great realism! A few comments: Since everything is so reflective in this image maybe you should leave the soap without any reflection. It looks unrealistic at the moment. Also the left side and bottom left corner of the bevel of the mirror don't look quite right. The towel has a great texture but looks "moulded" rather than like a hanging piece of fabric. Lastly, the bristles of the red toothbrush look a little strange. BTW your image is excellent ... and I'm only nitpicking because the high level of realism you have achieved. Well done!

10 October 2004, 01:20 PM
Very nice rendering!

You may redesign this scene in a dirty, unclean style, because I think it's more difficult to make dirty bathroom than a clean like this. Anyway I like your smooth lights, it gives lovely feeling for me! :buttrock:

10 October 2004, 11:22 PM
Very beautyfull, very photorealistic:applause:

10 October 2004, 04:42 PM
So cool!~~~~:thumbsup:

10 October 2004, 01:51 AM
Talk about photorealism. This blows my mind dude. Simply awesome~!

10 October 2004, 06:16 PM
Very impressive image. Iv'e tried a bathroom scene like this and i cannot reach this quality. I'm curious about the render times witht the HDR enabled. Care to post the stats on this?

11 November 2004, 03:50 PM
Awesome! nice and clean render.
many thanks for sharing your render settings.

one question, 4 hours for 1600x1200 res? what system how have? cpu/ram?


11 November 2004, 09:58 PM
Plaguelord - I rendered this image on my machine here at's a 2.4GHz p4 w/512 Meg Ram.

Thanks for the interest! :)

Josh Staub ( (

11 November 2004, 11:05 AM
Beautiful, clean and a pleasure to see.


11 November 2004, 06:20 PM
That's awesome! I love the materials...those towels are great! So you didn't actually model the backwall (from the mirror reflection) in the scene, it was just a composite onto the mirror? What kind of ad was this for?? Software, hardware, bed bad and beyond? Anyway, great job

11 November 2004, 11:54 PM
Rabid1 - Thanks for your comments. Actually, I did model the stuff in the mirror reflection, but to save on reflection/rendering time, I simply rendered the other wall separately, and composited it in by hand.

Here's the WF of the "other wall" I rendered for the reflection:

As to the purpose of the ad, the final shot for the ad was actually a shot looking straight into the mirror where I then painted fogginess/condensation, drips, and a "wiped out" scary face - it was for a cosmedic surgery company with the tagline "fear-no-mirror". Kind of creepy if you ask me, was an interesting challenge. In the end, the sink and faucets weren't even used because they decided to place the "tag-line" along the bottom and it risked conflicting with the faucet/sink detail. :)

Here's my version of the final ad (with temporary tagline):


Josh Staub ( (

Amerac studio
11 November 2004, 06:35 PM
hey I really like youre choise of material and lovely render may I dare to ask for more parameters of the soap I'm having trubble with that.
Nice picture.

Obi-Wan Kenobi
11 November 2004, 08:56 PM
Really top stuff here, the lighting is exceptionaly well done IMO. :)

11 November 2004, 08:31 AM
my realistic!!!:)

11 November 2004, 09:05 AM
Extremely realistic!!! Great work!
Maybe if the tooth brushes could have more texture...

But it is simply awesome!:applause:

11 November 2004, 05:31 PM
great!!! :applause: :buttrock:
how long have u been learning 3dsmax for?

11 November 2004, 08:19 PM
Thanks everybody for your kind words.

Attila - I've been working in 3D Studio Max for about 7 years now, basically ever since Cyan switched from SGI (where we used Softimage - for Riven) to the PC. I actually really enjoy the simplicity of 3D Studio Max.

BTW, I've been asked to do a tutorial on this piece for (, so I'll post the url when it's actually up there.

Thanks again. I'm enjoying reading everyone's comments. :)

Josh Staub ( (

11 November 2004, 05:42 AM
hello i must say that is some awsome work, but how did you get that glow in the picture, just to let you know i am a beginner. You got it to look like it was recently was wet.

11 November 2004, 03:35 AM
Hi Josh Staub

Such amazing work! Your skills are self evident, much resepect!

11 November 2004, 09:04 AM
its very good work,..

11 November 2004, 02:04 PM
*applauds* Very good job! It actually looks like a bathroom.

11 November 2004, 09:09 AM
nice materials ...:bounce:

11 November 2004, 08:12 AM
very very nice

11 November 2004, 11:11 PM
great work wow :eek:

11 November 2004, 03:41 PM
Woah....this is superb! Great attention to detail! Keep up the great work.

11 November 2004, 06:38 PM
On a subject level I'm not going to hang it on my wall, and think longingly about it, but a superb technical experiment none-the-less.

12 December 2004, 03:39 PM
What a nice scene this is. Nice details and good use of lights and materials.
Keep it up! :)

12 December 2004, 01:49 AM
Well done, looks great

12 December 2004, 07:49 PM
Well... Now 3D is near to perfection for rendering objects... Just need some big minds like you to master the software enough for that !
Definitly good job ! :thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 08:30 PM
very beautiful. Good work!

12 December 2004, 03:50 PM
Just wanted everyone to know that there is a tutorial available for this scene online HERE (

Thanks again for all your comments. :)

Josh Staub ( (

01 January 2005, 12:46 AM
nice job .5 stars froam me !

good luck dear :thumbsup:

01 January 2005, 06:03 PM
this image is ridiculous!! (no pun intended). great reflections and highlights!! very photo-realistic.

02 February 2005, 03:28 AM
I wish my bathroom was this clean. Beautiful!

02 February 2005, 10:24 PM
The mirror reflection is kind of blurry for there being no steam in the room, or maybe that's what that fuzzy glow on the picture is? Either way it's a stunning piece and definitely worth bookmarking :)

03 March 2005, 04:21 PM
wow... that is awesome... well done on the lighting control.

i really like the refleaction of ur mirror,,, actully i donno why.. but i like it:scream:

06 June 2005, 12:43 PM
Bathrooms are hard to do, and this one looks great! Well done mate :thumbsup:

07 July 2005, 11:13 AM
look like a very true picture .very good.

09 September 2005, 07:40 AM
I have seen this so many times...and every time i forget about leaving some feedback. This is truely an amzing render! Amazing modeling, texturing and lighting! 5 stars!

09 September 2005, 09:53 PM
Very realistic. The lighting is great especially the shine on the metal and porcelin. The bevel around the mirror is a nice touch too.

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