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12 December 2004, 05:46 AM
New to CGNetworks: "Spiritual City" - Making of by Jaime Jasso

Inspired by a Brazilian waterfall, award-winning CG artist Jaime Jasso takes us through the creation of a superbly-integrated 2D environment made almost entirely from photographic elements. Each piece was hand-tweaked and painstakingly retouched in Photoshop to fit the scene, along with some completely hand-painted elements. The result: a home for the gods, menacing yet ethereal...

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Thanks Jaime! ( ( (

12 December 2004, 06:03 AM
Something Different !!!:buttrock:

12 December 2004, 06:46 AM
That is one amazing compositing job. Nice job rebuilding and integrating the tower in on the bottom right.

12 December 2004, 07:15 AM
A very great work indeed!

12 December 2004, 07:24 AM
Each of the mosques* are jewels but,
when i see all together in one frame, i dont know but i didnt like it. There is a confusion. I prefer them by separate images.

Anyway, thanks for the labour. :applause:

(Mosque: The meeting place of muslims. Praying, reading, learning and teaching center. Not "home of gods".)

12 December 2004, 07:41 AM
although this is very awsome and I am impressed.....

gotta be careful with the copyright infringments.

12 December 2004, 07:51 AM
i dont know whether the landscapes have any copyright laws,but gr8 work the composite seems really good

12 December 2004, 07:58 AM
I think this work is spectacular....

It makes me breath a deep, refreshing breath...

But the only thing I would advise is to change the color of the dome on the Aqsa Mosque...(The Gold Jerusalem Mosque) because it's a famous mosque and seeing it there makes the scene too obviously a composite.

excellent work...

12 December 2004, 08:04 AM
nice work :)

12 December 2004, 08:07 AM
although this is very awsome and I am impressed..... gotta be careful with the copyright infringments.
I wonder if anyone said that to Andy Warhol... I suppose since Jasso is not passing off the elements as his own photos, but reinterpreting them it's ok... But copyright laws vary from place to place I guess...

12 December 2004, 08:31 AM
Damn...Thats amazing compositing! :|

Wow! Excellent job!

12 December 2004, 10:01 AM
This is a realy beautifull piece! although as a designer i wonder what the landscape is like at the bottom of those falls. they seem to be pouring into a canyon, with that amount of water wouldent the canyon just fill up? but i guess thats part of the alure of fantasy. To leave you wondering.

as for the copyright stuff, unless you make a ton of money distributing this image, no one cares. as a personal project or as student work copyright laws do not apply. and i highly doubt the photographers (even if you could track them down) would care that you used there images in this way. at the very most they would ask you to credit them as being a part of the project.

12 December 2004, 10:18 AM
waterfall on the bottom of hagia sophia is not ok.waterfall like a mirror.But Good mixed all.
Hagia Sophia is most beatiful architectural consturaction in the world ( spiritual ).
good image.:thumbsup:
sorry my terrible eng.
Would you like to see my 2D CHALLENGE CİTİES & Concepts.................

12 December 2004, 12:55 PM
Great compositing although there seems to be something off about the perspective of the water and waterfall tyo the right and behind the bridge, seems to be rising like a hill above the rest of the plane of the water


12 December 2004, 03:33 PM
yes, nice piece, great!!
oh,its the putrajaya mosque in malaysia!! (one of it)

12 December 2004, 03:47 PM
very beautiful work, however i can't help but think of James Gurney when i see this.

12 December 2004, 03:57 PM
Wow...Thank you so much for your detailed making.
Grand Work!

12 December 2004, 04:46 PM
Jasso congratulations!!!

As usual another great job.

12 December 2004, 05:24 PM
Sweet , good going with that.
Never done anything like that.

good stuff:)

12 December 2004, 05:53 PM
Very Good!!!

12 December 2004, 06:21 PM
thanks for your kind words guys, about the copyright stuff it surely does not apply here, cause the photos were taken for normal turist people, no companies, but hey thanks to them I could do this.

12 December 2004, 09:31 PM
Nice composite for sure, but it leaves me wondering why you chose to have the perspective so warped.
( Did I miss something ? )

Tut Ankh Amon
12 December 2004, 09:36 PM
great great job man
i'm controlling myself so i wont steal it and use on one of my films :D

And the Iguaçu Falls were a great pic, that place is fu*** ace!!

12 December 2004, 10:42 PM
Great compositing! Really nice, especially with the water integrated, that couldn't have been easy! :thumbsup: Two things that occour to me though:

- the piece is slightly tilted, which (for me) makes it a bit strange on the eye.

- the horizon on the right side of the picture seems to be a bit far up, like it's REALLY downhill against the waterfalls, I don't think the perspective is entirely correct.. :)

Small crits on a really great piece, good work! (Wish I could do what you do... :p )

12 December 2004, 12:25 AM
I can't help but think of James Gurney ( also and his compositing work for Dinotopia (1995). Nice work!

12 December 2004, 03:22 AM
this one stands out from the excellent pack. beyond. totally kickass.

12 December 2004, 03:52 AM
I like this kind of world,
The image is great!

12 December 2004, 05:50 AM
It would have been a hard decision to paint in the tree in the corner, I'll bet.

12 December 2004, 09:20 AM
Truth be said, it took my breath away with that single first picture :)

12 December 2004, 05:06 PM
That is realy good, if you did not know any better you would swar that thoughs building where always there.

12 December 2004, 05:30 PM
Ecellent work as always Jaime. Trully stunning. I wonder if it took much work or time to color correct all the pictures so that the balance and lighting matched on the final composition.

12 December 2004, 09:58 PM
I dont know,

looks alright, impressive concept and composition idea, But the skill in mixing the elements is not the best I have seen. Some areas are really successful, but most are just not convincing enough.

Thanks for the article,

12 December 2004, 10:56 AM
Really a pretty nice article.
The image is astonishing and the goal to suggest a spiritual place with some kind of danger is reached, in my opinion. Also, as the artist says, some little tweaking could be made still, maybe on mist?

It should be funny and interesting to try to recreate this image on a 3D software.

12 December 2004, 01:44 PM
Great atmosphere. Great work.:thumbsup:

12 December 2004, 02:37 PM
...Some areas are really successful, but most are just not convincing enough...Specific examples?

Michael Miller
12 December 2004, 04:49 PM
:thumbsup: looks great...spectacular piece of art. The only thing that bothered me about it was the buildings on the far left side...they just seem too bright for the surrounding environment...idk mayB u should darken em up a lil or take a lil contrast outa them...otherwise i like the picture

12 December 2004, 10:30 AM
very nice work indeed ..... some of the best compositing work i ever saw

nice goin' :applause: keep up the good work

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