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04 April 2006, 06:15 PM
I am trying to do sci fi classic 70's 80's city like from Dune or original Star wars
It is still wip so any sugestions are welcome

04 April 2006, 06:19 PM
sorry heres better resolution

04 April 2006, 07:49 PM
awesome , I like that. does have that starwars feel. great job.

04 April 2006, 08:36 PM
hey zoki this is a great concept, the mood is really good as well as the technique, the only thing that I would suggest is that you need lots of texture detail , and shading variation, everything seems to be the same material , you need some different materiasl as metals. concrete, plastics etc, their highlights will add realism . great work

04 April 2006, 03:30 AM
Nice, that looks a bit 3D, just on a hunch, did you create that and paint over it a bit? It's rare to see a painting so clean, without texturing. Whereas 3D often has a lack of texturing, because hell, who wants to UV map a whole ****in' city ya know?


04 April 2006, 07:52 AM
Thanks for reply!
James -yes this is right on , this is my main goal for it , making different materials dirt, usage marks...
JIII- yes of course it is paint over 3D scene
here are render passes

04 April 2006, 08:50 AM
Looking really cool, I guess all I can say is keep plugging away in photoshop adding detail, oh and maybe you could populate the city with a few people. It really helps sell the scale.

04 April 2006, 02:31 PM
Thank you so much for those pictures. Here is a question, what did you use to get that "fog pass" I would really like to know. What techniques etc. I can make the other three easily, I just don't know how to make a fog pass, is it using some kind of Z-Depth plugin or what?



04 April 2006, 02:34 PM
fog is rendered in maya with volume primitive cube
and all geometry has surface shader applied so it is not affected with light
hope it helps

04 April 2006, 02:40 PM
Thanks dude, I am using cinema 4D so I will attempt to make this work here :-).


04 April 2006, 06:55 PM
great job !! You really captured the dusty desert ambiance... :thumbsup:

04 April 2006, 06:25 AM
thanks Yellowdog
Its not finished , I will post finnished one probably after this weekend
btw I checked your stuff its very good quality work

04 April 2006, 02:48 PM
thnx for the good comment about my stuff ! Cant wait to see the final result of your image...


04 April 2006, 01:13 PM
yes... very nice... ppl and texture will definitly set the scale of the piece.

How long have u been at it for this piece allready?

I'm excited to see to what story is going to play in this setting.

Rock on,


04 April 2006, 02:54 PM

I finished material pass on Desert city
C&C welcome

04 April 2006, 03:04 PM
cakamo nadaljne korake. Zgleda super.

04 April 2006, 03:58 PM
Very very nice!

I wonder, what if I dont paint it in photoshop or similar can it still be a matte painting?

04 April 2006, 06:34 PM
zoki : the image is of course looking much better with detailed textures, but in my opinion you have som many glares or shining metal, if you are going to use this glares try to colorize to the suns color, in this case a little bit orange can blend them better, cause metal is a reflective surface, it has the whole sky color to reflect and sun's color as well. some color variation would help , in some building , as I see it is a big city made of just one big metal block

04 April 2006, 06:37 PM
cool james
I will take notice of that!

04 April 2006, 12:05 PM
New version
I wasnt content with first one:shrug:

04 April 2006, 01:45 PM
That looks very good!
On the few places the buildings look quite plastic. Despite this, the image is great!


04 April 2006, 02:02 PM
Wow, that is very good, I really like it, Cheers to you zoki :-).

Not much to crit, if Ralph Mcquarrie were designing Star Wars in a modern day digital production enviornment, this is what it would look like. Very good work, and thanks for your help on the depth passes.


04 April 2006, 06:17 PM
thanks for replies!:applause:

yes that was excatly what I wanted when I started this one:
to get as close as I can to the first start wars! and Ralph Mcquarrie production art!

04 April 2006, 03:36 PM
Wow !! you really nailed the contrast / color balance on this one... great update !!

You're highlights really help define composition by making the elements stand out. You have captured the desert harsh sun feel very nicelly.


04 April 2006, 03:59 PM
thanks yellow dog :)

04 April 2006, 05:34 PM
the new version is better in my opinion, all matches perfectly , I specially like a lot the haze at the distance and general fog or air density , great one zoki !

04 April 2006, 01:13 AM
That is quality work, my friend.

04 April 2006, 06:24 AM
thanks for replies!
I am thinking/preparing new one!:thumbsup:

04 April 2006, 01:22 PM
Hi zoki,
really great progress you made there, i like the second version a lot better. Really great colors you used for the painting. Only suggestion i'd have would be to ad some air traffic to the scene in order to make it more alive.

@JIII: I'm also using Cinema 4d and i think you can render a fog pass pretty easily. Just add a camera to your scene, define the depth of field parameter, and before rendering just check the depth pass in the multipass options dialogue. This should work.

04 April 2006, 01:38 PM
hi derwolpertinger
i thought thet also about traffic and some friends mentioned it also
maybe i will still do it ?!

04 April 2006, 05:20 AM
Yeah thanks, I was wondering how I could get the depth pass I was generating to extend, and I couldn't figure it out.

Sigh, multi-pass in cinema is so easy, but for some reason I can't ever REALLLY get it going like I should. Silly me,


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