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04 April 2003, 02:16 AM
Hi all,

I already posted that in the finished work threads, but i just wanted to share my lightening studies.

I used only 2 lights : 1 area light, and one spot light. Radiosity settings are 130% in 6x18, and i have a brown background.
No plugins for the subsurface scattering, but just alot of hours to find the settings.

What do you think ?

04 April 2003, 02:20 AM
That's GREAT! :applause: I think it looks fabulous :thumbsup:
What are your surface settings, if I may ask? I'm really interested to see :)
The skin reacts so beautifully to the light!

04 April 2003, 02:24 AM
Well i think the main thing is probably translucency with a setting of 60%, and just behing my object is the spotlight, red color with 63% of intensity.

The two lights are then playing between them to cross on the object, giving all the "weird" aspect of the skin.

Except that, i don't have any other special settings for the surface. :)

04 April 2003, 02:29 AM
Aaah that makes sense then :)

I was actually kinda hoping that you were doing it some other way! Because although this looks great in this render, if you were to start placing objects into this scene, and placing the character amidst those objects, he would begin to look quite strange in the renders. Translucency can have some drawbacks since you can't control it's penetration.

Although maybe that new gradient can do that... still need to play around with it.

04 April 2003, 02:29 AM
Very cool!!!

04 April 2003, 02:43 AM
yes, that's right Leigh. In fact you could fake this subsurface scattering without playing with the back light, by simply add a special map on the translucency channel, with why not gradients, or even simply an image map to fix just some part of it.

Have a look on Glenn Melenhorst example :

Then you can do just a better render without this back light :)

04 April 2003, 02:49 AM
that's what i tried to do on this one :

04 April 2003, 02:54 AM
That is too friggin awesome!!!

Are still with 7.5 Strike?

04 April 2003, 02:57 AM
yea still 7.5 :)

04 April 2003, 02:58 AM
It's amazing what a difference translucency/sss makes. Really incredible :)

Thanks for the link to Glenn Melenhorst's head there - that's a really fascinating breakdown :thumbsup:

04 April 2003, 03:02 AM
That last one would make a excellent book cover Leigh...(hint ,hint)...;)

04 April 2003, 03:46 AM
that is awesome. SUPER SWEET!

can we leech some pointers from you. was it from a sketch then splined? if so how long did it take you?

Put a gold medallion around his neck and i might just have nightmare.

visited your web site and a tut section is missing :thumbsup:

again great pic:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

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