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Kel Solaar
05 May 2003, 05:49 PM (

Hello everybody! Sorry for my poor english :)
I'm a silent user from about one year of this forum. Just one comments in one year! :) So here is a pic of my first year school project, the goal was to create some pictures of an utopic city.

More pics on my website in 3dpictures/masaya :

Have a nice day! :)

Kel Solaar
05 May 2003, 07:23 PM
The Wireframe of the scene, the volcano is a displaced plane :)

05 May 2003, 08:41 PM
uhhh... that's freakin sweet!!! nothing really to say other then nice textures and composition. maybe depth of field would have added to the image.


05 May 2003, 10:17 PM

05 May 2003, 10:18 PM
no idea what that is.. but it looks pretty sweetass. kinda reminds me of a spider thingie. :)

05 May 2003, 11:38 PM
Intriguing and impressive. I really love the other shots also on your site :thumbsup: The smoke is very well done, what app do you use? Definite plug for technical prowess and originality. [Plugged]


05 May 2003, 11:47 PM
I like it! The 'abstract' vehicle is very original. I agree that maybe some depth of field is needed?

05 May 2003, 11:48 PM
Yes, nice image. Very impressive!:thumbsup:

05 May 2003, 12:02 AM
Wow!! :eek:
that smokes an image right.....

isnt it:surprised

Kel Solaar
05 May 2003, 12:14 AM
Thanks a lot for the replies!!
All pictures were done with Maya 4.5 and Mental Ray, Some Fluids combined with some low quality photos and a lot of painting on photoshop were used to create atmospheric effects and lava :))

05 May 2003, 12:14 AM
OMG hey man this is great. but i have to agree with johnnyMac i think some depth of field would help a little, but with out it the models and scenes look great.
:thumbsup: :buttrock:

05 May 2003, 12:22 AM

most impressive!

05 May 2003, 12:49 AM
wow... first project huh? nice.

love the displacements

05 May 2003, 01:16 AM
Great Picture!
Please: do not destroy it by applying some stupid DOF! It would make your whole scene look small. It doesn't fit at all!
Depth of Field is just like Lensflares. Too many people use it too often... :hmm:


05 May 2003, 01:17 AM
Nice work! I really like the textures!:D

05 May 2003, 01:20 AM
Gotta ask man, how'd ya do those killer plumes??

They have a great pyroclastic-look to them...

Sprites?... Fluids?...


They look great!

Let us know!

Like Vanilla Ice, and Paul of says: "Break it down!" :) hehe...

05 May 2003, 02:11 AM
Very nice! I too was attracted to the smoke.

05 May 2003, 02:27 AM
im pretty sure the smoke in the background is an image. the hazy smoke is photoshoped, sure, but the big plumy smoke is from a photo

05 May 2003, 02:35 AM
I don't know what the hell that is, but it's friggin awesome!!!!

:bounce: :applause: :applause: :bounce: :drool: :buttrock:

05 May 2003, 02:37 AM
Checked ur gallery, MAN!! Great concept. Very massive and vast. Yes on XerC, no DOF. Hmmm... u really never have to use lens just to "boost" ur realism in a picture.

05 May 2003, 03:51 AM
Nice image. Well done:thumbsup:

05 May 2003, 03:56 AM
Ok, um .... HOLY FREAKIN' CRAP!!! That is a great image, Fine work work!

05 May 2003, 05:09 AM
Excellent job......... :beer:

05 May 2003, 05:47 AM
Man, you've got a very strange vision of an utopic world :)

To be constructive I'd say that I like the smoke at the bottom but it masks the horizon and waste the impression of depth.
It's like we're over the clouds, I can't really tell...
Would it be possible to add trees or something? Or simply make that smog less uniform by adding smoke plumes if we're really high in the sky.

Anyways, great design and dynamism!
Keep up the good work!

05 May 2003, 05:48 AM
GREAT WORK:thumbsup:

05 May 2003, 06:47 AM
Gawd, that's a keeper!! :thumbsup: :thumbsup: Super nice!!

- jonas

05 May 2003, 06:59 AM
Yes, nice image. Very impressive!


05 May 2003, 08:16 AM
Really nice sence of design. Greate textures and shaders. Greate sence of lighting and composition, as well as knowledge of what make a good image.

I always thought that contrast in shapes brings great experience to the images. Those machines look so gentle but yet so huge. Nice designs!!! 5 stars:thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

05 May 2003, 08:17 AM
People and dont forget to visit his site. This is not the best image from his projects. Some more amazing stuff there. Gongrats on your first project!!

Kel Solaar
05 May 2003, 09:09 AM
I would like to thanks again everybody for the replies!

sorry for my pooooooor english

Poopinmymouth / ragecgi : In the begining of the project I used a lot of fluids for creating smokes and plumes effects, but rendering time were too long (about 2 or three hours to produce a great eruption) to finish before the deadline) :( so i decided to create smoke effects combining some low quality fluids / low resolution photo / and a lot of painting into photoshop :)

My city MASAYA is a sort of terraforming unit, if you want more information, there is a lot of concepts, a shootingboard, and other pictures on my website :) (

Have a nice day all !

05 May 2003, 09:28 AM
I really like you're style! Excellent work!

Keep it up!

05 May 2003, 09:43 AM
great, i like it a lot :)
sur la home:buttrock: sur la home:buttrock: sur la home:buttrock: sur la home:buttrock: sur la home:buttrock: sur la home:buttrock:

05 May 2003, 09:53 AM

that's very clever man, compositing the low fuid & photos :thumbsup: it really works and looks freakin awesome.

i have browsed through your Masaya page and quite impressed by the way you come up with concept and executing it.

please post more here, like DSedov said there are other rockin stuffs. i personally like no 05, 06 and 012


05 May 2003, 10:16 AM
I like the detail of the model you have made, but the picture as a whole looks a little confusing.

05 May 2003, 10:35 AM
I agree, the design is really great, and the quality as well, but it's rather confusing.

As for the depth of field I don't agree with the others. Depth of field is used when at least one object is relatively close to the camera, while the scene is on a huge scale...
we don't use depth of field on the moon just because it is closer than the other stars huh? :shame:

grrrrreat job (first year? what will you do in the last one? :D )

Kel Solaar
05 May 2003, 10:36 AM
Thanks Gary and the others:))
As some people want to see more pics ;)

Arrival of Les Modules Energetiques near the Volcano

Assembly of MASAYA Modules

View of the canon (rear of Le Module de ponte)

Drill shoot (in order to cool the volcano core and reduce inner planet activity)

05 May 2003, 11:15 AM
C'est incroyablement bien fait, et en plus, tu as un scénario plutot sympa pour expliquer ta ville.

Franchement, toute mes félicitations

05 May 2003, 12:22 PM
wowwww really great :)
love the style... :wavey:

05 May 2003, 01:13 PM
really great stuff! I would LOVE to see all of this in motion since it seems you already have a great storyboard and sequence of shots put together :)

Great work!

olivier Defaye
05 May 2003, 01:21 PM
le rendu est super sympa

05 May 2003, 02:46 PM
Very nice:thumbsup:

It looks like the love-child of Star Wars Episode 1 CG & War of the Worlds.

05 May 2003, 03:22 PM

ur first project pretty impressive :beer:

which school u r pursuing ur course

good work keep it up


05 May 2003, 03:27 PM
Nice work dude
Checked out your site, i think its "Pandora's Box"...pretty crazy image :)

05 May 2003, 03:38 PM
Beautiful work man!

Kel Solaar
05 May 2003, 05:33 PM
Thanks, thanks, thanks! for all those who have reply :)

MayaV: I'm studying 3D at ESMA (Ecole Supérieure des Métiers Artistiques) of Montepllier - France

stephen2002: If i found the time, i will give the life to MASAYA, but it's unreliable:)

Dancing Monkey
05 May 2003, 05:41 PM
Simply fantastic!

05 May 2003, 07:39 PM
Beautiful :)

05 May 2003, 08:14 PM
yeah KS, I should have bet your work gonna be plugged on the front page !!


05 May 2003, 08:19 PM
And you say you are a first year student? :surprised

You must be lying :D

Your stuff can beat a lot of so-called "professionals" in the market

Anyway....very nice work. Love them :applause: :applause: :applause:

05 May 2003, 09:34 PM
reminds me of the matrix. Well i mean THE REAL WORLD but with a blu sky and a sun.

05 May 2003, 05:01 AM
:bounce: awesome~~~realy harmonious scene .

05 May 2003, 07:19 AM
Great job!! nice texturing!!:applause:

05 May 2003, 08:34 AM
well done job KS
that scene have some deep imagery
( the fluid effect help much better )



05 May 2003, 08:59 AM
Originally posted by skatebowler86
reminds me of the matrix. Well i mean THE REAL WORLD but with a blu sky and a sun.

Thank you!!! I was having this thing, when you know it reminds you of somthing, but cant quete figure out what it is. Uff.... matrix..

05 May 2003, 09:05 AM
can you give me some mental ray settings if its possible? ( i cant imagine how to get such a great style which also looks PR ;) )

did you use effects like GI (what about the photons??) or finalgathering? how many lights? what lights?

i would cut my cock to learn to handle mental ray as good as you can :p


Kel Solaar
05 May 2003, 09:44 AM
Hii! All this replies make me happy :)

skatebowler86 and DSedov : I will tell you waht inspire me when I was searching the concept for MASAYA: insects :)) I was trying to give motion to my city, and insects were the main reference, particularly the Rhysse noirâtre, with it ability to parasite others insects (ability, i turn in the power of cooling volcano). The problem was that it was ugly to have a city in one part, so I've separate the head (Module Principal- La Ville), thorax(Modules Energétiques), abdomen (Module de Ponte). :)

Here is a link to see what is a rhysse:

Benedikt: Iwill explain soon how I did to create the lightning and the texturing :) but it's very simple :)

And I'm going to post some view of the modules without texturing, in order to see what they are :)

05 May 2003, 10:03 AM
Yuk... that insekt is really ugly.. I hope they dont live in California =)

05 May 2003, 10:04 AM
wow, im very glad about this ;)

05 May 2003, 03:04 PM
Je comprend pas comment tu as fait tout ca mais tu l'a fait.
J'ai du mal à le croire mais je le vois alors je le crois :)

Ils ont tous ton niveau ds ton école :buttrock:

:thumbsup: :applause:

05 May 2003, 03:24 PM
In addition to my comments ;)

Please be sure to enter your images into Expose also

You have received the CGtalk choice award .Please feel free to display this image anywhere you like! Stunning work.

upon receiving this award, it guarantees you a spot in the cgtalk gallery hall of fame ( - which you are now placed

P.S. Please email me @ so I can send you the award .psd file


Kel Solaar
05 May 2003, 04:40 PM
Waooouuu!!! :) :) :) :) :)

Thanks a lot Lildragon!! It's a honnor for me to receive this choice award :) It makes me so happy!! I'm entering my pictures into Expose now :) Thanks, thanks ! Youhouuuu :)

05 May 2003, 06:15 PM
That s incredibly nice. Can't wait to see more renders from this project :o). Great composition and modelling..

05 May 2003, 08:24 PM

Not much more to say except that it's a wonderful image. Keep up the great work!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

05 May 2003, 11:45 PM
not very utopic there buddy, i hope you failed because if your generating something that doesnt look like its supposed to you get fired, so try again, have a good day

06 June 2003, 12:13 AM
:thumbsup: Very very nice work man.
Thats comin from someone like me who
know how hard it is to put a scene together like
that in Maya. I love the use of the materials
and the model's complexity is wonderful.
It really gives the viewer the sence of scale
of the scene. Truly beautiful work man. ;)
Hope to see more soon.

06 June 2003, 01:33 AM
Originally posted by iLLo
not very utopic there buddy, i hope you failed because if your generating something that doesnt look like its supposed to you get fired, so try again, have a good day

I think its a weird comment.. :surprised

06 June 2003, 10:09 PM
Weird comment indeed...

06 June 2003, 03:34 AM
First year student? Gosh....your artwork looks professional..what s/ware you use? any plugins? I looks real:)

06 June 2003, 03:39 AM
That looks really, really exquisite.. I don't think I've ever seen anything so unique before.:cool:

Kel Solaar
06 June 2003, 08:56 AM
Thanks for the last comments :) :)

not very utopic there buddy, i hope you failed because if your generating something that doesnt look like its supposed to you get fired, so try again, have a good day

I think too that's it's a weird comment :hmm:

dazrenius: yes I'have used Mental Ray for rendering :)

I'm working on the last pic, It is not very easy because of a difficult ice effect propagating from the volcano through the land.
I will upload some shoot without texturing of the modules.

Have a nice day all :)

06 June 2003, 09:19 AM
its funny and ironic how some people say really anoying negative things, and then have a signature that says "I hate annoying people":surprised

:QUOTE: not very utopic there buddy, i hope you failed because if your generating something that doesnt look like its supposed to you get fired, so try again, have a good day

Kel Solaar
06 June 2003, 11:09 PM
Hello everybody! :)
My project is now finish! :)
So this is some flat renders and the final picture :)

The final picture: Volcano core cooled and dome iced

And here is a contact sheet of flat renders

Have a nice day all! :)

06 June 2003, 11:16 PM
Simply stunning!


I can't believe that's CG. You were at Area 51 snapping pictures, weren't you?;)

06 June 2003, 11:29 PM
Awesome :thumbsup: :buttrock:

06 June 2003, 11:36 PM

I'm totally in awe of your work, it's simply amazing :buttrock:

Kel Solaar
06 June 2003, 12:43 AM
Thanks for the comments! I'm tired and it's late in france so I take the direction of my bed! ;) Have a good night all :)

06 June 2003, 08:40 AM
Wow... amazing detail!!!

So what is your experience with CG?

Kel Solaar
06 June 2003, 10:55 AM
Wow... amazing detail!!!

So what is your experience with CG?

Thanks DSedov :)

I was using CG for 3 years as a hobbie, and now I'm studying it seriously in a french school :)

06 June 2003, 05:40 AM
textures are great desing is nice, only thing is that the base of the neck looks like it would "break off"

06 June 2003, 05:25 AM
Good work!Good extensity and distance feeling.
:thumbsup: :applause:

06 June 2003, 09:40 AM
Wow, congrats! Great work!

You really deserve your place in the hall of fame!

Your work really boosts up my inspiration.

:bounce: :bowdown: :bounce:

07 July 2003, 11:43 PM
Originally posted by Kel Solaar

Benedikt: Iwill explain soon how I did to create the lightning and the texturing :) but it's very simple :)

Any chance you can still go over that

08 August 2003, 03:39 PM
you reach the stage of perfection !
i am impressed by this image.

Kel Solaar
08 August 2003, 05:23 PM
Thank's but it's not perfect :) There is a huge amount of work but there is also a lot of mistakes and things that can be improved :)

12 December 2003, 04:42 AM
I was wondering if you explained your process yet

Kel Solaar
12 December 2003, 08:12 PM
Hello Kaiser_Sose :)

no sorry, i didn't find the time too explain this correctly, i have got a lot of things to do (personnal work and school ones) and it's hard to have a little pause to make a tutorial or something else. But I will do it, it's in my playlist (with some others tut) ;)

12 December 2003, 10:51 AM
damn !! great work ! :love:

I wanna know if the smoke and lava are from mr .... I suspect you used some sort of plugin like afterburn for max ..... if you designed the smoke in mr ..... what the hell are you doing sit down on a school desk !! :surprised


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