View Full Version : Work in progress contest entry: Cow Heaven

07 July 2003, 05:38 AM
here's a work in progress for a contest i'm going to enter this in when its finished

the scene is tentatively titled "Cow Heaven"

Its still a work in progress, i have other things planned. I am pondering giving the cows wings and whatnot.

advice, comments?


07 July 2003, 06:08 AM
i plan on adding a red (or gold) faint barn in the background, and giving them cows some tails..

i also plan on fixing those clouds. some of them have too many coils and they dont capture much of the look i was going for.

07 July 2003, 07:04 AM
edit: changed image in first post, fixed swirlies to look more like monkey island clouds (the look i was trying to go for)

07 July 2003, 02:59 PM
They could have their new halos hanging off their horns!
Not sure about that background.

07 July 2003, 05:04 AM
did a lot more tweaking on the clouds.
next up is wings for the cows and possibly tails... and maybe a big red barn but i'm not sure about how that will work out.

gotta work on the background too i guess

one more thing i want to add is floating hamburgers, to make it really weird.

i like your halo idea, MVP.

07 July 2003, 07:28 AM
sure wish i could get some opinions / comments / suggestions around here :)

07 July 2003, 07:38 AM
lol... burgers!!! sounds more like cow hell!

i like the style you're going for, but at the moment the backgorund looks very flat and murky, also i prefered the clouds before when they weren't so dark, but perhaps that's because of teh latest background (maybe add in a bit of dof and bring the cows closer so they're a little out of focus looking into the picture with the rest of us.) keep going though it's a good start.

07 July 2003, 07:49 AM
Hey milqy,

If itís a cow heaven you need to add something cows really like, I donít think cows like hamburgers, what do you think about grass with saslite or maybe put the cow in charge over the farmers, let a few farmers graze the grass. (hope thatís right).:rolleyes:
But really change the floor to grass or some kind of puffy cloud...
Just a few stupid thoughts, I knowÖ

07 July 2003, 09:33 AM
Heres an idea for you. Cows love grass right?! Why not have a HUGE expanse of white/v light grey grass stretching for miles around. And the pearly gates could be like a big wooden farm gate. That would look cool. At the moment I am just not feeling that they are in heaven and there is not much depth to the picture. I am interested in how this will progress though.

Make it so.

(Can't believe I just quoted Star Trek....Eeuuuugghhh!)

07 July 2003, 06:21 PM
The hamburgers are supposed to be there as a kind of paradox... to make people wonder if its supposed to be heaven or hell.


07 July 2003, 06:46 PM

theres a high-res render i did over night... added focal blur (woulda used Digital Confusion but it didn't seem to like to look right when blurring objects that have an incidence angle gradient applied to them :shrug:)

i'm going over your ideas in my head, thinking how to place them and whatnot :)


07 July 2003, 06:49 PM
I love the hamburger idea its great! I also love the clouds nice style! If you want a couple crits, I agree with whats been said about the grass, I would think about making the halo's look less solid and more etheral, I would also play alittle more with the lighting its a little strong in that the shadows are harsh on the hamburgers and the hill stands out way to much from the sky. But I would wait to play with the lighting till after you add your other elements in. I also think the gates idea is a great one as well.

07 July 2003, 10:48 PM
the problems are, the grass would cover the hamburgers (any ideas?)... and i can't really figure out a place to put the gate (any ideas?)

here's a test using volumetrics (clouds) instead of actual ground

07 July 2003, 12:34 AM
I really like the concept behind this image. You have a wonderful start going on it. You changed something I really liked about the first image though, the clouds overlapped and gave some depth to the sky. If you would have added a transparency map to them, there wouldn't have been the harse edges on them that looked funny. I think the sky looks a little too flat now. Otherwise, I think it is going really well. Keep us updated.

07 July 2003, 12:38 AM
Your right.

Thank you for pointing that out!

07 July 2003, 12:57 AM
Put the tails and udders back on the cows and make their necks thicker so they don't look like pencil neck geeks.

07 July 2003, 01:36 AM
these are BULLS... hence the horns
Bulls don't have udders.


i am planning on adding tails though.

07 July 2003, 02:10 AM
Obviously that's a bunch of bull. Your title says "cow" heaven not "bull" heaven.

It's all so complicated and confusing!!

How about adding some "Flying Udders" to the background ala flying toasters.
Then your "bull" buddies will have something to get all excited about, bovine t&a.


07 July 2003, 04:53 AM
heh, I usually call cows and bulls just cows, as a generalization.


So I guess you can call it Bull Heaven... if you want...

07 July 2003, 08:22 AM
I really like the style and idea of the image.
Here are some more ideas:
- since this is cow heaven I think the hill should go on forever and it should have some really juicy grass on it. Thje grass doesnt need to be green, gold could look cool too.
- I really like the shape of the clouds but there could be more contrast between the clouds and the sky. The Sky should be darker than the clouds.
- since the one cow (bull) is pointing at something, you should put some point of interest in the background. Maybe some sexy cows who are just waiting for the bulls :wip:

Hope this helps


07 July 2003, 10:17 PM
Thanks for the input, Limbus! I'll definately keep that in mind!

I did another little test render, seeing what combined clouds and ground would look like...

things I am considering/planning to add thus far are:

tails for bulls
a farm gate (like pearly gates.)
Using SasLite for grass
rolling hills going on forever.

so i'm gonna go now and ponder how i'm going to do all this :)

thanks guys!

07 July 2003, 05:35 AM
took a few days off of the project and now i am back on.

I am an awful judge of my own work so I need ya'll to comment on it and give me advice... its greatly appreciated

added a fast food restaurant... i'm now planning on adding a highway leading to it for the next major change

still to improve

fatter necks on bulls
fix background in relation to clouds
fix shoulders on fat cow
make the top wispy lookin clouds a brighter color

07 July 2003, 12:44 AM
Alright I think this is the final:

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