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07 July 2009, 07:42 PM
Hi, few months ago I finally managed to put some of my work together and update my reel. I hope it is showing my current modeling/texturing level.
Warrning : For people that don't like 360 turntables - yes, it contains wireframes/turntables/breakdowns - altrough, I tried to keep it as interesting as possible :D

I would love to hear your opinions.


07 July 2009, 07:55 PM
This was sick, I like the robot at the end.

07 July 2009, 08:01 PM
Great reel! I like the quick teaser at the beginning of the reel. Its a good way to get someones attention right off the bat. (i figure you know this) but i just wanted to reiterate it heh

Did you do the animation tests of the robot? Is there more?


07 July 2009, 08:34 PM
Excellent reel !
I really admire your work

07 July 2009, 08:50 PM
Your work is amazing. The Star Wars Jedi Cruiser caught my eye as well as the knight and underwater scenes.

07 July 2009, 09:57 PM
Love the recon and below. Awesome reel.

I want to plug this , can you post a image here so I can use it as the plug image?

edit: plugged!

07 July 2009, 12:28 AM
Wow, thank you guys I'm really happy that you liked it.
@ bboyambrose : Thanks man,
@ squall787 : Yup, spot on. Usually modeling reels are all about turntables clay renders and other "less" interesting stuff :) I wanted at least the beggining to be more energetic. Plus it shows more range of models I'm making.
Like I wrote on Reel description - the animation of the robot at the end was made by friend of mine and briliant animator - Samat Algozhin. Those shoots are from the short movie that we were working on at the beggining of the year. Few shoots are allready finished, lack of time slows down the progress though. As soon as it will be finished we will post it here :)
@ PorkpieSamurai : Thank you, Sir . I appreciate that.
@ The4thAggie : Cheers, mate. If you do hardsurface modeling some StarWars ships here and there are inevitable I guess :)
@ SheepFactory : Wow, Thank you. I posted some screens in first post. Also I send you PM with link to some small images on the imageshack. If theres anything else needed please let me know.

07 July 2009, 12:44 AM
really impressive work - I love the knight and the diver in particular. :thumbsup:

07 July 2009, 12:46 AM
Thats great stuff. I love how you have them presented as little dioramas, especially the knight. Also like your little diver in the deep sea one, adds a lot of drama.

07 July 2009, 12:47 AM
really cool
congratulation foe the well deserved front page !!
nice to see lightwave put to good use :-)

07 July 2009, 12:51 AM
Your attention to detail is astounding, amazing work!

07 July 2009, 12:56 AM
Some of the best work I have seen. All of it was simply amazing. My fav was Greed. The modeling and textures are very nice. Very well done Waldemar very well done. :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

07 July 2009, 12:58 AM
Good work, very detailed.

07 July 2009, 01:10 AM
amazing reel.
I love your shader works too.
Very solid presentation! :thumbsup:

07 July 2009, 01:19 AM
Blew me away. Those models are works of art. What program(s) did you use?

Cheers and God bless.

07 July 2009, 01:37 AM
Really nice stuff. I really liked "Below", "Recon" and the Knight. The attention to detail is really impressive. I loved the work on the armor and chainmail.

Anyway, congrats on the impressive work and front page. Cheers.

07 July 2009, 01:41 AM
best modeling reel Ive seen in a long time... nice stuff!

07 July 2009, 01:51 AM
Dude, that is just fantastic. One of the best all around modeling reels I've seen. Did you do those animations as well?

You've given me a good model to shoot for with my own reel.

07 July 2009, 02:03 AM
Incredible reel, very inspiring work!

07 July 2009, 03:12 AM
Very nice. I like your work.

07 July 2009, 03:26 AM
Attention to details is 100% pure pleasure!

07 July 2009, 03:57 AM
Impressive stuff....
only thing i would like to know is the approximate time you took on each piece...

07 July 2009, 04:22 AM

I love it!


07 July 2009, 04:32 AM
Just rewatched it... still love it! :P

Rock on!


07 July 2009, 05:24 AM
The knight render reminds me of the game, "Dragon's Lair". Great work!

07 July 2009, 06:10 AM
overwhelming! I really liked the underwater scene having all these bits of debris (is that the correct word) in the water hanging. Great amount of detail overall.

07 July 2009, 06:33 AM
glad to see it here :thumbsup:

07 July 2009, 06:47 AM
Great work!!
Best regards, Selwy

07 July 2009, 06:58 AM
Fantastic reel, The knight has to be my favourite. Followed by the dive scene. superb lighting and shading and very clean meshes. congrats.

Ps...Need download link :)

07 July 2009, 07:09 AM
Fantastic Work! I was really happy to see more of your work after i saw your knight WIP some month ago. So much nice details, great textures and nice renderings.
Well done!

07 July 2009, 07:41 AM
I've been looking at many reels lately- yours is quite solid. Great work- good luck with any job searching you do.


07 July 2009, 07:43 AM
Incredible Work... :)

It's a long time I don't see a reel like yours. The situations you created are really appealing, and not only a showcase of technics.

Really god job.

07 July 2009, 07:55 AM
Excellent presentation, great themes, a job Very well done!

07 July 2009, 08:11 AM
Excellent works, renders and reel.

07 July 2009, 08:39 AM
The best modeling and texturing reel I have ever seen these last years !
A great sense of creativity ! scenes never seen before, great job !

07 July 2009, 09:23 AM
great work. i like it... :)

07 July 2009, 10:03 AM
Wow man this is the bomb I really was blown away by the amouth of details you put in the models it's really impressive and the texture are freaking awesome.

Good job and great real really inspiring.

07 July 2009, 10:07 AM
Hey Mon :)
I am so happy and proud for/of you! Well deserved front man! As i said many times-one of the best modelers I meet! That Octopus - that`s the art one! My favourite :scream:
Just keep going!!! :beer:
Gerardo :wip:

07 July 2009, 10:25 AM
This is top quality work. Well deserved front page! :thumbsup:

07 July 2009, 10:27 AM
Fantastic skills,I loved the knight and sea scene,loved the amount of detail in the knight scene really makes it believable. :bowdown:

07 July 2009, 10:46 AM
It's all so... superb! All of it. Love that knight.

07 July 2009, 10:48 AM
Congrats man!!

A well deserved plug for a well done work from fast and hardworking guy.
My favorite: Open road, the knight and the octopus. Well, all of them. :thumbsup:
Glad to see it here.
Keep going!!:thumbsup:

07 July 2009, 10:54 AM
great reel!! i love under sea scene!

07 July 2009, 11:29 AM
Awesome work ! Your models are so detailed, the knight and the octopus are especially impressive for me :)
Very good job. Congratulation for being at the first page ;)

07 July 2009, 12:43 PM
Fantastic reel!
Great modeling and texturing skills and extremely well presented!

07 July 2009, 12:47 PM
Congratulations for your work, your 3D dioramas tell us
exciting stories, I really love the underwater one :bowdown:

07 July 2009, 01:35 PM
Really nice work


07 July 2009, 02:20 PM
HOLY S#!T!! :eek: I can't remember the last time I've seen a modeling reel this good. Very inspirational work!

Can you give a breakdown on your workflow (i.e., software used, what kind of render passes did you comp together, etc.)? Congrats on the well deserved front page! :thumbsup:

Ps...Need download link :)

I totally agree! It would be nice to have a copy for inspiration. :)

07 July 2009, 04:45 PM
You can download the movie on vimeo. look on the bottom right corner.

07 July 2009, 05:38 PM
I'm a great fan of your work. I accidentally came accross your demoreel on Youtube a couple of months since and I was so impressed I bookmarked it and every so often I watch it as a source of inspiration and as what I would finally like to accomplish. "Below" is the piece I hadn't seen, and I just got to say that it as impressive as the rest of your work. Good luck with everything in your life!

07 July 2009, 06:06 PM
You can download the movie on vimeo. look on the bottom right corner.

Also must be registered with vimeo. Thanks Sheep!

07 July 2009, 06:42 PM
Hi man,

Really great stuff, hope that this CGTalk exposure will lead you to great stuff !

Congrats !


07 July 2009, 06:49 PM
What a great source of inspiration thanks for sharing and congratulations!

07 July 2009, 07:20 PM
Stunning! A lot of work and minute attention to great detail. I watched from beginning to end with holding my breath (and turned into purple LOL)

Hope you land a really great to with it as you deserved so well! :thumbsup:

07 July 2009, 08:46 PM
wonderful. I love that you dont just show the model, but you create a small little scene for each. Very nice. I agree with Pepnoi, each one tells a little story. Very good. Wonderful attention to detail and nice clean edgelooping.

07 July 2009, 09:29 PM
Now, I don't know what to say :surprised. You guys totaly rock. Thank You all for the kind comments. It is too much :blush:.
Thanks to the Mods for the plug. That means a lot to me. So many comments and so much positive feedback, that was unexpected :blush:.
I'm really happy that you guys like what I'm doing and found my work inspiring.
I found your comments extremly motivating and now I will now work harder trying to keep it up. Thank you !:thumbsup:

How long did it took me ?
Well it is hard to say, cause most of the stuff was done in my spare time after work/weekends. (My current day job is under NDA, so I couldn't include it in the reel).
I guess it would be around 1 - 1,5 month per scene - few hours here and there, sometimes more on the weekends. Most of the time I spend working on the texturing/lighting and to get the composition right - to make it look good from all the angles. Modeling itself goes quite fast (most of the bikes/cars/spaceships from the beggining of the reel were done in 3 days each.)
What software was used ?
To create the reel I was using Lightwave3d, Modo, Zbrush, Photoshop and Fusion combo. I've choose those cause that's the software I felt most comfortable with and allowed me to get job done fast. For most of the shoots I have tried to get away with as small amount of passes as possible and do as much without post as I can. I have lost some control over the composition, but managed to keep the pipeline as simple as possible. (It was done after work, at nights, sometimes with few days breaks, so I didn't want to overcomplicate things and mess up at the end). Luckly Lightwave have quite fast render engine, so most of the stuff I managed to render out in higher resolution (some in 1920x1080) later scaled it down in comp to get sharper look.

I'm happy that you guys liked the little stories I put into those turntables. Thanks again for comments !:blush::wavey:

07 July 2009, 09:39 PM
For all of those still wondering, THIS is how a modeling reel should look.

Excellent work on all of it. The only one that didn't match the level of quality of the rest (IMHO) was the Truck, but that is still a piece that would get you hired.

The settings are brilliantly executed. A nice touch.

Very well done.

My only real complaint is Vimeo... everytime I've watched anything there, it stutters. Perhaps an alternate link for people to choose to watch it elsewhere? QT format? DivX?

07 July 2009, 02:30 AM
Really inspiring work Mancubus, thanks for sharing.
I like your idea of your models being dioramas - makes them seem like physical models and makes turntable camera shots much more interesting. I may have to steal your idea. :)

07 July 2009, 08:23 AM
Fantastic stuff. Some of the best model scenes I've seen in a looong time.


07 July 2009, 08:31 AM
WOW!! :drool: Incredibly inspiring work!

Setting up those little scenes must make it so much more fun to put it together.

I just love the underwater one, truly epic!

07 July 2009, 12:06 PM
Impressive stuff :)

07 July 2009, 03:20 PM
nice work! two thumbs up

07 July 2009, 05:44 PM
f*ck! that's great stuff! awesome rendering!

07 July 2009, 07:12 PM
Great modelling, and great renders! Congratulations!

07 July 2009, 07:14 PM
AMAZING. "Below" blows my mind!

07 July 2009, 09:03 PM
:bowdown: Absolutely stunning work! Nice job.

07 July 2009, 02:21 AM
Amazing work, I don't know if someone mentioned this already, but the turntables need to be slower. You have so much detail in every scene, but it's hard to appreciate because they turn so fast.

Keep up the good work.

07 July 2009, 02:28 AM
This is some gorgeous stuff. Congrats!

07 July 2009, 03:09 AM
awesome work!

07 July 2009, 07:31 AM
Superb reel!! you have five stars from me for your modeling jobs and your texturing is great.

07 July 2009, 10:05 AM
blew my mind away , so much detail in modeling an texturing , stunning :bowdown:

07 July 2009, 02:56 PM
Amazing! 5* x 100 from me :)
I'm a fan of your work. I watched from beginning to end 10 times ;)

07 July 2009, 06:57 PM
Just AWESOME.... Excellent job...

07 July 2009, 01:38 PM
That is just amazing to watch. And a bit demoralizing too... How do some of you guys get so damn good at the whole package? Modeling and texturing but also the composition of some of those scenes is just unbelievably good. The level of detail and the presentation are jaw-dropping.


07 July 2009, 03:31 PM
amazing work :applause:
best of luck in future projects :beer:

08 August 2009, 04:20 PM
the truck is brilliant!

08 August 2009, 07:29 PM
alot of people already said its cool , but i have to say it , great stuff man , and really cool presentation , keep it up :buttrock:

08 August 2009, 05:06 PM
Sorry, for not answering ealier. I'm on short hollidays back in Poland. (It is HOT in here, will be tough, to go back to rainy London :) )
I have read all you guys comments and now I get all red :blush: Thanks guys for so many positive comments. I'm really happy that you guys like it.
Thanks to you I'm sure that I made the right decision learning CG/3D and it gives me motivation to improve my skills.


08 August 2009, 06:06 PM
i really enjoyed watching that. very inspirational

08 August 2009, 02:07 PM
Excellent work man, thanks for sharing it.:beer:

08 August 2009, 02:25 PM
Man your work is simply AMAZING!
I'm impressed by the atention you put on details and I really enjoyed your reel cos you show your personal work and that gives a clear image of your creative world.
I also liked the way you organized the content on it, first a little flash of all your projects and then one by one taking the time to show your modeling, texturing ligthing and compositing skills.
I wish you could show some of the concept work and studies you did before starting the production process in your projects.

Beautiful job man, really, congatulations!

08 August 2009, 08:57 PM
This is incredible. Congratulations.

It is an amazing artwork

08 August 2009, 10:25 PM
Im at a loss for words! So much care was put into this its unbelievable !! Congratulations for one of the best demo reels I eve seen! Pretty sure no studio would ever turn you down ;)

08 August 2009, 01:05 AM
Superb and real professional work! Top job! :thumbsup:

08 August 2009, 01:16 AM
Back in London.
Thank You again guys, really happy that you like my work :)

As for some project studies/concept etc. there is a WIP thread, when I was creating the GREED piece. It's on the spinquad forum :

@ Silkcats : As for the preproduction here is how the process looks like :)

I know what are my limits for presentation (turntable), and what is my goal (I want show modeling and texturing skills). I'm starting with thining about the story, composition, poses, mood. Create some quick sketch. If, I think the idea will work out I'm creating low poly verison of the key objects and working on composition and poses untill it looks good from different angles. Next I'm gathering references. Pics, photos, extra informations and ideas.
Then I'm writing down a list of the details and things I want to put in. All the ideas and smallest details, even If I won't put them at the end into composition. That allows me to plan my work, split it into small steps and work on one element at a time. That way I'm not getting overwhelmed by amount of work to be done at beggining of the project. Also creating the "to do" list, and defining milestones, allow me to keep everything tight and organized. That way even after very long working day, If I had one hour to work on my personal project I look on the list and I knew what needs to be done. Also scratching tasks form the list keeps me motivated, allow me to finish projects, even if I'm tired - I see the progress - and less and less things to do :)
So, I guess that would be my tip for personal projects - solid planing :)

Thank You again :beer:

08 August 2009, 03:27 PM
its an amazing work. you have acheived a great amount of realism in texturing. inspired by your work.i got to learn a lot from it.

if you don't me asking few questions, would be gr8 deal for me.......

how long have you been working on this demo?

how can i achieve such quality?

ive lurking here n there for 3 years..............worked in different im looking forward to make something wonderful for my demo.................

im tired of asking people but i havent met a real mentor to guide me through...............i hope you could help me out................

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