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10 October 2003, 09:34 AM (

Hello to everybody ...

Here is my first "serious" fiction work. It is inspired over old drawing of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople.

Modeling and rendering ussing Lightwave 7.5. Textures and final compositing done with Photoshop 6.0

I hope you like it ....

Best regards,

10 October 2003, 09:40 AM
:buttrock: Amazing work!
Love the lights ambiance!
Very very good stuff!:applause:

10 October 2003, 10:26 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek:

wow what a wonderful scene. What i love in lightwave is the speedy rendering engine.!!
***** stars!

10 October 2003, 10:38 AM
wow very nice modeling and texturing.
how much time you paid for it?

10 October 2003, 11:04 AM
Realy beautiful.Yuo have done amazing job. 5 stars.:applause:

10 October 2003, 11:09 AM
amazing modeling, great work :applause: :applause:
i am from Constantinople (Istanbul). I went to Hagia Sophia yesterday, your model is absolutely real. how did you get the technical details about hagia sophia?

Congrats again.

10 October 2003, 11:39 AM
Well Done:thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 11:48 AM
dude this is frontpage quality!
your texturing capabilities surely rock, that in combination with the excellent lighting makes me wanna wander in your image :love:

I don't give 5 stars too often, this one surely deserves them


10 October 2003, 11:54 AM
WoW, i love it! looks amazing!!! 5 stars! :buttrock:

10 October 2003, 12:16 PM
Mamamia, GREAT WORK!!!

10 October 2003, 12:24 PM
Whoa. Very Nice. Incredible detail and lighs. :beer:

I love that building. As i think this building was originali an ortodox church. You can recognize that by the roof. They are spehrical the Mussulman temples are with conical roofs. ;)
This shrine is build originaly by Constantine the Great and then it was burned down in Nika Revolt. And then Justinian I rebuildid in his final form.

10 October 2003, 12:39 PM
That is one beautiful rendering, just outta interest how long did this take to render ??? and at what settings were the montecarlo at ???

10 October 2003, 12:47 PM

10 October 2003, 12:49 PM
nice work.

You must have used a ton of reference piccys for this, no?

10 October 2003, 01:01 PM
Thank you for your comments :beer:

I work on project for about one month, but only working two or three hours in nights .... -edit- and some weekends too ... i forgot it :surprised

Four 2.4 Ghz P.IV tooks about 12 hours to render it at print resolution (3600 lines) so total render time could be 48 hours.

It is inspired only in one old had-made drawing of building ... no other significat reference sources used ... so many details are ficticious. No technical data used to model ....


Facial Deluxe
10 October 2003, 01:07 PM
Awesome stuff ! Love the ambient ! Really really great work !

10 October 2003, 01:07 PM
Fantastic! Some details please, how long did modelling & surfacing take, where on earth did you get the reference material from?!

10 October 2003, 01:33 PM
Excellent work! I am very impressed.
It must took some time to paint all the textures for it too. did you also use procedurales?

10 October 2003, 01:34 PM
nice work,keep it up

10 October 2003, 01:39 PM
man...simply AMAZING!!!!

10 October 2003, 02:46 PM
Very nice work....this may be a stupid question....i'm curious as to how you did the volumetric rendering only....any info on that would be a great help thanks.....the image is top notch.:) Front page material for sure.:)

10 October 2003, 02:48 PM

FANTASTIC WORK. :thumbsup:


10 October 2003, 02:52 PM
fantastic work:buttrock:

10 October 2003, 03:13 PM
Beautifull work. Great texturing.

10 October 2003, 03:39 PM
Can we see a larger render?
Hee hee, just kidding.
Fabulous job! I love it. What else could I say?

10 October 2003, 05:25 PM
Here are some details of full hi res image ....


10 October 2003, 06:00 PM
I think your render is really amazing. :buttrock:

The one thing that bothers me is the green slime or moss that's all over the building and on everything it seems. Doesn't moss only grow on the south side of buildings and trees? Also, I think the roof tiles would get too hot for it to grow. Now that's really nit-picking to find something :) .

10 October 2003, 06:01 PM
Great stuff!!! Very nice!! GRANDIOSO! FEAR!:buttrock:
How much time you have employed for doing everything!

10 October 2003, 06:07 PM
Simply jawdropping.... The textures are really amazing. :thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 06:09 PM

I very like!:applause:

10 October 2003, 07:02 PM
Hola Juan!
Me thinks this would make a great all round tutorial! If you ever had the time and inclination.

<nudge nudge>

Modelling, texturing, lighting, composition, its all in there.
Excellent work!


10 October 2003, 08:58 PM

I have found other interesting test image, showing illumination setup before texturing models ...


10 October 2003, 09:21 PM
I would love to know how brazil, v-ray or the likes would handle this ??? As in timewise and quality of course...

I love these latter piccies too, simply astounding details...

10 October 2003, 10:30 PM
I sopouse that new render engines could manage this scene faster because they use very optimized algorithms to get GI solution ... but if you set up these engines with pure montecarlo solution i think that they are not really much faster than LW ...

But i think that 80% of work is artist and 20% is render engine ... actually all aplications could render these type of images ... and of corse LW, who has a great renderer too.


10 October 2003, 10:32 PM
This is stunning work juanjgon. With amazing detail and a great feel. Thanks for sharing some of the workflow details.
Animation ??? a few frames ??? just kidding :)

10 October 2003, 10:45 PM
Just amazing, and very inspiring :)

Your attention to detail astounds me, well done juanjgon :applause:

10 October 2003, 10:45 PM
i consider this work evidence of a lightwave master! your image is very nice and reminds me of naboo. I see you put a lot of effort and patience having to wait 12 hours render! Way to go! I can't wait to finish my traditional projects not on my site yet and move to the 3d scene! Congrats!

10 October 2003, 10:49 PM
ohhhh submit that to the lightwave gallery (if you haven't already) its awesome

Impactor Return
10 October 2003, 11:13 PM
That is fantstic, i love it so much. its become my new desktop!

I was thinking, maybe some depth of field would help. or maybe not, just an idea.

Great stuff, love it!

10 October 2003, 12:17 AM
yup yup, realy nice...2 things that kinda buggs me is, some places where u really see the lowpoly the arched roof beams and in the closeups.. oh and then just some small texture issues...but nothing major on that part....but donīt get me wrong...really nice :beer:

10 October 2003, 12:51 AM
perfect :eek: :eek:

Un saludo

Jonatan | sytron

10 October 2003, 01:00 AM
Excelent Work man :thumbsup:
Wish you the best:love:

10 October 2003, 01:07 AM
absolutely AMAZING!

Wonderfull! Great Work!

10 October 2003, 01:14 AM

10 October 2003, 01:26 AM
This is a truly superb image, juanjgon :)

The lighting is really well done (and creates a great mood), although I must admit that it makes some of the trees look a little flat. This could be from the fact that you rendered the volumetric lighting in a different pass though...

Also, the light on the clouds doesn't entirely match the lighting on the building.

The coolness of the shade on the left side of the image is particularly inviting, for some reason :)

Minor flaws aside, this is great work! Enjoy the front page plug :)

10 October 2003, 01:35 AM
this is 'Evocative' quality!

how about the interior now... :buttrock:

10 October 2003, 02:11 AM
didn't read the whole thread..but it looks like

Looks very cool..but it reminded me off that...

10 October 2003, 03:14 AM
This is really nice, I dont know what to say about it but I am really enjoying looking at it.

It is inspirational.

10 October 2003, 03:34 AM
wow!!! superb images!!!:buttrock:

how long does it take to render? any light setup ? pleaseeee................................................

10 October 2003, 03:45 AM
Love the detail and weathering on the buildings, DISTRESS ROCKS!!! Do you have any other work posted???:buttrock:

10 October 2003, 04:25 AM
Excellent job, :D

10 October 2003, 04:27 AM
WOW!!! that's awesome!!! great work dude.... can share more bout the lighting technique u used?

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10 October 2003, 04:39 AM
Its not Constantinople , Its Istanbul

10 October 2003, 05:02 AM
really wonderful pic. em... the classical castles which were added such beautiful lighting are very impressive!

10 October 2003, 05:08 AM
I love the modelling on this

10 October 2003, 05:39 AM
Fellow LWer:
I like it,.... I like it a lot. Hermano, que bueno. Me encanta!
I love those details. On the detail pics you posted, the details of the chipped corner of the exterior wall in just great. Love the textures and lighting too! It's all good.
Roll on!

10 October 2003, 05:43 AM
great piece, but i wonder if i am the only one that can't see any difference before and after the volumetric lighting compositing? i don't know much about this technique, but it just seemed odd to me that none of the standard appearance of volumetric lighting shows up in the final.

could you show some full res comparison crops, and/or explain what the reason was for the volumetric lighting step?



10 October 2003, 05:47 AM
I am a fan of these type of images.

And for Sheep Factory Constantinopol was named in Instambul after the muslims conquered it. so it is both correct

10 October 2003, 06:48 AM
my good god.

i love buildings and stuff..... thats just my thing.... but hole Crap dude. this is amazing. honestly if it wasnt for the models (no textures) thatu showd i wouldnt believe u that it wasnt a pick.

10 October 2003, 07:07 AM
fantastic modeling.. texturing... lighting... well, how about just fantastic everything! awesome work :)

10 October 2003, 07:32 AM
:thumbsup: you are quite a man:thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 07:49 AM
Very fine the work that you have there Juanjo,
I notice that the modeling doesn't have a high resolution, however the texturing work make it look very nice; baking textures or radiosity? How long of render? procedurals or bitmaps? skytracer or sky-dome? Do you have thought making a tutorial?
Buen trabajo!



10 October 2003, 08:03 AM
tu tambien estas en asturias... a ver si nos vemos un dia de estos.. bueno yo prefiero max.. que no?.. ;)

10 October 2003, 08:04 AM
Very good! I really enjoy looking at 3D architecture. :thumbsup:
And thanx for the different render passes and example images!! Could be of much help.. :D

10 October 2003, 08:11 AM
great work..everything is one thing .. it's not constantinople ... city's name is "ISTANBUL" ..
thanks for sharing this work..

10 October 2003, 08:17 AM
Great work paisano!

I love the detail on the textures, the lighting, the design of the building... everything. Keep it up.

Oviedo power! :thumbsup:


10 October 2003, 08:18 AM
It's wonderful!!! :thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 08:45 AM
A real masterpiece !

Love your homepage pictures too :applause:

10 October 2003, 08:49 AM
Wow ...

Thank you for everybody who spent his time writing posts about my work ... :applause:

I am very happy with all your comments :beer: and of course with all your "small" ideas to improve the scene ... i will consider all of them in my next work ....

When i have some time, i am going to write a small notes about production details to answer all your technical questions ....

Thank you and best regards,

10 October 2003, 09:01 AM
Nice man, very natural feeling :thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 09:21 AM
awesome work !! :thumbsup:

Kel Solaar
10 October 2003, 09:32 AM
Impressive level of detail, this is an awesome work, very beautifull!

10 October 2003, 09:44 AM
Everything is said before but I also must tell you that this is one of the best architectual renderings I have ever seen. I realy love everything in your work: textures, lighting, modeling ...
Only one word: brilliant :thumbsup: .

10 October 2003, 10:31 AM
Fantastic work:beer:

10 October 2003, 10:58 AM
5 stars with cherry on top.


10 October 2003, 11:10 AM
You got some amazing stuff on youre website!!!!! :surprised :drool: I'm really impressed. Especially the architecture at night is very cool!
How did you make the textures?

10 October 2003, 11:14 AM
Superb work! :applause:

Keep it up!

Best regards.

10 October 2003, 12:05 PM
juanjgon: Could you please explain how did u do those roof tiles(i don't know how they call them)

10 October 2003, 12:16 PM
waww!!! excellent work!! :beer: :buttrock:

10 October 2003, 01:04 PM
Amazing work, i have no words for it!


10 October 2003, 01:19 PM
ooh my god !
I love the islamic architecture !

that's awesome work.. great piece of art !


10 October 2003, 02:28 PM
it is not islamic architecture, it is byzantian. the era about architecture history. (1-Parthenon 2-Pantheon 3-Hagia Sophia)

10 October 2003, 02:55 PM
Hi juanjgon, I'm looking your work and i think that's an impressive project.You obtained great results in very few time.bravo!
What's your full time job?


10 October 2003, 03:29 PM
i've seen these before does it call Blue mosque also? or maybe I mistaken it with the original one:hmm:

But...Awesome work man. Deserved to be in the header!

10 October 2003, 03:36 PM
very nice work
great lighting, it establishes a nice mood

10 October 2003, 04:47 PM
Awesome work! :thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 05:32 PM
Hi Neighbour (Spain) :thumbsup:

very very nice work, and the textures are very real and cartooninsh at the same time, strange but very beautiful.

Congratularions! :buttrock:

10 October 2003, 05:46 PM

I am interested how you created the only volumetric Lighting rendering and how to do the composition to combine them into one.

10 October 2003, 06:04 PM
thats very nice. :)
very good attention to detail.

10 October 2003, 06:07 PM
Incredible detail on the model and the textures. I can definitely see a lot...a lot of hard work has been put into this image....awesome

10 October 2003, 06:39 PM
Beautiful work, Juanjgon!!! Any chance of posting an image that is around 1280 pixels in width? I want to use this image as the wallpaper on my computer at home. :applause:

Awesome image!

Michael Duffy

10 October 2003, 07:35 PM
Wowowowow :eek:
Totally insane job done! :buttrock:

No critics. :eek: :thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 08:05 PM
Originally posted by amrgo
ooh my god !
I love the islamic architecture !
that's awesome work.. great piece of art !

The architecture of the temple is Byzantine, and the four towers at the corners which are Islamic contrary to the temple that is Christian were build after the fall of Constantinople (Now called Istanbul).
Beautifull image, but sad nevertheles to those who know the history of it.

10 October 2003, 08:50 PM
great work man!!! :applause: :applause:

10 October 2003, 09:23 PM
Thats some awesome work there.

Digital Backlot
10 October 2003, 09:27 PM
Wonderful work!, Coul you do a night version? I'd love to see this lit up:applause:

10 October 2003, 09:52 PM
fantastic! :beer:

10 October 2003, 10:46 PM
Very well done! Congratulations for your work! ;)

btw,... here you have another from Asturias... :beer:

(lots of years I didn't post here...)

10 October 2003, 12:23 AM
That's really AWESOME :buttrock:

10 October 2003, 12:54 AM
That. Is. Freakin. Incredible.

/me scurries off to study up on shader techniques because /me sucks in comparison.

10 October 2003, 01:42 AM
Really very cool. Just... a little bit dim in the sky...
:applause: :applause: :applause:

10 October 2003, 04:37 AM
Nice job~

what software you used?

10 October 2003, 06:28 AM
Sorry to echo what everyone else is saying but this is fantastic! :thumbsup: I keep coming back and looking at it over and over again, truly stunning.

Edit\ Let me also echo that if you have a higher res render of this I'd love to see it as it's a bit pixelated on my desktop as it is ;-)

10 October 2003, 06:31 AM
Its my country!!! :)

10 October 2003, 07:37 AM
Just WOOOOOOOOW! :thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 07:37 AM
great design

texture mapping ? how did u do it ? i mean did u made them or imported from somewhere.....

if u made them can u give us a tips ? just general idea.....

10 October 2003, 10:20 AM
this is very good stuff :thumbsup:
Keep this good work :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 01:03 PM
I think he did the volumetrics with a Distant Light.

Distant Lights render really fast, it need just one pass, and the settings don't need to be that high...

Try this: just one Light in scene (Distant, just out of view) set the Height and Radius so that the light cone covers your entire camera view, set luminosity pretty low, reasonably high Attenuation.
Set all the objects to Matte Object (found under the Render panel in Object Properties).
Turn on Raytrace, render...

Add pic with screen/lighten/colordodge to your original in your favourite post soft, tweak a bit...done

(A scene with about 400K polys at Full Pal res (768 x 576) took about 29 seconds on my P3-733MHz machine...)

10 October 2003, 01:15 PM
Either that, or he uses some nice plugin (like Frischluft's ( flAIR Volumetric plugin)

10 October 2003, 01:33 PM
wow..I love the modeling and lighting...amazing pic

10 October 2003, 02:52 PM
Originally posted by Sheep Factory
Its not Constantinople , Its Istanbul

Constantinople is the old name of Istanbul it's the same thing!


And Jual GREAT image :applause:

10 October 2003, 03:01 PM

awesome, I love it!!, what time did you spend in matte painting??? and, do you use a wacom tablet or mouse for do that??

thx, and sorry but my english is very bad

JL Ramos

10 October 2003, 03:32 PM
Hi :beer:

One more time thank you for your comments ....

Volumetric light has been made with one spotlight rendered with standar Lightwave volumentrics setting matte objetcs like red_oddity say...

There is not any kind of matte painting in this work ... i only know to work in 3D ... no 2D work here ...


10 October 2003, 03:53 PM
Man!! i got 3 words to say: I LOVE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it's beautiful! :love:

10 October 2003, 07:22 PM
I would love to see the high-res version of this masterpeice. Beautiful work!

10 October 2003, 07:49 PM
A real masterpiece. Fantastic! Excellent detail.

The sky doesn't really match the lighting but it's impressive all the same. A deserved front page!! :thumbsup:

10 October 2003, 10:27 PM
Absolutely beautiful!
Looks like a painting you would find in a museum.
Very nice!

10 October 2003, 10:28 PM
Really nice work. Love the look and feel. Nicely modeled too and good use of texture.

Don't forget when copying different elements to mix up your textures a bit. I notice some "mirroring" of textures on some of the towers and other copied pieces.

I might add just a bit more haze and volumetric lighting to help seat the building into the environment.

Well done though. Nice work.

11 November 2003, 07:05 AM
wow. i want to have your baby. ....oh wait that isn't physically possible. nevermind. nice work. stunningly evocative and architecturally breath-taking.

11 November 2003, 12:53 AM
You've been awarded the CG Talk Choice Award, and your image has been added to the CG Networks/CG Talk Gallery (

If you'd like the PSD file of this award (for your own website or wherever), please email me and I'll send it to you.

Great work!

11 November 2003, 10:56 AM
Thank you Leigh ... :beer:

Best regards,

11 November 2003, 02:18 PM
Hi Juan,

Great Stuff!

I tried emailing you about some freelance work, but you email keeps bouncing.

If you could drop me a line at
I'd like to chat.


11 November 2003, 03:01 PM
Hi Juan,

Great Stuff!

I tried emailing you about some freelance work, but you email keeps bouncing.

If you could drop me a line at
I'd like to chat.


11 November 2003, 11:38 AM
nice work :eek:

11 November 2003, 08:19 PM

Am I Crazy? It's possible?... really, that's fantastic ThreeD...


Please... send me your mouse... :thumbsup:

Fer... From Spain

11 November 2003, 12:41 PM
This really is incredible work. :cool:

12 December 2003, 06:45 PM
Holy Sh*t! Two monster thumbs up. I can't wait to watch/play/record rocks!

01 January 2004, 06:09 AM
This is quite simply film quality. And that's all there is to say. Great work.:thumbsup:

01 January 2004, 03:41 PM
Cool :D

01 January 2004, 12:35 PM
Its not Constantinople , Its Istanbul
great work..everything is one thing .. it's not constantinople ... city's name is "ISTANBUL" ..

Absolutely right. FACT is that the name of the city today (and for some hundreds of years) IS Istanbul and not Constantinople anymore

Constantinople is the old name of Istanbul it's the same thing!
And for Sheep Factory Constantinopol was named in Instambul after the muslims conquered it. so it is both correct

Not quite right since today it is called Istanbul.
But some people still live in the past i guess.

Why donīt you even call it Byzantion?
That is what Constantinople was called before it became Constantinople.
It was founded in 660 b.c.
So if we still use the old and past names we should use the real old ones.

But maybe some people insist in using Constantinople because this is the Christian name of the city?
Canīt bear it was conquered by muslims?
Come on, thatīs happend hundreds of years ago?

Just wondering how some of you would call it if it had been the other way round.
Imagine it had been islamic Istanbul before and later conquered by christians and renamed to Constantinople!
Would you still insist in using the old name then?
I donīt think you would.

just my 2c

01 January 2004, 12:48 PM
Hi ...

RentaLLMay ... the only reason what i say that builing is in Constantinople is because this is the information that comes with the old drawing that i use like reference to make the scene. I dont know so much about city story, and i agree that today it is called Istanbul .... in fact i learn a lot of things about this city and her story after complete this work ...

Sorry for my poor knowledge of Islamic countries :beer:


01 January 2004, 09:59 AM
woah...if only i could be as good as you...

01 January 2004, 10:54 AM
totally wow,
amazing work

48hr render? massive piece!

01 January 2004, 10:59 AM
Originally posted by amrgo
ooh my god !
I love the islamic architecture !

that's awesome work.. great piece of art !


its not islamic its byzantine architecture. the cathedral was build by greeks before the place was conquered by turks (thats why the author of this image refer to the place as constantinople cause thats the original name of the city before it got conquered). it couldn't be islamic and still called Hagia Sophia right? (in Greek Hagia=Saint).

Anyway nuff with the history.

this image is indeed very nice. not extremely complicated to model but it must have taken ages to texture.

Samael no Oni
01 January 2004, 11:25 PM
You certainly went all out on the detail, and it looks like it paid off. :D :thumbsup:

01 January 2004, 09:54 AM
:thumbsup: wonderful work!!

01 January 2004, 11:18 PM
Wow great work...^_^~~


02 February 2004, 11:57 PM
yeah ur good ur work is very BEAUTIFULL:thumbsup:

09 September 2004, 12:34 AM
I like your renderings. It is really nice to get an influence from a old sketch of Hagia Sophia and re-model it. I had been Hagia Sophia in Istanbul several times. I can suggest you to look at the original building too. I have to say that the original building is kind of different in terms of mass articulation (proportions) and architectural character when I compare with your renderings.

Here you can find a good information. There are photograps and 3d images (interior and exterior).

Thanks for your work.

The Witch King
09 September 2004, 11:01 PM
Wow great job man. The textures and lights are too good.
01 January 2005, 10:24 AM
Hi, your work is great absolutely fantastic. I was wondering if i could purchase your 3d model so that I can use it in Bryce and play around with it. Please let me know if this is [possible. My address is


I look forward to a favourable reply.



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