ALIENWARE Challenge Entry: Neil McBean

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Old 01 January 2004   #1
ALIENWARE Challenge Entry: Neil McBean

Neil McBean has entered the ALIENWARE Challenge.
Old 01 January 2004   #2
Concept Sketch: concept pod

I'm attempting to create something that's organic, but not necessarily alive. I wanted it to be unclear whether or not we ar elooking at fossils, crystal structures, plant life etc....
Old 01 January 2004   #3
Concept Sketch: canyon

Background environment for the pods. It's a simple canyon sketch in photoshop.
Old 01 January 2004   #4
Modeling: wireframe

A very simple model. Almost entirely NURBS with some smoothed polys. Not much to say....
Old 01 January 2004   #5
Texturing: texture render

The textures were the tricky part for me. I wanted to have translucent surfaces with SSS. The hard part was that Maya doesn't really do that, so I had to figure out some tricks. My solution used info nodes to control refraction, trans, and lumin chanels. If anyone has a better way please let me know...
Old 01 January 2004   #6
Lighting: lighting

Lighting was mostly used to enhance the surface look that I was going for. Everything here is ramplights (about 20 of them), with key directional light.
Old 01 January 2004   #7
Rendering: rendering 1

I rendered in two sections, one for the rocks, one for the pods. Trying to keep things simple (rendering entry two is essentially what's in my lighting image)
Old 01 January 2004   #8
Post Effects and Compositing: post treatment

This is the final image, so I'm putting it in twice just to be certain. Post effects were adding a background (which is a combination of painted stuff and photographs), colour correcting the rocks to match the ambient light, and adding some spill from the new bg image.
Old 01 January 2004   #9
Final Image: pods man, pods

And here it is...maybe I should have added some glow...and a lens flare....
Old 01 January 2004   #10
This is realy beautifu. A micro in macro-cosmos together.
And beautiful color choices.
Best luck

I would be honored if you have time to visit also my thread
Old 01 January 2004   #11
Final Image: it's a WIP

OK, I was joking about the glow, but then somehow I couldn't resist....
Old 01 January 2006   #12
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