"It dies at DAWN!!". Small-size forum preview of my final image for "Mad Science" challenge, Summer 2010:
Full-size 1920 x 1200px version is at:
Before the pro Maya users start pointing and laughing, please note that this was rendered in a game engine
. iClone 4 to be specific, which is a $200 machinima production software that uses a game-engine to enable "what you see is what you get" rendering in real-time. You don't have the same level/range of control as you do with Maya/Blender/Max etc, so I've just made the lighting dramatic rather than ultra-realistic.
3D models by Dan Konieczka and Giorgio Luciano, and the background loft model is a DAZ model by RPublishing, decimated and converted for iClone. I also used several 2D semi-opaque image planes ripped from the open-source game Ryzom (e.g. the bubbles in the big flask, the light rays coming through the windows). I used Photoshop for some of the finishing touches, such as the electro-chemical whisps of gas around the globe, the faint stains on the workbench, the water-drop on the cage drinker, and a couple of small shadows (iClone is rather bad at doing shadows).