There comes a time in every 3D artists life when he/she has to make a car, a train and then usually a jet or a car engine. It's so funny how it goes
I've just wrapped up my last personal project which was a car ("BMW M3 VFX - Integration into live footage") so predictably, thru a set of accidental circumstances, I'm onto the next one right away—the train.
I'm doing a 3d photorealistic scene of this place (Google Street View link): http://www.instantstreetview.com/2j...ri2l8z365znrz2u
Pic from street view:
It's gonna be pretty much what you're seeing in the street view.
I live in a nearby town of this place and this railroad station always had this kinda romantic vibe to it that I really liked. So, now that I've wrapped up the last project, I cleared my schedule, started taking much less freelance work and started this one.
I've also taken a couple of reference pics myself while traveling thru there and I'll be going there soon as well.
The previs/scene layout looks like this:
The scene is super complex and I've kinda divided it into phases:
* Train modeling
* Environment modeling
I've gathered around 300 reference pics so far.
I've also started train modeling and it's really awesome and challenging. I chose to model the GE Dash 8/9 40-C train because it looks awesome. The blueprints were tough to find and not perfect but they're decent.
I've started this project and gathering refs on November 23rd, so here's the progress so far:
I'm also modeling the train in a separate scene. (BTW. the front cabin sucks atm, I know)
I wanted to do this project in VRayBlender as I've been playing around with it lately but since I had to (finally!) upgrade my Max from 2009 to 2015 because of some freelance work, I thought it'd be fun to try the new Max.
Anyways, more updates soon, I'm working on it a lot!