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Old 01-20-2004, 10:53 PM   #1
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ALIENWARE Challenge Entry: Neil McBean

Neil McBean has entered the ALIENWARE Challenge.
 
Old 01-20-2004, 10:56 PM   #2
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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 01-20-2004, 10:57 PM   #3
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Concept Sketch: canyon



Background environment for the pods. It's a simple canyon sketch in photoshop.
 
Old 01-20-2004, 11:04 PM   #4
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Modeling: wireframe



A very simple model. Almost entirely NURBS with some smoothed polys. Not much to say....
 
Old 01-20-2004, 11:09 PM   #5
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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 01-20-2004, 11:13 PM   #6
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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 01-20-2004, 11:21 PM   #7
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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 01-20-2004, 11:23 PM   #8
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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 01-20-2004, 11:25 PM   #9
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Final Image: pods man, pods



And here it is...maybe I should have added some glow...and a lens flare....
 
Old 01-20-2004, 11:36 PM   #10
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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

http://www.cgtalk.com/showthread.ph...320#post1090320
 
Old 01-20-2004, 11:37 PM   #11
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Final Image: it's a WIP



OK, I was joking about the glow, but then somehow I couldn't resist....
 
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