ALIENWARE Challenge Entry: Alan Baars

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  10 October 2003
ALIENWARE Challenge Entry: Alan Baars

Alan Baars has entered the ALIENWARE Challenge.
  12 December 2003
Concept Sketch: thumbs

some starting thumbnails...
  12 December 2003
Concept Sketch: colors+concept

I wanted something that would convey movement, and maybe some confusion. I liked the colors as well...
  12 December 2003
Concept Sketch: anemone towers

Having just purchased painter, I'm a little fuzzy on how it all works yet.
Started playing with the impasto brushes and really liked the translucent glow effect of this structure.
  12 December 2003
Concept Sketch: another concept

I've been working with the idea of a colony in a modified Dyson Sphere, with the inhabitants long since gone when the star threw off it's mantle. All the structures are still there, asking "How may I help you?" in five quiet long forgotten alien tongues.
  01 January 2004
Concept Sketch: fractals

struck upon the idea of using fractals in the landscape, this led me to a "creation crater" for the foreground
  01 January 2004
Modeling: creation crater

I then took elements from the fractal design and used them in a more manageable form.
  01 January 2004
Modeling: the modified dyson sphere

Wanted a more interesting treatment of a Dyson Sphere, something that still had a somewhat fractal look..
  01 January 2004
Modeling: added spines

Carried the spine theme out to the Dyson Sphere. Like the sense of motion conveyed by the spines.
  01 January 2004
Modeling: close up of just the crater

Here's another shot of the creation crater without spines...
  01 January 2004
Modeling: Final modeling (maybe)

Might tweek the middleground spines a bit, to get a bit less uniform appearance, but I think I'm done (maybe).
  01 January 2004
Texturing: TEXTURES

Randomised the spines a bit more, then added textures.
  01 January 2004
Lighting: lighting

Starting to look better...
  01 January 2004
Rendering: rendering1

  01 January 2004
Rendering: rendering2

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