this is my latest project, Reimagination of Harkonnen harvester from Dune universe, mainly inspired by the game series. 3 years ago, when i was just beginning with 3D, i engaged in a similar project, but messed it up really bad. Now, i believe my skillset has a reached a level where i could already execute such a project with a good outcome.
Here is slightly post-processed clay render of current stage (i used inverted AO shader to pop out edges a little):
And here is a screenshot of model from all angles:
(NOTE: images are larger size, so you can view fullres by opening them in new tab/window)
I already shown the progress of the project to a few people, but many of them find chosen camera angles (they were not definitive, but quite close to the intended final ones) quite confusing, due to the harvester having quite irregular shapes.
So i decided i would create this thread and consult progress with others, so i make a good choices when it comes to camera, lighting, and environment. Particularly environment was a biggest failure in my previous sci-fi vehicle project This time i am aiming at CG choice gallery quality, so i want to take time and iterate everything into the fine form (using your feedback) before i consider it finished.
Here are some reference pictures of environment i would like to achieve. Credits go to original authors of these artworks:
Current stage of project: base mesh done, first and second detail layers done, only fine detail layer missing, sensor/camera/IR tower on the roof missing, some small glowing elements on the sides missing
Roadmap: finish model->start with vehicle materials->experiment with materials->finalize materials->block out environment->iterate on environment->finish environment model->develop environment materials-> add fine environment details->render->postprocess->eat a lot of unhealthy carb-loaded food->sleep for at least 12 hours
The software i am using is 3ds Max, and will be rendering using Corona.
I will try to post progress as frequently as possible, but i am afraid that once holidays end and a new year stars, it might slow down a bit. :sad: