yohann - Great work & great break-down! I like how you got the vase looking in the 3rd one there (the one without the bright specular highlight) although maybe you need to put a little of the light back behind it so it can read. I’d say all you need to do is zoom out a bit (so you don’t crop off the tops of the candle flames) and make the picture glass less reflective.
SousaDavid - Good start! Keep going with more soft candle light on the environment…
monoclon - That’s great! The candles look good, maybe just the translucency effect in the wax could be blended into a softer gradient, and the shadows they cast on the table could be softer. For the picture, maybe you could move that reflection on the glass sideways so that her face falls in a dark part instead of a light part?
HamburgerTrain - I raelly like the look you have on the vase and the dusty table-top, that’s great. Maybe just the bump on the picture frame and the SSS effect on the candle wax need to be turned down, and I only say turn the translucency down because the scene seems to be lit largely by fill light not the candles. The candle holders are almost there, maybe less reflection more occlusion from the table.
GaazMaster - Brilliant stuff! I wouldn’t be surprised if your work appeared on the front page one of these days!
JCBug - Terrific! I guess the only thing I think about it is that if you squint some of the candles come out looking brighter than their flames.
Luc-fr - I love it! Your scene has a really solid, tangible feeling, as if we were looking at real objects. If you’re looking for improvements, maybe the picture could be matted in the picture frame to look more natural, and some of the shadows could be a little softer. Really top-notch work there!
lazzhar - I agree, you French snobs shouldn’t show-off in ways that make the rest of us look bad! (I’m kidding, of course, that’s a great scene and a terrific animation. In terms of the fluid sim flames, they seem as if they are on a different, larger scale somehow, like larger flames coming out of a flame thrower instead of simple, smooth candle flames?)
mudasirmulla - Welcome! That’s a good start. Going forwards, maybe some places (tops of the candles, plate) are going very bright, the table could use more variation from light to dark, and the shadows could be much softer?
Silvia - Awsome! I love how you’re handling the candle flames, with the little transparent area around the wick like you would really see.
wilhelm - Those are great! The flames have really nice color and transparency to them, that’s terrific. The smoke looks really nice. The “heat ripple” doesn’t really work for me, maybe it could be much smoother and more subtle? Also, the background with the shelves looks strange, so bright in the reflection, dark in the background, without causing a similar lighting shift on the set… Maybe you could put something else there like the screen again? The mirror sortof works, maybe if you put a candle closer to it it would be more obvious?