While waiting for some of my shots to render, I've had some 'spare' time to continue updating and working on the Art Of. I've updated Chapter 1 with a more recent render rather than a render dating back to the minor project. Chapter 2 is pretty much solidified now although I'm not entirely happy with the layout of the pages within the chapter so some changes might be made later on. Chapter 3 is a work in progress. It's set up ready to go but the layout of my Art Of is pretty fluid currently so eventually there might not even be a Chapter 3 but a Chapter 4 could also be on its way - who knows!
Thursday, 19 April 2018
Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Saturday, 31 March 2018
I've been remastering my current Art Of to look a lot more professional and updating it along the way with renders and screenshots of my work. Here's a sneak peak of the Art Of so far...
|The current cover to the Art Of. It currently features one of the lighting renders but eventually I think I may change this to a similar shot featuring all of the models from the project|
|Chapter 1: Behind the Art. This is one of the double page contents/chapter pages that I've designed. The render covers the 2 pages and helps to tie it all together.|
|This is the double page spread for the questions. It felt strange trying to dedicate a singular page to just 8 questions so I've included an early coloured render of the domes too.|
|The double-page spreads are dedicated to the questions and responses have been given a cleaner look too.|
I've been testing some coloured lighting on my model collection to try and remove the 'dystopian feel' that the white/greyish renders were giving it. Originally the testing didn't go to plan and I pretty quickly had a steep learning curve with the new Arnold lighting system as spotlights did the very opposite thing that I wanted them to do.
I tried adding a blue spotlight above the horses. This strangely dyed everything else in the scene blue other than the horses! The next 15 renders and lighting tests all looked very similar too no matter what I tried and the horses still didn't appear to like coloured lights. Eventually, I had to settle for some tests with an overly large directional light that coloured the entire scene. These, in turn, gave me an opportunity to blend or merge 2 different ones together in photoshop.
|Orignial lighting test with blue spot light.|
|Steel grey lighting|
|Steel blue lighting|
|Peach and light blue merged render|
|White and peach merged render|
Friday, 23 March 2018
Following on from my last post, I got some expert advice from Ethan Shilling. He told me it might be best to play about with the thin wall option and subsurface settings.
The 'tracing paper' texture is on everything within the scene but with the changes, it seems to work best with the background. This may be to do with how thick the models are or in the case of the domes and the pods just how complex they are. There is no internal lighting as of yet but that is the next step.
These small changes have definitely helped with the overall colour of the scene but have started to give a 'washed-out' effect. Many more tests are needed yet!
|Where things were left last time. (For comparison only)|
|Thin-walled texture option applied and subsurface changed to 0.5|
|Thin-walled texture with subsurface increased to 0.75 and the emission weight increased to 0.2|
Thursday, 22 March 2018
|Lighting increased to 1.5|
|Lighting at 1.5 with samples increased to 4|
|Lighting at 1.5 with samples increased to 4 (test 2)|
|Lighting now increased from a skydome and an area light to a skydome and 3 arealights|
Monday, 19 March 2018
|Continuing on my with my toon outline experimentation, I've begun testing it on some of my other models. The outline on the domes is the same on the car but due to the size difference, it doesn't look right.|
|Thinner outline applied to the car and tested with some of the horses as well. Sizing is off but gives a nice group shot of the models so far.|