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November 29, 2010
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AusLife_ 3D Process by jermilex AusLife_ 3D Process by jermilex
Once the concept design in 2D was approved I started to build the 3D version in Maya. Here's some renders along the way to show the process of how I start with primitive shapes to block everything in, and then replace with highly detailed models, which are then textured. I change the lighting as I go along the way too until i reached the final version on the bottom.
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Positivist Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012
This is awesome. I like the colors and lighting. I use Maya too but i'm not professional. My renders are never clear and pure like yours even I close textures' filter. Can you explain what your shading network looks like? Also I wonder the trees. Are they paint effects or something else? Do you use HDRI or physical sun and sky? Please share a tutorial about rendering.
jermilex Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I use a lot of procedural shaders, but really it's the render settings that allow textures to look nice. My shading networks vary wildly, with some being tremendously complex, and some being overly simple. The trees are hand modeled with polygon leaves. I've always found paintEffects to be limiting concerning lighting, and tricks with transparency also seem to not work so well. So this is a leaf pattern I hand modeled to use over and over. I rarely use HDRI maps as they limit the control you have to adjust specific parts of the image. I also do not use physical sun and sky for the same reason. It's great for people who want a quick result, but I find I usually want more control over exact values and colors of sun verses sky.
Positivist Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2012
Thank you very much for the explanation. I'm surprised about leaves. You need to be very patient. Again, I hope you do a video tutorial about lighting and especially rendering like in this design. If you do, I would like to watch and learn it. :)
Thanks again.
vivekrevi Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
wow .. really helps to understand and inspiring .. i used to have starting problem when i think about such concepts and this art explains it all .. like from where to begin and all .. thanks for posting each levels .. amazing work ..
jermilex Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Filmographer
you are most welcome. I'm glad it was helpful
Muhsen3D Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
wow Just wow!
jermilex Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
:) thanks
fritchie Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional General Artist
Love it! Thanks for showing the steps, it is awesome to see things broken down and step by step
jermilex Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! Glad you liked it
Mainerva Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2011  Professional General Artist
well this is epic :D
i wasn't expecting to see such awesome 3d when i logged in today i thought it was one of those display pieces people put in malls or even a sculpture :D really really awesome. i can't do anything like that XD

i just have one question

where does the train go???

anyway fantastic piece here's a watch :D
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