Making of… “It dies at DAWN!!”

Ryzom 2D Props | free “Mad Science” props pack | Dusty Attic | Ryzom wood textures | DAZ Game Developer Kit | 3DXchange 4 Pro

Post-mortem: if it was dawn then the shafts of sun would have been much lower in the sky and so the light from the windows should have washed across the table, but that would have been too complicated lighting-wise. I still could have added more dappled patches of light on the table. I forgot to put a long glint of light on the table-edge nearest the window. I should also have added a slight shadow on the underside of the table, under the lip. I could have used the scissors (in the original model pack) and have had them standing stabbed violently into the table, raising up splinters of bright wood. The rat could have been replaced with a more appealing character, perhaps the cute Greenie monster from the 3DXchange Pro pack — although I’m not sure he scales down that far.

It dies at dawn!

The Photoshopped version of my picture for the CG Society’s summer 2010 lighting challenge (“Mad Science“), made with iClone…

3D models by Dan Konieczka and Giorgio Luciano, and the background loft model is by RPublishing.

Mad Science

My straight 100% iClone render for the CG Society Mad Science Lighting Challenge. Work in progress. Two directional lights, three spotlights, low-strength HDR and default IBL…

Click on the picture for a larger version.

A Photoshopped version (it needs some additional shadows, softening of the edges of the light shafts, whiskas on the lab-rat) to come later.

Lighting Challenge

A very nice bank of free high-quality themed 3D model bundles at 3D Render, which were specifically made available for the CG Society forum / 3DRender lighting challenges. It’s run by Pixar artist Jeremy Birn, and the current Challenge #23 is…

“a still life of a mad scientist’s table. […] deadline is July 30th, 2010. […] Use any 3d software and techniques you would like. Changes to the scene and models are allowed including adding new elements and changing existing ones. All 3D rendering techniques are allowed.”

When they say “adding new elements” I think they mean things like textures to buttons on the models, not adding complete new models? The downloads are open access. These are your base models (80k total) for challenge #23, currently freely available as OBJ and FBX among other file types…

And this is them in 3DXchange…