Friday, September 28, 2012

Working in 3DS Max

So every since I spoke with Trick 3D and local animation / VSFX company here in Atlanta (who does awesome work btw.... check em out!) I have been working, when I could, in 3DS Max.  I have been a Maya user for years and I hate to say it.... I think I might convert! I was really wanting an excuse to use the Ivy Generator plug in by Thomas Luft and I needed a project to play with in Max. The scene is done with the Mental Ray sun and sky function and the control you have over the sun is so much easier and more user friendly than in Maya. On top of that I love the fact that you can change the exposure and mess with the shadows, midtones, and highlights in max. You can see a small preview of what your doing then when your are happy..... Render that bitch out! So much easier than moving a light..... rendering, raising the intensity.... rendering....blah blah blah. The more I use the program the more I like it, but I believe that Maya will always have a place in my heart considering it was the first 3D program I EVER learned.

And as always, after I rendered the image, I brought it into Photoshop for a little tweaking to finish it off. My screen is a little dark at my house but I think it still turned out pretty well..... hope you like it


Friday, September 14, 2012

After looking at both images I decided on this one. I added a few rocks under the water just to give it a feel that it was a lake bottom along with a small amount of color correction in photoshop. I didnt want to add to much to the image because I thought that "less is more."

Sometimes in life the simplest of things are the most beautiful.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Work in Progress

So years ago I came across a picture of the reflection of a few blades of grass protruding out of water. It was a simple picture, but the way that it was taken stuck with me. For years I have been a nature photographer hobbist and I thought that I could merry my love for photography and 3D together by recreating that image that has stuck with me for so long.

The only problem is, I have created two different versions of that image and I can't decide on which one I like the best. However the first image is more of what the picture looked like and the second seems to have a little bit more interest to it.

Tell me what you think.....

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


I have been working on this on and off for a while and finally decided to finish it. Mainly because Dragon Con is now over and I was surrounded by Star Wars characters all weekend and I need to work on something Star Wars related... haha


Monday, September 3, 2012

New Vue Render

Continuing to work in Vue in my spare time and I am finding that I am liking it more and more.

Here is my newest Render....

Sunday, September 2, 2012