Working with Lightwave (the background), Plant Factory (the foliage) and Vue (for the rendered environment) here. This one isn't technically a Christmas image but it has some of the hallmarks. Maybe in the Pickle Jar...
I originally intended to have the Stones serve as a portal to another world but I thought the light competed with the sky for focus. I may add a version with the portal open at a later date.
It's a bit hard to believe that it has been 10 years since I originally posted Cloud Canyon in 2007. Seems like a good time to revisit the concept with new technology. Let me know what you think! :-)
Shortly after posting my latest Halloween render I was asked by one of my Members if I had ever considered doing a wallpaper for Remembrance Day. We don't mark the holiday here in the US but after I did a little reading it certainly seemed like a worthy subject. Especially since quite a few of my Members come from Commonwealth nations.
The symbol of Remembrance Day is the common poppy. My rendering isn't too flashy or overt but I hope I did the subject justice.
Happy Halloween! Ever since I started learning The Plant Factory I've had the idea to create a "tree character" and it seemed like Halloween was the right time to try it out. The central figure and the "hands" were all created using Plant Factory and the scene was rendered using Vue. Sort of abstract, sort of landscape...if this render isn't to your liking I hope will check out the rest of my Halloween collection!
I almost didn't have it ready in time for 10/31 because my original version had some volumetric ground fog that I had to remove in order to shorten the render time. Maybe I will be able to finish that version someday...
A few years ago we journeyed back to San Diego with the kids and visited Balboa Park one day. There happened to be a dahlia exhibition and contest going on and I was simply amazed at the diversity, beauty and complexity of this type of flower. I resolved to model one someday and here it is (with my own spin of course). One last flower before winter sets in for 2017. I modeled the blooms and set up the UVs in Plant Factory and finished the texturing in Lightwave.
Jessie and I recently watched Ken Burns' and Lynn Novik's excellent "Vietnam War" documentary on PBS. It was a gut-wrenching series and more than a little bit surreal to think how I wouldn't have Jess by my side if not for the war.
Throughout the series I was struck by the incredible beauty of the Vietnamese countryside. It was that ethereal beauty which inspired this latest render, "Peace in the Valley".
This one is another Plant Factory experiment where I am attempting to vary the coloring of my leaves per individual tree. Most Vue plants have one leaf color (and thus look unconvincing in autumn renders) but here I've created a tree with five different color "zones" . The bottom leaves are purplish, red above that, then orange, then yellow and green at the tops. The Vue scene is a test of sorts to see how they look together in a "natural" setting.
Basically it's a doodle of sorts, but I thought it looked nice enough to share. Let me know what you think!