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Jigsaw Puzzles!!

DB Jigsaw Puzzles!

8.69/10 rating
(59 votes)

As soon as I'd made the winter iteration in the "Walk" series I wondered if I Christmas version would be possible. I knew I wouldn't be able to use actual geometry for any Christmas lights here, because VUE doesn't let you use ecosystem instances on objects that are already ecosystem instances (in this case, the forest). I had to do it by modifying the bark textures and that's something I'd never attempted before on this scale. It presented many challenges and I'm still not sure I'm totally happy with the result. I am happy ENOUGH however to share this render and perhaps keep tweaking things. It's definitely different from my other Christmas scenes. Let me know what you think!

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Romarch
"Lights?"
...I thought it was just snowing glitter. :-)

Fri December 10, 2021 at 5:52 pm

oldtowneast
"Happy Holidays 🎄🎅"
I recall having one of the worst holidays in memory when you released "Blue Christmas" (1999) and it really turned things around for me that year. Mind-blowing to think how far we have all come since that time. This one seems fitting for our times right now and I hope everyone in the Digital Blasphemy community gets an opportunity to enjoy a Christmas walk of their own this year with family and friends.

Thu December 9, 2021 at 2:25 am

eyal
"magical"
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Wed December 8, 2021 at 11:16 pm

Gene
"The "
I love the overall impression. It's spellbinding. That said, there are some small, but notable, issues. In my opinion (and remember, it's only that!), some of the boundaries aren't quite right. They're too cut and sharp -- snow and uncovered ground don't ever contrast that way in the "real world." For whatever reason, your works from 10-12 years or so ago seemed to depict such things with much more smoothness and subtlety. This said, the overall effect is so good I gave this piece a 10 notwithstanding! Nice work (as usual)!!!

Wed December 8, 2021 at 7:53 pm

Eric
"Good, not great"
For me, the blur factor is to overwhelming. My eye / mind keep trying to find a focal point. Perhaps that was intentional. Maybe it's because there are too many points of light. I do understand the reflection on the pathway, what I assume is ice.



I think my mind sees blurry lights (reflections) and believes there should be a light source and there isn't one.

Perhaps what is needed is a few light posts (since the path looks man made) giving off a soft glow, and fewer reflection points. Say on the backside of the trees (away from the path).



Good attempt, but alas for me not your best work. Still, a keeper.

Wed December 8, 2021 at 7:30 am

Brian J.
"Ultrawide?"
Would love to see this in 3440x1440! I agree with the others, the depth of field seems shallow and the trees are blurred.

Tue December 7, 2021 at 6:10 pm

Bodybuildingfly
"3440 x 1440 missing!"
As has already been posted, this one is missing my 3440 x 1440 resolution :( Nice image though.

Tue December 7, 2021 at 3:05 pm

wildthotz
"miniature lane"
I like that it has a different quality to it, altho I can't really put my finger on it. It seems to strike me as though it's viewing a miniature diorama or something. Impossible not to compare to past scenes, but trying to evaluate on its own, it's intriguing as tho my brain is looking to figure out what's happening in it.

Tue December 7, 2021 at 2:26 pm

Glenn
"Work in Progress"
Ryan, I agree with your comments and the above supporters. It might look better without any lights in the foreground trees, giving the image a bit of mystery. And definitely no lights on the walkway. Keep up your brilliant work!

Tue December 7, 2021 at 1:32 pm

Aslan
"Bit blurry ??"
Is it me or is the resolution a tad off.

The 1920x1080 seems low res/out of focus - it also didn't Save in it's usual way. All a bit odd....

Might be me....

Tue December 7, 2021 at 1:02 pm

MARK A.
"COLORS"
Ryan, have you thought about doing color variations of this one like you did for sleepwalkers winter/Christmas?

Tue December 7, 2021 at 12:37 pm

Graeme
"Hmmm"
Have to agree with "Littlemom", this is nice, but I do prefer some of the past xmas renders. This one seems a bit... blurry? And I can't choose the res I need - 3440 x 1440.

Tue December 7, 2021 at 12:26 pm

Willow
"Usually don't comment but..."
I completely understand that it wasn't possible to put lights on the trees. I do believe that the effect came out looking great. One note though is the trees seem a little muddled compared to others.

Tue December 7, 2021 at 12:20 pm

Littlemom
"Nice....but"
This is a nice render, but I found that I wanted to like it more than I do. I totally get the concept of what you were trying to achieve here, but I find it lacking just a bit compared to your previous Christmas renders. The bark doesn't look quite right and I'm not sure how I feel about the lights in the snow on the path. Regardless you still do amazing work Ryan and this will of course go in my Christmas wallpaper rotation.

Tue December 7, 2021 at 11:44 am

Jenanne
"Wow!"
Oh man! Ryan, this is awesome. Thank you, and Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Tue December 7, 2021 at 10:48 am


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