W.I.P: Melting Candles – UV / Shading

W.I.P: Melting Candles – UV / Shading

And here we are with the second part of our candles W.I.P post!
A big amount of stuff has changed in the meantime between this and the first post, I dropped out the first candle concept I had in mind and decided to follow another direction, after a bunch of thoughts and tests on scene layout and optimization.

Even with a highly optimized geometry from Meshlab, a proper melted candle didn’t seem to be very friendly for realtime purposes, a single candle with some melting wax had about 1k triangles. For a single asset: OK, but for something that need to be scattered around a good amount of times? hmm, nope.
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In the meantime, what I had discovered in my tests is that with subsurface scattering you could just stack several candles together and they would still look coherent, with an almost seamless transition between them, so I had the idea to model only the candles as a group of assets, and a bunch of melted wax set as a complement. This way I’d be able to create a scene with several melted candles together and stuff like that without the huge drawback of a performance, hit as we’ll just have extra geometry where we really need it. Continue reading →

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Ornament Timelapse: Modeling & Sculpting

Ornament Timelapse: Modeling & Sculpting

Hey there timelapse voyeurs! For the first time in my life I decided to take guts to record myself doing some 3D stuff in a timelapse. I was really scared to be honest, this is some kind of nerd voyeurism, your freaks, but here we are, I got it!

Maybe you could learn something from my mistakes @ 15 fps
I’ll try to push myself into recording more timelapses like this one, if you guys like it. I’ll just need some more practice and time to get used to have a program recording all the crap I do without doing even more crap because of knowing it.

This ornament will be a (small) piece of the fence I’m making, maybe I’ll even record all the process of making this asset, from modeling to bake and then make a video series with them? Who knows!

A good amount of hours condensed in 8 mins, a bit too fast, but I’ll take note on this, anyway, Enjoy!

(In fact, I’ve already recorded another timelapse before, for my Barcelona Chair Modeling Tutorial for CG Masters, check it out if you want some cool tips on modeling! But that’s another history)

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Making of the Dark Portal

Making of the Dark Portal

Hey guys, a while ago Bart from Blendernation asked me if I would be interested in writing a making of article for him of my Dark Portal render. Well… discover it yourself

This model was also the winner of CGSociety’s Hardcore Modeling Challenge as Best Model, Best W.I.P and Best Environment 😀

Way more cool articles on the track, stay tuned!

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