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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Making a Tileable Brick Wall (without sculpting)

Making a Tileable Brick Wall (without sculpting)

Sculpting textures is fun, sculpting tileable textures not so much. Unless you use a software like Zbrush with its amazing 2.5D toolset for making tiles, you probably have already had a bad time trying to figure out the best way to tile something in your work. And that’s all about my last week here at the studio, after a loong time without having to touch tilling pipelines (working with unique texture maps can be addictive) I found myself in a situation that I haven’t seen for a long time: creating a full tileable texture. I’ve almost forgotten how did I used to do that back then, so I’m back to square one, I had to do some tests until find something good enough to not make me mad.

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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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