I was inspired to make a historic scene from where I live.
This would be a typical paper mill as found along the river
Zaan, in Noord Holland.
It’s not any mill in particular, but it is inspired by “ De Oude Voorn”
I’m not entirely sure yet how I will tackle the grass, but I’ll see.
I think I will try to make a couple of different shots at different Time of Day / Weather scenarios.
It’s beginning to look like something…
Slowly coming to life, I like the grass like this
You can see the paper hanging out to dry.
The roof is next, and once the drying shed is done, I’ll tackle the mill and the base
The roof texture is largely procedural, displacement drives the main shape, and noise textures makes for random tile colors
Slowly working on the rest of the mill. I’ll try the new cloth brush on the sails!
Starting to get a feel for the front of the mill
Nice thing about eevee is that it’s super quick to iterate with, and volumetrics are super cheap (compared to path tracing, that is).
In this case, the rain is just 2 volumes. One for the fog that is the result of the rain hitting the water, and the rain itself (which is just a stretched musgrave sample). So easy! And I can switch between these 3 scenarios by switching on or of collections and changing the environment image.
The water is a fun material, too. It’s just some voronoi gradients layered on top of each other.
this is a truly beautiful work! is it finished already?
Thanks Raikazu, it’s not finished yet, as I want to make a few more tweaks for historical accuracy’s sake.
Had to throw in some boats. The rowboat is a bit more detailed, but still quite simple.
Works well enough.
How about some 360 windmills?
I made these by rendering six 90 degree views in eevee, then stitched them together. Not perfect, but good enough for a quick impression.
P.S. Is there any way to embed 360 panoramas on this forum?
Here’s the “finished” thread:
Alright, I’m calling this one a wrap.
It’s been on the self for a while, I only just got around to rendering. You can find the WIP thread here:
It’s a late 17th century paper mill, as could be found along the Zaan back then.
The Netherlands are known for their mills, and they can be found all over the country.
Most of the mills are for local services, such as sawing wood or grinding wheat.
The Zaan region was an early industrial area - the products of these mills were shipped all over the…
wonderful “how-to” thread you have just posted here! Fantastic work, combined with a really great educational description. Thanks for sharing!