Apologies for the late reply, had been traveling and didn’t get a chance to reply properly.
@Atemporalskill: Thanks for your reply, I can see that you’ve really analysed the entire image :). Sorry, I didn’t know it was called a baseboard. I thought you meant the base mesh of the wall. I wanted to give the baseboard a slight grainy feel, so added a noise bumpmap to it with a normal value of -.02. But it looks like the grain is too small, maybe I can increase the size of the grain a little bit more so that it gets a bit more of the feel to it. You’re right about drawing the focus away from the scribbles to the wall. But it irks me a bit to see that the wall looks like it’s been freshly painted and done with absolute perfection. Nothing too drastic, but a slight texture to give it an old wall feel is what I had in mind.
Ah, I see what you mean about the lights. What you described would probably be the most accurate way to achieve good photo-realism. But I’m not sure my laptop with 3GB RAM can handle it. Besides, as you said, it might be a bit of an overkill in this situation. At the moment, I’ve got only one point light sitting outside the camera’s view. I was thinking I could setup a couple of area lights on the sides to better illuminate whatever is visible to the camera. Just to get rid of the dark spots.
But now that I look again at the image, I’m wondering if that would perhaps ruin the slight creepy feeling in it. I’ve zoomed into 100% on the large version and just looking at the books in the TV cabinet.
Perhaps it’s just me, but the complete darkness inside, behind the books, seems to produce a slight eerie effect. I’ll need to experiment a bit with it. There isn’t anything behind the books and if I illuminate that area, it might look empty. But then, the toy train could use a little bit more lighting. Hmm, this is a little tricky. And the problem is that the scene takes about an hour to render on my laptop and sometimes even crashes because of the particles. Attempted to render with IL, but crashed on first attempt. 3 gigs just isn’t cutting it anymore :(.
You know, I was quite tempted to drop in a pencil or a box of crayons or something near the wall or in the basket when I put the scribbles on the wall. But that would suggest that it was a recent event and I wanted it to be something that was done quite sometime ago. Hence the faded feel to the scribbles at random places. Maybe I’ll add in a darker unfaded scribble also and drop in the pencil right below it.