I’ve been working for the last 2 months on an entry for a little challenge at
the Danish 3D community3dmaxer.dk with the strange and mind boggling theme
“Surreal Reality”. Deadline for the challenge is October 1st, this Sunday.
“altruism” has a surrealistic touch to it and a deep message flowing through it
as well. It depicts an in my opinion very important part of life, reality, in a
surrealistic and symbolic way. Ultimately, it’s up to the spectator what he/she
feels it is about. In the wip stage I commented on peoples interpretations for
the sake of critique being more pointed towards what I wanted to show, but
I will not do that anymore. This image is out of my hands by now, and the
spectator is now trusted with the task of making their own interpretations,
think if something doesn’t make sense. I’m not gonna answer anymore questions
regarding this matter, though I’ll still enjoy reading people’s thoughts on the
The technical aspects
Rendering times ended up being about 7-8 hours for all layers all together in the
native resolution 2868x1200 pixels. There is somewhere about 40.000 characters
in the image, the biggest part rendered on 2D alpha planes distributed by
particle systems. The foremost 40 characters are full 3D and posed by hand.
Post-processing + hand painting
The image is post-pro’ed in Photoshop and the background mountains are
hand painted in here as well (no wacom). Also, the clouds are a one of the
panoramas found in this forum (it’s a sticky somewhere), yet I did some pretty
detailed hand painting and retouching to remove some of the 2D look and
add more volumetric feel to the clouds.
Thanks for the enormous and great feedback in the focused critique forum
everyone! It’s been a blast working on this, having so many and great
comments to work with!
Hope you like it! I’ve been working hard and long on this baby, and will enjoy
hearing anything you have to say about it!