(Update: Please see page 2 for the brief animation.)
This was indirectly inspired by Vermeer while I was positioning an unrelated character’s head, which in rotation reminded me momentarily of the famous painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring. Afterwards I tried to recreate that image in 3D.
After countless mesh tweaks, lighting adjustments, several restarts, and many frustrating renders, this is the closest I came to it. I might revisit this in the future, but for now I will simply call it “another girl with a pearl earring”
For this blend I used a bf-blender test binary which I downloaded on July 2nd. This makes use of the new color/specularity gradients and benefits from the improved OSA.
This image was post-processed in the following ways: contrast adjustment, saturation increase, slight burning in a couple of areas (mainly the background/right side), resizing down image from larger render.
I deliberately used the lowest AO setting for this along with the lowest area light sample rate so as to rough up the image a bit, which was too smooth and not at all like its real world counterpart, which is aged and crackled somewhat in a voronoi-like pattern.
Several transparent planes with several distorted noise and voronio textures each were placed between the character and the camera to enhance texture. There are several negative lamps in use as well. Jpeg compressed, so artifacts present (which in this image I don’t mind at all).
Thanks for checking it out