As for the Sunlight versus Area Light, I prefer the area light, as you will not have uniform lighting in the real world. There will be spots of higher concentration and the area light gives me the look that I want as well.
2,000,000 verts already?! Man, you better hope your comp doesn’t burn up on you when you press F12. :o
Looks very good. the light is too strong, you are right… maybe a bit too yellow ?
I liked the softness of the texture from the beginning, although the current texture is very good I still think the earlier version of the sorrounding of the door was better, simpler and focus more attention on the door itself…
One thing that I notice about his concept-art is that he is very deliberately using converging lines (in this sense, converging toward a vanishing-point well above the frame) to create his “look and feel.” Nobody here is using a 4x5 field camera and the Schiemflug Principle to correct for convergence: this is a wide-angle lens positioned at near-ground level… framed very, very tight… for a very deliberate effect.
He has ruthlessly cropped away everything that can be supplied by your imagination, except the two side walls which are anything but dressed-stone. But the very tiny amount of foreground is nonetheless littered with a double-handful of stone chips, presumably fallen from those stone walls.
Observe those details and work them just as aggressively in your shot as he did in his. There is so much more than “just the props, ma’am” in any successful picture. Yet, if they’re doing their jobs, they’re overlooked.
sundialsvc4, this is very enlightning, I didn’t notice the converging lines before… I need to do some reading about that, sounds like a good technique to create the feeling of larger-than the picture effect…
bgDM, the reference draw is interesting - I think that you can either achieve the textures using the new procedural textures in 2.3.3 or create the actual blocks of stone and combine them together… the final pic should be a beautiful thing… btw, notice that the draw is using “blank textures” as well… almost no bump mapping
Feng Zhu is a wizard! But your interpretation is quite good. Maybe, when you’re finished, you could send it to Blur
And about AreaLight vs. SunLight: I often use an AreaLight, because of it’s multi sampled shadows. I agree, SunLight offers better control over intensity but allows only sharp shadows. I think, there was some BFBlender with multi samples on SunLight, but without AO though.
Just a slight update for you all. Added the mountian/rock backdrop. I think it came out pretty good. Some more tweaks to the material and some vert pushing and all should be good. Then onto the more detailed stuff and some more texture work.
sundialsvc4: Great information and explanation on the reference image. Thanks for the insight.
shul: Thanks. I noticed about the lack of “bump” mapping on the drawing, but I feel it would be better to add more of an actual stone/rock feel to it, hence the look I have now. As for the stones, I may look at doing them individually and peicing together to get more of the drawing feel to it, but I may just add lots of vert sand extrude to make it look like that too. We’ll see.
Union S8: I think I would get laughed out of Blur. So not going to send it there.