Jörmungandr: The Midgard Serpent: Update 1

In Norse Mythology at the end of the world there will be a final battle known as Ragnarök. The god Thor will fight Jörmungandr, the “midgard serpent” [or world serpent]. who is usually at the bottom of the ocean encircling the world. The serpent will dragitself out of the water and poison the sky and water. At the end of the battle Thor kills the serpent, but dies because of it’s venom.

I’ve created the basis of the scene, including the start of Thor and the serpent. Work is slow (because of exams) so I don’t know when the next update will be. Here is the image: http://img230.imageshack.us/my.php?image=midgard2copysb2.jpgUPDATED VERSION LOWER ON PAGE

Some C&C please. Crits would be helpful before I get too far. Modeling/rendering in blender, postpro/textures in photoshop.
Thanks! enjoy.

Oh my God!!! That is the most awesome snake that I have seen in my life. Could we see a close up on Thor?

i agree the modeling and texture work on the snake looks awsome,

things i noticed when looking at the work,

lighting, lighting, lighting, even pictures of night time scenes can show very small detail, it seems a lot of your detail is lost with very little light, maybe in the background you could add stars and a moon, then use moonlight as an excuse to light the snakes face, rocks, and main character.

the snake looks cool, maybe some red textured eyes would look neat.

you have a great scene, and the details you’ve created look great, but make sure to work out the lighting, and show the good details you’ve made, but for now i would work on lighting, background, eye texture, and then go from there.

good day to you sir…I SAID GOOD DAY!!!:mad:

Thanks guys.

As for the background, it isn’t finished yet. I’m planned on doing a stormy clouded night sky. Super Wu-man, you have a point on the lighting, I’m going to play around with different lights and see what I get.

I’m going to have to go ahead and say that that is awesome. Very nice work. One thing though, the flap of skin on the inside of his mouth (all lizards have it, I don’t know what it’s called) should probably be more slimy-looking because of mucous, that and the ocean would get him wet, you’d think. Still though, fantastic texturing and great composition so far.

Ditto on the lighting comment. Much too dark, but what I can see looks awesome!

hmmm, the brightness looks ok to me, maybe my monitor isn’t properly calibrated

Well, I’m viewing on a CRT…

PS If you watched any Stargate, you would know that Thor actually looks like this:http://img178.imageshack.us/img178/3567/thorfh3.th.jpg

No, no NO! This is Thor:


Anyway, on the monster:

  1. maybe you should put some sort of spikes on his back.
  2. That fin thingy where is ear would be should probably be a little bigger.

But it looks very nice so far. :slight_smile:

lol, yeah Thor is actually an alien (I’m also a StarGate fan, and an active part of the anti-cancellation campaign)

Anyways, like has been said, great job on modeling and texturing, its mainly the lighting that needs work. I like the idea of moonlight as well: use your imagination. Tweak things around until you’re happy with it.

I have to say, I’m really liking this piece. Looking forward to the next update!


Norse Mythology came before Stargate. Thor is actually the Norse god of thunder.

We’re joking…:rolleyes: Of course we know that Norse mythology came first.

Heh… Fez…

Lighting looks good to me, but then Iagain 'm looking at a bright TFT. Awsome snake, really nice water. :slight_smile:

Update: A added a primitive background and a few smaller changes. I still am really unhappy with the background, but posted anyways. I have yet to alter the lighting. some C&C please!



wow that water looks great how did u make it?
the only crit i really have is the eyes…i dont know whats wrong with them it just doesnt seem right
also i was wondering if u made the background or is it just an image?

Im a stargate fan too guys :p. Although I’ve only seen the first 3 seasons, my friend has them all on DVD.

“wow that water looks great how did u make it?”
The water is basically a subdivided subsurfed wavey plane with a stucci nor on it with a slight reflection and refraction. basic particles were used for some spashes, other more detailed splashes were added in photoshop.

“also i was wondering if u made the background or is it just an image?”
The water in the background is made in blender. the clouds are various images put into blender on planes and rendered behind the foreground objects

Supurb piece! Greamt materials and effects. The weakest point(and its not very weak at all) is the lighting…the scene looks a little too evenly lit. But still, amazing image, 5 stars
PS Stargate rocks…

You mind sharing how you did the lightning with us?

The lightning is done in photoshop. Here is a basic tutorial of how it’s done http://www.photoshopcafe.com/tutorials/lightning/lightning.htm