Finally I got some time to post my Basement image, I did for the last Weekend Contest at Blender Nation.
The image is inspired by a picture of “Auerbachs Keller” at the time around 1900: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/de/3/32/Auerbachs_Keller_1900.jpg
It is a place that Goethe often visited while studying in Leipzig and a scene in his drama Faust.
But the simple reason why I chosen this picture was, that I was inspired by the light and the perpective and I could already imagine how it could look in color. So I tried to catch the mood and not perfectly rebuilding the image.
At last I didn`t had much time, so I submited an image in a rather small resolution and with a lot of noise. So I rendered the image again. The final image you see here is rendered in Cycles with 2000 samples and it took 7 hours. A second image was rendered with different light situation, to get the best result for the post.
Modelling wasn`t too complicated - a lot of repitive parts and I only modelled what is seen through the camera. The Tables and chairs and the piano I modelled some time ago. Only the books were taken from Blender Guru (thank you Andrew Price!) but I changed some textures.
But the hardest thing was to get the light right.
A lot of the mood was done in the post, for that I used Photoshop.
After all I`m saisfied with the result, but let me know what you think about it - what could have been improved?