I am quite new to this forum, so hello everybody, and thank you for being full of criticism, but not too severe :D!
Here’s the first episode of this WIP, the results of a whole weekend’s work. I am planning to complete a full “space opera” sequence. I have now reached some knowledge of Blender functions allowing to get (almost) realistic renders, and for that, latest tools added to blender 2.42 were quite helpful. I focused most of my last tries on the node editor for compositing. Amazing how you can achieve nice camera FX with that!
It all began with rendering a planet properly :
Thanks to Enrico Valenza for his great tutorial you can find at http://www.enricovalenza.com/realplan.html.
I adapted his method a bit to blender’s new material node editing, but it was basically the same process. I used very large and neat planet textures map from http://www.celestiamotherlode.net/ (up to 128k!!!).
Now for the spaceship, I drew a quick sketch on paper, which I broadly tranlated into 3d in blender. Here’s a first model which I plan to make more complex, with small details to give a better feeling of size (it’s supposed to be 100 m long…). So here’s a miniature of it. I couldn’t resist making a cool global-illumination render, I wanted to do that for a while :D.
Only blender’s internal renderer here, no Yafray, which I am afraid to never understand. So, thanks to blender nice radiosity thing (the one with the radioactive icon), and using compositing node editors to render the depth of field, you can get a nice little render.
Last thing for that productive week-end, here’s a test at rendering powerful rocket engines. Again, thanks to those compositing nodes to get that glow effect :
Well, I am quite happy with that depth-of-field setting. I found a way to make it vary along time, so that you can get the effect of changing the focus of the camera slowly, as it happens with a real camera. Here’s a link to a video I made using that varying depth of field technique :
Well, that’s it for today. I’ll post screenshots of those blender sessions if requested!