I continue to explore and enjoy Blender’s ever-expanding toolset, and this project is directly related to one of the latest features.
One of my latest works, “The Stars Have Their Stories,” is partly inspired by the Chinese / Japanese folklore of the “Festival of Stars”:
Here is a Wikipedia link to the very interesting story behind Tanabata.
A good part of the other inspiration going into this was recent working in natural media projects such as sumi-e, pen & ink, etc.
As many of you know, I’ve always been interested in bringing various aspects of the “natural” art world into my renders, particularly wherever there is the possibility of there being less of a CG-look and more of a painterly or atypical render quality achieved.
Some technical notes:
Much of this image was created using a tablet (Intuos3) and Blender’s new “Grease Pencil” feature.
Drawn lines were converted to paths, then converted to mesh for further shaping and extrusion.
Simulated brushstrokes are transparent meshes behind the face (see attached 3D view image below).
Stars were actually created using the defocus node, which if fed into a color node to add the noise (with no Z input but a high Z number) to the render.
No external post-processing was necessary on the render.
In any event, I hope you enjoy this image and get to learn a little about the cultural aspect of it.
It really is amazing how stars are interpreted and explored by different cultures throughout history. So many stars, and so many stories
Thank you for viewing my work,