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Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The one where Dave asks for help

Night falls on the first scene of my new demo reel
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For the past several weeks I've been working on the beginning of a new demo reel! It will consist of 3-4 environment shots that will be as close to photoreal as I can make them. My goal this time around is to land some kind of environmental or general 3D artist position at either an animation, Special Effects, or video game studio.

So, I'm big on the idea of having my own library one day, and I figured that that would be a good choice to do for the first scene. It was a blast to make and I learned new stuff along the way too! I can't wait to move on to the next scene! Hopefully my library won't be so messy and will have a better view ;)

Everything was done in Maya 8 (rendered with Mental Ray) except for the textures, which were done in Photoshop. I'm not the best when it comes to rendering, but I was really, honestly surprised when I saw how the render turned out! Now I just have to figure out how to make it even better :D

That's where you come in, my happy-go-lucky readers! I would really, really, really, REALLY like to know what you think could be improved or tweaked in the scene! I'm going to be uploading 2 more images soon of the room lit at different times of the day, so you'll be able to see a bit more detail. I would especially appreciate it if you have knowledge of 3D and notice any mistakes that I might have glazed over. If you DO leave constructive criticism, I would like to send you a sketch/doodle on any subject that you'd like as my way of saying thanks for helping me out! Just make sure that I have some way to contact you if you'd like a sketch :) An email adderss is probably best. Extra points for funny topics! I'm a funny guy, so expect a funny image :D



Frankie Stellato said...

Hey Dace, this is lookin pretty good so far. Can't really tell as far as what more you could do with the geo without seeing a grey shaded wireframe. If your going for photo-realistic, as you already mentioned maybe the lighting could use some work? I'm not too sure (not the greatest at lighting either) but what size textures did you use for this? Hope some of this helps I'll check back to see any response (unless u get me on msn) Later!

Frankie Stellato said...

And I spelled your name wrong...*sigh*

Anonymous said...

very generic and boring, keep working.

Dave Dind said...

"Very generic and boring, keep working" really doesn't help me in anyway. WHY is it generic and boring? Also, why are you posting anonymously? I'd like to know more, so please don't hide :D