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The Secret

Well, there is nothing very secret about The Secret. I just saw these great experiments by Peter Guthrie and thought I would have a go at it. Technically, the focus of the images is the water, which was done using a PhoenixFD Ocean texture (you can get it by installing the PhoenixFD demo) and inputing …

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Griggles

A few days ago, Ronen Bekerman posted some strangely hypnotic images by artist Lee Griggs. As Lee explains on his blog, these were modeled in Maya and rendered in Arnold. Lee used XGen, a technology license by Autodesk from Disney that allows the distribution and manipulation of large numbers of geometry primitives on a surface. I was …

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PG Skies Direct

When it comes to lighting an interior or exterior scene, the sky’s always the limit. But if you’ve been in this business for some time, chances are you already know the secret to subtle, atmospheric lighting. Archviz legend Peter Guthrie was the first artist to offer very high-resolution, high-dynamic-range sky panoramas to light your scene. These skies …

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High-Carb CG – and big warehouse update!

I’ve spent quite a bit of my spare time in the past few weeks prepping a second series of ready-to-render bread assets. And since I had been experimenting with Grant Warwick‘s latest material session (edible stuff), I decided to add the chocolate, strawberry pie and caramel in one big, calorie-laden image. The technique for the …

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Wonky Bokeh

After I posted my two latest bigger projects, Maison de Verre and Salle Labrouste, a few people asked how I obtained my DOF, and in particular the strangely shaped bokehs that came with it. The answer: custom aperture maps. Custom apertures are not specific to CG. Photographers have played with stencils attached to their lenses for decades. …

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Salle Labrouste

Paris again (not sure where this current fixation is coming from). For the non-Parisians among you, this is the Labrouste Reading Hall in the “Richelieu” site of the multi-building French National Library. More on Henri Labrouste, the man who built this, here. This project was born from the idea to give Railclone, by ItooSoft, a bit of …

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Mastering V-Ray

  One of the most frequent questions I get in emails is for recommendations about courses or tutorials on V-Ray and, in particular, shading and material creations. I don’t follow tutorials that often these days and time to stroll through forums is getting scarce. But if there is one course I would recommend right now, …