Now for something slightly different.
I was in the fine city of Leipzig late last year–which is special to me for being home both to the Leipziger Lerche and to Neo Rauch and the Leipziger School of painting–when I ran into Arnold Böcklin’s Isle of the Dead while visiting the city’s wonderful art museum.
Back in Berlin, considering marzipan while listening to my favorite podcast Martini Giant and reflecting on the intersection between painting and digital art, I resolved to make a 3D version of the Isle of the Dead, which would also serve as step one of a then sketchily formulated plan to push my CG a little beyond pure Archviz.
Böcklin painted a few versions of the motif, not to mention the myriad print reproductions that were produced in his lifetime. As it happens, I picked not the Leipzig version but one closer to home, currently hanging in the Old National Gallery in Berlin, as my model. The Dude came about for lack of a better idea.
For the nerds among us, this was done in 3ds Max and V-Ray Next GPU, as usual. There was a fair bit of ZBrush involved as well as Substance Painter to texture the main rock. The sky and the backplates are by Peter Guthrie, although I also used quite a few V-Ray lights to better sculpt the volumes. The VDBs for the fog and clouds were done with PhoenixFD.
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Thank you so much for a such a complete answer! I will let you know if I manage to find a solution 🙂
Thanks Aerowalk. I can feel your pain. My workstation is in a big case but with only air cooling. My cards max at 75 degree in winter, but that’s with a custom fan curve and the whole thing is super loud when rendering. In the summer, my cards essentially get throttled. Even with the fans at max speed I can’t get them under 84 degrees, which is when the failsafe kicks in and they start slowing down.
A very long way to say I don’t have the solution for you. But I refuse to go liquid. I had liquid cooling in my old workstation and it was a complete nightmare of constant breakdowns and other types of failures.
Amazing work, not a typical one for you for sure! Looking forward for more of those kind! I
P.S. Dear Bertrand, could you please give us a glimpse of your current workstation setup (I know only that you use 2×2080 Ti with NVLink) and basic temperatures you get (I only interested in GPU temps tbh) ? The reason I ask this question is that there is not much info about it on the web (at least I found a little, but that is not enoigh), and I am looking for potention solutions, because now I am “fighting” with two really hot GPUs (2080 Ti + 1080 Ti, both of them burns to 84 degrees while rendering) trying to find a solution what to change in my setup to cool them down at least a bit. Everything works fine, but that bothers me 🙂 So any additional information could be really useful. Thank you anyway!