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3D Process 02 by steve-burg 3D Process 02 by steve-burg
Something a bit random here... ;)

I do a lot of little tests with 3D, just to try things, and I decided to play around with depth-of-field settings. As luck would have it, right then the phone rang and I got into a discussion with a friend who mentioned in passing: "Online 3D assets that are *FREE* are never any good".

I wondered: "Is this true?" :eyepopping: I decided to investigate the claim :D

About 2 hours later, I had the images you see here. I found 2 *FREE* tank models, threw some quick materials on them, made the ground, a little chunk of broken wall, some little stones and threw a high-res texture onto the rubble. Hey - you know what? I think those *FREE* tanks are pretty good :thumbsup:

You may notice that there is a toy duck in the scene. This duck has collaborated with me on many projects over the years - we go way back. Very easy to work with - a real pro :)

I've always been fascinated by the connection between war ravaged post-apocalyptic ruins and cute child's toys. You see this in a lot of movies. So a little grunge texture on the duck, in it went - and done!

***How many ducks can you see?*** There are several of them hiding in the scene ;)

The view on the lower left is what this scene actually looks like from above, in the 3D preview. The scene was put together in Lightwave 3D. Some grain and contrast tweaking were done in Photoshop.

Credits:
M1-A1 Tank: [link]
M1-A1 Tank: [link]
Rubble texture: [link]
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Glitch-Facade Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011
this rocks.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like it! :)
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Krodil Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
really nice render work:)
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elvissalaris Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional General Artist
The light on the duck in the top-right scene is magic, I could build an entire story just looking at the scene. Cool.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Professional Filmographer
This could be just the beginning of the duck's amazing journey :lol: !
Either that - or this is the end of the road ;)
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RedL0tus Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010
Honestly I tried to learn Lightwave using inspiration (all of it) from this deviation but I couldn't even figure out how to render a ground/dirt. Still trying and finding the right tutorials. Keep up the great work!
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It took me some time to get comfortable with 3D. Lightwave is just what I learned with, you can get similar results from a variety of software (although I really like the Lightwave render, and it's easier to get something decent than I've found with some of the other apps).

The main thing is to play around with how the materials work (in LW they call it "Surfaces"). The ground in the picture is just a big rectangle with some very slight bumpiness, and a texture that is tiled numerous times (scaled to look acceptable to being near the camera).

I'm not sure if you're just getting into 3D, but my first response to opening a 3D program was :shocked: :eyepopping: :fear: !!!

Gradually, the situation improves :D
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RedL0tus Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Well i've done a bit of Aftereffects before and that's remotely a 3d program in a sense but also done a few hours of 3dsMax but that just boggled my mind. Thanks for the info on how you first experienced a 3D program, I thought I was the only one that had that face or 3 of them I should say.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Filmographer
3D is a different mode of thought - it takes some getting used to. I'd say give it time, there is a start-up learning curve, but one day **presto** :lightbulb:
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Doublecrash Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010
Can't believe it!

I have a toy-duck model I did myself that I put in almost every render, without even mentioning it :D

Totally agree on the freebies... you just have to seek thoroughly.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Wow - there is another duck :lol: !
This duck is in many of my scenes. But the duck is small, and the scenes are often enormous. So it's not usually noticeable :D
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Doublecrash Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010
Same... I hid her in the strangest corners :rofl:
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D
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:iconchameleonmind:
chameleonmind Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
3 ducks? :)
Anyway, nice work, I like the duck toys vs. tanks thing, it just shouts about absurdity of war...
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
There are 3 :D
The duck is the less expensive, more devastating weapon. The tank doesn't stand a chance :lol: !
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:iconchameleonmind:
chameleonmind Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional General Artist
lol, I was right! :D

I'm curious, how did you spread those little rocks and stones? Particles?
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Particles? Kind of... I made a really subdivided mesh, dragged it around with the magnet tool, then kept only the vertices. I used that to make a randomly scaled/rotated copy of my tiny stone placed at each vertex. It's similar to using particles, but I can edit the placement with a bit more precision (at least it seems like that to me) :)
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chameleonmind Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional General Artist
I have no idea what magnet tool is, since I'm not familiar with Lightwave, but I think I get the point. :) Interesting technique. ;)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Magnet is basically a "move" tool with a falloff curve. I think it's pretty standard, just has a different label in the different apps :)
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Particular kinds of resources used whenever I can. Use free resources is always appreciated, and especially pleased with the echo of people put at the disposal of other artists in a gentle and free for use. Also purchased as no resources!
It is clear that the purpose of this is to create scenes and worlds using resources to help you do so.

Always leave some purists who criticize the use of such resources.
but it is absurd.
Someone sees something wrong with using the trees that brings Vue for example. O would have to create them from scratch.
Imagine someone who for a battle scene from a film had to start by building the tanks, vehicles ... etc just to prove you can do?.


I love the light, the atmosphere, the color of the environment and the duck .... .......
Anyone doubts that is a big job??
You my friend. this picture seems taken from a frame of a short film I did years ago .... seems Mia! (I'll show you some frame if you want !!!!)
the same light, color, and atmosphere I'd say ....
I'm glad to have agreed on that! :)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I agree on free assets. If I can find it, I will use it! I've posted a few free models myself, on Google 3D warehouse :)
[link]
[link]
I would love to see the stills from your film :D
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angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It is a short film I made years ago and that his image seriously looks like something out of one of my scenes!
I will try to find some material, but not the quality that may have eventually happened.
As a last resort I have a DVD ... :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
However is best, I would love to see :D
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:iconangelitoon:
angelitoon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I will try to be able to see something. Although it is of low quality. :)
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
Love the toy duck, great juxtaposition to the big metal tank :D
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I always try to put a toy into a devastated environment. On the defunct "Tiberium" project, there were teddy bears here and there in our blown out abandoned cities :)
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alexnegrea Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
when i grow up as an artist i want to be almost like you:) great gallery sir:)
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I really appreciate it :) I looked at your gallery (just briefly for the moment, I'll go back to it) and you've got some really nice environments (I just got your other comment, BTW) :D
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alexnegrea Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
:) thank you for the nice words sir! i was wondering if you could be my teacher for environments.. i can't pay you with money only with hard work and devotion.. i really want to become better at environments and i feel that you could help me a lot. i learn very fast and i work as hard as i can (i draw at least 8 hours/day, everyday). My only handicap is that i started drawing only at the age of 20 years.. before that i didn't draw anything... and that lack of experience shows into my work..

sorry if i bothered you with this message and i am apologizing if i have upset you in any kind.

Alex Negrea
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
You have not upset me at all :) !
I am not sure how I can do what ask, due to the demands of my job on time. But I will be happy to give you advice or critique and I will try to be as helpful as I can be. It is much easier when there is a focus, such as an image or a group of images to serve as the foundation for a discussion. Just let me know how you would like to proceed :)
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alexnegrea Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thank you very much:)

i will start doing some environment sketches and i hope by the end of the week i'll have @ 10 pieces to discuss on:) thank you very much for your support sir! i really appreciate it!
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jhua Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010
lightwave's global illumination renderer has been my best friend these days got me out on a lot of jams.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It really has been a huge help on getting believable lighting :)
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FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
awesome... n the duck lol, it makes me think of battlefield bc2 :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
:D - I haven't played that - is there a plastic toy duck in it?
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:iconfishpaste89:
FisHPastE89 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Interface Designer
hahaha i dont think so... but the general looks of the pic... the mood n tones n what not are similar i think. U must really give it a try, coz everything is destroyable... so fun :)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I've heard it is very good - I'll have to check it out :D
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:iconrob-caswell:
Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
BTW, you really SHOULD get all your ducks in a row... ;)
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I tell them - they not do :angered:!!!

- :D - ;)
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Rob-Caswell Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional General Artist
I'm glad that you challenged your friend's assumption. Sure, there's is a lot of "free junk" out there, but there are some real gems, too. One of the most fun online art contests I ever entered was one where contestants were restricted to JUST free online content. It made you make the most of what you could scare up and I just love an art challenge like that.
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
When someone tells me something is "impossible" it's like waving a red flag at a bull ;)
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wrshredder Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Amazing work as always =)
Wheres your lights btw? What lightning you have there?
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :)
I have one light - a spherical light off to the left and behind the scene. The rest is Final Gather ;)
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wrshredder Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Any image filters? Or is the graininess from radiosity?
So the camera and models are inside a giant cube for the radiosity to work?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Graininess is Photoshop. And the Final Gather works with the background (environment) color. You don't need a lightbox - but the color needs to be something other than black or there won't be any ambient illumination ;)
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wrshredder Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, nice.. must investigate that out! :P
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:iconsteve-burg:
steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Professional Filmographer
It works really well - just have to go and give some brightness to the sky - by default, it's black ;)
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wrshredder Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the tips!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Filmographer
;)
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Destro2k Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
nice explanaition how such things work

*ahm* three ducks ?
one and two at the image right/down
and one one left/upper image
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