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Passing the Giant by steve-burg Passing the Giant by steve-burg
This image was a "collage" made of various render tests I had lying around on my hard drive in summer of 2009.

The spaceships are the same model shown in the piece "Ark W.I.P. 01" [link] so I won't reiterate the background on the ship and its design here.

The planet is a 3D model, as are the small moons. For the gas giant I modified the 4K Jupiter texture I located on the Celestia Motherlode website [link] The moon textures are a mix of procedural noise and some grunge maps I've had since the last Ice Age or so ;)

The shadow cast on the planet by one of the moons is "real" (well, at least it's ray-traced). I'm quite happy about that - it was really a pain to position the moon to cast its shadow AND be in the shot at the same time!

All 3D elements modeled and rendered in Lightwave 3D, image slapped together in Photoshop :D
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zaku1986 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Superb work!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! :)
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Yavier Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
Very nice.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :D
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daisukekuroneko Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
oh its so beautiful...
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much my dear friend :)
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daisukekuroneko Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
its my pleasure, really :nod:
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Very cool all around, love the texture of the moons - been learning procedural textures myself, they can be flat out amazing sometimes :D

OK one little nitpick since i'm a stickler for realism :lol: - the nearby moon and spaceships are backlit, but nothing else in the scene is
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I think the lighting mismatch is due to this being a "paste-up" job. I didn't render anything specifically for the scene, and I'm pretty sure that in moving elements around I wreaked havoc with any semblance of consistent lighting :D
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Regulus36 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Hehe, yeah that happens - it's a pain sometimes to go back and rerender something over and over if you keep moving it in the scene :D
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webname05 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is awesome man! ;)
Great job!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - I'm glad you like it :D
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sintar Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
The planets looks amazing, what great detail to Jupiter. You literally feel like you're looking out the window of a ship.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks :) I think you might like the planet - I just posted a closer view of it without the ship :D
[link] and also [link]
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sintar Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Whoa cool, I'm going to go look now!
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Pwesty Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Kinda reminds me of the movie Silent Running.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Ah yes - as it should ;)
A bit of sci-fi history: Douglas Trumbull (effects genius from "2001") directed "Silent Running". The TV series "The Starlost" was about 2 years later, and he was a producer and set to do the effects for the series.

So the design of the Ark ship clearly shows the influence of "Silent Running" - especially in the use of the domes as a major feature of the ship. Trumbull ultimately quit because I believe the show started to go downhill once they started production. But by then the ship and other miniatures had already been created.

I just created the model for no particular reason other than very distant memories and finding some reference photos online.

The image is completely unrelated, there was actually only one ship in the TV series. Just having fun with it, since I already had made the model ;)
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Pwesty Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Thanks Steve!
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Yeah - if you haven't seen that stuff - check it out ;)
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
In a word, "Coooooooool!" So was there more than one ark in the show?
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
No. But the show was awful. I actually watched some of it on DVD about a year ago. I thought "this is crap - but there's a very grand and epic idea lost in there somewhere".

I think Doug Trumbull (my hero, BTW) was going to do the effects, but they jerked him around so he left. There's still a lot of compositing in the show. But all the shots of the Ark look like someone walked around the miniature with a hand-held camera.

It's diabolical :eyepopping:
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
Yeah, I was psyched when it finally made it to DVD, but we couldn't get through the whole thing. We got about 5-6 eps in and said, "OK. That's enough. We remember now." It only took one or two real stinkbomb episodes :D

BTW, seems like Doug is still in my area. He was organizing a casting call for something recently.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
The show is so profoundly non-dramatic. Considering the drama inherent in the premise, one really wonders what everyone was thinking.

An interesting movie (well, by today's standards :lol:) that touched on a similar theme was last year's "Pandorum". While it's not great, it is in a way more what I would expect the situation to devolve into on such a ship, in the event there is a catastrophe during the flight.

It's worth a look, if you haven't seen it.
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RobCaswell Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
"Profoundly non-dramtic". LOL!!!!

I'll look into Pandorum. BTW, I got Pushing Ice the other day, but haven't had time to dig in yet.
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Filmographer
"Pandorum" has a lot of horror aspects to it. I'm not sure I completely understood what the situation was on that spaceship. But if you watch it, check out the "deleted scenes" - there is some interesting "mythology of the voyage" stuff as I recall.

"The Starlost" was just really horrid! The premise is the only thing good about it - and it seems like those making the show all but rejected the idea, rather than embracing it. It flaunts a cavalier disregard for even the fundamental building blocks of drama - the characters just stand in the corner and practically don't move :lol:
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dragonpyper Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010
Great work. Impressive. :D
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steve-burg Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks - and I just spotted your Jupiter II :thumbsup:!
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