Loosing weight…

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These images are the resolution I plan to render soon, but even here there has been a huge compromise. I naively began with meshes of the entire model. I loved the dimension and the detail that one could get into the corners of the brick work. Unfortunately my technology was complaining and eventually getting bogged down with calculations. I re-mapped all the basic geometry with texture maps of the original meshes and have made the files somewhat smaller and easier to handle…

Getting things moving…

Motion through Model 01 from patdog on Vimeo.

 

This was a test to look at how the model is working with motion and even though it is low resolution does the job okay. It makes some technical issues clear – gaps and glitches – that will save trouble with later renders. With this resolution I am already spending about 6 min. per frame and that is perhaps the most painful issue. The stills I will post later are taking at least 45 min for a HD render. As always, one step at a time….

 

Further down the road…

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…took a while to piece this all together – which included breaking it into scenes to get functional render speeds. The file is too heavy and slow to be useful for animation at this time, but hopefully this can be remedied in the not too distant future. While this can’t be considered finished, going to work a bit more on characters I think. Maybe eventually some things I can insert into this setting…

Another brick – in another wall

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…and with this a return to the virtual solution. First option 2D textures on 3D objects, however, various attempts at creating these textures and bump maps left me unconvinced. In every sense the relatively dense meshes of the bricks creates a more believeable edge and also shadows. The price a few more minutes per frame… which might eventually become a problem…or not. I remember when I first started with Blender having trouble rendering the most simple of scenes, and now can be happy not only with the results, but the time is somewhat acceptable. At the rate I’m making progress the development of faster hardware for renedering is certain to make the extra geometry a mute point – technology will inevitably take over us all!

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Proof of Concept – Layers

This shot is to test the combination of physical 3D with generated environment. While it is rather flat and dull, it has helped me piece and place the various masks involved and will serve as the basis for further development.

Very helpful for this proceedure was this video from Blendtuts on green screen removal and Blender VFX’s excellent quick tip in masking.