Once again I found myself trying to use Vue d'Esprit to create a gas-giant type planet. It still looks a bit "chunkier" than I would prefer but I think I am making progress. Of course it's all just an excuse to have fun creating alien vegetation for the foreground :-)
I guess I wasn't quite ready to move on from the microscopic world. This one definitely follows on the work that I did with "Endogenesis". Once again I've used The Plant Factory to create structures that are too small for the human eye to perceive (a world I am endlessly fascinated by). I've composed and rendered the scene using Lightwave 11.6.
Sometimes, after working on a bunch of long-rendering landscapes, I just want to cleanse my palate with a nice clean abstract. It's refreshing for me to create something that doesn't have to match any sort of reality. For this piece I modeled the geometry using The Plant Factory and chose to render using Lightwave (rather than Vue). I tried to keep this one on the "minimal" side compared some of my other recent abstracts...
I've been spending most of my time this past week or so tackling my multiscreen backlog. I took care of the multiscreen version of "Anvil" and posted a dual/triple version of "Taranis" earlier this week. "Of All Places" is in the works but taking an exceptionally long time. So long, in fact, that I thought it would be a good idea to pause the render and create something new(ish) for those of you with just one screen to deal with.
A lot of folks were asking for a night version of "Anvil". Perhaps I went a bit overboard with the lightning, but I felt the storm had to be bright enough to illuminate the foreground a bit (which would have been a mass of black otherwise). Let me know what you think.
Growing up on the flat Illinois prairie I developed a healthy fascination with cumulonimbus clouds. I often imagined that they were mountains in the distance, or that they concealed giants. They were definitely the tallest structures to be seen in a world of distant horizons.
This piece continues my exploration of how to create these clouds using Vue d'Esprit. I was going for a sunset look here, with the clouds lit from a low angle. Hope you enjoy it!
I used Vue's "planetary mode" to create a world completely enshrouded with clouds. Inspired by the incredible images sent back from low Earth orbit of the International Space Station.
"Taranis", by the way, was the Celtic god of thunder.
I recently asked my fans on Facebook which of my "classic" images they would most like to see redone using my modern tools. I received over 100 replies but would you believe not a single one of them requested I revisit "Of All Places" from 2007? Regardless, I was trying out a new method for creating rocky structures using Zbrush and the revision sort of happened naturally.
This scene departs from the original a bit in that it is set more in a rocky ravine than a dark cave. I rendered the original using Lightwave but used Vue for this scene. I hope you like the update!
I thought it would be fun to turn the lights down on my Dapplewood scene and add some fireflies (something I haven't done since "Summerwood" over 12 years ago). I hope you enjoy it!
This render was an exercise in creating trees with multiple trunks using Plant Factory and placing them in a "volumetric" Vue environment. Or just creating something nice and lush for your desktop :-)
The project went through a couple of different revisions as a I tweaked the size of the leaves to allow more (or less) light to penetrate the canopy. I may or may not add those versions to the Pickle Jar. I really prefer this one. Hope you agree!
I created this planet in Lightwave to use in the sky of my "Aquarii" render. It occurred to me, however, that it might make a nice simple wallpaper on its own. I've added it to the Planetscapes gallery, including multiscreens and a 8K lossless version for my Supporters/Plus Level Members.
I hope you like it!