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Gotham Garden (Winter)

On Christmas day 2011 DB Member "Puritania" asked if I could possibly complete my Gotham Garden seasonal series by adding a winter version.

It took me about a year to get back to it but I am happy to report winter has finally come to Gotham. The changes needed for winter are a bit more complicated than for the warmer seasons but I think it turned out pretty well.

I hope you enjoy it. I will try to have the multiscreen up shortly!"

"Gotham Garden (Winter)"

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8.15/10 rating (125 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"Gotham Garden in Winter"
Even Gotham has its winters! This render is spectacular! Batman himself would appreciate the view.

Mario Carini

Tue September 8, 2015 at 6:43 pm
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Comments (36)

An Octopus's Garden
"I've always loved underwater scenes and was thrilled to learn that Vue 10 had a new water rendering engine. I worked on this scene for about a week and it's gone through quite a few different revisions. Light and color behave differently underwater and this has been a learning experience for me.

This was my latest render and I would say that I am around 80% happy with it. I started in to fixing the last 19% when tragedy struck. Vue crashed and for some strange reason refused to reopen my scene file. The backup appears to be corrupted too. I'm glad my kids were at school when that happened because I get in trouble when I swear in front of them.

Anyway, the first file was lost so I worked over the weekend rebuilding it. I've changed a thing or two since the original (which can be found in the Pickle Jar). I've moved some things around and added some more sea life to the scene (the title has changed accordingly).

Hope you enjoy it! I look forward to many more underwater scenes with the new Vue render engine!

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"An Octopus's Garden"

 Pickle Jar Versions

8.31/10 rating (131 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

Thanks for the quick fix!

Sat April 6, 2013 at 9:35 am
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First Blush
"This one is a "mental photograph" of sorts. I was driving on an eastern Iowa freeway in mid-Sept 2011 when I looked to my right and saw a green, summer-like, wooded area with this one blazing red tree sticking out like a torch. I only glimpsed the scene for about 5 seconds, but I thought it would make an interesting wallpaper. I fired up Vue when I got home and constructed this scene from memory (with a bit of artistic license). I hope you like it! The third and fourth versions I rendered deviate a bit from my initial inspiration. The second version looked very much like what I saw on the roadside, but I wanted to try something a little more subtle. Vue doesn't allow you to vary the leaf color on a "per-branch" level so I rendered a few different shades and composited them in Photoshop."

"First Blush"

 Pickle Jar Versions

8.07/10 rating (166 votes)

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Well, you know, some people feel the need to trash the work of others to make themselves feel better about what's lacking in their own lives. First Blush in all its superb iterations is one of my fall favorites; it always goes up in September. Thanks, DMT. And thank you, Ryan!


Fri July 3, 2015 at 10:48 am
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"In August 2011 a Member (thanks Manu!) sent me a link to a photo on National Geographic's website which reminded him of my "Autumnwood" wallpaper. I thought it would be a fun project to make my own version of the scene and this is the result. Now, it isn't a complete copy. I didn't have the photo open in another window while I was working on it, but it was definitely inspired by the NatGeo photo however. "


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9.16/10 rating (562 votes)

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"One of my favorites"
I am looking at the autumn wallpapers and deciding which to use. I think they are your best overall collections. I use this one every year and have since it came out. Several others are my favorites as well.


Wed November 4, 2015 at 9:24 am
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"Getting more comfortable with Vue 9.5's new cloud controls. They really do allow you to place clouds wherever you like. Very powerful! The previous versions had one character standing on the rocks overlooking the valley, but a number of folks seemed to see two. In the end I thought it would be a good idea to actually have two people together. In this case they are the sorcerer and "assassin" that I used for my "Arcana" scene. So does this scene happen before or after the events in "Arcana"? You tell me..."


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Pickle Jar Versions

8.72/10 rating (208 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

I just realized that the (single-screen) version 3 of Heliocentric is absolutely stunning. Wow.

Love that contrast with the night sky in the corner that gets cropped out when it spans 2 monitors. Simply breathtaking!

Fri August 3, 2012 at 9:41 am
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Comments (179)

"I've posted the latest update to this on on 5/28. It's mostly where I want it, but only because it was so hard to work with this scene on my old workstation. I may yet have a tweak or two to make. I've tweaked the waterline for the first versions and changed a few colors here and there.

Thanks for the great feedback! "


 Pickle Jar Versions

8.19/10 rating (171 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

I love this view, it is calming in the middle of a whirlwind day,

Wed December 19, 2012 at 8:34 am
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Comments (86)

We Don't Like Zombies
The Bliss family is big into PopCap games and no game gets more play than "Plants vs Zombies". My kids (especially Jason) love it so much that I thought it would be a good way to show them "what Daddy does for a living".

They watched me model the plants, position, shade and render them. Of course they wanted me to add more and more different plants, but I think I we will save those for future scenes.

Since this isn't a 100% Ryan Bliss original, I have decided to post a (lower res) free version here. DB Members can find all of the available resolutions here. I hope the folks over at PopCap enjoy my homage. The title is a line from the "Zombies on your Lawn" theme song. Thanks for all the fun!"

"We Don't Like Zombies"

 Pickle Jar Versions

6.77/10 rating (173 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"Great. Now I'm hooked on a new game! ;-)"
I agree with Robert, I'd love a mushroom garden! And Chomper. I love Chomper! Adorable render, fits well with the game, I think... and the ages of the junior artists ;-)

Sun December 11, 2011 at 2:50 pm
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Tropic of Thetis
"This one started out as a doodle on my MBP while I waited for another render to finish. I put a bit more work into this second version but I wanted to retain the uncomplicated feel of the original. As the title suggests, this is a day version of my "Tropical Moon" series (set in a different part of the moon). Some have suggested a night/sunset version of this scene would look nice and I am inclined to agree..."

"Tropic of Thetis"

 Pickle Jar Versions

8.50/10 rating (239 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

love this one. LOVE IT!

Sat April 11, 2015 at 11:27 am
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Comments (115)

"Dolmen are thought to be burial plots but scientists are unclear who made them and how. I think they're fascinating myself.

This particular scene was inspired by a dolmen in Ireland, and it is no accident that I am posting it in time for St Patrick's Day (though dolmen predate St Paddy by a few thousand years).

I will most likely do another render of this without the darker foreground rocks (the round ones in the grass). Any other ideas?"



7.38/10 rating (196 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"Update/Dual Screen"
I love the stonehenge-y, Celtic feel of this one and would love to see it updated or a new one with a similar look/feel.


Sat November 7, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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Comments (91)

The Fisherman
"This project went through many different twists and turns over the course of Nov/Dec 2010. Perhaps I will post those renders in the Pickle Jar in the weeks ahead. I'd hoped that it would be my last project of 2010, but the render went long and it is my first offering of 2011. "

"The Fisherman"

 Pickle Jar Versions

8.65/10 rating (387 votes)

Latest Member Comment:

"Oops: 1920x1080"
I like this one; I've been a member for awhile but hadn't seen this before. There seems to be a problem with the source file for the single screen 1920x1080 image: I've tried from different browsers, and it always downloads as 1920x960...


Wed January 6, 2016 at 2:52 pm
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