Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pen and Ink drawing of a Farm House in North Central Iowa


This is a pen and ink commissioned work that I just finished.  It is located in North Central Iowa.  This is a scan and doesn't look as nice as the original drawing.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Revisiting a past project. Work in Progress with Vray 3.0



This was a project I worked on years ago. There were several things about it that were unfinished.  I thought that I might revisit it and kind of add things to it to make it look a little more finished.  So, this is a work in progress image.  I did a little work on the grass and I added an HDR sky for lighting and for looks.  Next, I might do a little work around the pond edges, more work on the grass and some work on the water.  The only post work that has been done to this was a levels adjustment just to make it look a little nicer here.  Much more post work will need to be done to it once I get everything I want added to it added and rendered out.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Vray3.0 Fur As Lawn Grass



Vray Fur as lawn grass test. I have a noise map in the length slot, grass texture map applied to the Vray Fur Object and a different and darker texture applied to the ground plane.  Also, the tessellation on the ground plane is about 3" x 3" quads.  This increases render speeds for dense grass. My per area distribution number is 500.00 and the frame rendered in between 5 and 6 minutes.




Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Vray 3.0 and HDR Dusk Sky test










These are tests of the At Dusk Sky. I did do a quick levels adjustment on some of these but that is all I had time to do right now. I am finding it easier to work HDR parameters in Vray to get a little closer to what I want.  I do need to work on a lot of things, such as the grass, trees, siding, etc ....  I am actually pretty happy with Vray and the HDR Skies.

Vray 3.0 and HDRI Sky tests






These are test images of an HDR sky that I just purchased.  This is an overcast sky. There has been no post work done to these images (and it looks it). This is just what was rendered out. They are very dark and moody.  I'm trying to figure out settings. I'm seeing why one would composite the sky in during post.  It seems difficult to get exactly what I want with both the sky and the house.


This is an image showing my render region tests.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

HDRI Test - Vray 3.0


This is just a test of an HDRI map that I am thinking about buying from cg skies.  This is a low res version of it so I focused the camera near so the sky and clouds would get blurred by the depth of field.  I didn't spend much time on the scene.  I mostly played with the lighting.  I did take the image into after effects for a little color correction.


And with annoying lens flare.  More of a poorly done lens flare, but its just a test anyway.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Making Vray Cloth materials





I followed a YouTube video on making vray cloth materials.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmPHq0WTt-k

I found it interesting and helpful.  This is an image I made as I followed along.

But first I had to find a video tutorial on using the cloth modifier.