Cre­at­ing Be­liev­able 3D En­vi­ron­ments

Seth Thomp­son has lots of ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing amaz­ing 3D scenes, and has plenty of ways you can do the same

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Pub­lisher The Gno­mon Work­shop

Price £37 eth Thomp­son’s Un­mys­ti­fied im­age caused a stir when he pub­lished it on­line in 2013. In this video, Seth delves into the tech­niques he used to sculpt, light and ren­der this stun­ning 3D-ren­dered art­work.

In an ex­tended in­tro­duc­tion, Seth shares his ap­proach to broader dis­ci­plines such as work­flow and file or­gan­i­sa­tion. Col­lab­o­rat­ing in largescale projects has taught him the value of work­ing ef­fi­ciently, and there are sev­eral valu­able in­sights here.

There’s also a strong chap­ter that looks at com­po­si­tion and how to lead the eye around the pic­ture frame, in which Seth uses an­no­tated ex­am­ples from clas­si­cal paint­ing. Light­ing plays an im­por­tant part, as the artist shows how his de­lib­er­ate ar­range­ment of high­lights and shad­ows within the over­all com­po­si­tion leads the viewer’s eye to­wards and around the de­sign de­tails he’s most proud of. If your com­po­si­tional knowl­edge doesn’t get

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Web www.theg­nomon­work­shop.com beyond sim­ply di­vid­ing your frame into thirds, you’ll learn a lot here in just a few min­utes.

The heart of the video, how­ever, is a prac­ti­cal guide to cre­at­ing the scene’s key el­e­ments, us­ing 3ds Max, V-Ray, ZBrush and Pho­to­shop. While the ear­lier chap­ters are ac­ces­si­ble to both art be­gin­ners and sea­soned artists alike, this seg­ment de­mands that you have more than a pass­ing fa­mil­iar­ity with the soft­ware be­ing used. But for any­one who’s reached that level, the tech­niques shown here, in­clud­ing quickly sculpt­ing a re­lief based on a two-di­men­sional de­sign in ZBrush, will help you cre­ate as­sets faster.

Given the sub­ject mat­ter and the va­ri­ety of soft­ware used, per­haps there aren’t many peo­ple who will find ev­ery minute of this video to be per­ti­nent. But there are lots of artists who will get a great deal from this – and you’ll al­ways feel you’re be­ing tu­tored by some­one with deep knowl­edge and great at­ten­tion to de­tail.

Seth Thomp­son’s Un­mys­ti­fied is a bril­liant piece, mod­elled and ren­dered in 3D. His video shares many of his prac­tices and tech­niques. Grass and stones are hard to get right in 3D, but Seth has some cool tricks to achieve va­ri­ety with­out over­load­ing your com­puter.

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