Heading South

By Olivier Vernay-Kim

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Date Added: 21st April 2010
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http://oli.vernay.free.fr (opens in new window)
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kive7701@yahoo.fr  
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Originally a shot I did for a Fable 2 cinematic at Blur Studio.
I liked the subject of a quiet winter scene at sunset, so I wanted to go a little bit further by adding some more details and atmosphere.

Rendered in Mental Ray, sky made with Terragen 2, foreground trees are from Xfrog, other ones are from TreeStorm (mostly opacity maps), birds from a photograph and re-arranged for composition.
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Readers Comments
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Hiren on Fri, 29 July 2011 6:46am
i like ur work can u help me about this softwear?
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Paul B Frieling on Thu, 23 September 2010 1:41am
This is absolutely beautiful Olivier! Excellent work, my friend.
Tomer (Forums)
Tomer (Forums) on Sun, 06 June 2010 10:48am
wow
Wow, awesome Excellent 5 stars :dance:
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Bakho (Forums) on Sun, 06 June 2010 7:41am
@spantabruxas :Thanks, appreciate it !I made a higher resolution version of the image, also slightly improved with more details :[url]http://oli.vernay.free.fr/images/gallerie/fable2/HeadingSouth1600.jpg[/url]
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Spantabruxas (Forums) on Thu, 13 May 2010 2:28pm
Really beautiful piece of artwork. Amazing lighting...
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Bakho (Forums) on Sun, 25 April 2010 10:51pm
Thanks a lot for all of these comments !If you think it looks like a painting, that's the best compliment for me !Anyway, I don't want to take credit for everything in this image : Since it was originally a commercial project, I started with a concept design from Chuck Wojtkiewicz, concept artist at Blur :[url]http://oli.vernay.free.fr/images/gallerie/FarmlandsConcept.jpg[/url]
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Aasm271 (Forums) on Sun, 25 April 2010 4:54am
i love renders like this. it is beautiful and i really feel the warmth of the sun.:)
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Aasm271 (Forums) on Sat, 24 April 2010 3:48am
amazing piece of artwork :)
Buzzsaw (Forums)
Buzzsaw (Forums) on Sat, 24 April 2010 1:28am
great work i have never thought about using Terragen for the sky so cheers for that.is it hard to match up the cameras. (i have terragen V0.9 so there might to more functionability since i last used it) **********
Fabrizzzio (Forums)
Fabrizzzio (Forums) on Mon, 19 April 2010 4:35pm
The wire is overwhelming.... that's a job for a patient guy!I really like the way you put all things together, and in despite of this is mainly geometry, it looks like a painting... awesome job Bahko. And I really like the palette. It's freezing but the warm tones of the sun lighting bring the scene to life!
RansomInK (Forums)
RansomInK (Forums) on Sun, 18 April 2010 9:23pm
beautiful imagery. amazed you used basic shaders and little displacement, im inspired!
RHedendahl (Forums)
RHedendahl (Forums) on Sun, 18 April 2010 1:06pm
Looks amazing, great work. One of my favorite environment scene in a long while.One word to describe it. Serenity.Can't find anything to critique on. and of course 5 stars.Looking forward on seeing more artwork from you.
Silok (Forums)
Silok (Forums) on Sun, 18 April 2010 4:45am
Great scene:) Im wordless..
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Bakho (Forums) on Sun, 18 April 2010 12:52am
@ Moises Gomes :Thanks man !@ timonza-kunThanks for your critique !I agree, I should have spent more time on the snow modeling, it's actually one mesh with a mask to separate mud and snow (well, it's a little bit more complicated but basically that's it).Maybe a better way would be to model the ground, scatter some vegetation, add a snow layer on top of everything in separate meshes, then work on the snow-ground integration.
Timonza-kun (Forums)
Timonza-kun (Forums) on Sat, 17 April 2010 8:16am
what a detailed work! however it seems (am i the only one who sees that?) a li'l bit unnatural how the fence is covered with snow, and the road, too. all the rest of the picture realy looks like a winter fairytale. smt like that i saw in my childhood 'cause i lived in a village =)
Moises Gomes (Forums)
Moises Gomes (Forums) on Thu, 15 April 2010 8:49pm
Wowwww man !!!! Congratulations man .... 100000 stars !!!:crazy:
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Bakho (Forums) on Thu, 15 April 2010 8:10pm
@Adamos :Haha, that's heart warming :)@HighPolyBear :I'm working on a much higher res version, I'll post the link when it's done !
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HighPolyBear (Forums) on Thu, 15 April 2010 4:25pm
Beautiful! I wish a bigger image 1920x1080 for a wallpaper )
Adamos (Forums)
Adamos (Forums) on Thu, 15 April 2010 2:03pm
Can you please adopt me ? 5*
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Bakho (Forums) on Wed, 14 April 2010 11:41pm
Thanks a lot all of you ! And also for the Golden Eye (aka Evil Eye from Lord of the Rings) !
RogerP (Forums)
RogerP (Forums) on Wed, 14 April 2010 10:05pm
quality work, very impressive. 5*
Thefmilyofblood (Forums)
Thefmilyofblood (Forums) on Wed, 14 April 2010 8:33pm
Very impressive work! Reminds me of a painting I did a while back...
Hulahuga (Forums)
Hulahuga (Forums) on Wed, 14 April 2010 5:19pm
Beautiful imagery. The mood is really well portrayed and the snow and landscape looks quite real :D
Chris_solo (Forums)
Chris_solo (Forums) on Wed, 14 April 2010 1:32pm
beautiful! stuff!*****
I_AM_DAVE_COX (Forums)
I_AM_DAVE_COX (Forums) on Wed, 14 April 2010 1:21pm
that is awesome!That wire is insane!
Chrisp-3DT (Forums)
Chrisp-3DT (Forums) on Wed, 14 April 2010 1:00pm
Awesome piece, and what a why to make an entrance to our forum. Well as you've graced us with such beauty it's only fair that we give you a top bar plug and an golden eye (which you can collect [URL="http://forums.3dtotal.com/awards.php"]here[/URL]) for you efforts :DNice one
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Shadowseve (Forums) on Tue, 13 April 2010 11:57pm
Absolutely perfect render. Love the snow and the lighting.
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Nukie (Forums) on Tue, 13 April 2010 2:51pm
I wish I could upgrade :cry:Anyway, Very nice mood. I really like this kind of environment renders.
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Bakho (Forums) on Tue, 13 April 2010 9:04am
Thanks Nupsi !Yeah it was using a lot of virtual memory, but at least there was no displacement, only a few maps (some procedural, not many) and basic shaders. It's getting hard now with 4GB, I'll upgrade the ram for future projects.
Nupsi (Forums)
Nupsi (Forums) on Tue, 13 April 2010 8:40am
Such a beautiful scene and a impressive work! Unbelievable that 4 gig of ram were enough for a heavy scene like that :eek: I suppose you did use a lot of procedural maps, do you?Oh...and welcome to the forums ;)
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Bakho (Forums) on Tue, 13 April 2010 7:54am
[QUOTE=chunkymunky;783425]Very impressive snow and love that lighting, very good indeed. There's a hell of alot of geometry in that scene, must have a very good computer or it'd grind to a halt :)[/QUOTE]Thanks !Yeah I have to admit, the mesh is not highly optimized :o But except for the foreground, the whole scene is not that heavy, and wasn't so long to render (I'm using a standard quad core and 4GB of ram).
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Lucius08 (Forums) on Mon, 12 April 2010 6:12pm
Very great work! Respect!
Chunkymunky (Forums)
Chunkymunky (Forums) on Mon, 12 April 2010 5:00pm
Very impressive snow and love that lighting, very good indeed. There's a hell of alot of geometry in that scene, must have a very good computer or it'd grind to a halt :)
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Bakho (Forums) on Mon, 12 April 2010 4:28pm
Thanks for the comments !Here's a wire : [url]http://oli.vernay.free.fr/images/gallerie/farmlandsWire.jpg[/url]I used Max 2010.
C2theG (Forums)
C2theG (Forums) on Mon, 12 April 2010 4:21pm
Thats really cool. I like that time of day especially. What 3D package did you use and how long did it take you?
DaddyDoom (Forums)
DaddyDoom (Forums) on Mon, 12 April 2010 4:20pm
Welcome to the forums!Awesome mood dood :)Any wires?
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