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Making Of 'After The Rain'

By Esam Darweesh
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Date Added: 20th July 2009
Software used:
3ds Max, Photoshop, V-Ray, Misc
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Concept

The warmth of the sun's rays after the rain inspired me to make this scene. I began to draw and collect references for the scene in my mind, and I came out with this sketch (Fig.01).

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Fig. 01

Modelling

As I mentioned above, I collected a lot of reference photos together and started to develop my concept further (Fig.02)

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Fig. 02

After each stage of modelling, I added more and more details to the scene (Fig.03 - Fig.05).

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Fig. 03

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Fig. 04

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Fig. 05

Lighting

I prefer to start with lighting before getting into texturing, because some textures will depend on the environment lighting. So I made experiment with lots of different lighting setups until I came up with one that satisfied me.

After I had studied a lot of atmospheres of "after rain" times, I used vraylight (dome) with HDRI in the texture slot to simulate the environment lighting, and used vraylight (sphere) to simulate the sun lighting and to cast very soft shadows (Fig.06 & Fig.07).

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Fig. 06
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Fig. 07

Texturing

This process was the most complex and time consuming part of the project. It took a lot of work and tries to adjust the textures, especially the street texture. Some textures were extracted from high resolution photos of old houses (Fig.08 & Fig.09).

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Fig. 08



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Fig. 09

I also made a bump map and normal map for the textures; the normal map was done by using the NVIDIA filter for Photoshop (Fig.10).

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Fig. 10



 
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(ID: 183324, pid: 0) Mircha on Sun, 24 February 2013 5:10pm
Bravo ! great work !
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(ID: 168778, pid: 0) Mediux on Mon, 26 November 2012 12:57am
Great and clever work and of course brilliant output. I am jealous and I admire your extra work putting this workflow images. Good luck!
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(ID: 156138, pid: 0) Ramolo on Mon, 15 October 2012 7:38pm
Thank you so much! Amazing work! Detailed and it will help me a lot to archive realistics results in my works. I like rainy days!!
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(ID: 128535, pid: 0) Oliver L-W on Tue, 26 June 2012 1:13pm
Hey Esam, very concise and detailed tutorial showing how you came to create this scene, i approve! its always great seeing the variety of ways artists use different tools and methods to create the final product, and im going to be using a few little methods ive seen here in some of my upcoming projects! Keep it up and i look forward to seeing more!
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