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Making Of 'Incubator'

By Indunil Priyanke Ranawake
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Date Added: 23rd November 2011
Software used:
3ds Max, Maya, V-Ray
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Intro

I will always remember making this image as it was a lot of fun! I did this image for a contest for The Gnomon Workshop and I had less than 20 days to complete it. The theme of the contest was "Incubator" and my first step was to come up with a nice concept.

Concept

I wanted to do an old laboratory style incubator. I imagined it to have a new kind of genetically engineered plant, which produced super oxygen to feed a new species. I wanted to integrate a character as well so I came up with this concept drawing in Photoshop (Fig.01).

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Fig. 01

Modeling

I did all the modeling in Maya. Modeling the incubator was very simple, nothing tricky. When all the objects are together it seems a bit complex of course, but if you look at them individually they are very simple (Fig.02).

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Fig. 02

You can see that I have used nothing but boxes, spheres and cylinders with extrude and bevel operations. I also used NURB tubes for the wires and air pipes and some wave typed curves with a revolve operation applied to them to create all of these models.

When these are all put together it looks like this (Fig.03).

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Fig. 03

The only organic model in this scene was the frog with butterfly wings. I had made a frog in the past so I used this and deleted his legs so I could fit him into the egg easily. I also posed him and gave him a facial expression as if he is amazed to see the new world (Fig.04). With the character put in place the scene looks like this (Fig.05). At this point I was ready to start the texturing.

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Fig. 04


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Fig. 05

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(ID: 83838, pid: 0) Jon on Fri, 03 February 2012 9:38am
Fantastic composition. It is so weird but so pretty. I especially love how the textures make the simple geometry so interesting. Very nice tutorial too. I really loved the dusty glass. How did you achieve that?
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(ID: 66596, pid: 0) James on Wed, 30 November 2011 2:47am
Greaaat image, but the fingers (shader pink) is kind of fake...like a standart shader only with the color. But the rest is perfect, congrats!
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(ID: 64853, pid: 0) Jeffrey on Thu, 24 November 2011 9:01am
Love it!!! Thanks for sharing.
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(ID: 64647, pid: 0) Danilo on Wed, 23 November 2011 1:59pm
Awesome imagem, even if isn't the final result you expected, I think it is amazing. Congrats.
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