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Making Of 'Totem'

By John Thiry
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Date Added: 14th February 2013
Software used:
3ds Max

I faced some troubles with the rendering. I used Light Cache and an Irradiance map with medium settings. The Max Subdivs parameter was used to control the noise level on the final render.

Due to the pervasive Displacement maps, I had to increase the memory limit (Fig.07).

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Fig. 07

At the end, with my Core i7 and these settings, the render (2000 pixels width resolution only) took about 10 hours. At least I had no bad surprises!

Post-production

This step was quite quick. As always, I rendered out Occlusion and Depth of Field passes. I also made some corrections with the Refraction pass, and used Photoshop's Burn/Dodge tool to increase the light and dark areas (Fig.08).

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Fig. 08


The final (and most annoying) step was to add some foam at the base of the ducks with a small, noisy brush (Fig.09).

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Fig. 09

Conclusion

As I said, there is no rational explanation to this picture; it's just a matter of interpretation. As Edgar Degas said, "Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." What do you see?

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(ID: 204633, pid: 0) Whatsaiththou on Sat, 29 June 2013 5:17pm
dude! this looks out of this world. amazing job. i wish i had two extra thumbs, so i could give this 4 thumbs up!
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(ID: 200806, pid: 0) Tinnnpo on Sun, 02 June 2013 12:16pm
what is the size of the plane & units used?
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(ID: 182565, pid: 0) Donovan on Tue, 19 February 2013 8:15pm
I cant undertsnad criticism. this is brilliant, absolutely beautiful colour and light. great work/. thanks so much for sharing
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(ID: 182479, pid: 0) 48design on Tue, 19 February 2013 9:32am
Couldn't you have done the foam at the base of the ducks with the VrayDistanceTexture and/or VRayDirt?
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