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Making Of 'Desert Gas Station'

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Date Added: 24th October 2012
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Most of the objects in the scene were quite simple models (Fig.04 - 05).

Fig. 04


The workflow was really very simple. I basically searched for references and then modeled and arranged them in the layout until I felt like I was happy with the composition.

When it comes to all of the tools available I suggest using all of them. Don't be afraid to try the different tools out; this is the only way to learn about LightWave's extended tool set. This sometimes takes a bit of patience, but it is the best way to learn.

Texturing and Rendering

At this point all of the pieces were in place so I went on to to find good textures for soil, wood and the bulk of the gas station. I also found some rusted metal sheets and the vintage logos from internet searches. I used Photoshop to merge several textures and created some UV maps. I then aged all my textures by using tools like Burn and Color Dodge (Fig.06).


I used basic shaders that are nothing special. They were just preset materials that I tweaked a little bit (Fig.07).


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Mthandeni Dladla on Tue, 30 December 2014 12:06pm
Brilliant work. Did you only had tutorials to head start to this,or you happen to go for few classes. I`m inspired by your work but got no formal 3d classes ever done before. I use AE and really keen to embark to 3d world,as am currently practicing on blender.
DZ23 on Wed, 24 October 2012 11:37pm
I'm impressed with your work here, this is really awesome and a pretty clean job, the texture looks amazing tho... Congratulations.
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