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Making Of 'The Homer'

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Date Added: 9th December 2009
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Headlamp Material & Texture : The headlamps (and rear lamps, which are not shown in the final image) were UV mapped to fake the protrusions on the glass.

Light Bulbs : Nothing special. They are only white ovals with the "Emit" parameter set to 0.318.

Tyre Material & Texture : The rubber material is dark and scarcely reflective (I wonder why?!). I wasn't originally going to use the "Goodyear" logotype, but I realised that it was one of the features that would make the model look real and believable, instead of just being an oversized toy. I used a very simple Color map (although "color" is a bit of a stretch, because it's only a b/w image), and a Bump map to elevate it and to simulate the threads.



The lighting is a single HDRI probe (created by Keith Bruns,



In order for this scene to look photorealistic, I chose to work with Yafray (version 0.0.9,, which is a free open source raytracer which has been integrated into Blender. I set it up to render at "Full GI"; the rest were default settings. The render time was 1 hour and 23 minutes.


Post Production & Final Image

The rendered scene came out a little bit dark, so I used Paint Shop Pro (version XI) to correct that problem and to soften the shadows.

Now, I wanted the final render to look like a magazine advertisement, so I took the "General Motors" logo, changed one of the letters, and used the tasteless but hilarious "gorilla" reference as a tagline.

If you want to make your own version of this car, I will leave you my own blueprints (at least they're better than the Simpsons'!).

Thanks A LOT to the team at 3DTotal for giving me this opportunity.

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Darren Dawkins on Mon, 08 April 2013 3:45am
Hi Carlos, We would like to run the image in an Australian car magazine please contact me. Darren
Mike Taylor on Wed, 06 February 2013 11:36am
You rock, Carlos! Thanks for inspiring me... I have done plenty of 3D modeling through the years, but this is the first time in ages I feel the need to do something just for fun!
Comeinandburn on Fri, 14 October 2011 12:51am
I was so happy to see this making of! I've always admired this render. Great work, I hope you post more.
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