The Blue Project

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Date Added: 18th October 2011
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Hello, I wanted to share a piece I've been working on for a while now.. It's an attempt at a realistic portrait.. It's modeled in Maya and sculpted and painted in Mudbox.. rendered in Vray with a dome light. Hair and face fuzz was done in Shave and rendered separately with Mental Ray.. which was a huge learning curve.. I really wanted to tackle hair as major part of this image and learn from it.. (converted eyelashes and eyebrows to geo.. and added a scar on right side of brow.). and comped/layer adjustments together in PS. Thanks for looking all
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Readers Comments
Halil742 on Sat, 12 October 2013 8:26am
Hi very good design congratulations
Samuel Evans on Fri, 06 July 2012 5:25pm
Well SarN I do believe he said it was a SCAR on the RIGHT side of her Brow lol. I do think it should be above it or something instead. Despite the criticism this is awesome and I think someone will have a very desirable position somewhere with the quality of work.
Sperch on Tue, 05 June 2012 4:00pm
The eyes! you got it with eyes!!! They look life-like!
(Btw if that's what your wife looks like then she's very beautiful... just saying..)
Chaker on Mon, 02 April 2012 11:20pm
realy you are so charming
Dkeez (Forums) on Mon, 09 January 2012 6:10am
HooooooooooooooW~~~i love this picture!!^^
Bigstone1986 (Forums) on Fri, 06 January 2012 10:24am
wow good job!
Paskipop on Thu, 05 January 2012 8:51pm
Bery Good, perfect!!
Droarty (Forums)
Droarty (Forums) on Thu, 03 November 2011 5:51pm
Thanks all for all the kind comments! Most appreciated!!I am in the process now of creating the tutorial (which will be featured in a magazine in the next couple of months) The response has been overwhelming and I can't wait to get this tutorial all finished up and start on the next project!-Dan
Silverwing (Forums)
Silverwing (Forums) on Mon, 31 October 2011 8:19am
Brilliant work! Amazing realism and detail. WOW!
MaPe4re (Forums) on Sun, 30 October 2011 2:16pm
But great work![img][/img][img][/img][img][/img]
Panoptiqm (Forums) on Sat, 29 October 2011 12:43pm
Beautiful work:)
Comeinandburn on Tue, 18 October 2011 9:56pm
that is the most realistic human render I've EVER seen! everyone should address you as Master from now on... ha ha.
great work!!!!!
Droarty (Forums)
Droarty (Forums) on Tue, 18 October 2011 4:39pm
wow, guys, thanks again for all the amazing comments.. Its very motivating to start on the next piece.. all the support and feedback has been overwhelming and I am very pleased people have responded to it the way they have.. Thank you all!-Dan
Kushal Gurav on Tue, 18 October 2011 4:02pm
like always ur work is awesome
Nildo Essa on Tue, 18 October 2011 12:21pm
ths is a real image! it has to be!
Rhythem02 (Forums)
Rhythem02 (Forums) on Tue, 18 October 2011 9:19am
Nice photo, and nice critiques. That's why I love this forum, you always get realistic critiques and good appreciation.
Moom3d on Tue, 18 October 2011 5:30am
You know what, its too much Awesome! ;)
Matt Turner on Tue, 18 October 2011 5:08am
That is one of the best realistic renders I have seen in a long time. The things you nailed were the imperfections. Too often too many photo renders are still too clean too pure. This one has a great amount of messy detail. Also, you nailed the lips. Best lips I have ever seen.
Rolfathan on Tue, 18 October 2011 4:49am
This is outstanding! I love how you did the hair, the facial features, the eyes, all of it!
Aamirart (Forums) on Tue, 18 October 2011 12:19am
amazing job
Jonfer (Forums) on Sun, 16 October 2011 7:57pm
Congratz again for this amazing Art!!jonfer
HiKitty (Forums)
HiKitty (Forums) on Sun, 16 October 2011 11:22am
hi there
hi there, very very good , thanks ! (Forums) (Forums) on Sat, 15 October 2011 5:55pm
holy sh.. great work.. Cold be great with the whole body..
Droarty (Forums)
Droarty (Forums) on Sat, 15 October 2011 8:34am
Hey guys, thanks again for all the great comments/feedback.[COLOR="Red"]Astro: [/COLOR]The render didn't take too long (in retrospect) the body with no hair.. took roughly 15-20 min.. but that was a low setting of a prepass rate in vray at 1. However, the hair pass (which there was 3 of them - a flat version for overlay, a lit version and a shadow-matte pass. that took about an hour total I would say. that's at 2500x2500. In regards to photoshop work, I did quite a bit of contrast, saturation and color corrections on adjustments layers.. paint touch ups were fairly minor (a couple small strands of hair and darker eye liner).. the one procedure I began experimenting with in photoshop is to take the blue channel layer of your final image and overlay it as a 'luminosity' layer. It's subtle, but I find it does give a slight punch to your values (if needed). That being said, it depends on what color channel has the highest frequency of detail.. in this case I used the blue channel. I can try to post a screen tomorrow of a quick overview.. I am in the process of creating a tutorial right now..If anyone is interested, here is a large res version .. slightly diff color variation of the final image... there are obviously more noticeable flaws, but here you are..[URL=""][IMG][/IMG][/URL]
AstroAJ (Forums)
AstroAJ (Forums) on Sat, 15 October 2011 8:07am
how long did it take to render? ...and how much PS work was done to the final render... just curious :)
Crispy4004 (Forums)
Crispy4004 (Forums) on Sat, 15 October 2011 6:16am
This is fantastic, calling it [I]good[/I] is cutting it short. I'm going to go ahead and disagree with a number of critiques here.The real beauty with this image is in the imperfections. What you have successfully created is a very naturalistic portrait of your wife. You were soo successful in doing so that it doesn't line up with people's idealized expectations here. Critiquing too much CG can have a similar effect to looking at too many glamour magazines. It clouds your vision, and reprograms your mind to pinpoint the flaws that may actually be plausible. I say good for you to stir up this kind of reaction. :)That's not to say there is no room for improvement. I would say, perhaps try breaking up the clump a tad on the two longest locks of hair. But please, for the love everything that makes this image wonderful and your wife unique, don't go changing too much. Leave that scar and peach fuzz as is. I've seen plenty of women that have similar characteristics in the real world and don't ever feel the need to question it. If the bump bothers you, do some [I]very[/I] mild Photoshop touch-up. Not too much though, it really draws you into the face because it feels more in focus. In fact I'd say avoid the facial triangle all together and maybe just soften the forehead. It's the same reason why I don't think you need to touch up her shoulder down either.
Real 3D (Forums)
Real 3D (Forums) on Fri, 14 October 2011 9:59pm
obviously you wanted to get the portrait of your wife to come out perfect(near).
Thad (Forums)
Thad (Forums) on Fri, 14 October 2011 9:20pm
Thad (Forums)
Thad (Forums) on Fri, 14 October 2011 9:20pm
Rocneasta-3DT (Forums)
Rocneasta-3DT (Forums) on Fri, 14 October 2011 4:27pm
first of lovely wife, modeling kids next ? :)i'm amazed with texturing and shading work - great look (especially first post)
Rezaniasari (Forums) on Thu, 13 October 2011 4:42pm
Beautiful work , but I 'm still working on the hairGood luck
Kage (Forums)
Kage (Forums) on Thu, 13 October 2011 7:59am
It looks pretty good.I concur with other people though.The eyes could do with slightly less reflection to avoid the glassy look, and the lips are what to me, make her look CG.I can't look at it and see a real person. There are only a few CG people though that have ever tricked me, so it's not a bad thing.I just think the lips texture might be too perfect, and too much bump in places
Sean_rodrigues (Forums)
Sean_rodrigues (Forums) on Thu, 13 October 2011 3:14am
I love it, fantastic work! I agree with astroAJ, the bump map is a bit strong.Sean
Droarty (Forums)
Droarty (Forums) on Thu, 13 October 2011 3:04am
Thanks very much for the great feedback and kind comments guys!!
Eydi (Forums)
Eydi (Forums) on Wed, 12 October 2011 10:30pm
Nice and perfect head model :) well, about face texturing I do think it looks like the noise or bump and maybe displacement map is a little much..
Lebaje (Forums)
Lebaje (Forums) on Wed, 12 October 2011 7:19pm i beleive you :D5/5!!
Droarty (Forums)
Droarty (Forums) on Wed, 12 October 2011 6:12pm
Hey great feedback.. I agree with everything you've mentioned.. yah I think I could have made the scar more subtle for sure. The earrings were rendered separately and were not included in the zdepth so that's probably why.. Thanks again-Dan
Inveni0 (Forums)
Inveni0 (Forums) on Wed, 12 October 2011 6:05pm
This is good, but it has a lot of room for improvement.1) When people see your wife, do they wonder why part of her eyebrow is missing, or do they know it's a scar? They probably know it's a scar, which means that your image is missing something it needs in order to communicate that. Study it in better detail and try to emulate those subtleties better.2) Her jaw line is too hairy. I know, I know, some women have a lot of blonde peach fuzz around their jaw, but it's usually not very visible unless the light is right, and it's just not right in this image. So I would recommend dialing it back a little. I looked at your website, and your wife definitely doesn't have a beard.3) The earrings look like they were composited separately from the hair, I think because they're out of focus. They shouldn't be so blurry.4) The skin texture on the chest is low res. Crank it up a bit.The rest looks pretty good. Nice work.
Hulahuga (Forums)
Hulahuga (Forums) on Wed, 12 October 2011 3:53pm
Yeah, a tut would be great showing your workflow :)Really fantastic render with a very realistic sculpt to back it all up!
Droarty (Forums)
Droarty (Forums) on Wed, 12 October 2011 2:51pm
WOW.. everyone, Thank you SO much.. I really appreciate it and am humbled by all the wonderful comments.. Yes Stefan! here you are.. If anyone is interested, I could also post some shots of the comp work from start to finish if anyone is interested? I have also been asked to create a tutorial for it so I will be able to show all the details that when into it :) again thank you!![IMG][/IMG]
StefanC (Forums)
StefanC (Forums) on Wed, 12 October 2011 12:38pm
wow amazing ! this is the most realistic character I've seen :DCould you post wires ?
Chrisp-3DT (Forums)
Chrisp-3DT (Forums) on Wed, 12 October 2011 9:23am
Wow this is truly an amazing image, so much so that i've plugged it on the top bar of the forums - please go collect your Golden Eye award here please -[URL=""] Link [/URL]-
Droarty (Forums)
Droarty (Forums) on Wed, 12 October 2011 3:13am
Thanks Neo :) most appreciated...Thanks again Sar for the kind comments!.. yah, people have also said the same thing about the brow but I really wanted to keep it.. If I have time I will for sure do some more shots.. here is a couple screens from maya.. all the hair/fuzz was done in seperate pass and all the lighting was controlled by 1 HDR light for body, and hair used 3 spot lights.[IMG][/IMG][IMG][/IMG]
SarN (Forums)
SarN (Forums) on Wed, 12 October 2011 1:53am
Haha I was wondering about the eyebrow! With the attention to detail you've taken for the rest of the image it was pretty dumb of me to think you would have left an 'error' like that unnoticed. Checked out your website, she definitely looks like your wife! Your other works are great too. I still hope you do some photo-shoot style shots as well though.
Neolith (Forums)
Neolith (Forums) on Tue, 11 October 2011 9:22pm
Great work, I'd love to see the maya screen! :)
Droarty (Forums)
Droarty (Forums) on Tue, 11 October 2011 6:52pm
Hey guys, thanks for all the great comments! I am currently not at home but I do have a sculpt screen.. I will put together a maya shot/screen tonight? if everyone would like to see?[IMG][/IMG]
Lebaje (Forums)
Lebaje (Forums) on Tue, 11 October 2011 6:49pm
amazingly done...but it would help if we could see the wire. Not that i dont believe you but let face look like a picture
Real 3D (Forums)
Real 3D (Forums) on Tue, 11 October 2011 6:11pm
She is perfectly fine, i guess her 'slight imperfections' make her really believable. its photo-realistic enough. a bit of update that i recommend would be that her nose and lips seems too symmetrical, you could shift the mesh a bit on one side of the nose and lips, if not re-rendering it can be done in photoshop.Edit: the first render looked better color-wise.
AstroAJ (Forums)
AstroAJ (Forums) on Tue, 11 October 2011 4:15pm
Firstly, Amazing work!!!!I think u could tweak a few settings though:she is missing a chunk of her eyebrow?Her hair could be more loose because it looks a bit stiffEyes look a tad metallic but knowing how difficult eyes are to get perfect It doesn't matter.the bump map on her forehead is a little strong I think. Once again awesome :)
Nakulchauhan (Forums) on Tue, 11 October 2011 7:36am
You're a real artist my friend. Excellent!!!
Droarty (Forums)
Droarty (Forums) on Tue, 11 October 2011 5:04am
Thanks! agreed with the pose.. oh, the eyebrow is actually a scar.. its based off my wife in fact :) here is diff colored version[IMG][/IMG]
SarN (Forums)
SarN (Forums) on Tue, 11 October 2011 4:56am
Wow, this is great! But the pose leaves something to be desired... I want to see some posed shots as if they were taken by a photographer. Also her left eyebrow is a bit messed up. But great work!
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