Made this image for the 3D section of the Christmas contest, I did spend a bit of time on it and thought it would do fairly well and it did come in 5th. I'm far from being a selfish person or a sore loser and prizes or money don't matter much to me as I create free models as often as I can. I am a bit disappointed that only nine people thought my entry to the contest was worthy of their vote. Made this image with Vue 6 Infinite, ZBrush and photoshop.
Jan 2, 2008 12:51:18 amby Rutra Homepage »
This is beautiful indeed. The set is very well built and put together. But I would say there is an inconsistency between the high quality of the set, on one side, and the characters and sky on the other. The sky looks a bit like a photo and the tree and house seem to be "cut" against it. I'm sorry if it's not the case, but that's the feeling I get. Similar applies to the characters, as they seem to me 2D element, more noticeably the dog.
The lighting overall seems a bit inconsistent as the main light source doesnt seem to be the orange warm sun but rather some cold blue light on the back of the camera. I understand that if the sun was the only light source, the house and characters would be hardly seen so maybe you really needed to use a second light source but maybe you should make it not as strong as you did. This might have the added advantage of not making the 2D as evident.
Sorry for these "improvement points" but if I wouldn't like this scene I wouldn't bother on making these remarks. Anyway, these are just my humble opinions.
Jan 2, 2008 2:38:21 amby chippwalters Homepage »
Very illustrative rendering-- which I don't think does as well as photorealistic for competitions. I wouldn't worry-- supposedly it took Picasso 70 years to learn to draw like a child. IOW, it really is in the mind of the beholder.
I think your illustration harkens back to an earlier time. It's interesting, because I find I get the most comments from realism, not from technique and illustrative renders.
Jan 2, 2008 8:37:26 amby helanker Online Now! Homepage »
OHHH MY! How wonderful this is. If I was looking for a really Winter Christmas Picture, I sure would have choosen this one. It is indeed so beautiful.. exactly what I mean a Holiday painting should look like. I am not member of the 3D Forum. If I was and saw this, I would have chosen it. This will be one of my favorites.
Jan 2, 2008 9:08:47 amby gillbrooks Homepage »
This is really gorgeous! Looks like a Thomas Kinkade style painting! I agree the votes in the comp were very low - the winner only got 20 and considering how many members this site has it's very disappointing. Shame you didn't win because imo this is the perfect Christmas card image!