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Well had a great time with this today and for those who have been following this work along.. I hope you like the finished work.. well finished minus small area touch-ups for the printing of this 17x40". Too bad the people at the show will have no idea how or what effort it takes to do something like this.. their loss.. but if just one person is intrigued enough to ask question to really get an understanding then it will have been worth it.

If anyone was any questions on this effort please feel free to write me directly using my email address where I can then discuss freely and maybe attach screen shows to help me discuss.

This was all done on a MacMini and an old Apple 23" cinema screen... my eyes need all the help they can get.

I used Modo, Poser, ZBrush, Vue, and Photoshop. Vue is my working canvas that all else support.

Again I want to thank Alex of Adh3d on his outstanding Chariot product what inspired me on this work. As I mentioned before he will be working on the Roman 4 horse version in the near future. I will certainly be using it in connection with my full BenHur Arena Models... imagine this as it turns the end of the Island just under the huge Arena Statue.. ops I think I wet myself.


Don "London224"
August 28, 2010
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Aug 28, 2010 8:17:33 pm
Really good

by ascoli00 Homepage »

Aug 28, 2010 8:45:09 pm
this is wonderful

by jocko500 Homepage »

Aug 28, 2010 8:53:25 pm
Excellent. This just kept getting better. I don't think anyone will wonder how much work went into this, it quite obvious. Very detailed, professional, and action packed compared to what is being done now-a-days. - Bob

by bob4artist Homepage »

Aug 28, 2010 9:01:01 pm
I don't think you will need to be a poser expert to realize this was a lot of work... but it helps. Really an amazing piece of work... getting all those figures in and properly posed and the atmospherics are pretty spectacular. That being said I would like to see a version without the rain, you could leave it wet and even have the lightning and clouds but I think the rain erodes a bit of what we can see of the image. And if this is in Egypt then rain would have been awful darn rare. This quible does not take away from the magnificance of the piece.. it is offered with due respect.

by brewgirlca Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 28, 2010 9:11:09 pm

You are correct about the rain and I may go there in the final.. at this size it is distracting a bit.. but the work is 17x40 inches and at that size and at the correct viewing distance it doesn't distract as much as here.

The scene is not meant to be in Egypt, but as one of the visiting groups that were brought in all the time as were the animals etc.

Anyway That for taking the time to comment... so buried in this it is good to hear other voices and as always wait a week before I go back to clean up before printing. I print myself on an Epson 400 pro which only does 17" wide so I need to read yo on doing border-less prints... just another thing to crack a manual on.


by London224 Homepage »

Aug 28, 2010 9:47:48 pm
I too fear the rain in this version has diluted the brilliant colors of the previous one (where the presence of a storm was achieved by your use of puddles, splashes, threatening sky, ominous clouds and lightening)...In any case, it is an absolutely spectacular image - the talent you have for creating such epic works is truly mind boggling!

by Seahorse Homepage »

Aug 28, 2010 9:53:26 pm
With you and Brewgirlca feeling this way I have gone around to look at how others have handled rain and have gone in and done a motion blur along the vertical axis and lighten up the percentage and I think you will all be happy with the change.

Really appreciate you both commenting as you have... so often people don't bother to provide some personal insight that can be very useful to the artist. Its a shame really, because we can all use a critical eye to make us better.

by London224 Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 12:21:16 am
It is a fabulous painting and a good example of real, serious 3D art. Observe, it doesn't even use plants! (3D's great forte). I think the rain will look great on the final 17x40 screen.

by vintorix Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 12:51:50 am
stunning work!!!

by mininessie Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 1:31:17 am
Wonderful work

by anitalee Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 2:22:18 am
Very well done Don. Because of my limited 3D experience I can't really offer a true critique except to say I like it. :-)

by Vege-Mite Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 3:22:29 am
This is just a TRUE EPIC piece! Well worth the effort put in on it!

by vidyashakti Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 3:57:04 am
great action pic...really stunning.

by grosdingo Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 3:59:16 am
fantastic work! great!

by chabot Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 4:56:41 am
Nice work, congratulations..

by thefixer Online Now!   Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 5:36:37 am
Beautiful action scene!

by fallen21 Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 6:14:23 am
Truely an epic pice of work...on every level..Bravo

by Penters Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 7:27:08 am
I couldn't in my best dreams create something like this! It is supurb! And all the time and effort you put into this image shows! WOW! Kudos!!!

I have one thing to point out though.. And pardon my presumptuousness. The tassels on the horses... There is barely any movement to them. They hang almost straight down.

by CrownPrince Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 8:16:27 am
Absolutely awesome!
I must admit I was sceptical about the rain, when you mentioned it in the previous version of this pic. But now I like it very much - it adds to the "drama" of the scene, IMHO.

by Ometeotl Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 8:49:54 am
WOW!! There isn't enough words to say about this image. Fantastic? Awesome? Outstanding? All of the above!

by stick Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 9:03:33 am

by paulbosse Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 9:28:07 am
This is a stunning masterpiece!

by Flint_Hawk Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 9:36:13 am
Awesome !!!

by jmherve Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 10:37:09 am
An epic masterpiece! Well done.. Fave!!!

by debbielove Homepage »

Aug 29, 2010 12:49:03 pm
What makes or breaks any picture for me is DETAIL. You sure got that right! Well done!

by chrisvw Homepage »


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