Creating the "One Ring"

Skill Level: Regular / Views: 1940 / System Requirements: Bryce 6.1

Ash nazg durbatulk, ash nazg gimbatul, ash nazg thrakatulk, agh burzum-ishi krimpatulOne Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all, and in the darkness bind them. Those words still bring a chill to me. This is the second image I have created from the Lord of the Rings, and I have been asked by a few artists to post a tutorial on how I did my "One ring image". Although not a difficult image to produce there are few technical details. This is my first tutorial in the new format so bare with me. Hopefully you will learn something.

Vile on 3:22PM Thu, 20 September 2007

Starting out with your backdrop and props.

If you plan on using DOF, make sure to start off using a good background either an image or a texture. Use something that is a bit busy, if you have only one real subject and don’t care about the background. This will give more of the illusion depth.


Here, I started with a great mottled background and added my cylinder base pedistal, then positioned the camera to be looking over the pedestal.

Tutorial Comments

cspeh  8:43PM Mon, 11 February 2008

This is the first time I came across your gallery. I shared with you the same interest in Sci-fi and fantasy art. Thanks for sharing with us your tutorial.. I am a novice in digital art... More into making 3D stereo movies.. Hope one day will have a chance to work with you. Like you ethos in your HOmepage. Cheerios!

haegerst  12:23PM Mon, 05 November 2007

Very nice image and idea. But for the tutorial i think the "critical" topics have not been covered enough. For Pros that know all of this anyways this ain't no issue. But i don't think tutorials are for people already knowing everything. =) For example it starts making a torus. I claim every beginner will be able to end up generating a torus , but the torus actually looks like a donut, not like a ring. You should explain how to do that - i just stretched the torus upwards, that did the trick, but maybe you have another technique. Then the most crucial part is applying and creating the texture map. YOu dont explain this at all, but this is THE critical part of this whole scene. I know for us pros its easy again, but if you dont want to waste time explaining the dimensions you chose for the texture and how much space on top and bottom, why not just post your Transmap as a reference? A Beginner will probably make a trans map and it won't fit at all. The rest is just cosmetics, however i wanted to add that i find it good that you show your render settings, this already makes this tutorial a mini-help for HDRI, so props for that. After all still a nice tutorial but in my eyes a bit too short and not covering the "Problem" topics which makes it unsuitable for beginners in my eyes. Still thanks for posting this, i love your image and the idea. Currently rendering my own "one ring". =)

redking1  11:53AM Thu, 01 November 2007

WOW i love the 1 ring were are the dark riders DONT LEVE IT HERE!!!!!! WERE ALL DOOMD!!!!!

AnnieD  1:51PM Wed, 31 October 2007


Vile  12:32PM Wed, 31 October 2007

If you have a chance please view my gallery as well!

RodsArt  2:36AM Sun, 23 September 2007

Nicely done! Thanks

mullman  4:51PM Sat, 22 September 2007

Very excellent. Thanks for the tips, I can use them.

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