So I just signed up to this! I am hoping to gain some good habits and some much needed drawing time whilst stop making excuses.
Wish me luck :3
This term for TAFE I have my final rendering assessment. An add on from the first assessment of the banana and apple, this time it is a fruit bowl, containing; grapes, an orange, a green and a red apple, some pears and a bunch of bananas.
Below is a bunch of photos I took (not the best) as R’n’D for the assessment, this way I can document the surface properties of the fruit and keep that in mind when manipulating the Mental Ray shaders in Maya.
For the grapes, I knew prior to getting the assessment that we would need to use sub surface scattering within the shader network. A few other things I have noticed is the skin is partially transparent and that grapes are made up mostly of juice/water. So I feel to get my sub surface scattering to work more realistically, and not have my grapes ending up looking too plastic, I will need to change the index of refraction value to 1.33
I have also noticed that there is quite a distinct hot spot in places that is also, when it grows larger becomes rougher around the edges. Brown speckles are also quite common on each individual grape.
The red apple is more vibrant than the green apple, with a more variant range of colours from red, yellow, orange, green and brown. Pores on the apples skin tend to be raised instead of dimpled. Any cuts or pierced parts of the skin turn a dark brown in colour. The hot spot on the red apple is also a bit more noticeable than the green apple.
The green apple has less of a colour range than the red apple. Its colours range from greens, whites, yellows and browns. Like the red apple the pores tend to extrude rather than intrude.
The pear, like the red apple has quite a range of colour in the skin, the pores are the most distinct being brown in colour and intruding slightly into the skin. Pears have the most interesting stalk of this bunch of fruit, its twisting form is quite wrinkled and has deep crevasses.
Oranges have the hottest and sharpest of the hotspots, the skin is the most evidently riveted and ever so slightly transparent.
The banana is the most diffuse of the fruit, it still however has a hotspot, but due to the matte-ness of the skin the light is absorbed more. The skin of the banana is not perfectly smooth, but however has a sort of corrugated texture to the skin.
So tomorrow is the Nepean Arts and Design Centre; Design Fair. This is the first time I will be participating, as a past student. I will be selling some prints shown below, depending on their success I may or may not make a web store to sell more.
Also I had some business cards made for the occasion. Which are also featured below :D
Temperature in Colour: Colours like red, orange and yellow are considered warm colours. They can help bring life to an image, used as a highlight with a higher saturation, yellow can represent sunlight. Blues, purple, greens and greys are considered cooler colours. Good for shadows or when used sparingly, to break up a warm coloured image with some well placed contrast can add interest to an image. Categorising the colours like this splits the colour wheel in half. This helps when deciding to make an image monochromatic, contrasting or complimentary colours. Certain temperature images can also provoke emotion in the viewer. Golds and reds together can make someone feel warm and love, while light blues and aquas can make you feel the chill of an image be it icy or isolation.
Stone Texture: Our next class exercise in texturing is how to paint stone, we painted two different types marble and the second is a contrasting rough stone texture.
Here is the break down of my marble texture: Starting off with a lightly saturated blue wash, I fill my canvas which is 1024px squared.
The next thing I want to do it put in some texture using a spackled brush and a darker colour in the same tint of blue. I then quickly scrubbed this texture over the canvas, erasing the parts I felt needed to be white.
Time to add in some darker saturation of the same hue, this time choosing a small hard brush. Varying it’s size and having opacity on pen pressure I quickly scrawl in some lightning like lines.
Now don’t feel intimidated here by how much detail all of a sudden appeared, I just got the first two layers and duplicated them a few times, playing with layer mode, opacity and rotation of the layer. I also started to add more saturation in finer detail to the detail in the marble.
My final thumbnail I started to add in some white with the same brush I used to make the textured layer in the second thumbnail. I then finished it off by cleaning up the detail layer so it looked a little less like obvious photoshop brush strokes.