Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Illustration Friday: Freeze
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The Illustration Friday word this week is Freeze. For those who are interested in such things, here was my process:
First, I created a figure in Poser, exported him to 3ds Max, flattened him a bit, and put him at the edge of a cylinder I had made with surface noise:
Next, I exported this figure into ZBrush, and used various smoothing tools to make my frozen man and his tree more organically entwined:
I took pictures of various tree barks in the neighborhood, layered them on top of each other, erased parts, flattened the image, equalized the levels, and liquified the seams until eventually I had a composite tree bark I liked (scaled down here to about 1/4th its size):
I exported my merged tree back into 3ds Max and applied the bark with a cylindrical wrap. Next, I used the AEC extended foliage to make branches. Once I was happy with the result, I added AEC trees in the background, along with some glowing mist. I rendered the background and foreground separately so I could composite them in Photoshop. This allowed me to easily blur the background to achieve a depth of field effect, and adjust the levels and tone until I had the wintery effect I wanted.