A few weeks ago, I created an image for the Halloween Wallpaper of the Week. It was an image of a ghost flying around, and that ghost I did when I was playing with Maxon Cinema 4D, a 3D app from Maxon, very cool and kind of easy to learn. Of course I had a help from Lynda.com where I was doing their Cinema 4D course. So I decided to write the tutorial just to share a bit of what I learned. In this tutorial I will show you how to create a nice ghost using Adobe Photoshop mixing an image created in Cinema 4D with some photos. The process is easy and I will also show you how to use the Cloth feature in Cinema 4D. Step 1 Create a new document in Photoshop, I used 1920x1200 pixels as usual. After that select the background layer and go to Layer>Layer Styles>Gradient Overlay. Use Radial for the Style and Black and a Dark Brown for the color. Step 2 In this step I used a photo from sxh.hu, you can download it at (http://www.sxc.hu/photo/641457). After that change the Blend Mode to Overlay and use 90% for the Opacity. Step 3 With the Brush Tool (B), use black for the color and a very soft brush, a regular one. Paint the end of the corridor. Use the image below for reference. Step 4 Here I used Cinema 4D to create the base for the ghost. Cinema 4D has a fantastic Cloth engine that allows us to create clothes very easily. To show that instead of images I have a small video. Basically I created the cloth and render one frame that I thought was the best for what I wanted. Cloth in Cinema 4D from fabio sasso on Vimeo. Step 5 After the Cinema 4D I render a frame that thought was really good. Below you can see the image and, also you can download it here. Step 6 With the Eraser Tool (E) create 2 eyes in your ghost. Step 7 With the ghost layer selected go to Layer>Layer Style>Color Overlay. Use green (#87A261) for the color and Overlay for the Blend Mode. Also change the Opacity to 70% and the Fill Opacity to 75%. Step 8 Duplicate the ghost layer and add a Outer Glow with the Layer Styles. Use Screen for the Blend Mode, 100% for the Opacity, Yellow for the color, and 30% for the Size. For the Layer's Opacities use 20% and for the Fill Opacity change it to 0. Step 9 In this step I used another photo from sxc.hu, you can download it at (http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1078716). Place the skull in the document. Resize and rotate it until you align the skull's eyes with the eyes of the ghost. After that change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge and the Opacity to 35%. Also with the Eraser Tool (E) use a very soft brush and delete some areas of the skull to make it fith with the ghost cloth. Step 10 For the ghost's eyes create a new folder in the Layer Palette and rename it to eyes. Change the folders Blend Mode to Color Dodge and add a new layer inside this folder. With the Brush Tool (B), select a very soft brush and white for the color. Then start painting the eyes. Because of the Color Dodge, the white will get a very nice glowing effect. Step 11 Create a new layer and go to Filter>Render>Clouds. Use black and white for the background and foreground colors. After that just change the Blend Mode to Color Dodge. Also with the Eraser Tool (E) you can erase a bit of the clouds in front of the Ghost. Step 12 Once again lets add another photo just to create a nice horror style. You can download it at (http://www.sxc.hu/photo/422276). Just place the image in your documen and with the Eraser Tool (E), erase some areas to make the image match with the rest of the design and change the Blend Mode to Screen. The idea is that this image will be hardly noticed but it will add a nice atmosphere to the image. Conclusion You can add another texture on top of all layers. I added one from sxc.hu (http://www.sxc.hu/photo/947335) and used Soft Layer for the Blend Mode with 40% opacity. The idea of this tutorial was to show a bit of Cinema 4D. I'm still learning and loving this app. There are lots of sites with nice tutorials for Cinema 4D on the web, and this effect of Cloth I learned from Lynda.com when I had access to their library. I highly recommend that you visit Lynda's site and subscribe to their courses. It's very useful indeed. Click on the image for full preview Click here to Download the Files Click here to download the Photoshop file used for this tutorial Click here to download the Cinema 4D file used for this tutorial
Yeah!! We love freaking robots!! Shiny silver is the new black! We've been suckers for metal beings for a long time, thanks to movies like Blade Runner, Universal Soldier, Terminator, and many others, like Iron Man most recently. So here are some bad ass 3D works by the people from sweet CG Society (who I'm sure love free publicity). Anyways, I know that you won't read this anyway, so just go on and enjoy! Hope you all like it!! Cheers! ;)
Back in July we had an awesome post about 3d works, and today it came to my mind why we didn't have another post like that since then. Well, it's time for some awesome 3d pieces! Visiting the amazing CG Society site, I've ran into many impressing portraits, which I chose to featured here today. From fantasy portraits, to sci-fi, to just real people, these are stunning, and really amazing pieces. It totally makes me wanna do this! How about some 3D tuts? Anyone good out there willing to deliver us any sweet tuts? Hope to hear from you guys soon!! In the meanwhile, I hope you enjoy these!! Cheers. ;)
When the heavy weight champion wrestler Sigg Jones drinks a strange Powerdrink he loses control of himself unleashing all the good he had. His Agent will have to set him straight... Sigg Jones is the name of a short movie made by three students from Supinfocom School in France. The Film was made using 3DSmax. This is one amazing fight sequence, the styles and the modeling are superb. For your viewing pleasure I have found an HD/English version (that has slightly different sound effects) of the short film, you can find the original at www.siggjones.com. Final Project: Sigg Jones from Eighth Ronin on Vimeo.
A while ago Paulo made This post on 3d chalk art, when reading a magazine, I found some examples which were worth posting as well. So here's part 2! Enjoy! Edgar Müller and Manfred Stader Here are the first few, made by Edgar Müller and Manfred Stader, a duo which work together to make the most fabulous street paintings: Julian Beever After having a look at the previous artists, you can look at the amazing work of Julian Beever (also shown in the previous entry by Paulo): Kurt Wenner The following paintings were made by Kurt Wenner This Was Made At Waterloo Station, London Eduardo Ruiz Relero Last but not least, the next paintings were made by Eduardo Ruiz Relero I hope you enjoyed this post, Daan.
Ever imagined how cool would it be if you had your own 3D models? Well, you can actually have it now! Shapeways, a new platform and global community for 3D-design and production, takes a major step towards the next generation of consumer co-creation with the announcement of the Shapeways Creator Engine. For the first time, consumers without 3D modeling skills can shape, mash, imprint and design their own 3D products in just a few mouse clicks at Shapeways.com. From lamps with a personal message to fruit bowls linking back to memorable moments, the Shapeways Creator Engine has a beta library of pre-designed product templates which is expected to grow rapidly over 2009. Since this is all really new, there aren't many examples to showcase here, but you should really visit Shapeways and check them out with your own eyes! Cheers! ;)
I've already seen some of these sometimes before, and it's really amazing who these dudes manage to make such realistic 3D paintings, messing with nothing but our perception. And I just wonder whether or not this is just a hobbie for them, or is it their actual income source. Anyways, Julian Beever and Kurt Wenner are trully talented artists. Julian Beever Kurt Wenner Julian Beever Julian Beever Kurt Wenner Julian Beever Julian Beever Julian Beever Julian Beever Julian Beever Julian Beever Julian Beever Julian Beever Julian Beever Julian Beever Julian Beever Julian Beever
One of the greatest things about video games and movies CG is that it's getting totally realistic these days. Sometimes tou can't even tell that something you see isn't real, but CG. Here are some great examples of this awesome art, computer graphics! I wonder if any of our readers has any CG works to show us! All these works were found at CG Society, an great community! ;) Hmm... looks good. Reminds me of Call of Duty 4. Totally real =O Green Lantern Company member. Where's Neo? Hmmm, porsche. Cool! Davy Jones' cousin. Brazilian designer, Ricardo da Rocha. Wolvie!
When it comes to the web, everybody is pretty much used to flash. However there’s a new technology which allows us to play 3D games in our browsers with somewhat close to Playstation 2 graphic quality. Some weeks ago I met some guys that were developing a game using a 3D plugin called Virtools. They were willing to create a website to publish and promote the game. So I joined them helping to create the web site and a blog.I have to say, the game looks fantastic, much better than anything that I’ve seen in terms of web games. It’s called Bucking Fuggy (yeah the spelling is correct) and it’s a time trial racing game. The gameplay is a bit hard but with some practice you will feel very comfortable driving the little buggy. The textures and lights are amazing, the sound is really good, and the best thing is that it loads really fast.Check out some screenshots and if you want to play it just go to buckingfuggy.com.