Another Morning In The Trenches

August 18th, 2021



Another Morning In The Trenches

“The only thing making me do graveyard shifts are these incredible sunrises in the Trenches and Calvin and Hobbes waiting for me.” Jenna’s Diary – Calista – 2733

This is one of the projects that seriously intimidated me after a while. I noticed how much work it would need until I’d be somewhat happy with the end result. I have had a couple of these projects in the past. “The Eternals” for example. Of course it worked out once I got into that certain flow state where all things kind of fall into place by itself. The work of getting there is what’s scary sometimes!

The initial idea for a scene like this came to me almost 14 years ago. I was strolling through my city and noticed that corner on the side of a building. Immediately got that idea and took a photo of it for later reference. When I was trying myself on a scene later at home I understood that I wasn’t ready. Technically and skill wise. I was kind of frustrated and left it – fore years. I never forgot though and I surely could have gotten back to the idea earlier when I finally had the skills. Somehow I never found the drive to tackle it again. Until late last year when I started to dive deeper into Blender. Kitbashing around. Trying out features and learning how to move around within Blender. When that famous creative spark hit and made me remember that age old idea. I kept bashing and created this long bar of detailed techno shapes. Learned some Blender stuff along the way and exported that huge unoptimized model. Of course I would use Vue to set up the scene and render it. Luckily I didn’t end up having any problems importing the object. The scene, of course, ended up insanely heavy and I had to optimize the scene at least in Vue to free up resources for proper rendering. Needless to say – the creative process took a long time. After finishing the model and trying to find a basic scene setup I took a break. Reached that point where I understood that this will be a bigger project. When I picked it up again I started to play with ideas on how to fill the scene and add life. It began to become very complex. Then when I had the city done I noticed I needed something for the foreground. At first I thought about a landing platform. Even modelled one! But it looked kind of wrong when in the scene. So I opted for a building roof kind of part for the foreground. What followed was the usual post work and refining via Photoshop and Lightroom. A lengthy process as well. But it paid off. I’m very happy with the view we got here. Once again a view I would love to see for real!

Inspiration comes from the strangest places.

7000×3784 – Blender – Vue – DAZ Studio – Photoshop – Lightroom

Part of the FREESTYLE 2 exhibit by the AURORA Artgroup

Also on: DeviantartArtstationCGSociety

wallpapers available

Regards

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Aurora – Exhibit IX – Freestyle 2

August 17th, 2021

Project Aurora - Exhibit IX

The Luminarium & The Cosmosys Collective and others joined forces and invite you to boost your imagination and inspiration! Aurora is the result. Our mission? To visually inspire and blow you away! I’m writing this each and every time but yet again I’m proud to be a part of this group of talented visual artists. Once again we’re having a neat variety of different styles going on. Good stuff! I’m included with two pieces I’m very happy with!

Project Aurora Project Aurora Website
The Exhibit on Behance

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Remember The Fallen Hunters

July 5th, 2021



Remember The Fallen Hunters

I started this in the summer of 2020 and finished it by the end of it. I needed some extra ‘breeding’ time for it. =D Now I know it’s done. Another entry to my growing ‘Unknown Huntress’ series. It seems I’m having fun building a little world there. Playing with different ideas. And sure… pictures like these have been done to death I suppose. Still… I hope I managed to give it a unique look and feel nonetheless. I like the result. The atmosphere creates a nice moody feel while still maintaining a kind of uplifting impression with the lighting and colours. Life goes on. Even in this imaginary fantasy world.

My scenes continue to become more and more complex for some reason. Vue, Plant Factory, XFrog, Gaea, World Machine, DAZ Studio… tools that have been used here. Not even counting the 2d tools. I used this project to refresh my knowledge about certain techniques I used in the past and haven’t used in a long time. During the creative process I had to run through several technical troubleshootings – as usual with 3d. I ultimately managed to bring it all together. But not without having to optimize several parts of the scene before rendering. Photoshop brought all the rendered elements together and helped fixing and adding stuff. A lot of work but fun to watch all of it come together.

7000×3784 – Vue – DAZ Studio – Photoshop – Lightroom

The artwork on:
DeviantartArtstationCGSociety

Regards

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Com-cept 40 – Sphere Valley

April 27th, 2021



Com-cept 40 – Sphere Valley

The result of playing around with my Myriada terrain asset (https://www.artstation.com/a/711630) and a try texturing it with Quixel Mixer. Within Mixer I used some of the masks that come with the Myriada package to distribute the textures across the terrain. Had my fun with that part! Then I moved into Vue and started to play around. I ended up with quite a catchy scene that I felt had something to it.

Terrain Test 1 Here

Terrain Test 2 Here

Find the terrain – Here

4500×2531 – Vue – Gaea – Quixel Mixer – Photoshop

The artwork on:
DeviantartArtstationCGSociety

wallpapers available

Regards

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Departures

April 20th, 2021



Departures

This one I had some real fun with. Granted, I was mainly throwing stuff together and kitbashing my way through it but all I did immediately worked! Rarely happens! Key was to create something that still leaves a striking impression black and white format. A last minute entry for the Black & White exhibit of the Aurora artgroup. I’m glad I managed to get something together in time. Some fantastic work in that latest release there!

Color Version Here

10000×5405 – Vue – Photoshop – Lightroom

Part of the BLACK & WHITE exhibit by the AURORA Artgroup

The artwork on:
DeviantartArtstationCGSociety

wallpapers available

Regards

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Aurora – Exhibit VIII – Black & White

April 19th, 2021

Project Aurora - Exhibit VIII

The Luminarium & The Cosmosys Collective and others joined forces and invite you to boost your imagination and inspiration! Aurora is the result. Our mission? To visually inspire and blow you away! Once again I’m proud to be a part of group of talented artists. Black and White was the theme and I initially had some issues getting into it. Sometimes it hits you and you are able to deliver something in a short time. So I managed to contribute to the release with a piece that got finished in the last days before the deadline.

Go check it out and sharing is caring!

Project Aurora Project Aurora Website
The Exhibit on Behance

Regards
signed

Faces Of An Unknown Huntress

March 17th, 2021



Faces Of An Unknown Huntress

Every once in a while I’m having fun trying myself on a digital portrait shooting. Of course DAZStudio is a good tool for that. Also took this piece to learn more about it. The picture itself is a companion piece to my “Unknown Huntress” series. A try in making the characters in my artworks a little more personal. It’s a series that will definitely be continued in the future. Having too much fun with it.

5000×3333 – DAZStudio – Photoshop – Lightroom

The artwork on:
DeviantartArtstationCGSociety

Regards

signed

Claim New Worlds II

January 20th, 2021



Claim New Worlds II

Haven’t tackled a more complex scene in a while. This one turned out to be one. Could it be one of my benchmark projects like Gates To Elysium or the Claim New Worlds 1? I guess so. Tested some technical limits and revisited ideas I had in the last 2 years. When the environment was done I knew I needed some ships landing there. Explorers. I always wanted to incorporate vehicles created by more talented (at least in that department) people. My vehicles are mostly kitbashed without thinking about deeper design elements. Good that I know a few people! First I contacted Christian Grajewski. Following him on Facebook over the years exposed me to some of his vehicle designs and I always very much liked what I saw. He was my first choice. I asked him and he agreed that I could use his Sandpiper Ship/Glider design. He provided me with the model and textures I placed the ships in the scene. That made the scene’s composition balance fall apart a little. After some input I got from him and others I had to rearrange some elements of the scene for better readability. Time well spent. Ultimately we’re both happy how the scene turned out and hope you do like it too!

Find Project Aurora Here.

7250×3919 – Vue – Xenodream – Photoshop – Lightroom

The artwork on:
DeviantartArtstationCGSociety

Regards

signed

I’ve Seen Things

January 11th, 2021



I’ve Seen Things

As part of the PURPLE release of Aurora’s latest web exhibit, I decided for another neat little digital photoshoot. Playing and learning new things. Cyberpunk is rather popular right now. Despite CDPR’s failed Cyberpunk 2077 release. However, I used the inspiration I got from the game (haven’t played it yet though) and its look and decided to try myself on something I wanted to do for a while now. Plain DAZ Studio and its IRay renderer with Photoshop. The base assets I used were modified quite a bit to achieve the look I had in mind. A lot of tweaking went into the textures. All of the adjustments worked out really nice and I’m overall fairly happy with the results.

Find Project Aurora Here.

6000×3708 – DAZ Studio – Photoshop – Lightroom

The artwork on:
DeviantartArtstationCGSociety

Regards

signed

Aurora – Exhibit VII – Purple

January 11th, 2021

Project Aurora - Exhibit VII

The Luminarium & The Cosmosys Collective and others joined forces and invite you to boost your imagination and inspiration! Aurora is the result. Our mission? To inspire and blow away! In the recent months we got a nice influx of talented folks who, in their past, participated in other well known groups that turned silence over the past years. This will give Aurora even more variety and visual quality. What you can find is visual eyecandy from all across the board. There should be something for every taste in it. As long as said taste is ‘cool’! =D

I’m proud to be a part of this release. We never had this many artwork to present! And it is great two see my two participating pieces along all those other amazing pieces of art. Two pieces I’m rather proud of even. Hope you enjoy the view!

Go check it out and sharing is caring!

Project Aurora Project Aurora Website
The Exhibit on Behance

Regards
signed