Friday, May 31, 2013

Colorful Golf

Volkswagen GOLF VII - modeled and rendered in Lightwave3d 11.5

Forest fun

This time some forest experimentations. Instancing is great but rendering time can be brutal. In this case I needed to set ray recursion limit to 64 !! Reason is a lot of transparency maps used on models. When limit is set too low, ugly pixels shows up. There is 22.000 instances here so 7 hours of rendering on my lame rig is probably not so bad, especially with high AA. No radiosity.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Concept car - polishing old idea

Few places still needs to be revisited. I have strange idea but I can`t so far made it into the model. Especially a rear part. Front is ready, side line will remain as it is now. Here are early previews :

Friday, May 24, 2013

Status report

Pack of all 20 machines is ready. Everything is packed up, checked and sent. A little free time I have right now I will spend on few private concepts and works that I had in my head for few weeks now. I want to polish my skills so I will do few things just for that reason. 
First in the line is something that will help me use one of my recent models. I wanted render few shots with helicopter model, add some crew and try to animate it and if possible ( render power ) render few seconds of animation. In HDD archive I found my old "guy" model so I cloned them and populated cabin with them. Simple bone structure was added to setup poses. Here is the result :
Realistic animation of helicopter is quite tricky, that I learned in first few attempts. I will try to make realistic landing scene and later maybe some FX shot with some more dramatic action, maybe crash or shotdown. There is a chance that I will have next commercial project and this single picture will be the only emanation of my creative will :-)

Monday, May 20, 2013

Hardware problems

My mainboard will be there tomorrow so I will finally work like human on desktop instead of crappy laptop. It will be slow AMD x4 965 for now but it is better than any laptop. I have it running already but current mainboard have power section sufficient only for 95w processors and 965 is 125w one :-) It works but every time I try to render something, CPU temp sensor goes crazy, shows 255 degrees and switching C1 state which means that CPU slows down to 800Mhz. It is not fun I tell Ya.
But I hope to receive new dirt cheep mainboard tomorrow. I also hope that AMD in near future will roll out new "steamroller" chips and that they will work still on AM3+ sockets :-) This will be then very painless migration for me. 

As for the last model I`m currently working on, it will be Off-Highway Truck. See Ya till next update.
Mainboard is here. I finished whole rig only to discover that it is another failure :-) This ASUS M5A97 LE r2.0 is one of the strangest boards I had in my loooong PC struggle. It won`t boot unless You switch it from the power socked first. It won`t just simply restart. After POST it will go black on me. Same story with BIOS/UEFI .... it is accessible only after fresh start of the PSU. So, every time I need to pull the cord from the wall !! I checked BIOS and flashed it ... no change.
After it eventually starts, everything is fine. Even overclocking is effortless.

It is obvious that, with those constant distractions, work is going slower than usual.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Road roller vibration tandem ? - day one

I`m back from longer trip. Still working on old notebook but I can finally see end of this project. I will finish this model tomorrow.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Concrete Mixer - day two

That is it for today. Still no concrete pump.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Motor Grader

This is it :

Next model : Concrete Mixer with Pump ( based on 4 axles Truck )

Back on track

I`m right now into hour 10 of modeling Motor Grader model. With my old laptop (t6600 cpu) as a main workstation it is still quite comfortable to model a decent model in Lightwave3d. So far I have this 250.000 polys piece :
I hope to finish today this model. Stay tuned for updated previews later.

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Bad news

My computer just died and the other one is useless. I`m writing this on chinese tablet.
I have no money for new one so I will wait until warranty service will repair or send me new parts. It can take weeks and this means doom for me! Deadline will be here in two weeks and I'm not even sure that parts arrive til then. Dooooom !!!!!
I will try to start tomorrow my old laptop...very 2007 old.
Hahahah.... my laptop scored 0.96 in cinebench11.5 ! For example, 4 core i5 @ 4.5ghz score 7.13.
Nice ! Good thing that lightwave3d will work on anything electric.

Friday, May 3, 2013

No new posts in next 3-4 days

I have few things to do that can`t go to the blog so I will be silent till then.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Short animation with machines

Many, many rendering hours and such little fruits come out of it :-) It is worst thing for 3d artist to have one slow computer. Everything I can do is always decided first by rendering time that will take to render one second of animation. 10 seconds is 250 frames and if single frame renders in 10 minutes You can do the math.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Track Tractor

212.000 polygons.

Next model : Motor Grader