100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 21

•August 28, 2016 • Comments Off on 100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 21

CDCR-021-Basestar_Fleet_creditsThe models from Battlestar Galactica Online render surprisingly well. Aside from the foreground Basestar, you can hardly tell the ships are video-game quality. Maybe I’ll go on another expedition to pull more models out from the game’s files. That’s pretty much all there is to this image. I was applying the texture maps to the model, saw how nicely the light played along it and how well the little window-things stood out, and decided to instance out a bunch more Basestars and add some fill light. It definitely helps that, in the show, the Cylons never seemed to care much for the orientation of their ships. There are a few places were they overlap in the frame, but I checked, there weren’t any intersections. The random seed just doesn’t have a good eye for composition.

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100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 20

•August 27, 2016 • Comments Off on 100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 20

CDCR-020-Challenger_in_Cloud_Credits

I wanted to do another picture with the Challenger, on account of the last one not working out. I tried for an asteroid-filled nebula, but ran into a couple problems instancing asteroids (didn’t work), and using volumetric light-rays (very expensive). The image didn’t come close to finishing the render overnight, so I dialed down all the settings to get something finished this morning. I then brought it into Photoshop, where I had trouble making it sing. My ultimate solution was just piling layers on top of layers on top of layers until I got a crazy, over-exposed artsy-looking image.

100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 19

•August 26, 2016 • Comments Off on 100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 19

CDCR-019-Challenger_Spy_Photo_Credits

Another picture from clearing out my mental junk drawer. The idea was a Klingon spy photo of the U.S.S. Challenger, a model by Dennis Bailey which combined the design cues from the Enterprise from the 2009 Star Trek movie with the proportions of the original design. In my head, I decided it was a one-off prototype trying out the design features that became mainstream in the timeline of the remake films, but which didn’t catch on in the original Star Trek universe.

I conceived of the shot as an animation, and I may take another whack at that concept, since my original idea is very different from what I ended up with. I changed the setting to the Utopia Planita shipyards at Mars, and populated the scene with ships and drydocks. I intended to mark up the image with Klingon text, my computer isn’t seeing the Klingon fonts for some reason. All in all, I’d say this is a bit of a dud of an image, which isn’t surprising considering the amount of supporting infrastructure I’d have to put into it to get it right (starting with a full Klingon graphics package).

Hyperspace / Quantum Space Environment

•August 25, 2016 • Comments Off on Hyperspace / Quantum Space Environment

Quyperspace

“Hyperspace” for Lightwave 3D, released August 25, 2016 – 0.7 MB

Based on the “quantum space” environment seen in Babylon 5: The Lost Tales, this archive includes both the blue-colored quantum space as well as the original red-tinted hyperspace of Babylon 5.

100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 18

•August 25, 2016 • Comments Off on 100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 18

CDCR-018-Ships_Leave_Excalibur_credits

As promised, with a few modifications, quantum space has become hyperspace. Aside from recoloring from blue to red, I made the bright bands pulsing from one end of the environment to the other more subtle, and added proxy objects and lights to represent the “lightning flashes” that were present in the Babylon 5 version of hyperspace.

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100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 17

•August 24, 2016 • Comments Off on 100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 17

CDCR-017-White_Stars_in_QSpace_creditsMore quantum space today. The real meat is in this tiny test-rendered animation. I think I’ve just about nailed the animation and arrangement, and even that weird ring-thing. The scene lighting is a bit trickier to get down, but that’s true for any sort of hyperspace-style environment like this that doesn’t have traditional light-sources or, potentially, laws of physics. I have a feeling rendering in passes and generous amounts of post-processing effects will make it look suitably surreal and alternate-dimension-y.

Next up will be adjusting it to match the red-colored look of Babylon 5’s original hyperspace, and then I can put this one in the books.

100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 16

•August 23, 2016 • Comments Off on 100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 16

CDCR-016-Vorlon_In_QSpace_credits

I recently mentioned wanting to attack “quantum space” from the most recent Babylon 5 production, “The Lost Tales.” Quantum space was a faster version of hyperspace. From what I remember hearing, it was actually a late addition to the script, so the quantum space effect was just the updated B5 hyperspace environment Atmosphere Visual Effects was already building, recolored from red to blue. I’m taking TLT as a sort of baseline style guide from my Babylon 5 project, so if I want a hyperspace model that reflects the most recent look of it, then I’ll need to emulate the TLT effect.

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100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 15

•August 22, 2016 • Comments Off on 100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 15

CDCR-015-Archer_vs_Klingons_creditsNot every experiment can be a success. I was thinking that I’d have a ’60s-style radiating-sparks effects where the Archer’s phasers hit the Klingon shields, but I drew a blank on how to actually generate it. I also wanted to try adding diffraction spikes to the stars, but that also came up short. On the plus side, I think this is my first finished dramatic image with my Archer model.

100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 14

•August 21, 2016 • Comments Off on 100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 14

CDCR-014-Minbari_Arrival_credits

I was a little burned out from yesterday’s fairly elaborate image, so I went for something easy today. There is a little bit of future-proofing involved; the composition is based on a stock shot used in the Babylon 5 episode “Points of Departure.” I didn’t duplicate the animation, but it’ll give me a start whenever I come to that shot in my other project.

100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 13

•August 20, 2016 • Comments Off on 100 Days, 100 Renders— Day 13

CDCR-013-Ex_Machina_Cover_Credits

I’ve mentioned before that portrait-oriented work is largely missing from my oeuvre thanks to the fact that, well, screens are horizontal. Books, posters, and smartphones, however, are not, so it’s something I’ve been meaning to address. Today’s image is an alternate cover design for a Star Trek novel, Ex Machina

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