Working on a Space Mountain wallpaper. This is a model from Fátima Ventapane. The spires aren't exact matches to the Disneyland Space Mountain, so I'm trying to decide if I should draw the real ones on top or try an alternate model.
In any case, I really like the lighting here, it seems just like how I see Space Mountain during the day.
Feel free to comment below, but please keep it constructive and friendly.
about 1 year ago
This is awesome! I don't know if this is crazy talk or not, but is it vector? Done in PS?
@Jordan Borth As noted, it's a (3D) model from the person I linked above. :)
Oh gosh. The color composition is excellent.
Wondering if you'll turn this somewhat photo-realistic/Pixar-ish or abstract (like some of your other wallpapers). Good work!
• For hard-cornered shapes like this, adding a very thin bevel to the edges of the 3D model can make the image look much more realistic, by adding slight highlights to the edges of lit faces.
• I would suggest giving the shadows a much stronger blue tint, and the highlights a slight yellow one. That matches sunny lighting conditions and should make the model feel much more like part of the scene.
• If you're going for a realistic/idealized sort of final image, throwing in a few camera imperfections [Sharpen, glare, noisy shadows] will go a long way towards inspiring believability and wonder. Not too important yet, while you're still modeling and transferring to PS, but it is something to keep in mind for when you start the final.
• I think adding the pylons in Photoshop is a good idea. Some subtle texturing to the roof as well, maybe, although that could look "messy". Little details like that are what keep people loving your image the longer they stare at it.
Blue tinted shadow edit.
Useful reference image showing highlights on the edge of faces, blue sky-lit shadows, camera imperfections .
@Ollin that's very good feedback and some of your thoughts match my own which is great!
Some soft occlusion in there will add some nice definition to those tighter intersections sir!
I agree with @Ollin's comments above.
Something strange is going on on the front face of second circle from the top, could be imperfections in the model.
Try adding another, softer, light on the dark side and maybe color it bluer.
Sky texture (photo) also feels very mid-day-ish and sun light in the scene (based on shadows) feels more morning or evening. Try "connecting" those too.
What app are you using? I found modo and found it quite easy to learn. Not like blender or maya. That's my feeling anyway.
by Louie Mantia
This might be my final version of the Space Mountain wallpaper I've been working on this week. Thank you Fátima Ventapane and Kenny F. for your kind contributions.
about 1 year ago
Recognized it immediately, so well done!
Final wallpapers available here...
Night/space version: http://mantia.me/wallpaper/spacemountain/
Daytime/morning version: http://mantia.me/wallpaper/spacemountain-morning/
Feel free to comment below, but please keep it constructive and friendly. Also keep in mind that this is the final artwork.
Thank you Fátima Ventapane and Kenny F. for allowing me to use your 3D models!
So great. Thanks for sharing Louie!
Nice - can you share the model?
@Mark Richardson I'm sorry, but I can't. They're not mine to give. You could absolutely contact the people I mentioned above whom it came from and talk to them about it!
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