Keyshot’s SSS

December 29, 2010 § 4 Comments

Playing around with SSS materials in Keyshot. The above are presets for skin and caramel, and using the ripped game car models from Trackmania United because they’re handily low poly which makes for faster renders.

Overall, Keyshot handles it (like everything else) very fast, especially compared to my Blender internal and Yaf(a)ray experiments.

I like the idea of Keyshot’s faked math. It’s not scientifically accurate, but it’s close enough to trick people which is exactly what I need. I mean, if games can use reflection maps on everything instead of actual raytraced reflections, why can’t I? There’s crazy speed boosts to be had with far less raytracing.


Subsonic Chair II

December 29, 2010 § Leave a comment

You’ll recall the Subsonic Chair project by designer Greg Ball that I did up a few renderings for?

It’s being featured in Calgary’s Avenue Magazine, with the render above in stylish black.

So that’s pretty neat.

In other, related news, my steam/dieselpunk lamps are being featured in Dark Roast Blend‘s steampunk section. Eventually.

Yet Another Dieselpunk Lamp

December 22, 2010 § Leave a comment

The collar on the middle pillar slides up and down, raising and lowering the lamps.

First render.

Mirror Christmas II

December 21, 2010 § 2 Comments

Mirror Christmas I

December 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

An experimental Christmas. All of these were shot freelens (so the lens isn’t attached to the body) and then mirrored.

Just something different, I guess. When taking photos of virtually the same tree as years past, you tend to end up with the exact same photos…

“Otherwise Santa will put coal in your stocking…”

December 20, 2010 § Leave a comment

I’m not sure why that became a threat to keep children from being naughty; the average price of coal has sky rocketed in the past few years. Had I gotten coal for Christmas when I was 7 years old it would have returned ~600% on the market if I were to sell it today.

Also, it burns. How awesome is that?!


December 20, 2010 § 2 Comments

So, I’m officially home for the Christmas break and enjoying a steady diet of holiday cookies and various bacon-wrapped fowl.

Also official: tons of ideas and almost entirely free time to make them. Sweet!

I took that photo last winter, actually. Mack Fai and I shot a short film that ended up miserably and were asked to leave by Zellers’ security, in the form of a kindly old lady who was probably incredibly frightened of us.

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