Real-life scenes designed to look like raytraced computer graphics


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Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2017/01/03/real-life-scenes-designed-to-l.html


#2

It looks like he managed to get everything looking authentic apart from the shadow gaps, which is actually a useful insight.


#3

That’s seriously awesome - that kind of raytracing blew my adolescent mind, and I actually grew up hoping I’d one day be a 3d modeller working at a LightWave firm somewhere.

Then I realized you needed to understand art, too, and moved instead towards systems modelling instead. :slight_smile:


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Meanwhile I always add barely visible (oops) CG monofilament wires “holding up” my CG

Here’s a photo compared to the render output of the Maxwell Renderer v 1.0 I remember from a while back. Unbiased renderers can come pretty close to looking like the real thing, if you put in some effort to mimic the surface materials.


#6

Guess we know where your username came from, holy crap that’s nice!


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Low greyscale resolution creates gradient banding in background.


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It’s close, but the reflections in the Maxwell Render are more perfect than in the photograph. The wall colors are smoother and deeper. There’s also what looks like a little dent in the corner of the tall rectangle in the photo, but not in the rendering.


#10

If anyone wants to kill a weekend, the Lynda.com Blender Essentials lesson is absolute aces. You will be knocking out renders like these within 12 hours:

Lynda.com is paid, but you may get it free through your local library.

ETA: Blender is totally free, and there are mountains of community resources, too. Definitely an affordable hobby/skill to pick up.


#11

Ha! Yeah, sometimes the best way to put the viewer in the scene is to be all “shrug lol” about the elements you don’t want to spend any time modeling.

(If I rendered that now, I’d also raise the models up 0.5mm off the floor for the shadow gap…)


#12

You can go ahead and buy a Utah teapot: (edit, if you’re rich)

Edit: I thought it was only about €20, but it turns out I was reading the shipping costs, and it’s actually €300, ouch!


#13

does it come filled with free tea leaves?


#14

It wouldn’t be that expensive to just make your own.


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