New project: church in landscape

Hallöchen!

It's been a long time since I posted anything new. But, here I am with a new set of images.

Since November 2009, I've been working on something new. The initial idea was to do a landscape image using a new technique developed by me to achieve a final image. The 3D scene is rendered in customized layers, without using the usual built-in functionality of rendering multi-pass images. As such, I do not have a layer for each shading aspect, like specularities, reflections, shadows, GI, etc. My layers are obtained by having multiple instances of the 3D scene with different light setups or different textures, thus, in the end, I only separate the lights by type and the color/texture maps. And, of course, for easing the post-processing, I use depth maps and masks for specific objects or class of objects. All the layers are then composited in Photoshop. The actual rendering, if I may say so, is done in composition, where I can control each aspect, much more accurately than in 3D, and it also contributes to getting closer to painting. Due to the endless possibilities, I made three versions of the image.

I used Cinema 4D, Vray to render the images and Photoshop to composite the different layers I rendered. I used Vray Proxies for the first time. I was amazed by the amount of polygons I am able to render. The scene has approximately 30-40 millions of polygons.

The church is a 3D reproduction done by me after a real church which was built in 1821 by the Austrian-Hungarian empire. The architectural style is late baroque, with simple ornaments. The real church is located across the street, where I live.

Colourful in silence

Wide illusion

Frozen serenity

I hope you guys will enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed doing them ;).

New 3D image: Ambiental living room

This project was an exercise to do a 3D interior as fast as possible. My last projects took about 1 to 2 years to finish, so I really wanted to prove myself I can do one fast. This one took me only 3 weeks to finish at a slow pace. So, it's a real improvement. Done with C4D and Vray. It's a reproduction of a photo I found on the Internet.

The quality is not top notch. The major culprit is the plant and there are, of course, other minor details, such as the books on the shelf, the curtains and others. Despite these minor flaws, I really like the overall mood which is a positive one, very intense light; it has a certain sense of freshness. Here's the image:

Ambiental living room

I hope you guys like my new image ;).

Soarele din lumină

Salut, oameni buni!

Am luat decizia să continui să mai scriu texte artistice. Ultimul text artistic a fost scris pe data de 1 decembrie ... 2007 ;). Voi încerca să schimb stilul într-un proces lent. În mod evident, acest text este în stilul obişnuit:

Mai ştii tu soare cum îmi ziceai tu "lumină", în ploaia de raze solare? Atunci când ale noastre lumini erau contopite într-o metaformă omogenă ce plătea tribut zeilor, iar neuronii noştri calmi dansau un vals cu capetele bulbucate de un exces de ocitocină. Lumina omniprezentă eclipsa sinapsele neuronilor din lobii frontali, astfel încât funcţiile vitale supravieţuirii erau doar un reflex. Deşi ea pâlpâia ca un neon defect, era a noastră şi era bună. Numai o scânteie a fost necesară ca o revoluţie la rezoluţie mică să se petreacă. Acum, în cea de-a doua zi a genezei, când lumina şi întunericul sunt două entităţi diferite şi cuantificabile pe plan conoscitiv, ale noastre lumini sunt la ani lumină distanţă fiindcă quarkurile ce compun materia grea a entităţii tale sunt suboptimal aliniaţi şi astfel un proces de repulsie reciprocă a decis soarta. Întunericul ne învăluie precum o pauză în infinitul etern, asigurând pacea. Când repauzat voi fi, lumina mea nu va înceta a mai fi, dar a ta lumină fără fond cu mult timp înaintea repaosului etern va fi stinsă.

Inefabilul a prevalat iaraşi.

New project: the piano room

Hello readers!

Today, I'm proud to announce a new personal project I completed. During the last year I worked on a photo-realistic 3D scene for further advancing my skills in architectural visualization. With this project I learned a lot about Vray and about lighting ;). The project consisted of reproducing an entire room in 3D. I'm happy now to see it done.

Please click on the images below to see more and to read more about the project:

Piano room

Piano room: armchairs

Piano room: windows

I hope to post more stuff during this autumn, perhaps a "making of" or tutorials along the project.

Summer time: new book covers

Hello, fellas and playas! ;)

It's mid-summer and it's also a very long time since I posted anything here. I am rather busy to post anything. I've been working on several book covers since my last blog post and, of course, on my big project: the piano room (for the latest WIPs check this forum post on the VrayforC4D forums). I've been unable to complete the final renders, due to crashes and very long render times, in early march, this year. A few days ago I resumed work on the project. I hope to get it done this year.

For more details about each book cover, please click on them. Here they are:

Faronir - Raue zuflucht by Michael Auerbach

Semantic 3D object maps for everyday manipulation in human living environments by Radu B. Rusu

Synthesis and Catalytic Applications of Carbene-Functionalized Hybrid Catalysts by Alexandrina D. Rusu

The reliability and the availablity of the distribution systems of electrical energy by Simona Dzițac

For the Faronir novel written by Michael Auerbach, I tried a different approach, which I hope was successful. Until now, I always had to do book covers on scientific subjects, like artificial intelligence, robotics and mathematics. I never had to deal with literature. Being the first book of this kind, a science fiction novel, I wanted this cover to stand out in my gallery. I hope you find it great. A great amount of effort and time was put into getting the book cover right.

Besides book covers, I also did the logo and the new interface for the PaintWeb project of my twin brother. Some of the frequent visitors of our site already saw the new logo, but for those who did not, here it is:

PaintWeb logo

I've also done other small projects, but I won't post them since they are insignificant.

'Til next time, I wish y'all the best and have a nice summer. I hope to be posting more stuff during the year.

Year 2009 and the first images

Hello!

I couldn't name the blog post "more posters", even if the title would have fit like a glove, because I have another post with this title ;).

What could be a better way to start the new year than with some messages related to environmental protection? :) Instead of waiting again for Saint Valentines day, I'm synchronizing the release of these posters with the global warming :). So, I decided to make two posters on this matter. Both are well intended :). Hope you like them, and find 'em witty enough to tickle even the sharpest eyes.

In eco we trust

Be Eco

I also made another Milk Inc related poster before last year ended. Perhaps I like Milk Inc. :). Anyways, it goes beyond that, like all the other posters based on their lyrics.

Wide awake

More stuff scheduled to come soon, and not just posters.

More posters

Hello!

I've done more posters these days. None yet for the Christmas ;). I plan on doing one, some day, but I don't know when.

Two of the following posters are related to Milk Inc.

It is too late

It is too late [center]

The place in marriage

Tonight

I hope you guys enjoy the holidays season and I wish you all a Happy New Year.

Early Valentine's Day

Salut, Chouvénie!

After pondering for awhile, I finally came up with a title for this blog post. It's always difficult for me to name my new blog posts, due to either repeating older blog posts titles or just no idea.

Now, it's almost Christmas and everyone (or not) enjoys the spirit of these holidays. Thus, believe it or not, I thought of doing some posters on the subject of Valentine's Day. A bit early, but no problem, aye :). The idea of doing a poster came into my mind suddenly, while chatting about design matters with a friend. My first poster was "Valentine's day warning", because I already had the heart rendered, so, I just had to do the design in Photoshop. The idea is quite simple and frank, no shiny gloss or anything. You may use it to express your (non)feelings to your partner.

Valentine's day warning [French]

The second poster, still about Valentine's Day, it's harder to grok (understand), due to its colors and the "cryptic" messages contained in it. The poster illustrates narrow minded kids using the Internet. Further details in the image.

Time lapse of IM love

For each of these two posters, I made a different version:

I don't love you [EN] Time lapse of IM love [B/W]

I also intend to do more posters, as I find it fun, easy 'n quick way to express ideas. Posters allow me to focus on a single subject and to use texts, which can be sharp :). The sketchy illustrations were another fun way to express myself and perhaps, I'll do more.

With this occasion, I added a new section on the site: Posters.

Soon, I'll publish a new interface and a new illustration I'm working on.

Note: These posters are made just for fun and intended as satire.

P.S. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Two new book covers on A.I.

Buenos dias!

Last week I've done two new book covers. The first one was for a book on artificial intelligence by Ioan Dziţac. I chose abstract imagery and I used a colour palette which suggests a high-tech world. Special thanks to Lucian Marin for the suggestions on typography.

Artificial Intelligence book cover

The second book is about new paradigms in artificial intelligence authored by several people. For this one, I illustrated fuzzy logic in two ways. For the front I did something rather complex, strictly related to mathematics, but for the back I did something more "humane".

From Natural Language to Soft Computing: New Paradigms in Artificial Intelligence

'Till next time, best wishes to you :). Oh, and... it's almost Christmas. I wish you Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I doubt I'll post anything new until next year.