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    great!

    final will be up later today!

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    i like the final composition you've gone with. Going in tight makes it clostriphobicand and as uncomfortable for the viewer as the kid looks. the render and materials look good as well, they give the surface of the beast suit the feel of looking through an electron microscope, i like the direction you've taken it. good luck.

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    Wow! I've somehow missed this one all day. This look fantastic now and I am really looking forward to the final render.

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    This is my final image!

    I will do a nice write-up in about 1 hr.

    Lyle Moore

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    Cool render indeed!! That mini-crisis you had a couple of days ago helped push you to greater heights

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    I just LOVE this image Lyle

    TOP-QUALITY all-round for everything, from sticking with the title theme, and your undoubted fluency and proficiency of ZBrush execution

    STUNNING!

    best of luck with it, and gets my vote for sure

    cheers

    Chris


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    very beautiful .. good luck

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    Great work! Love the render.
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    Wow what a difference a few days make. This look great, so much motion expressed there.

    Well done, really really good entry.

    Pete B

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    Hi all,

    Some info about the image

    I just wanted to do I little write up to shed some more light on this image as well as what happened during this week.

    This image almost didn't happen.

    I wanted my final render to come out of mental ray for Maya. Unfortunately, with the amount of elements in the scene and calculating displacement a 32 bit computer couldn't utilize enough RAM to render the scene. Mental Ray was also causing other weired problems that I was fighting, so for the longest time I couldn't show you real renders. I tried limiting Mental Rays memory usage but it would only let me render less than half resolution, some of the time.

    Fortunately, I have a great boss and wife. My boss let me stay late and work on the image, therefore not getting home to my wife until 2 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week.

    Tuesday: Changed the composition and lit the scene (no proper lighting in the scene till this point)

    Wednesday: Render, Render, Render. All night to get the passes I wanted.

    Thursday: Comped the scene

    Friday: Minor tweaks

    I couldn't have finished this image if my computer at work wasn't opened up to me.

    And again thanks to my wife for putting up with me not being around this week.

    O.K. Now to talk about the image:

    Everything went through Zbrush for modeling, shaping elements, painting of color,bump, displacement, spec and other mattes. Maya was used for initial modeling as well and for the final render.

    I used Zapplink v3 with Photoshop to aid in the painting of maps.

    Most UVs were laid out in Headus Uvlayout.

    I rendered in Mental Ray for Maya, multiple passes including beauty, spec, shadow, diffuse, ambient occlusion, Z depth, Separate lights, and element maps.

    And since I was now at work final composition was put together in Nuke for Zdepth pass, After Effects and Photoshop.

    All and all in was a frantic four days! During the contest I also worked on two feature length films.


    Now about the final image:

    Something weired happened to me and this image over the past four days that has never happened with art I have done before.

    What happened was I started to see myself in the final image.

    I will explain further...

    For my whole life I have been trying to do the biggest, most outlandish things ever and be as good as I can at them. This has also caused me to have many failures and I have become really good at getting back up and trying again.

    Much like this contest. When I decided to take part I was going to put at least as much time into this image as it would take me to earn enough money to buy the first prize freelancing. I think I over doubled this. But when stuff started going wrong I was just going to keep on fighting and see what happened.

    I would often have big ideas of doing things like this little guy in my picture when I was young and unfortunately reality never really allowed it. This is why I think this image looks a little dream like. Somewhere between reality and sleep.

    The other thing I love about this image is that it is very close to what I saw in my head when I started.

    I am going to call this image “Myself as the Kraken.”

    People who know me will find this both scary and funny and I hope you do as well.

    Thanks to everyone who followed my work, made suggestions, and enjoyed this image.

    And this is way more artsy fartsy talk than I would ever like to admit I wrote.

    I learned so much and can't wait for the next contest!

    Lyle Moore

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