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The Castor by A Axelsson :iconalxfx:
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anno78 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015
OMG!!!

I actually thought it was a real ship when I first saw this. How did you do this? It's so realistic.

I humbly bow before the master.
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:icongrahamtg:
GrahamTG Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks
It's actually a really simple scene. The lighting comes from a HDRI light source which simulates a real sky/sun  ;)
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hobbitshire Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2014
Very nice concept, well illustrated with a great background.
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aaronsmagic Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love this.. Do you do commission work, I am getting ready to publish a novel and need a cover? Space, Arks (LARGE SHIP), Mech's and war.. Lead is a women
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Artsend Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
WOW. Love the design
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duandutoit Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
Freaken!
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Snizox15 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't know what you did to make this look realistic. Its fantastic.
The shadows, the sheen of the metal, the quality, the indirect lighting, the texture, the form of the model, the feel.
I'm some one who wants to make realistic art like this. Do you have any recommendations for a noob like myself?

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GrahamTG Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment :)
A lot of the credit has to go to the model maker, for providing such a wonderful ship to work with.  Realistic art ? - in my opinion it's a combination of all the things you mentioned.  But as a first step I'd recommend looking into HDRI lighting most 3d packages support it. 
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lunadude Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2013
VERY nice! Love the design, the textures, and the lighting.
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edwardio1973 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2013
Totally incredible

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:iconlance66:
Lance66 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2013  Student Digital Artist
awesome pic :)
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Hawkbri Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013
gotta say, the design is SIMILAR to the Escape Velocity NOVA's STARBRIDGE, which is a dual swivel-engine ship, probably a lot faster than this though, and able to enter hyperspace and land planetside, and probably more maneuverability in larger areas where this kind of ship can probably make precision landings exactly, although rather... large.
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That-Dude247 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks so real @.@
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Ispok8 Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013
cool!
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andyrak Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Sweet render! So realistic. Great choice of backdrop.
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:icongrahamtg:
GrahamTG Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Daffyflyer Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Excellently lit, matches the lighting environment very well, paticularly the nice glare off the white.
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rg-12 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2013
wow really nice design!
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Thorium-Energy Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Inspirational!
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:iconsoler7:
soler7 Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013
Amazing
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:iconajtalon:
AJTalon Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012  Student Writer
Awesome ship design!
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postironical Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
This is a stunning model and a stunning render. I'm sorry, I hope this isn't bad form, but would you mind saying a little bit about your process for this ? What renderer were you using for example ?
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GrahamTG Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)

The model is by A Axellson - available as premier content from www.foundation3d.com

It's a very simple scene rendered in Lightwave 11.0. I used a HDR image for the light source, background and colouring( Serpentine Valley available for free from [link]) A large Area light was used to provide soft shadows. And that's basically it. It was rendered with Radiosity and took about 30 mins to process. I set up the HDR enviroment manually but if you have Lightwave, Cinema4D or Modo you can always use SIBL ([link]) a free plugin/script which will set up everything for you.
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postironical Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012
Thanks for the reply. That's funny, I was just working on a project for a modeling class that had me over at sibl/archive for an HDR I needed for the background/reflection of the milky way.
I never even noticed those plugins there. I could have probably saved myself a hell of a lot of time trying to learn enough VRay in Max as opposed to just going with Modo and that.
I appreciate the information and I look forward to seeing more of your work.
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Shohndon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
My god, this is so beautifully rendered. I'm learning the basics of lightwave right now.... this must have took alot of work to develop. To get those textures right.
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional General Artist
rendered very well. good job there :-)
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:icongrahamtg:
GrahamTG Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you.
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Palantion Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012   Digital Artist
Nice GI and back ground integration , my compliments !
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:icongrahamtg:
GrahamTG Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks :)
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Lance66 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Superb work, so clean and professional looking , great work , so good.
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SteveReeves Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Another great image, great lighting and colours - very nice :)
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SaephireArt Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
amazing render :)
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jncarter Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this one mate.
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:icongrahamtg:
GrahamTG Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cheers Mr C L)
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Woahsalmo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
lighting mastery!
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:icongrahamtg:
GrahamTG Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, appreciate the comment.
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wbyrd Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Okay take this image, and mail it to the guys who do those crappy movies you get stuck watching at two in the morning....so they know what a Good image should look like.

It looks solid, no easy to spot differences in lighting, the colors look right. ... like i said i wish people who got paid to do CG paid this much attention to their work.
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GrahamTG Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Many thanks for the kind words.
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dcmstarships Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
a simply stunning image!
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:icongrahamtg:
GrahamTG Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks :)
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LightwaveNinja Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Great lines on the ship and nice match with the lighting. Excellent work and thrilled to see it was in Lightwave![link]
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:icongrahamtg:
GrahamTG Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, always nice to meet another LW fan :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fabulous! Perfect! Damn if only I had the skills...
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:icongrahamtg:
GrahamTG Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks.
Funnily enough I think the same thing when I view your work. Your skills allow you to create from scratch - a true artist. Me, I'm more a technician :)
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Colourbrand Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have my moments but dunne lower your status sir - ya very very good :D
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Deepblu742 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Another impressive scene! First time I've seen this model in full detail. Nice touch on nuclear symbols on the engines, all it needs is a Mr. Fusion label :)
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givenvalueoftrue Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Just plain cool! The scene looks just as good as a high end movie. Lighting, placement etc is awesome. The only thing I would really say is that for this picture we're too close to the model, the level of detail involved here means you could place it anywhere and it would still look cool.

I can imagine this moving in close and then veering off and speeding away. Very cool...I want one :P
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:icongrahamtg:
GrahamTG Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks. You are right about the composition it is a little to close. I wanted to give the impression of the ship flying past us as we viewed from a cliff top or ledge - kinda works but needs a better background.
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givenvalueoftrue Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
No worries - it's a stunning piece of work. :) It definitely gives the impression of a close fly past! I think the background is pretty nice - but it would be cool to see what else you have in mind - I will keep an eye out :)
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itifonhom Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is a masterwork, great rendering!!!
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