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Jammin's Blender Progress

I'm currently working through the Fundamentals of Lighting Course and there's a recommendation to create a community progress thread. So here we go.

I'll start by posting a few recent works, and take it from there.

  • Final image from the Fundamentals of 3D Mesh Modeling in Blender low-poly room exercise. Turned out fairly well. I liked modelling some of the small details like the cords of the various appliances. Overall, it was a good way to review some of the basic 3D modelling I've been learning over the past couple months.

  • Viewport render of my final submission for the Fundamentals of Digital Sculpting course. Again, fairly happy with the result. It helped having a tablet, and bit of practice. Really loving digital sculpting, thinking of making it a focus, after I get through the fundamentals learning flow.

  • Working on the exercise for jlampel s Fundamentals of Lighting course. I have the hardest time with lighting for some reason... results so far have been pretty lackluster. If anyone has suggestions to improve anything, feel free to leave a comment.

    • Looks great! Just one nit, the shadow on Hans face is a lot darker than the sculpt. Similar to the one above it. 

    • Thanks for the feeback joshcanfield . I'm glad things don't look too far off, felt like I was doing an endless amount of tweaking to get things to (sort of) work. You're right about the Han one... I had a hard time getting it bright enough on the one side, and still maintaining dark shadows on the other. Maybe I'll try crushing the dark values in post again.

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      Hey, nice work jjammingammon ! Sorry it took so long for me to get to this. Here are a few notes on each:

      #1 - The light size and intensity looks really close, but it could definitely use some color. Almost no light is pure white. Even if it looks white like the bar light in the reference, it's only because it's so intense that it's desaturated. As it bounces around and fades out the saturation comes through. The reference also doesn't really have much of a rim light. 

      #2 - This one is pretty spot on! The light could be a little more saturated and the light could be hitting the upper part of the cheekbone more on the shadowed side like in the reference, but it's pretty close in overall style. 

      #3 - Another one that could really use more saturation. I wouldn't crank it all the way up to 1, but probably pretty close. It's interesting how your render has the 'evil' look where the light hits the bottom of the brows, but that's not present in the reference. The light is hitting there slightly, but in a really soft way. You can tell there's a bit of light coming from the front because of the way his nose is shaded. The reference looks calm and serious while the render is more intense and creepy. 

      #4 - This looks super close - just a little more direct light hitting his cheekbone on the shaded side and a bit of backlighting would make this spot on. You can tell that the main light is colored a bit warm because you can compare it to the cooler light hitting the back of his head. 

      #5 - Similar note to before - the little triangle patch on his cheek on the shaded side does a lot of work when it comes to defining the shape of the face while keeping the shadows relatively sharp. Also note the shadow that cuts his left eye almost in half, which really gives his character a slightly mysterious and intense feel. 

      Hope that helps and keep up the good work! I would love to see another crack at this if you feel up to it to see if you can capture the feeling in reference rather than the technical light placement. It's a lot harder than it looks but I know you can do it! 

    • Hey jlampel , no worries. I assumed you were busy working on Pothead. That course looks pretty dope by the way, I may have to check it out next year sometime, when I've finished the fundamentals.

      Thanks for the detailed feedback. Color was definitely something I neglected when working on these, got a bit of tunnel vision focusing on precise light placement. I will take another look at it in a few weeks after the Halloween Challenge wraps up. Thanks again.