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Daredevil by dtownley1 Daredevil by dtownley1
a combination of 3D and photography. I didn't model the plane though - that was a lightwave preset model, as were the textures. However, I matched the perspective, lighting and colours to match the photo. I've been planning to do this kind of thing for ages, so I'm figuring out my own techniques for this work. I'm pretty happy with the result. Enjoy.
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tachita Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2008
You can be proud, it is really great work... the colors are fantastic, I love it.
DoodleStar Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006   Traditional Artist
I love the plane...I love the clouds...I love the picture!! XD
dtownley1 Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2006
glad you like it :D
Shurakai-Zero Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006
Since you're looking for advanced feedback, I'll point out a couple of smallish areas where you could improve this.

1. Propellers would be nice. Even if you have to do them in Photoshop, it would add a lot of realism.

2. Great job on matching the lighting and angle, but the cockpit canopy looks like it might be a bit too bright. You may want to try having some of the clouds reflected in it (maybe at a low opacity setting?).

3. Motion blur, if you could pull it off. I don't know much about Lightwave, but I would assume it should have some rudimentary motion blur, should it not? Even just a touch of blurring in Photoshop would really bring it to life.

4. I think if you add just a tiny bit of noise it would make it seem more real.

5. The specular highlight on the nose cone might look better if it were tinted slightly with that greenish sky colour.

6. If you really want to make something dramatic out of this, you could paint some bullet holes in the fusellage and have some more bullets flying past it, as though this plane were in a dogfight.

This is a great start, though. Nice type and a very strong, graphical layout.
dtownley1 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2006
thanks greatly for the feedback!
Yeah...propellor... not much of a plane without one of those :P

It was actually a Lightwave preset model (so were the textures). I've done a fair bit of modelling, but nothing anywhere near as complex as this. Even if I were capable of modelling like that, my hardware wouldn't let me. Due to RAM issues, and the fact that I'm running a really old version of Lightwave (in OS X classic mode), 800x600 was the largest I was able to render the plane.

Lightwave is capable of motion blur, but I haven't used it that much. I'm guessing that it would show the blur in the alpha channel...

I originally had several other planes in the image, but they didn't line up as well as this one. My original intent was to have them as a stunt group, but that didn't work out. I haven't had much experience with this kind of compositing or editing before, but I guess it's an OK start.

Given a bit of time (and perhaps an upgrade of software) I'd love to give it another shot.
Shurakai-Zero Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2006
I dunno about having another plane actually in the shot. I like the idea of it being an unseen threat. Just the bullets streaking by would be neat, IMO.
Sk8ingDemonGurl Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2006
i really like it, it have beautiful colors and structures mixed :XD:
crusher500 Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2006   Photographer
Altashheth Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2006
This comes together really well! Great job.
dtownley1 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
thank you :)
It took a fair bit of work actually - more than I first expected. But it was still good fun. Just wish I had a newer version of lightwave so I could do more adventurous stuff.
komaster2004 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2006  Student
hey thats perty nice
dtownley1 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006
thank you :D
though, I should have also cut out the trees on the very left edge...looks dodgy, right? :P
komaster2004 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2006  Student
I didnt even notice : P
pablo87 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006  Student Traditional Artist
nice job!
dtownley1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006
...I'm guessing you hit send before you typed anything...or DA is being screwy. :P

I'm in a hotel room now, and departing tomorrow. Gotta catch up soon. Weather better cool down though.
thundermistress Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
I so typed something. DA was being screwy that day soo. Oh well.

Let me know when you're free! X3 can't wait to catch up :3
dtownley1 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2006
yeah, gotta catch up soon. I'll be watching the weather forecast as often as I can to find the coolest possible day :P Kazumi should be coming sometime in Feb, so we may have time for a gaming day sometime. I've got those Naruto games, which are awesome to play. They look so fast, but not that hard to pick up and play. I also got my brother the Tales of Symphonia soundtrack too. 4 CDs!!
Much to do...
thundermistress Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Wheee, we definetly should have a gaming day xD I've never played a Naruto game so I"d love to try :B
Melbourne weather's been absolutely crazy xD

But yeah, def let me know when you're free and when Kazumi is coming and we can arrange to do something x3
dtownley1 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2006
OK, got some details now ;)
Kazumi will be arriving on Feb 4.
Maybe before then we could have a gaming day? Josh got xbox live today, so we're trying to get that working. EA network is down so that ruled out a couple of games for us, and nobody has been on games that I wanna play :P Just bad timing I think, since most gamers are in US, it would be around midday now there, on a weekday.

I got those Naruto games to work, great fun with 2 or more people. Osu is supposed to have download play, but so far I can't get it to work. Jump isn't so great with download play... Josh also got Mariokart DS, so you can play some real muliplayers games with that now.

We could POSSIBLY have a gaming day here, but may be a bit far for you and your friends. Whatever's easiest for everyone ;) Josh can drive, and we'd only need to take a couple of games, memory cards and a few controllers. Let me know what your plans are and what's happening. cheers!
thundermistress Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow, Feb 4th? Don't think we have time to squeeze in something now xD I have work tomorrow :/ Soo yeah. D:

I have work also on Monday and Tuesdays, and next thursday the 9th, so those days aren't good for me >< But whenever else is fine otherwise n__n Maybe if Kazumi isn't so hot for a games day we could do a mix of videogames and movies or go out to the city and head down to galactic circus for a bit (so that we have a bit of gaming :B and because they got a new DDR machine I love xD)

But yeah, I'm easy with whatever :B Where do you live? I'm fine if you guys wanna come down to my place, we can play with our projector! n_n

I'll see if I can rouse up anyone else to come around and play too xD
dtownley1 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006
I'm still living down in Nunawading (remember the photo of the hardware store and Harvey Norman you recognised? ;)) Probably a bit far for you and the others to all travel to.

So maybe we could have a massive movie/game day sometime. I may be able to persuade Kazumi into something like that. Since most or all of you are also learning Japanese, that'll be interesting for her too. It means we'll also have a translator for the Naruto games :P

Anytime is fine for me. Perhaps if we have another cool patch of weather we could then? I'll keep in touch by SMS or something.
deadengel Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
very interesting work.. i like it a lot
dtownley1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006
thanks :D
Rickbw1 Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006
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January 22, 2006
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FinePix F810
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Jan 17, 2006, 2:13:43 PM