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January 22, 2006
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Jan 17, 2006, 2:13:43 PM
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.
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