A visual overview of my process of creating an image.

Virtual Creation: Serious Shading

Over the last two posts I put all the foreground elements into place. Now that the objects in the scene have basically been set up, I think I'm ready to work on fixing colors and textures -- the shading. This is the beginning of the end; we're now ready to start...

Virtual Creation: Foreground, Part 2

Aloha from Sunny Atlanta! (I wish I could substitute Hawai'i for Atlanta, but oh well!) If you weren't aware, my family and I have spent the past week on a working "vacation" in our old stomping grounds. My driving memory has come back with a vengeance, and every day...

Virtual Creation: Foreground, Part I

Last time I shaded the beach using a terrain shader, producing the sandy beach areas as well as the rich brown earth and dirt under the forest. I wasn't entirely happy with how the sand appeared, but I think I have an idea about what may have gone wrong. I'll get to...

Virtual Creation: Painting the Beach

Slowly but surely I've been building this beach scene. First I set up the scene basics. Then I added some background details: a forest and a sailboat. (I had planned and done more, but the program crashed to desktop before I saved my progress.) Looking at the earlier...

Virtual Creation: Background Details

I'm sorry for how late this post is coming out; I had planned on having it up early this morning, but another image took slightly longer to render than I had hoped! Now that it's finished, however, I'm really happy about how it looks: and now I can continue with...

Virtual Creation: Building a Beach

In the previous post of the series, I discussed my goals for the series and gave a quick introduction on "virtual photography". Now we're ready to actually dive in! As I said last time my goal is to produce a tropical beach image -- the kind of image that gets you...

Virtual Creation: Introduction

Welcome to my series Virtual Creations. Here you'll get to "peek" over my shoulder as I go through the process of creating a new image from scratch. Note that my goal is not to produce a tutorial on the correct way to go about making computer artwork. Instead, I have...