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Making Of 'Bronze Bust'

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Date Added: 19th March 2013
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Once the modeling process was finished I created a simple cavity map from ZBrush to use it later on in the shading process. This map could also be used as a mask, for the V-RayBlend, or used as a bump on the base material (Fig.04).

Fig. 04

After that I used Decimation Master and imported the model into 3ds Max for the rendering (Fig.05).


Before I start the lighting process I always like to do a little research on photography sites to get an idea of the feeling that I want in my scene, because bad lighting can ruin a great model. In this case I did a simple lighting setup, with three lights and a white background, because I wanted contrast in the scene - not just a light that showed the model, but a light that created a dramatic look. As you can see in Fig.06, the top light helped me to create some shadows on its face and the eyes, and inside the mouth. The other lights, I used to create the backlight, which helped to highlight the silhouette and create some shining spots.


The next step was to create the shader. It wasn't a complicated shader; my main goal was to reach a good-looking bronze aspect, with green spots and an un-polished look. In this case I used a blend material: the base material was a green opaque shader, and the first layer was the bronze. As I mentioned before, I used the cavity map from ZBrush to separate the shader layers (Fig.07).


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TVNCL on Thu, 29 May 2014 10:32pm
Very nice but How can were you able to apply the The cavity mask to the decimated model considering the decimated model doesnt have texture coordinates??? how did you unwrap a mesh so dense as that one??? That is very crucial to the conclusion of your tutorial
Ana on Fri, 06 September 2013 9:59pm
Can you please tell me do you have UV s for sculpture?
Hassen Imache on Sun, 24 March 2013 7:53am
Thanks a lot for your tutorial :-)
Narendra Keshkar on Thu, 21 March 2013 11:32am
Awesome Tutorial, will definitely give it a try.
Lourenco Abreu on Tue, 19 March 2013 10:27am
Thanks for the tips, awesome result :-)
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