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Steam Ghetto W.I.P. by TheUncannyKen Steam Ghetto W.I.P. by TheUncannyKen
Now this is a wip.
It is far from done, I'm currently modeling a few props that will make the scene more lively. I'm also working on the lighting (this here is just the basic mental ray physical sun & sky), the shaders for the street lamps and windows, and a few touch ups here and there. I'd like to get this kind of rendering:


I'm sure I could easily still spend 170 hours on this thing. But the show must go on... I've made tons of mistakes and learned alot on this one, this is my first "real" step in the 3D graphics world. I still have alot to learn, but I know that I'll have a much different approach on my next scene.
Next year I'll be learning Character modeling with maya/zbrush.....

All you 3d guys out there, please tell me what you think ( all the other guys too if you wanna :) )

Maya 2008, Mental Ray, Photoshop
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Given 2008-09-02
Steam Ghetto W.I.P. by ~astrokevin is still a work-in-progress, but you can already see what great potential this picture has. It is a impressively rendered piece that has a realistic, steam era-fashioned feel that really brings you back to days long ago. An outstanding piece of work! ( Suggested by piano-kun and Featured by cosmosue )
queiras Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2013
beautiful, yes

Puccazaza Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013
Très joli travail !

je suis en train d'écrire une histoire sur une ambiance semblable, pourrai-je utiliser votre image ? (de façon personnel :) )
Diogo-Pacheco Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012  Student General Artist
very nice work
VMessiah Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2012
Awesome work it looks so realistic. ^_^
Moataz-Ahmed Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2012  Professional Filmographer
nice texture and modeling.. :)
lamarmchaney Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2012
I am loving these3 soft shadows
MarkoPaler Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
very nice...
i'll be looking forward to see more.
cris2236 Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
even it's not finished, it's really amazing, how long have you been working with maya 3d???
bigbmxdave2 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
Good evening

I'm in the process of planning a spot the difference flash game with a steam punk style.
Would you be interested in contributing some artwork towards the game?
kahlil001x Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2010 of the best that i've seen..
ayashinta Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2009  Professional Filmographer
C'est super cool! Je serais pas capable d'en faire autant alors je dis chapeau! Bien que ça ne soit pas aussi abouti que tu le voulais, l'ambiance est déjà pas mal posée.:)
Je fave!
erlwes Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2009
Whoa :) this looks great! lots of nice details :)

Bumpmap/texture on the road looks undefined contra the rest of the image.

Much empty room in front. maybe move the detailed nice car closer to the camera and get ridd of the emptyness?

Far behind. Outside the "city gates" its nothing

Im sure you tired of this project now :P and want to move on :)
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Kenjiuni3 Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009  Student Digital Artist
mtental ray? wow wow wow
du très bon boulot =)
TheUncannyKen Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009
merci beaucoup!
Kenjiuni3 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Student Digital Artist
np, c'est excellent ce que tu fais, je reve d'avoir un rendu satiné comme ca dans mes travaux XD
RenoftheRain Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
It looks like something out of the movies Tim Burton makes :D very professional like, very cool!
MonkeysUndles Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009  Student Writer
faiman Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2008
thats looks really good...... u modeled n textured well....... but u can do lot with lighting...... try out for some bounce lights specially way back there.
kito19 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2008
good work!
RKGfXnl Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2008
dude, respect... a lot of respect!!! i fave this one 10 times!
mihaibrrrr Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2008  Student Photographer
because I liked it so much, I've featured you here: [link]
very good indeed!!
kimo9909 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008   Interface Designer
Awesome piece!
JuartLittle Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2008
super chouette !
seul *hic*, ce serait un fond pour combler le vide derrière le tunnel...

autrement ça tue ! la voiture déboite

combien de temps de rendu ?
et quel moteur de rendu ?
TheUncannyKen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
ouai j'avou, il faut que change le fond!
Environ une heure et demi de rendu en final gathering avec mental ray
artistrysaint Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
so far so VERY VERY GOOD!

I would reccomend changing up the sidewalk texture a slight bit as it seems a bit distorted. Easily changed by how many times the texture repeats itself, but I'm impressed overall. Good work.
kcorbett Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Great work! Have you seen Jeremy Engleman's tutorials on Gnomon? He has some out that deal with lighting scenes exactly like this. It would be well work the view.
TheUncannyKen Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008
I'm ashamed, I don't even know who this obvious genius is lol!
I've watched dozens of gnomon dvd's but only the 2D ones (concept art, digital painitng, design etc.....)
Do you know if I can download these 3D dvd's for free? I only found the 2D ones....
kcorbett Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2008  Professional Filmographer
Check here: [link]

Gnomonology is great because you can purchase individual chapters. The last one is the one that will interest you. Though the last two are well worth the $8.00ea.

Also take a look here: [link]
Check out #4 for lighting. Not a 'tutorial' but well worth hearing why he's done certain things in his process. These are free. (smile)
TheUncannyKen Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2008
thanks, I'll check those out!
kcorbett Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Professional Filmographer
You're way ahead of what I see in others work. But, you sound like me and are always looking for ways to do things better. (smile) I'm always checking out how others do things as it opens ideas for my own work. I think I pay the bills for many of those who have tuts on Gnomon. ha ha
TheUncannyKen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
lol, that's the right thing to do!
I checked out those links, very nice, thanks again!
kcorbett Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008  Professional Filmographer
You're welcome. Looking forward to seeing your progress. (smile)
lambtastic Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
it's like a real picture!
ZEBENHB Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008   Interface Designer
Like a final fantasy :)
mr-msk Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
WOW great! i like the syle and muted colors...even though its all maya phy sun, i would also light my scene, with some bounced light colors, and tone down the relfec on your metal shaders... maby with a fractal bump?.... Lighten up your bump on the curb, and ,maby add a bevel to its edge.... soften it...... too hard for somewhere where people walk allot.... Love to see some environmental atmo with some fog.... easy in maya... Then you would get some light god-rays. The car would be cool if it was in the cast light.. with some rad contrast to show the detail of the car model. And... maby some grass in-between the cracks in the road.. or somthing in the green pallet....

I'm no pro... i do work with maya doing video game commercials (just started), don't hesitate to get into characters!!!! should be learnin both at the same time to bridge the knowlage gap. Similar techneques that will build each other! I only learned 3D from scratch last year! Keep at it... gave allot of crit ciz its that close to fricken perfect.
TheUncannyKen Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Thanks alot for all these constructive crits.

I'm working on the bounced lights, and I agree the green palette is really necessary. I already had the grass in mind, mayby a tree also....

I'll be learning characters next year, I' d love to add one in the scene once finished.

Very fresh stuff in your gallery!

Donovann Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
C'est du très bon boulot, t'as du niveau.
Mais tu ne fais que du high poly? J'aimerais savoir t'es a combien de tri avec tout çà.

Et aussi, si tu touches au normal map, ce que ca donnerait en low poly. Enfin çà, c'est si t'as rien d'autre a faire ^^

Sinon tu l'auras remarqué ( c'est un peu gros ) la texture du sol est trop étiré. La route fait pas très réaliste a coté du reste.

En tout cas, c'est très bon, alors je fav tout çà :p
TheUncannyKen Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2008
Merci beaucoup,

C'est ma premiere scene en 3d, je ne connaissais pas du tout maya avant.
Pour l'instant (en premiere année), on ne fais pas de low poly, mais il y'a environ 325 000 polys dans cette scene. Avec le nombre d'objets présents, je pense avoir plutot bien optimisé le truc......
Et il n'ya presque des normals :).

Et c'est vrai que ma route est toute pourri, mine de rien j'ai encore du taff a faire lol.....
SRSmith Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008   Writer
This is really a fantastic piece, and congratulations on the DD. My only comment is that it could use a little life; characters would be ideal, but I imagine would ratchet the amount of work required up a significant amount. Something else organic other than people would work; someone mentioned steam, maybe clouds or fog, plant life of some kind. Anything to take the edge off the sterility.

It really is a fantastic piece though, very nicely done!
BrandyLeaPhotography Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008   Photographer
Superdemon-Inuyasha Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome job on this so far! 8D very nice!
21citrouilles Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
A fantastic scene with a compelling ambience and exquisitely detailed. :)
someonestolecc Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
You .. made.. this ?

QAuZ Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Incredible :D
Nightshade-Black Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
That is so gorgeous.
Ragnorex-Ferithrer Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Student General Artist
wow....looks like a photograph at first xD
incessancy Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Darkdesyre Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008
Great scene and I love the shaft of light that crosses the scene. Grats on the DD hun!
Stezy07 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008   Interface Designer
This looks bloody awesome!
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