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28 Variations
November 29, 2004 2:24 PM   Subscribe

28 Variations
posted by cmonkey (19 comments total)

The first batch reminded me of Winamp skins; not too interesting. Loved the last grouping though.

I want friendly snails.
posted by craven_morhead at 2:30 PM on November 29, 2004

[this is good. very good]
posted by zpousman at 2:40 PM on November 29, 2004

This guy is one of the best CG/raytracing artists I know. But this isn't one of his best works, IMHO. His Book of Beginnings has some absolutely jaw-dropping images.
posted by bashos_frog at 2:43 PM on November 29, 2004

Let the captions contest begin.
posted by rooftop secrets at 2:46 PM on November 29, 2004

I particulary like this and this.
posted by bashos_frog at 2:47 PM on November 29, 2004

Some of those pieces are incredible bashos_frog, both for their imagination and technical skill. Thank you very much for that link.
posted by rooftop secrets at 2:49 PM on November 29, 2004

Just great.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 2:55 PM on November 29, 2004

oooooo. pretty.
posted by Stynxno at 3:14 PM on November 29, 2004

[this is good]
posted by y6y6y6 at 3:18 PM on November 29, 2004

The real feat is doing all of that "women of power" stuff in high heels. Dang.
posted by scarabic at 3:20 PM on November 29, 2004

And then animating it.
posted by Cryptical Envelopment at 3:37 PM on November 29, 2004's really, really ugly, and the woman looks deformed. Does that matter at all?
posted by adamgreenfield at 4:51 PM on November 29, 2004

bashos_frog -- HOLY SHIT (the second of those two you liked).
posted by Civil_Disobedient at 5:47 PM on November 29, 2004

Yeah, CD, there was a big controversy at the raytracing contest over whether that was a photo or not. But there is a complete 'making of' article, and the sources are available for you to render it yourself (except for some copyrighted models, I believe.)
Of course, I'm from New York, and I know that S. 403rd St. goes nowhere near the Chrysler building. ;-)
posted by bashos_frog at 6:01 PM on November 29, 2004

Of course, I'm from New York, and I know that S. 403rd St. goes nowhere near the Chrysler building.

More like the bastard child of the Chrysler building and the Empire State buliding, I'd say. And the building in the middle left is, I believe, the UN. The foreground left is a building from the Village, I think, but I can't place it.

And there's a further twist. Nearly all even-numbered streets in Manhattan go east, and this is a one-way odd-numbered street and thus should be pointing west--except that another sign says that the street leads to the FDR and Brooklyn Bridge, which are on the east side of the island. And it would be E. or W. 403rd St., not S.

Ow, head hurts, must stop trying to impose logic on cool Escher-like raytracings.
posted by Asparagirl at 10:13 PM on November 29, 2004

cmonkey and other mefites who commented on these images of mine: thanks!
asparagirl: sorry I made your head hurt. I sure did a nice mess of the local geography, part of it on purpose (aka artistic license), part of it due to other constraints. The big building is indeed supposed to be the Chrysler one, a low-poly mesh found on the internet and poorly textured with a photograph. The middle left building is not the UN one but another one (I can find the address probably). The foreground left isn't from the Village (I wish I had modeled one of those though) IIRC. I modeled it after a picture I took years ago and here's another view (the code is available).
My main regret about this picture is the absence of yellow cabs, but I was unable to model cars 4 years ago so I had to do with the pre-made car models I had.
adamgreenfield: it's true that these girls have serious anatomical issues and inhabit the slippery slopes of the uncanny valley. Realistic human beings are still a big challenge in 3D, particularly for hobbyists like me. I hope than in a few years I'll be able to model my own 3D people instead of relying on commercial ones.
posted by elgilito at 3:01 AM on November 30, 2004

Cheers, cmonkey.
posted by nthdegx at 5:30 AM on November 30, 2004

Cheers, elgilito.
posted by Prince Nez at 9:13 PM on November 30, 2004

elgilito: can you email me - my email to you bounced. (address in my profile). Thanks.
posted by dash_slot- at 4:09 AM on December 1, 2004

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