Having fun with an iconic Sci-Fi Design: An alternate USS Enterprise – Part 2

USS Enterprise thumbnailSince my last post I’ve been playing around with the textures, lighting and composting of my alternate Enterprise in order to make it look “real”. I’m using Cinema 4D v.11 and the multi-pass settings to get different layers/passes of the mesh, such as a specular pass, a lighting pass, a global illumination pass, etc. I take these passes into Photoshop and create a more dynamic, realistic, render of the Enterprise using filters, opacity settings and layer settings such as Multiply or Soft Light.

Instead of having one main light I am using two, one for illumination and one for specularity. I keep the illumination light low, at around 30% and bump up the specular light to 120%. This seems to work quite well. This also gives the mesh a metallic sheen and reflective quality without actually using a reflective map, which helps keep render times down. I’ve also added textures resembling peeling paint and small dents (from space debris) to suggest the Enterprise isn’t new and has been in the far reaches of unexplored space for a while.

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3D Missiles

hellfireI have added some new images in the gallery section. These images are renders of three different missiles constructed in Cinema 4D. The missiles were created for a project depicting a desert combat animation. The rest of the animation used models built by other people so I have not included them in the gallery. The three type of missiles I modeled are a Hellfire, a TOW 2B, and a Tomahawk.

I also modeled interiors for the missiles to showcase during animations. In television shows about military hardware, such as tanks or planes, the animation switches from a fairly realistic style to a draft style while information about the weapon or object is displayed. After the information is displayed the animation reverts back to the realistic style. The following is a brief animation I created emulating this approach. (more…)