Blender Guru's Andrew Price started a competition a while ago with the theme of "Another Planet." I've never entered into one of his contests, even though I have wanted to in the past. His themes are always fun, and the entries are breath taking and awesome sometimes. I wanted to take the idea of colonizing and establishing a presence on a new planet. This is the image (at about 5 hours of work, much of that conceptual):
Now, there are many issues with this image. I'll bet that it's about 30% finished. There are many more elements that need to be modeled and textured. My idea behind the building is that it is built at an angle to the ground to let it's solar panels collect more solar energy. The "cargo ship" needs to be resized, and the engines rebuilt. The landscape and lighting need a lot more work, and the depth of field effect needs to be reworked for believability. My brother gave me a great lesson on landscape imagery and hyperfocal length (I think that's what it's called).
Sometimes people ask me what it's like to work inside of Blender and make cool stuff. It feels kind of like this at times. I love this movie so much.
I'm Brian Whetten, and I'm very interested in Animation and Visual Effects. This is my blog where I write about my current projects, current events, as well as the software and techniques I use.