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  • May6

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    Gold Chrome Bug Heads

    So I recently had this interesting request. A relative of a friend of mine is an airbrush hobbyist. That’s right, using a real airbrush. The usage of this tool is to be greatly respected, as it is an arcane and delicate art, taking years to master. It was once the only way to accomplish certain graphic effects that computer users now take for granted. It occurred to me that I actually have one of these locked away, an old Paasche VL that I haven’t touched in over a decade. I originally bought it with the idea of airbrushing t-shirts. Yes, t-shirts. Please don’t laugh. Every mall and amusement park had an airbrush booth once. So, this gentleman was unsure of his technique for rendering chrome objects, and wanted me to model a chunk of objects that he had designed for a painting, and render them in CG with a chrome shader…for reference. I was actually doing CG pre-viz for an analog airbrushing project. I’ll wait a second for the irony to sink in.
    All that aside, it gave me the opportunity to further explore a CG effect that quite frankly I just haven’t had much call to mess with, despite the old chestnut that it is: the chrome surface. Since the target was an airbrushed object, I didn’t resort to my old trick of using a photographic reflection/environment map. I wanted the reflection to be featureless, save for the boundary between ground and sky. It took longer than I thought to get it right, but I’m happy with the result.

     

  • Jan15

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    First, a word of thanks to Rice Macfie for helping me to get this little beast into its pen. I could not have done it without his help. He is a good freelance web design/tech guy if you are looking for one. Also thanks to Jason Gammon for suggesting this WordPress theme, which suits my needs perfectly. He is a colleague and friend with a good head on his shoulders who currently works at Little Red Bird.¬†And finally thanks to Karin Lingerfelt whose advice (along with Jason’s) helped me reign in the inner control freak who wanted to design every bit of this site down to the last pixel. Were it not for their advice I would probably still be monkeying around in Photoshop. So, what will I do now that I have this spiffy thing up and running? read on…
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