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Castles In The Sky - 3D Space Station by Kimmokaunela Castles In The Sky - 3D Space Station by Kimmokaunela
Why are we building castles in the sky? Are those castles our home for future when all the resources of the Earth has been used. When we destroyed it with our actions. When we didnīt care it or respect it. Are there any place for religion or even love? Is this what we are heading for? Is this the future of mankind?

These are the stills of my upcoming short animation called "Castles in the sky". UPDATE: The final animation can be found here: [link]

I wanted to achive a scifi scene where the mood is very cold. I also wanted to push my skill forward and put my knowledge to the test. I have made couple of scifi works earlier and I know that the space is very hard environment to work with. The lighting is simple but also very hard. There are only few light sources like the sun and some objects that gather the sun rays like the moon. The Earth also have couple of different layers like clouds and the atmosphere. The good way of creating the light setup is imagine yourself flowing in the space and think where is the light sources and where is the object that is needed to light. A lot of time was used to create realistic looking results but still some artistic influences

All the modeling done in 3ds max 2011 and texturing with Photoshop CS3. Rendering engine was V-ray 1.5 with SolidRocks plug-in. After Effects were used for compositing with plug-ins like Magic Bullet Looks and Video Copilot Optical Flares.

More info of me and my works can be found here [link]
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NOMANSNODEAD Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
a solid work there! keep it up..
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Kimmokaunela Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I will!
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Affet-kak Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012
thats a pretty badass render!
a :+fav: from me!

out of interest, is the planet mapped onto a sphere or just a 2d?

PS love the "Finland space force" thing
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Kimmokaunela Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! The planet is mapped onto a sphere and I used a couple of different render pass like one for the lights and one for the clouds. 2d would be easier to do but Iīm going to animate this scene so 3d is much better that way. That Finland space force logo is just a fast idea that I had :)
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Affet-kak Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012
nice

yeah ive tried 3d mapping, but getting the textures to look good is a pain.
i have a 10800x5400px map, but for low earth orbit space renders it isnt high enough, and everyone i ask seems to use 2d images.
any advice?
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Kimmokaunela Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I used 8k textures in this one, I made normal map in photoshop to get a little 3d look to it. I also made sphere and add Earth cloud texture there with alpha map. Then I used one sphere for the city lights and I rendered couple of different renders pass with v-ray. Then I just composite all in After Effects. I found the right settings when I made a lot of tests and tweeking. This works for me but it could be a very hard if you render it very close. You could also use a displasement map to tesselate the Earth surface.
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Affet-kak Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012
yeah, ive actually been thinking that i should get screen shots of google earth, photoshop out errors, and stitch together lots of images of the areas i want
it will be really time consuming and annoying though
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Kimmokaunela Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Iīs hard job but you can get pretty good results by that. I used very high quality photos and my pc almost run out of memory even with 16gb of memory :)
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Affet-kak Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2012
wow yeah ive only got 12
i suppose i could create a mix of textures so that its only hires in some areas

i'd probably never finish the job though lol
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Kimmokaunela Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Try to take a break for that and do something else for a while and the go back to it. This works for me pretty good. I have a lot of projects right now that is almost finish but needs something to be perfect.
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Lance66 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Very impressive work, really captures the imagination. Congrats. :))
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Kimmokaunela Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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theGorer Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
looks very beleviable! nice job
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Kimmokaunela Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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escomiku Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Impressive!
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Kimmokaunela Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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MikomDude Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012   Digital Artist
Great job!
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Kimmokaunela Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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MikomDude Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012   Digital Artist
No problem. I love these kind of spacecraft. Recently built something similar myself for colonizing Mars. Your renders are really good looking compared to mine.
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Kimmokaunela Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I got this idea from the finnish movie Iron Sky. Itīs really hard to make reliable renders from space. If you want to achive similar results like this you want to give a try for 3ds max and v-ray. I like your Mars render and the color theme is very Mars like!
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MikomDude Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2012   Digital Artist
Iron Sky had some really nice effects, the Nazi air/space ships were quite detailed and the modern spacecraft were great in design.

I don't have the money for such expensive software but maybe one day I will try them out.

Thank you! My Mars scene is part of a bigger project I'm working on. Doing these kind of more realistic designs can be a lot of fun even when you add your own artistic touch =)
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MatthewDelDegan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012
Looks really good.
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Kimmokaunela Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you sir :)
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