We went down to the local commons today, to see if the lakes would be frozen. We got there in the early afternoon, and my car temperature was already reading -2 degrees Celsius! I managed to get some decent photos taken, and so did the girlfriend. Today was the first time I had to fully kit myself out in my winter attire. Once at the lake, we were able to walk across the entire expanse of frozen water, and spent a few minutes hitting ice blocks around with sticks on the ice.
Anyway, the main reason for this post was to test my new plugin for uploading mini picture galleries to blog posts. I got it from here.
Over the past few days I have felt the need to do something slightly more creative than gaming / watching tv / eating Christmas pudding / general lazing about on holiday. I haven’t really done any 3D modeling since 2005, apart from a few odds and ends here and there. This was done after some recapping and getting back up to speed with 3D Studio Max.
I used a couple of techniques learnt from doing some recap tutorials for the mountains and rocks. I made the texture on the rocks by overlaying a photo of some old mossy type plants over a photo of some sandy rock. Bump mapping was done using the same image in high contrast black & white. Anyway, here is the current render I have. I will upload one of the first renders later, and then perhaps see if I can improve on the current render whenever I get a spare moment.