posted on Jun, 29 2005 @ 01:56 AM
As promised, here is the larger desktop if anyone wants to get it. It shows the good and the bad in more detail.
Click to Open (1600 x 1200 pixels)
Also, while this image is rendering tonight I wrote an outline of what I did to create the image. I hope I'm not gloating. If I am, I'm allowed to
a little right?
The picture was created, for the most part in Lightwave 3D. I started with the alien's head; why not get the hardest part done first. I moved on to
the body and hands after I thought the head looked right.
No endomorphs or bones were created to animate the aliens because this is just a still shot. An endomorph in the world of computer animation is a
second set of geometry that can be used to modify the first. The gestures and facial features were individually setup on two separate models.
The inside of the alien craft is simply a stretched out toroid (doughnut) shape. All of the colors on the inside of the craft were mostly added with
lighting. This had the dual purpose of adding semi-realistic lighting and making a smooth eerie glow in the background. Getting the lighting to look
right ended up being a pain in the rear.
The floating screen is simply a square with an image map on it. I went into my web browser and changed the default font to an "alien" font and took
a screen shot. The image was then cropped (with Infranview I think, if anyone is keeping track) and then loaded into Lightwave. The glow around the
outside of the screen was an after effect filter.
I left a lot of specifics out
, but that is the basic outline in less than 300 words.