Friday, 16 September 2016

Friday, 9 September 2016

Scene Creation

This (from a recent holiday on Kefalonia) was the scene I wanted to recreate. As a bit of background, this was a charming little cafe I passed a few times on the 26km long climb up to Mt Ainos. The last day on the island, I decided to call in.



I created the table first as this was going to be the centre-piece of the image. All boxes. Nothing special. Notice the irregular length of the planks to create a more rustic feel.



I added a few elements ripped out from the cyclist model, the helmet and glasses.



I then created the benches. Again nothing special, just boxes.



The scene base is a simple plane with a few black polygons for the road surface.



I wanted to create lots of interesting shadows in the scene, and the pergola structure was ideal for this.











I played with the sun position to create the desired look and get the ray-traced shadows exactly where I wanted them.



For the distant horizon, the mountains were simply made from 2 flat shapes modified to look like mountains. Here they can be seen to be small objects close to the camera, rather than huge objects in the distance. Careful positioning in the camera would create the desired effect and the viewer would be none the wiser.







Once I'd found the ideal camera position from which to take the shot, further work could be done to improve the detail in the shot.



I then realised the pergola needed some foliage to create the correct 'feel' for a Greek cafe/taverna. Again, I only needed to create the foliage that could be seen from the camera.



I then added lots more assets to the scene. My bike, and the extra detail on the table.



Then the render quality settings were improved to get the correct soft-shadows.



A final addition of a gradient background to recreate a fake sky, along with a few extra render quality improvements to create my #PolyPeloton art style, and you have the final image.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

The Soigneur

La Vuelta 2016 - Stage 6 : AG2R soigneur takes no chances

Monday, 22 August 2016

The Climb

La Vuelta 2016 - Stage 3 : Alexandre Geniez (FDJ) on his way to winning stage 3 atop the Mirador de Ézaro

Training...

Saturday, 20 August 2016

The Charge

La Vuelta 2016 - Stage 1 : Team Sky claimed the opening TT stage to edge out Movistar by less than half a second

Sunday, 14 August 2016

GOLDS

Gold for Team GB in both the Women's and the Men's Team Pursuit

Sunday, 24 July 2016

Va Va Froome

Tour De France 2016 - Stage 21 : Chris Froome wins the 2016 edition of the Tour de France

Friday, 22 July 2016

Tom Abandons

Tour De France 2016 - Stage 19 : Tom Dumoulin is forced to abandon Tour de France after a stage 19 crash

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Return of the Froome Wasp

Tour De France 2016 - Stage 18 : FroomeWasp wins the time trial to edge closer to winning his third Tour de France title

Monday, 18 July 2016