King James Version (KJV)


I herd of goats

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, December 15, 2016 Under: WIP
Hey all!

Today's vlog!!!

GOD is super awesome!!! :D

- Particle distribution
   Quite a topic to say the least! Particles are extremely useful for increasing scene size (and memory consumption), while keeping render times as low as possible. In fact, it makes scenes that were impossible on a single PC possible! I learned about this during the Esther 6 project, when GOD lead me to use particles to add details to the buildings, just because it was faster and on another project, where I had to make a city. On the other project, where there was a city, I literally tried manually placing the buildings. It looked amazing, but took forever and the project quickly slowed down. Okay, so I retried using the shift+D method, which links objects. Got further, but again, got slower. Only when I used particles, could I add a whole lot more than just the buildings and it went a lot faster putting it together.
   In most of these cases, using Random was the most efficient distribution method, but it is not so in all cases. Most cases, yes, but not all. For example, in the city there were a few cemeteries. These cannot be randomly placed and have random rotation - no, you would use grid.
   So as GOD lead me through all these issues, I finally got a great result and it has resulted in Susa for Esther 6 as well as the goats, trees and buildings for Exodus 7-12, KJV so far! :D
   I strongly encourage you, if you have anything that repeats a lot, use particles - it's a lot faster!

- Low poly
   The lily pads were not very high poly to begin with last week (previous post), but they did pose a threat for later on if I did not reduce their poly-count. As I did a little digging on lily pads and references, I found that mine could be radically improved to fit the style more so I really felt lead to use a texture on a plane instead of the physically modeled one and it turned out better than I expected!! GOD is so good!! I did add a little detail to add some depth and shadow, but it's still about half the poly count! :D

- Goats
   I was so happy to get to some of the finer details of the outside scene! I was hoping to get both sheep and goats as well as a servant or two walking around done, but sadly, that was a little overreaching, haha. I'm still so thankful for the goat being done and that the rig works too. I still need to learn a few things about rigging something with two joints, but I know GOD will get me the right video in the right time. In fact, I believe HE's showing me right now which one it is:

So this will be for later research! :D

   Because the goats are so many and the scene has so much geometry, Freestyle has to be very limited, to say the least. That meant that I had to keyframe it so that it only came on after the goats were out of the shot (those visibility computations - wow...). That's not freestyle's fault, it's just because of how it works. Large scenes just don't work well with it.
  I'm thankful GOD did not even let me fiddle with Freestyle trying to make it work. I almost immediately went for the edge tool as soon as HE reminded me of Esther 6's crowd:

GOD's brilliance knows no end!!

To make sure it worked right, HE lead me to use the ID mask for the goats (4) and use it as a mask for the edge lines (it usually outlines everything in that layer). It worked so well! You can skip right there if you skip to the end of the video. Give yourself about a minute or so before the end, then you'll be able to see it at least two full times!

- Environment
   A massive undertaking and I kinda avoided it, because of it's size, but I didn't take super long, and GOD's leading in the texturing process, really gave me a result I'm very happy with and would, if lead to, like to see if it can be improved for my PC. One of the biggest things that bothered me for this process was scale. The palace seemed soooooooo small compared to everything, so it was one of the first things that needed to be scaled up, yet remained until almost last. Thankfully, it fits and it works where it sits. There just needs to be more white Egyptian buildings (white and palatial in nature), surrounding it, so it doesn't look so out of place, for lack of a better term. Some more palm trees wouldn't hurt either, haha.
   Of course, I still need to make sheep, crocodiles, boats, servants and the Israelites along the Nile, etc. Still a lot to do, but really really liking the result!!

The Nile used to flood on an annual basis, going up and down very gradually. This meant that large areas of Egypt, especially the Nile valley, was under water, except for a few high points, or islands (Wikipedia). This was a surprise to me when I wanted to make the stairs to the river. I went for the article's medium flooding height, which was a little over 11m and made the stair accordingly. Super thankful for any accuracy that can be incorporated. I want the place to feel like Egypt and respond like it too! GOD is so awesome for sending me this info! I don't even know how I came to know about the flooding!

   I like to go procedural on really big objects, as it keeps a uniformity, while adding variation to the surface. In this case, everything is procedural and I mean everything, except the palm tree leaves and the lily pads. I don't recall anything else being hand painted. Not even the pyramids or the sky - both of which will need to be adjusted. The previous sky was better. This one kinda pulls around the horizon, like a vacuum. The pyramids look too blotchy and tall (in relation to size).
   The blotchiness in the texture should be an easy fix - thank GOD! :D

- Clipping distance
   And finally, I spoke about this quite long, for me, in the video, so I don't want to camp here. I just want to repeat what I said in the video: Keep your camera's overall clipping distance as short as possible. It will increase render times and it will keep your objects from whacking out like mine did! hahaha.

Biggest thanx to GOD for helping me with this. Without HIM, none of this would be possible! :D

Know JESUS yet? GOD is reaching out to you through these videos. HE loves you more than you can imagine and wants you to know HIM. Not because HE's lonely, but because HE loves you and paid a heavy price to enable you to go to Heaven, where HE is. See, we all have sinned in some way shape or form. That makes us guilty before GOD. If you have ever said that you hated someone, in GOD's standard, you have committed murder (James 4). If you've ever looked on a person with lustful thinking, you've already committed fornication with them in your heart and you are then guilty of sexual impurity. If you were to face GOD on judgement day, saying: "I was a good person" will be a void argument, just like it would be before a human judge. GOD knew that we would have to pay that penalty and that we could not pay it, even if we tried, but sent JESUS to pay the price for us. Your sins were put on HIM and the forgiveness that is there for you was by no means cheap - the cross was not padded and comfortable, neither was the death.
But, HE was raised up on the third day (after being crucified) and finished the work so that we may enter through HIM paying the penalty we were supposed to pay, but it is only valid for you, if you accept it and live for HIM.
If that is you today, please, follow this prayer:
"JESUS, I believe that YOU are real and I believe YOU died for me and was raised on the third day for me. Please forgive me for my many sins. I make YOU the LORD of my life, full time and to fill me with YOUR HOLY SPIRIT. Teach me how to live for YOU, help me become what YOU have made me to be, in JESUS' Name! Amen!"

To find out more, you can check out this link:
It gives you access to free Bible translations, free teaching videos and more. Remember, this is a decision with eternal consequence, choose life, choose JESUS. :D

Have a great one!!!

Thank YOU!!!!!!

In : WIP 

Tags: god  jesus  holy spirit  blender  anime  kjv  wip  particles  goats  lily pads  palm trees  nile  exodus  7-12 

About Me

Marius Oberholster Hey all! I've been doing CG work full-time since 2011. GOD has been with me, supported me and taught me all the way. HE tells us to do all things as unto the LORD and that is my goal. I do whatever I believe the HOLY SPIRIT is leading me to do and it's not always easy, but it's always worth it to be obedient! JESUS is awesome!! If you don't know HIM yet, follow the link above!

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