Was surprised when I checked my messages today.. a DD. An influx of faves, comments (& critique). Many thanks and blessings to my watchers, friends, acquaintances -- viewers of all sorts. =} I hope to develop my skills, and create more art that you're able to enjoy. Here's to the future.
Used a couple assets from my crimson sage work. A bit of lighting/rendering practice.
3ds max, octane, photoshop
The original render is twice the resolution (I'll most likely add that file).
The lighting in this is really good. I like the strong contrast and the reflections. However, I think the trees are too saturated a pink. They are almost painful to look at, and the result is somewhat unnatural. Had you gone with a paler, more realistic pink with some green leaves, this would have a more believable, immersing feel.
That said, the use of the color pink, if not that particular shade, adds a lot, I think. Pink is the last color you usually think of when imagining stone cathedrals and dark, cavernous spaces. You've created a contrast of ideas that is quite fascinating and emotional.
I think the purple crystal things on the pillars are a needless excess that has a video-game-y feel and kind of detracts from the trees. I also think the trees should be on patches of grass, not in pots. That would add more emotional impact for me. Also, if the trees are cherry trees, which I assume is the case, there should be a flotilla of petals on the marble.
I like the dark place behind the stairs visually, but it creates a more ominous mood that undermines the peace and the beauty of the well-lit part somehow. Part of that, I believe, is that the lighted part of the cathedral looks wrong next to it, disconnected somehow. I don't think the light is leaching into the dark quite enough. Another is that next to the dark, and with pink so saturated, the whole lit area looks kind of garish by comparison. The reflections of the lit part of the cathedral aren't quite right either. Perhaps the reflections should be sharper, with less yellow. I'd like to see individual blossoms reflecting in the marble.
I do love the way the lit part of the sanctum appears small and delicate next to the rest of the stairs. When I was small I visited a museum that had a gallery displaying rooms from a very ornate historical dollhouse. The rooms were put in little boxes in the wall and lit from the inside, but the gallery was dark, and I was absolutely transfixed by it. That's what this reminds me of.
The technique you put into this is obviously very high-level. It's clear you put huge amounts of time and effort into this, and I think it's quite amazing. You trigger emotions and my curiosity with this piece. This is excellent work.
what a great atmosphere and all these details
Have a nice day!
Very cool bit of work
Love the way it goes from dark to extreme light
Is there a larger version hard to make out the details on this?