Very first render in C4D.

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by MattyK, May 31, 2009.

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    Hey guys, I got cinema 4d today and I'm completely new to it, after 3 tutorials I created this. Tell me what you think!

    EDIT: I'm only 15, my brother who is an architect gave me his legit copy of it so I can learn to use it.


    DAY 2: Created a 3d image from a vector file, I like this better than my first. Not too advanced but the I'm happy with it.
    [​IMG] from this [​IMG]
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    Jan 2, 2009
    Well, it looks like a screenshot from a good Play Station 1 game, but you're new after all. The main problem is the ground, it's too 2D.
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    Nov 6, 2006
    Norfolk, UK
    For a first attempt its not too bad.

    You've still got to learn about texture/bump mapping and lighting etc but you will learn them as you go along and learn more.

    3D rendering isn't the easiest thing to learn about straight away :)
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    thanks for the feedback, i know the floor is bad because i just used preset textures, and i'm not to sure about how to go about making the grass look more realistic. I'm really keen to learn so if any of you know any good tutorials for beginners could you please direct me to some.
  5. macrumors regular


    Oct 30, 2005
    Alberta, Canada
    Grass in particular is a difficult thing to get right in any 3D package without either using some kind of modified fur effect, or modeling the grass blades yourself and duplicating/instancing/whatevering them to fill up the scene, so don't feel too bad about that. :)

    The Duff logo treatment looks very nice, although I noticed the individual elements seem to be spaced differently than in the 2D original (i.e. the white rectangle is covering up the "point" of the darker red portion of the background, the word "BEER" is higher up from the bottom).

    In the first pic, I noticed the top bit of the streetlamp appears to be solid glass; when you're comfortable enough to be making your own models, it'll help to simply follow reality's example as closely as necessary – in this case, what you'd want to do is model the inside surface of the glass cover as well as the outside, so it appears to be the hollow shell it is instead of a solid blob (then you can put a light bulb inside it, etc.). I assume, though, that because this was your first render you were making use of stock objects. As for the textures, I also noticed that the grouting (or whatever it's called) in between the stones looks like it's sticking up past the stones themselves, judging by the shadows, so you'd probably want to just invert the bump map there.

    Anyway, you're off to a good start! Keep on keepin' on! :D
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Thanks for the feedback, Here are some more recent renders.. :) I'm slowly developing skills, but i've still got PLENTY of time to learn!

  7. macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2009
    May I ask what computer (as in spec) are you doing this on? And how well does it run?
  8. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    I'm just using a 2.16 ghz Black Macbook with 2GB of ram, and it runs great. Can be a bit slow at times while rendering a large file.

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