Bali - Eran Dinur
Eran Dinur, one of the most famous Vue artists, took the time to answer some of our questions concerning his fantastic work.
Here are some of his tips and tricks!
Behind The Hazyness Of Nature!"I usually think of a specific 'place' when I start conceiving a new image. That place can be either a memory from a trip I made , or inspired by photographs, or just some idea in my head. But in any case, I try to define the characteristics of that place: Is the weather cold or warm? Is the light bright or dim? Is it an inviting place, or a forbidding one?"
Eran is what we could call a "multi-disciplinary" artist, which means he does not have only the capability to create gorgeous landscapes, but his artwork covers many other subjects.
Let's take a look at some of Eran's work !
Eran goes further in his explanations about his artwork:
"I usualy start by making some experiments. When I get a good idea of how the scene will look like, I start adding detail. I usually make my own models, and import them into Vue. Finishing an image can take me several days, sometimes a week or more, because I create several drafts before I make up my mind.
I am fascinated by light. In my work in the theatre I love watching lighting sessions. I spend a major part of making an image on getting the light right. I also like using fog and haze to create mystery and mood."
The Making Of "Bali"
There are many trees in this image. Eran used the plant editor to create some brand new tropical species, mainly based on the palm and coconut trees. The rice field is made out of a simple grass patch he modeled himself, duplicated many times. The huts were also personal models, imported from 3DS.
"This is my first image created in Vue Pro, so I wanted to take advantage of the selective light option, a feature I have long been waiting for… I have never been to Bali, but I have seen such similar scenes in Nepal and Thailand, and was amazed by the way rice fields react to light in such a vivid manner."
Eran shares with us some of his secrets!
"My goal was to create a strong contrast between a brightly lit foreground and a dark background. For this I used three "suns", each lighting a specific element in the picture: Rice field, jungle and background mountains."
|"For the jungle I positioned the sun from behind, to create a strong back-light effect which accentuates the outline of the trees nicely. I added a soft ambient light from the front..."|
|"The background mountains are mainly in the shadow, so I used a second sun, also coming from the back, to add just a touch of light here and there."|
|"The rice field sun is positioned in the opposite direction (front). This, of course, is against nature laws, but that was the only way the field looked good…"|
Using alpha planes for the clouds and haze:
"The fog is made with the same groups of alpha planes I have used in previous images. There would be many other possibilities to do so in Vue 4 Professional, like using volumetric atmosphere clouds, but this was the way I wanted to do it. They are not lit by any of the suns. Instead, I use material self-illumination.There are many reasons for the fog to be in this scene, and not only to add depth, but this will remain my secret."
Do you know a magician who tells all his tricks?! :-D
And this is the final result:
Eran gave us some other examples where he has used this particular technique for clouds and fog:
|With this image, his goal was to achieve a strong sense of height, so he used a wide angle camera lens at a very steep angle. He also used high amounts of haze and fog to get more depth.
|This image started as an experiment in using groups of alpha planes to create a volumetric fog effect. He has since used the same technique in "Dolpo Village" and "Bali"!
|As a globe Trotter, Eran has very strong memories of his treks worldwide, in particular the Nepal Himalayas. Dolpo is an area just on the border of Tibet. Eran tried to create a remote, desolate place, by creating an imposing mountainous backdrop, half hidden by fog.
Who is Eran Dinur?
|Eran Dinur is a professional artist working in Tel-Aviv.
He's a self made man who discovered 3D "by accident" and learnt the job "in the books". He never studied the technical intricacies of visual art.
"I can hardly draw a line!", he says with a grin, "3D is about the only way I could express myself visually!"
After working for a 3D animation studio, he recently decided to go back to his first passion, music (he has also been working as a composer for theater and films for 15 years)!
But he keeps coming back to Vue Pro - "mostly for the pleasure!"
Check out Eran's personal gallery at Renderosity.
Why Eran Prefers Vue 4 Professional:
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