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Now that Mineral Infinity is out, we are resuming work on our (currently untitled) Grass Fields material. It is meant to simulate distant grass without using EcoSystems.

This is a WIP test render of that material which has been applied on an infinite terrain. The foreground grass is, of course, not the material.

Vue 8i + CPTx4

This image was inspired by our foray into New Mexico last year, where in the mountains near Los Alamos, there was a meadow that stretched on for at least 20 miles. Beautiful place!
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CPOKashue Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2010
That's really good- and it looks a little less busy than long-shot Vue grasslands sometimes can. Mission accomplished, I'd say.
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Lady-Trevelyan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2010  Professional Photographer
I grew up in New Mexico and I have to say that you did an amazing job! Makes me homesick!
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orinoor Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
I love the tree, wonderful sculptural form, beautiful texture.
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
Thank you! :)
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Chrano Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Beautiful scene. Love the rock distribution and grass texture. Well done.
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Thanks :)
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farsh-nuke Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Excellent my friend and I'm even more impressed that you got it in such a small render, I mean the epicness is doubled by comparison, like a beautifully detailed recreation of the mona lisa on a stamp.

Seeing as you're so hot with materials, any chance you could give some recommendations for my shed/tardis model?
I'm currently working on upgrading the current model and well can't really swort out the materials.
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Thanks. :)

Sorry, maybe some other time. The book is consuming almost all of my time right now.
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farsh-nuke Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
coolio
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dmaland Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive work on that grass material. I think the transition between foreground and background is quite believable.
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2010
Thanks so much! :D
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Krodil Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
nice work amigo :)
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Thanks! :)
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priteeboy Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think those subtle highlights help it look grass-like a lot too, grass blades are a bit shiny, so a whole field would reflect sunlight and glare just a little bit with a low sun like this anyway :D Having said that, it'll be interesting to see what this looks like in a normal midday-type scene (boring as that usually is :yawn:) as the lighting really plays a successful role in this scene :omg:
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
That's a good point. And my next render is exactly for that situation. I'm taking a, if you'll pardon the pun, a grass-roots approach to this. This is not a simple material, but rather it uses a special set of metanodes I've recently made that take the light input from the scene and redistribute it along certain vectors. So wherever a grass field "curves", you will see shine like in the real world.
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pavel89l Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome, render time must be extremely long compared to texture..?
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Thanks!

Not at all. This renders just as fast as a bitmap, and since it is not EcoSystem based it renders at least 20x faster.
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pavel89l Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sounds too good to be true....
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Random007 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Texture is much better than default grass. Yummy. :)
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Thank you, kind sir! :D
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ExtremeProjects Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
dude, seems to be working! :) though... as far as realism goes ;) you can't reach it unless you use realistic solutions! :(

Having said that, when looking at mountains from far away or high in the sky they look just like a dark brown/green at the base. :D
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Thank you kindly, Mr. Allan. Haha - true what you said about realism, but this is a distant material for situations where you can't or don't want to use EcoSystems.
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Zer05um Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
It reminds me strongly of the Waitomo region here in New Zealand, especially the area around Piopio.

You should visit, if only for landscape references.
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
You're the second person to say that this looks like NZ. I'm SO looking forward to visiting your country! Top of my list (Just don't tell my Australian buddies ;) - they think Australia's at the top of my list)
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Random007 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
To be honest (I lived in NZ for 8 years) NZ has more interesting scenery. Australia has some wonderful places but I miss NZ's scenery. The beauty of climbing a ancient forested mountain in the mist, trees with dangling lichen, white blossom all around, bell birds calling crystal clear multi-octave melodies, opening up to a gorge lined with columnar hexagonal granite (that was about half an hour's drive from where I lived); glacial gorges (see the glacier while you can, folks) grey and blue ice... it's all quite nice (and usually very cold).
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
I don't doubt that. I've seen a lot of National Geographic stuff on the place and it never fails to blow me away. Actually, I'd love your input on places to go when I start planning my trip! :)
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Random007 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2010
It was a long time ago! 8 years between 5 and 13. I'm 37 now (physically that is, mentally somewhat more infantile ;) )! Still have lots of memories. I guess you do about somewhere you grew up.

All native flowers and blossom in NZ are white and without scent. They rely on moths to fertilise them rather than bees and other flying insects. NZ moths like white and settle on the flowers... but not for food. Most of the rural landscape, however, is dominated by northern European plants; thistle, gorse and introduced grasses. As with this picture, a lot of plane areas are wide, grassy, gently rolling downs with naked rocks pushing through them (as seen in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings in many places) and that's probably why people are saying it reminds them of the place.
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Zer05um Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
Let me know when you're coming - I can make some suggestions as to places to go.
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010
Thank you! I'll take you up on that offer. :)
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Zer05um Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Professional General Artist
You're welcome
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KeremGo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
wow man amazing quality on light and materials - beautiful work!
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Thanks so much, Kerem! I did a little postwork inspired by your usual style. :)
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KeremGo Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I'm honored!
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xplosivemind Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Man, you really do travel a lot hehe. Great image brotha. I lived in New Mexico for a total of 8 months, so that terrain is spot on. I was living in Artesia. Great atmo!!

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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Haha. Every chance I get!

Thanks so much! It's really helpful to have a someone who lived there confirm the look and feel! :)
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kabegami Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010   Interface Designer
Impressive.
The background "grass" looks like grass from a distance. Well done:clap:
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Thank you! :) :thanks:
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yatu-ex Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i've been looking at your fabulous pictures for a while now and just got the thought, how amazing they'd look in "3D" like in a 3d-stereographic picture (examples from a group: [link])

have you ever considered that option? i know, you'd have to take two pictures instead of one and i have no clue, how long that would take :giggle:
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Thanks so much! :) I will have to give it a shot sometime.
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yatu-ex Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap: definitely looking forward to seeing them!
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Lee99 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I have to say, at first glance I thought you must have been to NZ, because those white rocks look just like grazing sheep. lol
I have never seen so many white rocks on a field before! :P
The scene is quite beautiful despite the fact its of a creepy tree. ^^ and the grass is impressive, I'm just wondering if it needs some thick clumps of grass here and there to random it up a bit...
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Y'know, I was looking up at this giant mountain in Colorado and saw tons of small shattered rocks which suddenly started moving. Never seen so many sheeps in my life! :D Then I was in New Mexico and I saw this giant herd of sheep which turned out to be tons of small scattered rocks. Life is weird, sometimes. :lol:

Thank you! :) Yeah, the clumps sound good. Although I don't know if a single material (without EcoSystems) might be able to pull off clumps well. Will experiment still!
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Lee99 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
heheh, we have so many sheep and cows in New Zealand...the cows must contribute to global warming!
And then you get mixed up between sheep and white things on fields... :P

I'm sure you will find a method that works! ^^
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00AngelicDevil00 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
wow very nice, the grass material really looks like grass (I mean ecosystem :XD:)
I love the lighting and the foreground with that tree too...which tree is that and where did you get it?
The only thing that's disturbing me are the small white rocks; they seem a bit too bright...but it might look the same in New Mexico, who knows :P
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nukeation Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2010
Thanks so much, Drea! :hug:

The tree is a custom model I made in OnyxGarden.

The rocks are kind of standard in the area I visited. Shattered white rocks - remnants of some loooong time past - littering the fields and punctuated by dark huge rocks. :)
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