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Trying a different way of rendering big puffy clouds in Vue here. These are VDB objects and they render a lot quicker than Vue’s built in clouds. I happen to think they also look better in certain instances. They will be part of my work flow going forward.

I hope folks don’t think the scene is too dark, as the sun has yet to rise and all the light is from the clouds. Most of the light in the scene is in the background but I did try have some foreground illumination. I just got a new monitor however and it’s very bright so your mileage may vary.

Inspired by the works of Thomas Moran and NC Wyeth.

Let me know what you think!

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17 reviews for Hideaway

  1. Tarot [basicmember]

    I love this series of 4 and though the clouds may have a bit of a different look that some don’t like, I think they look awesome with a little bit of a painted look which I like.

  2. mjrepublicano [lifer]

    I understand that you are trying out a new method of rendering clouds, but in opinion, the new method isn’t making clouds look at all real. They are too “flat” looking, and not enough of the nuanced shading that your other cloud works possess. I love most of you work, but these clouds are far below your other pieces.

  3. Ozaawaagosh [plusmember]

    Love this, the realism is bloody awesome! The light, clouds, sky, and the atoll are fantástico. It reminds me of the time I spent in the various South Pacific Islands.

  4. jimbo [basicmember]

    Interesting scene; would like to see what happens a few minutes further on in the day. Still like the early dawn appearance of the landscape

  5. Russ [patronmember]

    As always, great stuff. When you get a chance, the triple screen renders have the trees on the left very stretched/skewed into the screen. One little thing is all 🙂

  6. Rodewaryer [lifer]

    I don’t respond here mainly due to the seeming disconnect between members and the admin. However, this piece requires a comment due to it’s quality and content. Very nice change of pace and a render that knocked the ball right outta the ballpark. Fantastic.

  7. Honu68 [nonmonthly]

    I lived in Tampa, Fl. for 12 years. The summer thunder heads looked exactly like your rendering. Gorgeous!!! Thank you.

  8. Brandi U. [liferplus]

    Love, love, love what you’ve done with the clouds.

  9. Timhogs [liferplus]

    I like it! Very Maxfield Parrish!

  10. Scott [lifer]

    For a computer background, darker is best. Great job!

  11. Afya [lifer]

    Sublime. I love the oil-painting, playing-with-light feel.

  12. punchanella1 [basicmember]

    Your work is always spectacular but this one does look less “real life” or 3D and more like art I would see in a museum. Different and unique…

  13. BobC [lifer]

    I actually love the painting-like nature of this image. The restricted color palette and the use of color as a compositional element nicely contribute to that quality, I think. Very striking and pleasing image. I hope that you will continue to throw in one of these “painterly” images from time to time….

  14. James [lifer]

    I spent 7 years in the Philippines. looks really natural. only need a fresh San Miguel. Thanks again for sharing your creations

  15. David [liferplus]

    Hi Ryan, I agree with ‘seadragonlady’ – different and very much like an oil painting. I don’t have an issue with the darkness, but the waves, boat, grass and clouds look more like a painting than your typical DB render. Will test out the triple-screen on my work PC. You thinking about a set of time of day renders on this one?

  16. seadragonlady [liferplus]

    It is a very different style to your usual landscapes and I don’t hate it. I think it looks a little bit ‘oil painting’ and the darkness makes it a bit in your face. Rather than as if you stepped back and viewed it at a distance. Well those are my thoughts for what they are worth. I can’t even draw a straight line and there is not an artistic bone in my body..

  17. Littlemom [liferplus]

    I usually love your landscape renders but there is just something not quite right with this one. It’s to dark, or the trees look off or something I’m not quite sure what it is? That said I’m glad you did a landscape they are my favorites of all the renders you do.

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