A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby Dave R » Wed Oct 02, 2019 10:39 pm

Impressive work. What version of SketchUp do you use and what are your computer specs?
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:36 pm

pilou wrote:One more time shows the versality of sketchUp! Bravo! :fro:


jo-ke wrote:just Wow! Very good work!


boofredlay wrote:Fantastic work!


Glenn at home wrote:Really cool stuff. To me I am getting a 'Half Life 2' vibe from them. Again, great work!


Thank you very much guys!



Dave R wrote:Impressive work. What version of SketchUp do you use and what are your computer specs?


Thank you, Dave! I'm using Sketchup 2018. My computer specs are embarrassingly low. I'm currently working on a seven-year-old Dell laptop (Core i7, 8gb ram, Nvidia Gt555m).



Here's another update. A military helicopter and an underground bunker base:



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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby Dave R » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:41 pm

Excellent! Your work, then, is a great example of how SketchUp doesn't really need a huge super computer like some people would insist. :thumb: :thumb:
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Thu Oct 03, 2019 7:57 pm

Dave R wrote:great example of how SketchUp doesn't really need a huge super computer like some people would insist. :thumb: :thumb:


Oh, absolutely! A few months ago I had to download the trial version of 3ds max because a client had a few .max files that needed converting into skp. On my computer I could barely rotate the camera around the models in 3ds max, while in Sketchup it was no problem (with Profiles turned off, of course;)). I just wish there was more work available for us Sketchupers.
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby Mike Lucey » Mon Oct 07, 2019 3:10 am

Inspirational work Xayzer. It's a pleasure to view it :thumb:

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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby Mike Amos » Mon Oct 07, 2019 9:45 am

Hugely impressive skill, you are indeed, an inspiration.
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby pilou » Mon Oct 07, 2019 11:55 am

a core I7 is yet a cool Processor! (even seven year old! :)
They have not that for go to the moon! ;)
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:36 pm

Mike Lucey wrote:Inspirational work Xayzer. It's a pleasure to view it :thumb:


Mike Amos wrote:Hugely impressive skill, you are indeed, an inspiration.


Thank you guys, you are too kind!



pilou wrote:a core I7 is yet a cool Processor! (even seven year old! :)
They have not that for go to the moon! ;)


True, but the same could be said about a pocket calculator! :D

Here's one more, a VTOL aircraft:

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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:07 pm

Here's another update with a model I completed recently. I can't post this elsewhere yet because it spoils a location for the next issue of the book, but I suppose I'm fine posting it here. It's a model of an apartment that serves as a "clubhouse" of sorts for a special task force of soldiers called Daggers.



The portraits arranged around the Daggers emblem on the wall are of soldiers who have died in the line of duty:











In one corner of the room there's supposed to be a half-serious "shrine" to the leader of the Daggers, Commander Carlyle. A simplified and somewhat enlarged version of this made it into the final model, but I haven't made renders of it yet:



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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby Glenn at home » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:54 pm

Could someone ban this guy? I mean posting photos as renders is NOT cool! ;)
D@mn good stuff sir, d@mn good!
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:08 pm

Glenn at home wrote:Could someone ban this guy? I mean posting photos as renders is NOT cool! ;)
D@mn good stuff sir, d@mn good!


That first sentence nearly gave me a heart attack, I was like, "holy crap, what unknown rule of the forum have I broken?"

Thank you :)
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby jo-ke » Wed Nov 20, 2019 10:10 pm

Wow! Photorealism is insane!
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:13 pm

jo-ke wrote:Wow! Photorealism is insane!



Thank you, jo-ke! Though I don't think I'm achieving photorealism just yet :)
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Wed Nov 27, 2019 12:21 am

Here's one I finished just now. It's also for the upcoming issue of the book. Not a particularly exciting project, just a building (The Stanford Bioengineering Building), but I think it came out nicely.





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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Fri Dec 06, 2019 12:30 am

Time for another update with another model from the upcoming issue. This is an upscale Mexican restaurant in SoCal with an outdoor area.













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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby pbacot » Fri Dec 06, 2019 6:08 am

These came out really nice. Wow. Thanks for sharing.Great details!
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Fri Dec 06, 2019 11:54 pm

pbacot wrote:These came out really nice. Wow. Thanks for sharing.Great details!


Thank you, pbacot!
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Tue Dec 17, 2019 6:36 pm

I've been experimenting with a new rendering technique that is supposed to emulate a comic book style. Here are a few of the results, some of them only with shading, some of them colored:






























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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby HornOxx » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:09 pm

I can't count how many times I've clicked on this page already - no matter what aspect it's viewed from: simply magnificent!
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby pilou » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:15 pm

Worlds maker! :fro:
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby HornOxx » Tue Dec 17, 2019 8:23 pm

pilou wrote:Worlds maker! :fro:
which is absolutely true :)
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Tue Dec 17, 2019 9:32 pm

pilou wrote:Worlds maker! :fro:


That's, like, the best compliment ever :)
Thank you!

HornOxx wrote:I can't count how many times I've clicked on this page already - no matter what aspect it's viewed from: simply magnificent!


Thank you, Horn0xx! Your words make me want to post more often, so here's two more reasons to visit the page:






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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby Mike Amos » Wed Dec 18, 2019 12:20 pm

Marvelous mate, blindin'. :D
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Wed Dec 18, 2019 2:45 pm

Mike Amos wrote:Marvelous mate, blindin'. :D


Thank you, Mike!
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby rv1974 » Wed Dec 18, 2019 4:29 pm

xayzer you've got very distictive touch, very talented!
Day and night difference in comparison to 90% of stuff posted here.
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby pbacot » Wed Dec 18, 2019 7:41 pm

Really wonderful. Thanks for sharing! I'd love to see a film about the process from story line to concept art to comic art, even print.
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:32 pm

rv1974 wrote:xayzer you've got very distictive touch, very talented!
Day and night difference in comparison to 90% of stuff posted here.


Thank you, rv1974! You're very kind.

pbacot wrote:Really wonderful. Thanks for sharing! I'd love to see a film about the process from story line to concept art to comic art, even print.


Thank you, pbacot! That's an awesome idea, but I don't know if it could ever come to fruition. And I personally am only involved in the making of the 3D models and renders. Though with the new rendering technique I've been working on (examples above) that emulates a comic book style, that might change.
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby pbacot » Wed Dec 18, 2019 8:43 pm

xayzer wrote:Though with the new rendering technique I've been working on (examples above) that emulates a comic book style, that might change.


Yes. I love the style with the black fills and washes. How do you do that? Is any of it involved with setting colors to define areas in SketchUp image that you send to PS?
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby HornOxx » Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:25 pm

pbacot wrote:Really wonderful. Thanks for sharing! I'd love to see a film about the process from story line to concept art to comic art, even print.
I feel the same way :) - just because this world is such a "thing of its own" and certainly so unusual for the most of us here...
Anyway, it's cool to have a look at it here :thumb:
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Re: A few of my models, used in the LAZARUS comic book

Postby xayzer » Wed Dec 18, 2019 9:32 pm

pbacot wrote:
Yes. I love the style with the black fills and washes. How do you do that? Is any of it involved with setting colors to define areas in SketchUp image that you send to PS?


I'm glad you like them!

The images that are shaded-only (black and white) are created by combining two layers. The first is the exported linework from Sketchup, which has been edited in Photoshop to look more like hand-drawn lines. This is what it looks like on its own:



The second layer is a rendering from Blender's EEVEE renderer, which uses a material with Shader to RGB node and a Color Ramp node, which makes it show up as only black or white. This is what it looks like on its own:




The whole process is a bit more complicated and time-consuming than I'm making it sound, but that's the basic explanation.

The colored images have an extra third layer added which comes from a simple Enscape rendering.
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