Thursday, May 26, 2011

MAYA lantern scene

In this MAYA scene I used the Polygon tool to make the box of the lantern, including the disks and circles. The CV curve tool was used to make the top and the stand.

One of the wonders of MAYA is its ability to make shadows. Once I had placed the light source inside the lantern, and constructed walls and table, MAYA did the rest. Placing a faint 2nd light source (like first light of dawn) colored the shadows, and I made some adjustments to ensure they looked candle-light soft.

The candle shape initially looked like a solid dark gray cylinder, not a candle. Giving it color and making it translucent, with a fainter, 2nd light source inside ensured the candle-like appearance.

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