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Spiral Sculpture by LuxXeon Spiral Sculpture by LuxXeon
Modeled in 3dsMax, rendered in Octane Render.

Created with Helix Pro plugin by Joker Martini. The main math object in this scene is intended to look like a 3D printed sculpture that is made from some kind of clear, shiny plastic polymer. This one really pushed the engine, and my graphics card, to extremes. Rendered with the PMC kernel, to 50,000 samples, with a deep exploration strength to penetrate the very tiny areas of the latticework surface. There's still a little grain in areas where reflections and refractions meet dof, but overall it came out extremely well. The size of the texture on the chinese paper alone, for example, was huge (4000x4000), and contains a fairly large normal and bump map. Just for kicks, I tried this scene in Luxrender, and it crashed it continuously when calculating the first few samples. So I'm happy Octane even handled it to this extent, using stong DOF, and complex internal refractions on the material, with color dispersion. There's even some pretty caustics effect on the shadows that was a nice surprise. :)
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:iconbnolin:
bnolin Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow. Truly amazing. Imagine modeling something like that by hand...Nuu 
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:iconreneedicherri:
reneedicherri Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wow!!
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:iconswaschan:
swaschan Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
This is insane....h...how?
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you. It was challenging to render, even in Octane, my graphics card was pushed to the limits. The modeling wasn't as hard as it looks. It's basically a torus knot modeled in Max, with a lattice modifier to create struts on every edge. The rest are simple primitive shapes (the paper, coin, etc).
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:iconswaschan:
swaschan Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
Mind if I try to recreate it in blender?
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I wouldn't mind. I'd love to see the results!
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:iconswaschan:
swaschan Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
iOR value?
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I used somewhere between 1.4 and 1.5 IIRC.
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:icondarrenchapman:
DarrenChapman Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Photorealism at its best :+fav:
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks.
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:iconpeccatori:
peccatori Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:omg:
Wow, this is awesome! :heart:
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:iconaksine:
aksine Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012
This looks absolutely beautiful ,This looks just like a photo!
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much.
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:iconestherhase:
Estherhase Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
This is amazing! :D I especially like how your choice of subject contrasts old and new printing technology...but then it is all modelled digitally anyway. :confused:
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha. Thank you. I'm glad you picked up on the old vs. new. I was trying to convey that perception in using the old Chinese paper texture, the printed coin, and then, of course, the geometric sculpture which is only possible with plastic alloy in digital print form. Thanks again.
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:iconestherhase:
Estherhase Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012
You're welcome.
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2Loose2Trek Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
It appears that you've succeeded in portraying the 3D printed look LX. This is quite photorealistic and congrats on mastering Octane Render! :)
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much. I always look forward to your thoughtful and insightful comments. :)
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:icon2loose2trek:
2Loose2Trek Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012
You're welcome LX. Dunno how insightful I am ... but I know what I like. :)
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:iconfraczky:
FracZky Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So cool...
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:iconjason-c:
Jason-C Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful, it looks like some sort of ancient magical object.
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Hera-of-Stockholm Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
I love the texture in this. I imagining it being soft plastic, bendable, something you can play around with when you don't know what to do with your fingers.
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:iconkuzy62:
kuzy62 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnificent!!! Great render!!!
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
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:iconthierrycravatte:
ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent render, very realistic. A great use of Octane !
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much.
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:iconthierrycravatte:
ThierryCravatte Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure !
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MichaelG1234 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Times like this I wish I had learnt 3dsMax. very very nice.
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmichaelg1234:
MichaelG1234 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome.
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eGGzzGGe Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Impressive. Looks like a photograph of a real object. :D
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much!
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:iconboustophedon:
Boustophedon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Filmographer
i thought this was a real tangible sculpture >.>
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow. Thanks! :)
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:iconkobaltkween:
kobaltkween Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Glad to see you back so soon! Or are you still dealing with the storm? Sorry, digression. I love how this came out. Even the paper looks wonderful, though I realize it's not the focus. The object's material was worth the time and effort.
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LuxXeon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The storm hit hard south of us. We still got some pretty damaging winds and the rain is still falling, but nothing like it could have been had it taken a route just 50 miles north. They got clobbered just 50 miles south of us with 70 mph winds, and a young boy lost his life. Very sad, and seeing what the people in NY and NJ are dealing with is almost making me feel guilty as to how easy we actually had it. It was almost like it missed us on purpose. I can't believe how lucky we were, but I am grateful for the families and friends I have here who got through it unscathed. Thank you for your concern, and for the comment as well. :)
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kobaltkween Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Oh, I'm glad you were in a good spot. My parents and best friend are in NJ, but it was kind of weird where they are. Really bad winds, but none of the flooding they were told to expect. So tons of trees down, and lots of damage, but, amazingly, no flooding there. Their basements didn't even get wet, which was the huge concern for my friend and her dad. Still, her dad and my parents both lost trees, which did a fair amount of damage. Luckily, it's really obviously storm damage and will be covered by insurance. Sorry, again digressing.

You're welcome for the comment. It's very cool work. And it's good to see more of Octane.
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Schmiegel Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012
Wow - you're really getting good with these! Shadows, DOF, lighting seem perfect! And yes, small textures tend to reveal blocks where you'd expect it least - they have to be huuuuge!

I bet you could post the object to a printing service that offers a transparent material ;)
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Wow, do they print transparent materials? I didn't know that. Cool. Thank you! :)
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:iconschmiegel:
Schmiegel Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012
I had a look once again at the services I know and it seems currently iMaterialise is the only offering a material that resembles your image.
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I'll have to check that out. Thanks!
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:iconschmiegel:
Schmiegel Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2012
It costs like crazy ;)
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:iconbear48:
bear48 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional
so cool
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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:iconrobbiepeeradje:
robbiepeeradje Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yo Leon, awesome to get this...look in Octane..... :-)
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:highfive:
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Y-Phil Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesome! The result is stunning, wow
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:iconluxxeon:
LuxXeon Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks so much, Phil.
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:icony-phil:
Y-Phil Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome :D
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AnthonyRalano Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
A masterpiece. If I didn't know you, I would think you were taking photos and posting them as 3d. I think this is my favorite one yet.
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