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Death of the Thunderchild Heat Ray Experiment by yereverluvinuncleber Death of the Thunderchild Heat Ray Experiment by yereverluvinuncleber
Robert Czarny's 3D generated image of the last moment of the Thunderchild - a superb model and a wonderfully evocative render, but lacking in dynamism and as a result some realism. It looks staged. It needed some post-production.

The original is here and you'll see how wonderful it is, all credit to Robert.
troc--czarnyrobert.deviantart.…

Please feel free to compare and comment.

I am just experimenting with the heat ray using some of the basic lighting effects that come with Photoshop. The original light in Robert's image was puny and seemed almost pathetic conveying no power at all. Any beam containing enough energy to melt and pierce the hull of the mighty iron battle ram Thunderchild would need terrific amounts of energy and the resulting explosion would generate light, heat and steam in great quantities.

I am imagining the heat ray being discharged and this image is the moment the heat ray touches the Thunderchild just prior to penetration and detonation.

An experiment with lighting that's all. Very difficult to light a 3D scene without the original 3D construct so I'm just playing with the image.

I've added a lot of light to the beam, some pulses of energy, some light reflection in the water and lens flare effects for the extra dynamism. It obscures the original image somewhat but that is inevitable.

The important thing in the updated image is that the eye has a path to travel. It naturally moves from the heat ray's projecting box to the Thunderchild's hull. When looking at an image the eye always follows a beam of light and within Robert's original image the eye was drawn hither and thither without providing an actual focus. The new changes cause your eye to focus upon the things that are important, the conflict, the battle, the death, the forthcoming destruction.

Robert's image is more "The Thunderchild steaming toward her doom" whereas mine is more "The Thunderchild's moment of death", think of it as taken a millisecond or so after the first.

If anyone is interested I'll create various wallpaper sizes from the image - you just need to ask.

The zipfile contains a variety of different size screens for desktop systems.

1024x768
1280x960
1366x768
1280x760
1440x900
1920x1080
1600x1000 - original image size

It is a work-in-progress.

As always I ensure the original owner has been contacted and I give credit in full to the original creator - the original image, this is here: troc--czarnyrobert.deviantart.… - All credit to Robert.
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
A beam of blinding intensity is how I always think of it and thats what I see here ;)
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Well, yes. I love Robert's stuff. The complexity, the detail. Sci-fi book covers, that's what he does. Heinlein, Asimov that sort of thing. However the images he produces have one aspect. They are dead, staged, other-worldly in that they lack life... That frustrates me so when I put the image on my own desktop I have no choice but to enliven them. Lens flare is an old tool but it adds vitality. A few blobs of white to simulate a pulsating light beam. Some contrast and other elements and it gives it life. I might add some smoke from the other tripod's projector.
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
You certainly brought it to life.
Don't forget your water colours and 3D. I look forward to seeing more.
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
an oil in progress...
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
Nice one.
I should diversify but I get stuck in a rut.
Did the same with guitar - went to Bass almost right away. Should have learned 6 string and got a feel for those chords and shit. 
Mind you, I can still make a noise  ... some of it is in tune as well :)
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Good for you. I can play - the Harmonica...
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Small-Brown-Dog Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018
I'd love to play harmonica and really wail in a bluesy sort of way :)
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yereverluvinuncleber Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Christmas Carols, Last of the summer wine, that sort of thing I am limited to.
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