May 31, 2011

And here is a render (Blender) of a pristine (more or less) doorway to the Alamo church.  The design detail is all bump mapping except for the stone above the arch which uses displacement for and bump mapping.

Doorway Render


May 26, 2011

I just completed the modeling of the four niches on the front of the Alamo.  I decided to use bump mapping instead of displacement on the details on the faces.  The render below is of a ‘pristine’ niche without proper materials and weathering.

Lower niche (pristine, no materials) Blender render

Animation test

May 14, 2011

I made a brief animation using the Thea render.

Modeling the columns of the Alamo facade

May 2, 2011

One of the biggest improvements to my Alamo model can be made by increasing the complexity of geometry for the objects.  The first model used a relatively small number of polygons for each object.  Detail was added by using textures.  Unfortunately, the detail and mapping of the textures was not that great either due to my skill level at the time.

So, I am going back through my model and increasing the basic detail of the geometry before applying textures.  This includes using subdivision techniques and displacement that greatly increases the realism of the mesh.

A first example of this work is the modeling of the four columns on the facade of the Alamo.  The picture below shows a first result.  The column on the left is from the old model–crude geometry and poor textures.  The column on the right is the new detailed model.  It looks pretty good even without textures.  At this point, the column is “pristine” and needs to be modified to show aging, dirt and damage.

Comparison of old and new model of columns