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Bart Veldhuizen

I have a LONG history with Blender - I wrote some of the earliest Blender tutorials, worked for Not a Number and helped run the crowdfunding campaign that open sourced Blender (the first one on the internet!). I founded BlenderNation in 2006 and have been editing it every single day since then ;-)


  1. Long ago we were used to see no really good artwork. Now it seems people are getting much better at Blender !
    The image is simply great ! I wouldn't say photorealistic because too many water drops ( I guess ). Water drops bellow the branch should me smaller or at least of different shape, and no that many. The bug looks great.

  2. HaThatRocksREALISM on

    Excellent work, dew drops are fine, realistic.  People, just accept this rocks way better than what you could do.  I've accepted it and just enjoy marveling on it. :-)

  3. man, this is like a REAL living bug.... awsome... I wish I could do something half as good as this one...

  4. Actually, the waterdrops aren't that far away from realism. There are images out there of insects with a lot more dew on them.

    The only "problem" I see is that the lighting might be too uniform for what you'd expect.
    Although on an overcast day, that could work too...

    It's a really awesome image!

  5. Amazing image, excellent modelling and rendering!
    Maybe the only thing that gives it away as CG is the background. A good 'foliage-like' background and I think a lot of people would think it was a photograph...

    • BlenderFR34K on

      Good point!  Although, as a professional macro photographer, I have taken several pictures where the backgound has turned a solid color because of the high average blur.  Sometimes if you make an image too realistic, people tend to think it's even faker than if there's a little bit of inaccuracy. 

  6. I have macro photographs of bees on flowers which look indistinguishable from this.  Where I live we tend not to get as much dew as that - Australia is the world's driest country, after all - I still find that believable based on photographs that I've seen from elsewhere,

    As for the background - well with a +3 diopter macro lens on a 50 mm lens I would expect just that sort of image.  At that scale you have no depth of field at all.

  7. Blaine Heiser or Blaine1431 on

    Referring to the dew, the refraction, and the shape, are wrong. the shape, would have been affected by gravity, and the bending of the light, within the dewdrops, would not be anywhere near as strong as what it is here. However, The texturing, modeling and the placement of the dewdrops seems fine, and done well enough to mistake for photo realism. Anyone serious about photo realistic modeling and CG work, would know the difference. Everything I've said has already been mentioned by others who have commented, I'm just reiterating. I could not do as well myself, with the rendering of water but hopefully, within the next few days, that will change.
    Very well done sir. I applaud your attention to detail.

  8. Erich Toven on

    WOW! Amazing Work! I might have to check out this Indigo renderer how does it compare to cycles?

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