Update - 29 Dec 2019
So here's the final image! Hope you guys like it :)
It's been an amazing experience as my first contest and portfolio piece ever. I put so much effort and learnt a lot during the creation process. I tried to stick to my guidelines as close as possible.
The rendering phase made me face some difficulties that I was eventually able to solve.
Since my PC couldn't stand a heavy render including a high amount of DOF and Glass Props, I chose to render out the AOV to avoid rendering the aperture. I composited the ZDepth AOV in After Effects and achieved a good looking result. I also avoided rendering too much SSS (Candle) and composited it in Photoshop as well as the candle flame and some dust particles.
Hope you all had a great Christmas, and wish you all a great end of the year.
Here's a breakdown of the last phase
And a breakdown of the Props related to Peaky Blinders I found meaningful
Last but not least, here you have the Zdepth AOV
This project was so much fun, I hope you guys like it.
PS: Hope the 5MB upload restriction doesn't ruin the quality too much ;)
Update - 23 Dec 2019
So the set dressing is done!
Hope you guys like it :)
I'll be rendering the final shot soon
Update - 18 Dec 2019
Today I did my first try ever at making some bed sheets and a pillow in Marvelous Designer. I kinda struggled getting it to work in the way I wanted ( Looking forward to understanding how to make a clean topology out of it).
This is going to be the last prop and hopefully it's going to work.
Update - 16 Dec 2019
Long time no see guys! It's been a very busy week and just today I finished off this nice and easy Hamilton Pocket Watch.
The last prop I'm going to add is going to be the bed and then I'll move onto the rendering phase.
Hope you like it so far!
Update - 10 Dec 2019
This morning I modelled a simple pocket knife for the scene.
This is really simple geometry and hopefully is going to be enough for the shot.
Here's a very low quality render just to test out the knife. Its positioning and rotation do not convince me yet.
Also the size could be a little bit off. I'll probably work on it in the next days.
I tried some color grading and added the candle flame and some dust particles in Photoshop.
Update - 9 Dec 2019
Here's my last render to test out the new props and some colour grading schemes.
Update - 7 Dec 2019
Today I created these 2 books that are going to be added to the final comp.
Even though it is not going to be noticeable, I always like to give reason to the way I make props. Instead of making two simple "place-holder" books I wanted them to have a story that connected to Peaky Blinders.
I strongly believe that giving every element the right amount of detail is going to strenghten the final scene, even if you don't see it.
The Torah (Hebrew Bible) links to Alfie Solomon (Tom Hardy) and Marx's Das Kapital is related to Ada Shelby (Sophie Rundle), whose husband Freddie Thorne (Iddo Goldberg) was a well known communist.
I used the Rookies logo as "publishing house" of these 2 books. I do really hope to not offend anyone by putting it on a Torah. This has by no means any significance. I just wanted to celebrate my first partecipation to a Rookie's contest and my first stand alone project.
I was able to gather these 2 images from google and make some very simple alphas in photoshop (2048x2048) that helped me bringing the cover decorations to life.
Update - 5 Dec 2019
Here's a light building process view. I wanted the pistol to pop more, that's why I cranked up some light values a created and more contrasty look.