Songbird Remix's Product Preview Thread

Discussion in 'Show Me The Honey' started by Ken Gilliland, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. Szark

    Szark Energetic

    I just did mine the other day, but spare a thought for Alisa who has to do it. :)
  2. Alisa

    Alisa Peacekeeper & HW3D QAV Queen Bee Staff Member QAV-BEE

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  3. Szark

    Szark Energetic

    I just want to publicly say a big THANK YOU to Ken for updating his products to Iray etc and making his new ones with the same. Plus I love how I can just load up a bird with one click. Yes it is a lot of work with probably little payback (well I hope not) but I for one really appreciate Ken's efforts. It's not often seen in the business.
  4. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Ambitious HW3D Exclusive Artist

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  5. Szark

    Szark Energetic

    I think these were shown in the TV series Life of Birds, I thought it was cool how they block up the hole. OK you look after the kids, I will bring the food. :)
  6. CWRW

    CWRW Extraordinary HW3D Exclusive Artist

    I totally agree- thank you Ken! I know how more work it is just doing all the updated textures and MATs for 4 render engines now, much less all the improvements Ken has been making in the models and easier-to-use as well. A LOT of work! I sure appreciate it!
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  7. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Ambitious HW3D Exclusive Artist

    Hornbills.... Yes, they were featured in Life of the Birds and yes, their mates wall the female inside the tree nest cavity to protect the eggs and young. The female allows this and waits for the male to come back daily with food-- a sign of ultimate trust.


    The updates....
    The model upgrades is a ton of work and the initial sales during their reintroductions has been less than inspiring but I look at the long game-- an updated model extends the shelf life but more importantly, I actually use my models in my own artwork, so upgrading a model benefits my work as well.


    While developing/improving my models in the updates, I do test renders to make sure the stuff I'm keeping still works and the stuff I've added actually does what it's supposed to... plus, it gives me a chance to take a break from the grueling work and do something sort of fun :)

    Here's the Sandhill Cranes using many of the new feature in WF4 model updates... new crest, breast and throat materials, a crane-like rump morph, plus a cleaner, blended hip to thigh connection. I've also reworked parts of the texture. The legs are significantly better. I still want to add to crane's back, while the brownish feathers mixed with white feathers is correct, it looks too patterned and "planned" to me, as well as flat. A reworking and perhaps some displacement will be in the works. Also, I'll probably make the breast feather transparencies a little more "stringy". Again, that's why I do "test" renders ;)

    Render 2.jpg
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  8. Janet

    Janet Extraordinary Contributing Artist

    Wow! Those are awesome!
  9. mininessie

    mininessie Dances with Bees Contributing Artist

  10. Szark

    Szark Energetic

    Ken your rendering has much improved too, awesome stuff and yes the thigh looks a whole lot better now.
  11. Ken Gilliland

    Ken Gilliland Ambitious HW3D Exclusive Artist

    One of the biggest issues I had with my old shorebirds set was the Snowy Egret. I was never happy with it and tried to console myself by saying "there is only so much you do with a generic model". Well, in revising that 2009 model, I decided that I could do better. While it's still not as good as it could be with a dedicated model, it at least now looks like a snowy egret ;)

  12. Szark

    Szark Energetic

    I like very much
  13. Miss B

    Miss B Drawing Life 1 Pixel at a Time CV-BEE

    I have to agree. Very nice indeed. :)
  14. mininessie

    mininessie Dances with Bees Contributing Artist

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  15. Satira Capriccio

    Satira Capriccio Distinguished CV-BEE Contributing Artist

    Oh yeah. Much nicer!

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