Through the Storm
Wednesday, September 6, 2006

Horray for my new computer! I just got done rebuilding it; duel core, new video card, new RAM. Lightwave is a lot faster now! Hopefully, I can crank out my fanfic sooner, but in the meantime, here's a picture I had to get out of my head. As always, the model is by Sean Kennedy. I used Lightwave and a little Photoshop action in this one.



Wednesday, September 6, 2006 5:00 PM


Just letting you know: This is above shiny. That new computer of yours is worth every cent.

Wednesday, September 6, 2006 5:50 PM


To quote my other favorite SciFi show "Frackin Awesome".

Wednesday, September 6, 2006 5:50 PM


That is beautiful... One question, how do get the screen cap, or did you build that yourself in ps

Wednesday, September 6, 2006 5:53 PM


That is really amazing. Good quote.

Thursday, September 7, 2006 12:15 AM


Whoa! AMAZING! Very good lighting and amazing weather effects! (did you do the weather effects in lightwave as well with particles, or did you add them in photoshop?) Anyway, it looks GREAT!
And it's cool that you have a new computer, I just upgraded mine as well, and it really makes lightwave run a lot smoother :-)

Thursday, September 7, 2006 1:09 AM


Thanks for the comments everybody!
Orc - yep, I did everything, including the weather effects, in Lightwave (there's about 15,000 particles of rain! and the clouds are volumetric!). I only used Photoshop for the quote and a highlight or two.
monksdad - thank you very much for the complement, everything you see here I setup and rendered in Lightwave, no screencaps here!

Thursday, September 7, 2006 1:33 PM


Brilliant!!! I love our girl, it's always good to see her, rain or shine.

Thursday, September 7, 2006 2:19 PM


Okay, firstly, this is amazing. More than shiny, but shiny it is. Also, you have to be a little more specific than that. YOu designed the whole ship in Lightwave? All of which, simply breathtaking. I'm literally choked up at the vision. I dunno what else to tell you. Will you marry me?

Thursday, September 7, 2006 3:47 PM


this is really an amazing bit of work!

Thursday, September 7, 2006 4:50 PM



Friday, September 8, 2006 3:55 AM


Wowzajibberguh! *drools* I gotta learn how to do this kind of thing...

Friday, September 8, 2006 6:33 AM


Thanks again for the comments everybody!
Terri: I designed the scene in Lightwave (the layout, the lighting, the clouds and weather effects), Sean Kennedy modelled the ship. I'm more of a set/lighting/animation creator; though I do have some experienceing building models and am currently building sets and models for a e-comic/CG movie Firefly Fanfic, hopefully due out mid next year.

Saturday, September 9, 2006 11:29 PM


Wow - just - wow. That is beyond cool, and I love the rain effect. This is something special.

What might be the chances of getting the same image paired with the Storms getting worse/We'll pass through it soon enough exchange?

Sunday, September 10, 2006 10:09 AM


Holy crap! This is mind-bogglingly stupendous, Cassivona! The sheer beauty of both the picture and the quote seriously make me jealous of your obvious talents with LW and PS:D


Monday, September 11, 2006 1:46 PM


WOW! Simply WOW!


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Serenity - Scavenge

; --- (copy and paste the link into your browser to see the video) Here's a little video I did a long time ago that I had misplaced until now. The music is from the "Buffy - The Vampire Slayer" Soundtrack. I did this back before I knew how to build good models so the Serenity model is by Sean Kennedy and the Peacekeeper Vigilante (stand-in Reaver ship) is by Rhys Salcombe. All of this was rendered in Lightwave. Yes... the video may seem to end with a bit of a "cliff-hanger"... I never did get around to piecing together the bits of the chase scene that I had... :-) --- "

Serenity - Just Married
This is a little piece I created for my older brother and new sister-in-law who were married several months ago. They honeymooned in Hawaii, hence the beach. They are both Firefly/Serenity fans. I rendered the objects in Lightwave I and used Photoshop for compositing on the photo. Serenity model was built by Sean Kennedy.

Through the Storm - Wallpaper
Here's an alternate, wallpaper friendly version of my latest piece. Hope you enjoy it. I might even make an animation of this at some point... hmm.... :)

Through the Storm
Horray for my new computer! I just got done rebuilding it; duel core, new video card, new RAM. Lightwave is a lot faster now! Hopefully, I can crank out my fanfic sooner, but in the meantime, here's a picture I had to get out of my head. As always, the model is by Sean Kennedy. I used Lightwave and a little Photoshop action in this one.

Ocean Class Carrier - 3D lightwave model
It's been a while since I posted a piece of art here, so I thought I'd let you all see what I've been up to (though it's not really art). **It's still a work-in-progress!** This is the Ocean Class Carrier from the movie... you see these guys in big space battle near the end. I've been working off still pictures I've captured from the movie, so I'm not sure how accurate it'll be. Hopefully, I'll have the engine and gunturret complete by next week; Maybe textured the week after. This is one of the models I'll be using in an upcoming fanfic featuring a brand new crew and ship. The series will be called "Badlands" (takes place during the war) and should be out by at least beginning 2007. It's a combo "e-comicbook"/"CG movie"... an interesting blend. Stay tuned at!

"Bid Me Rest"
I've been wanting to do this for a long time and finally gotten the time to actually create this. It's my little tribute to our Wash. Enjoy. I used Photoshop and Lightwave. Serenity model by Sean Kennedy.

The FINAL EFFECT - Animation

Well, it's pretty much final. I still need to fine tune the wave effect, but I think I've got theory down. Overall, I'm fairly satisfied with how the effect turned out. I have a new respect CG artist and the uncertainty that goes with special effects, I had very little idea how the final effect would turn out until after many hours of rendering. Well... anyway, enjoy! Follow the URLs to see the video (video requires the DIVX codec)

New Serenity Animation v2

Not much different than the last animation. I did add an engine burn/exhaust effect that looks pretty damn cool I must say, but not perfect. Anyway, I figured since my computer spent all last night and most of the today rendering, I might as well post it. Enjoy! (requires a DIVX codec to play)

New Serenity Animation
Though I haven't mastered the engine effect quite yet, I think I'm doing pretty good with camera shakes and zooms. Here's an animation of something the Serenity probably wouldn't do to turn around in space, but hey, it looked cool. Anyway, let me know what you think. I'm hoping to get to the point where I can add the engine effect into this animation.
Serenity model by Sean Kennedy.
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The Firefly Effect
It's my first attempt at something like this so it's by no means perfect, but I think I'm on the right track. I rendered this completely in Lightwave ... no Photoshop retouches. I've finally figured out how to emulate the Firefly effect using volumetric lights and fractal textures. Once I get the waves moving right I'll post an animation. It's gonna take some serious fine tuning though.