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    EOW Round 158: Orrery Chamber

    EOW Round 158



    Topic: Orrery Chamber
    suggested by agitpop

    Brief: This is an open topic. It could be strategic, mystical, scientific, or whatever else you wish to imagine, similarly it could be ancient, steampunk, alien, futuristic, etc. Let your design and rendering tell the story.


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    Sounds good but what is an Orrery Chamber?

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    An Orrery is a room that has a model of the solar system in it. It's usually mechanical. It shows the path of the planets as they spin around the sun and can accurately predict alignments based on the previous speed and track of each of the planets.

    I think I good example is the Planet room in the end of the First Tomb Raider Movie. If you play Oblivion and have the DLC of the Orrery then you can also use that as an example.

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    A mechanical device illustrating the relative positions and orbits of planets and moons in a solar system.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orrery

    A couple of examples that come to mind:
    The dead settlements in Pitch Black
    Buggenhaggen's planetary room Final Fantasy VII

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    Just a quick thumbnail. c: Might get me a bit more motivated this time!

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    first EOW!
    Been trying to practice a little more environment painting lately so I thought I should give EOW a try.
    This is my concept, I'm going for a kind of ritual bonfire scene.

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    This sounds like a fun topic. I'm think I'm in.
    The first orrery to come to mind is the one from The Elder Scrolls 4 Oblivion.
    Has anyone here had any success with importing 3D models from programs like Lightwave into photoshop?

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    Homerid
    Very nice take on the subject. Reminds me of some kind of shamanistic rite. I also like the colors and composition.
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    I decided to go the sci-fi route with this one. Haven't quite figured everything out yet, but here's my start. Good luck everyone!

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    nice starts to all.

    janjager.. feels sorta traditional
    jei.. has a military vibe to it
    homereid.. looks ritualistic

    i think im gonna go outside my comfort zone and do something similar to a museum showcase feel

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    Duman - As far as I know you can import .3ds and .obj files among others, but only in the extended version.

    JanJager - Thanks man, actually that's exactly what I'm aiming for. Very nice sketch, keep going.

    +oas+ - Go for it

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    Here s a wip. I will add the solar system in the ball later.


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    kir nuyts.. the architecture has a dead space vibe goin. props.

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    Red face Orrery Chamber

    Trapiki I like your thumbnail very clear, lets see it bigger!

    Homerid Great start for your first EOW, love the orange blue contrast. And the silhouette fits nicely. Cant wait to see you render it more. I can see lots of fabric hanging on the branches and maybe an animal sacrifice.

    JanJager Nice start man, a few of the elements are a bit confusing but im sure you'll make it come together nicely. cant wait to see more.

    Jeiwo Yeah awesome scifi route! Im glad you jumped in on this, i was going to do it but yours it totally better. Very clear thumbnail.

    Kir Nuyts Love the shineyness of the orb the building architecture is looking great cant wait to see where you place the planets!

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    Great topic! I hope I can find the time to do this one. Its nicely lined up with the ChoW too
    First thumbnail sketches.
    Dont really like the first one.
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    For this one I was thinking, steam punk first of all. And I imagined two characters walking up the stairs, one introducing the other to the machine. Maybe One dominant light source from the left, a spot light, like hes just turned on the lights. Then I could use moon light and monitor light for the rest.
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    here's my concept



    I was thinking more of a futuristic classroom still thinking of a story using a digital tablet is most frustrating

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    I'm thinking some kind of ancient greek or roman hall. Hope I see this one through because my non-organic environments usually suck hard

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    Here is what I got. I'm having a little trouble with the background at the moment, but I like the overall idea and design.


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    Dayum, nice stuff guys, great theme too.

    Trapiki - Liking the arches and things, reminds me of a gazebo type of building in a Star Wars game, had the whole deserted, moonlit feel too.

    Homerid - Awesome. You got any plans for the sky? Like dramatic clouds? Or maybe a big starlit sky. I don't know, just keep it up.

    JanJager - Niiiiice, man, loving the colours, looks like a steampunk bronze kind of structure. Lighting is great too.

    JeiWo - The colours and lighting are cool, could make some dramatic shadows from the people onto the walls behind them.

    Kir Nuyts - I agree with +oas+ that it has a dead space feel, great work on the walls and pillar things. I'd up the lighting on the sphere more, make shadows, and a whole pulsing glow thing that fills the room, but whatever, looks great as is already.

    Jaunay - Great camera angle, I'd throw in some basic people shapes in the bottom though, just so you keep the scale all regular.

    Malakuko - Nice angle and composition, and loving the steampunk aspect. If you're really going for steampunk, I'd say focus on the light/colour more, nice hazy orangey bronze glow would be awesome.

    Anti-11 - Liking the idea, looks just like my lectures, how everyone sites at the back. You could change the pillars and roof slightly, maybe go for a dramatic dome type room?

    Mr. Gadbury - Nice composition, scale, everything. The pillars at the sides and end of the room are awesome, nice, dramatic scale.

    Duman - The headdresses are a really good idea, you'll get some awesome silhouettes and shadows with them. Perspective on the floor circles doesn't really match up with the walls perfectly, but that's easily fixed.


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    Homerid-I really like your ancient take on the subject. And while I think the image is definitely working, I wonder what it would look like with a really vibrant star field. You know, with reds, purples and greens. Almost like an aurora borealis.

    JanJager -I think you have a pretty solid foundation. I really like the orange color, perhaps you could incorporate a lot of ornate bronze or some.

    JeiWo-I really like the composition and color of this piece. It seems like a map room on some galactic battleship or something. Maybe a space station. I would love to see some really cool flourishes done with the star system.

    Kir Nuyts- Really like your image. Nothing to add really, except that I feel more figures should be interested in the map. It seems a little lonely right now.

    Jaunay- I like the scale of your image. Seeing the little door really adds to the scene. I think more planets may be needed, however. Maybe they could even be extended from the current one, like moons or something.

    Malakuko- I like where your image is headed, the tilted composition is cool. I might push the right wall a little farther away from the orrery, however, as having a 360 degree accessibility to the device would be helpful.

    Anti-11- you have a nice sense of scale with yours as well. Reminds me of a huge amphitheater or lecture room. Now all you need to add is the planets.

    Mr. Gadbury- I love your style. A style, which for the life of me I can't seem to replicate. The image is looking great.

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    Red face

    Malakuko Clear thumbs so far, I like the angle and the thought behind the light sources. Should look really impressive from what ive seen. Are you going to use this a background for your CHOW? Making them work together could be cool.

    Anti-11 Ohh very big and open space, i can start to see the story already, itll be nice seeing how you interpret a future classroom.

    Mr Gadbury Your values are very solid and its good to see that the people aren't the full focus. I know what you mean about doing non organic environments, although you seem to have it down so far. Dont stress its going to look great. /scrolled down/ oh man great progress. The colours work really well and the long curtain/wall hangings are always a great addition.

    Duman Looking good so far, the centre is fairly detailed, and if youre having trouble with the bg, if you have the assets in your piece as separate layers turn off the centre and just focus on the other elements. Maybe that will help. Also thanks for the feedback more planets are being added as we speak.

    Droid Thanks man, already on it. I'm just putting in the peoples now. Cant wait to see what you produce!

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    Here's a small update, i printer out the thumbnail and did some sketching over it so get the layout of the elements and planets right. I'm going to add 1 and 2 together, have a gear wall and use the composition on the planets from 1.

    Wheee now to the fun part more rendering.



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    heres what i have so far. i wanted to create a monument type structure with the rest of the planets around it.

    hopefully ill be able to nail whats in me head. its not much, but im tired, til later.


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    +oas+ Interesting perspective, cant wait to see where you go with it. C: Also they have no feet! D:


    I ruined it. I ruined it. I ruined it.

    I'm going to take a step back and try again. It has texture-photoshop-blending layers-itis. Sigh.

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    Awesome concepts so far! I'm new, so not sure if I'm supposed to give positive criticism, but here we go!

    Jaunay, love the colours you picked for this. The middle ring looks a bit oddly shaped though, like it's not a good ellipse. But I really like the atmosphere.

    Mr. Gadbury, great details and textures. The gold of the orrery does stand out very much against the silver background, but the concept overall; love it!

    Malakuko, I love the red carpet 8D

    Very curious to see how this will all turn out! I'm working hard to have a participating entry by the end of the week too.

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    Sup all. I'm a EoTW virgin.

    Here's a B/W sketch of the space. I'll onto another set of thumbs and hopefully find something that works before getting in deep.

    Cool WIPs so far from people. I'm liking the mixture of approaches.

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    bnoch.. sweet. howd you get those curves so clean around the spheres?

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    Hope to finnish this one, but man, this was a hard subject to squeeze out thumbs of!
    Would like to give more crit to all of you guys, but for now I´ll just have to say
    it looks great!

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    Thanks for the comments everyone, I'll try to crit everyones as I think of things to crit.

    Edit: Couple of crits (helpful I hope...)

    Duman - For the background maybe you could use some kind of star field behind the two big prongs holding/generating the orrery. Other than that I think I would just carry on defining things a bit more.

    Jaunay - I think the values look better in the latest version. Everything looks quite solid so I would probably carry on designing it all, maybe hints of detail on the construction of it.

    Great starts from everyone though, I'll try to think of some crits when I see more.

    Just more on mine, added more going on down the bottom. I like the addition of some story maybe, but the people are starting to look out of perspective with each other I think.

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