Creating one of the promo-images for the new Cinema 4D release has had a huge impact on my exposure as a Cinema 4D artist, so I decided to dedicate a blogpost to these special grapes. Since the announcement in August 2011, the image has shown up in a lot of places I didn't expect it to, all thanks to the marketing guys at MAXON. It's been featured in publications, magazines, life-size banners, and more. The image below shows some printed examples I currently have in my possession. The calendar was sent to me by MAXON, the flyer and demo-CD on the right were handed out to me during a VFX conference.
I know there have been a few publications in magazines, but I don't have any of these in my possession since most of these magazines are international and therefore not available in Belgium. So if you happen to have anything in your collection and want to send me a picture, feel free to do so! I'll happily included it on the blog.
A little bit about the creation of the render: I wanted to create some sort of vegetable/fruit to test the new SSS functionality. I didn't want to spend a lot of time modelling a complex vegetable/fruit since it was only a simple test, so I decided to stick to the very simple shape of a grape, and just use a cloner and dynamics to create a bowl filled with grapes. After some initial tests, I liked the look of the image, so I developed the grapes shader a bit further, created some variation in the colors, and that was basically it. The total image was created in 1-2 hours, after which I spent probably a full day finetuning the colors and look of the image.
If you want to play around with the C4D scene or want to have a look at the grapes shader: it's available in the Content Browser that comes with R13 Studio.
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