Creating Sci-Fi scene in 3ds Max and V-Ray

Karim Abou Shousha 2017-03-06 14:15 tutorial  > 3ds MAX  > modeling

Making of a personal work by Karim Abou Shousha.

Hi my friends! First of all, I would like to thank for the time that you will spend reading this article. I really hope that you will enjoy it and find it somehow useful!

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Final image.


My name is Karim Abou Shousha and I am a 3d artist from Egypt. The scene that I'm going to show you is my first experiment with Sci-fi scene. The goal was simple: I tried to draw something, pushing my limits and giving a maximum quality. Which level I finally reached I do not really know, but let's find out together!


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There wasn’t a specific task, just the outline...  I wanted to achieve some interesting atmosphere. I looked at ArtStation to find the concept art references. As you can see, the reference was the basis for the framing the image. I placed the image on viewport background and modeled a simple model of a glass sphere.



Basic Modeling

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After setting the angle, it became clear how to set size of my models. I started with the wall and spheres. I won’t put too many details on it, as it is a just "Simple" poly modeling technique.



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I always like to set the main light to see the color mood. It’s very important to me.


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I started to create the wires, it’s very easy. I created some Circles then I attached all and add extrude modifier and increase the amount and segments.


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I created a line and selected the circles, then I added path deform modifier. I picked the line and pressed "move to path", and I chose the axis. The next step was just playing with settings: rotation and twist. I also generated mapping cords for future texturing.


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Then I created the sphere with machine arms, and I used free modeling for alien. It’s very simple model



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I created some pipes from simple cylinders. I put them on the wall and beneath the ceiling.




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I made the fan model from a cylinder and I used "edit poly" to add mode details. I also put some wires.



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I created the floor details. I created a box and added segments and then convert the box to edit poly. Then I selected the vertical and horizontal edges, selected loops and pressed "create shape from selection" > linear.



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Now we can tweak our shape.



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Now qwe can add more details to the scene.


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I used a free model of soldier that I found in the web. I created simple rig and posed it correctly.


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My lights settings.


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I placed V-Ray IES in the sphere to achieve the right feeling of spot light. I usedV-Ray Light Plane for indirect lights on the sides and I gave it an orange color.


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Now we can create the materials. Iuse texture downloaded from I also played with V-Ray displacement modifier.


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Wall material


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Floor material


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Glass material. The most important setting in this material is IOR. We need to see the alien and the light inside the glass so I used 1.1 for IOR.


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For metallic material I usually use microfacet GTR from BRDF.


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Render settings.


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Render settings.


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Before I start rendering I enable lens flare, bloom and color correction in frame buffer.


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Here is the final raw image render that will be the base for post production.



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Magic Bullet Looks for sci-fi mood.


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More tweaking in Magic Bullet Looks.


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Final image.




Author: Karim Abou Shousha Editor: Michał Franczak
Tags: sci-fi
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