Making of Greek luxury villas scene

Michał Franczak 2015-04-02 11:53 tutorial  > 3ds MAX  > texturing

Breakdown of a scene inspired by Naxian Villas in Archexteriors vol. 25.

This scene is a part of Archexteriors vol. 25 collection. It was made by Barbara Witkowska from Evermotion team.

The Villas are built according to the traditional architecture of Cyclades, famous in the Greek Islands. As Naxian Villas are placed 2 km from the historic Naxos town and 700 meters from beach of St Prokopios. Built upon a hill the hotel boasts a panoramic view of this corner of the Aegean Sea. All villas and suites are equipped with private pools and sea view terraces. 

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Final image after post-production

 

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Wireframe

 

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Original villas photo, one of our references.

 

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View from camera. We have two buildings, some small stone walls bordering their backyards and visually cutting off sea shore. Mountain panorama is made with curvy plane - mountains are V-Ray map (which we will see later). Close to the camera we can see some natural looking stones, plants and greenery.

 

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Overview. There are two pools near villas, we can also see a few sun shades. Blue plane visible below villas is our sea water. We need natural cliff, but only in the space that would be visible to camera, so we placed it between the villas. Without it, we could see water between villas, which would unleash "cg" and the image would be unrealistic.

 

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The building standing far from camera. Nothing very complicated - it is traditionally greek white, details are not visible very clearly when texture is flat, so it wasn't necesarry to chamfer a lot. We could focus on different things, like greenery and props.

 

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Detail close up - a chimney or ventilation system. Who knows? We have never been there (note to self: visit Greece soon) ;)

 

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Small stone wall. Base model was taken from Archmodels vol. 63 collection, but for the purpose of this scene we enhanced its' details.

 

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Small stone wall with edges selected.

 

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Small wall material. Typical v-ray material with standard set of diffuse, reflection, glossines and bump maps.

 

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Composite map in diffuse slot mixes yellow color with grayscale bitmap. We could that in Photoshop, but this way we have more control over shader without switching software.

 

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A quite detailed model of sun shade.

 

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Sun shade is collapsed editable poly, so there is multi/sub object material applied to it, that covers different parts of sun shade.

 

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Umbrella material is Vray 2-sided material consisting of two slightly different Vray Materials. This material is refractive and reflective.

 

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Back material is slightly lighter than front.

 

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Metal stand material. Bump value is set to 7%.

 

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Curvy plane that is placed behind villas acts as a "mountain view". It is Vray Override material with different vray light materials for base (color) and reflections. Base material, which controls color is simple mountain panorama. Coat material is visible in reflections of the water only, so it is almost white. We used composited gradient ramp maps for mixing those two materials.

 

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Coat material is visible only in white reflection composite gradient map.

 

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Base material map settings.

 

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Coat light settings.

 

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Two gradients were mixed with multiply blending mode.

 

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Camera settings.

 

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Scene was illuminated by Vray Sun.

 

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Grass. There are four different grass layers in the scene. They differ with color and shape, which gives more natural look for grass.

 

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One of the grass shaders - two-sided material, but we put Vray material in the frontMtl slot only.

 

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Grass VrayMaterial settings.

 

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Grass composite map - we mixed solid color with colorful stripes to add variations to blades.

 

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There are several rocks put close to the camera. They were modeled in ZBrush.

 

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Rock mesh - decimated Zbrush mesh.

 

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Tree model comes from Archmodels vol. 136.

 

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Close-up on leaves.

 

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Leaves material. Usual setting for organic, translucent materials as we seen before - Vray 2-sided material with bitmaps that control opacity (shape of leaf), glossines, bump and reflection (leaf veins) and disffuse for leaf color. Two slightly different color settings for two leaves sides.

 

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Leaf - front material settings.

 

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Leaf - back material settings.

 

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Close-up on maps.

 

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Water material is assigned to blue plane beneath villas. It's not refractive, but it is reflective. We used procedural noise maps for bump map (30%).

 

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Composite map settings.

 

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Render settings.

 

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Raw RGB output.

 

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Final image after post-production. Thank you for reading!

 

This scene is a part of Archexteriors vol. 25 collection. It was made by Barbara Witkowska from Evermotion team. 

 
Author: Michał Franczak Editor: Michał Franczak
Tags: 3dsmax exterior villa greece naxos
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