Arctic Station Progression

I wanted to try to create something large-scale with Element 3D. And it can be pretty tricky! Having lots of smaller details in addition to large details helps give objects a sense of  scale. I started with some pistons from the Motion Design 2 collection. Then added things like pipes and mechanical components at various scales to give the object more small details. Also adding some normal map textures with various details helps give simple objects more greebles!

Things to try:

  1. Start with the large shapes
  2. Add some medium details
  3. Figure out your camera angle
  4. Add even more micro details: Lights, Pipes, Greeble
  5. Use texture to add grunge. The size of the grunge will help sell the scale!
  6. I moved the horizon down so it looked like the camera had to pan up!
  7. Doors, ladders, crates are also good items to use that will give things perspective.

The lighting is similar to the recent rooftop tutorial. I used a parallel light with ray-trace Shadows and AO.  Here are some progressions of the angle of the shot and a deviation from industrial to sci-fi. I think adding blue lights turns it into the future.

“Video Copilot” #throwback

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57 Comments

ajioy scotte
2 years ago
any guy know how to create a effect like cover picture?
2 years ago
i love post
2 years ago
i love artic
2 years ago
Really great shot Andrew !

Thanks for your professional shots.

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Digital Graphic Productions
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2 years ago
Thanks for this great shot ;)

Jeremy
Creatif Sanju
2 years ago
Maz Radeen
2 years ago
Kramizzy! I am new to effects, its supposed to be hard but you make it so easy. You are so awesome, you should play Batman!
2 years ago
I am experimenting with element3d and giving away project files...
http://designjunkie.in/2015/12/3d-element-opener-for-free
http://designjunkie.in/2015/12/3d-element-opener-for-free
please check this out
Christopher
2 years ago
Is there a tutorial I missed with instructions to create this long shadows?
    Christopher
    2 years ago
    Found it.
2 years ago
How are the lens flares done? are they dynamic?
Roberto Tafuro
2 years ago
No words. This is really beautiful...knowing that with this plug in and a lot of skill you can do renders like this in AE, is simply amazing.
B.Lamara
2 years ago
Since Andrew worked in "Star Wars" here is a VFX breakdown from "Industrial Light & Magic" :
https://youtu.be/HgzxrwXHCoU
Abdirahman Ahmed
2 years ago
The snow/ground makes the building look small, not that i could do any better :)
2 years ago
Nice work as usual...
question, as we were looking for a pilot helmet with the breather for a shot, which turned into an insane amount of money very quickly... Where did you get that? And was it roughly a car payment?
kazhwan
2 years ago
Hi
Please guide me to build this scene
http://s6.uplod.ir/i/00818/cmfdq4oyrydi.jpg
http://s6.uplod.ir/i/00818/cmfdq4oyrydi.jpg

Do not 3Ds max or Element 3D?
please answer me

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2 years ago
awesome work andrew..check this i am also maded like this..

http://www.techmers.in/2016/09/after-effects-superhero-landing-in-just.html
Nazmul Hossain Akash
2 years ago
I didn't see any of the render look photorealistic from Element 3D. Somehow it looks CGI. :-(
2 years ago
FUN! You inspired me to make one myself... Turned out great:)
http://i.imgur.com/t8tAR40.jpg
    Nice
    2 years ago
    How about creating a tutorial.
Simon Thorley
2 years ago
Something COOL coming up, Landscapes pack would be ace - sure it would sell well.
    2 years ago
    Agreed! I'd love some E3D landscapes.
    Abdirahman Ahmed
    2 years ago
    Oh hell yes for that!
Edward
2 years ago
What do you use for the chromatic aberration is it built in software?
ArashFa
2 years ago
Hey Guys please check my video out .. I made It with element 3D and saber.... hope u enjoy it https://youtu.be/U0TxtzF5ri8
    great job
    2 years ago
    very nice
Carlos
2 years ago
Hey Andrew...how would one make a realistic looking Tornado in after effects? like the ones in the movie twister?
johnsnow
2 years ago
Substance Designer and element 3d let make this happen!!!
korre
2 years ago
80% of the time when I cmd-z in Element3D it crashes... not cool, frustrated, gotta start over... Still a big fan though.
Hi
Thank you
You are my sunshine
You make me happy when skies are grey
You'll never know, dear, how much I love you
Please don't take my sunshine away
Andre
2 years ago
Andrew I'm so glad you are posting more often. I loved learning from this site and your efforts are appreciated thank you.
Torsten
2 years ago
Andrew, are you secretly training for a "3D Element Picture Creation Challenge" for the community? Are there prices to win? :-)
2 years ago
awesome work andrew..check this i am also maded like this..

http://www.techmers.in/2016/09/after-effects-superhero-landing-in-just.html
2 years ago
Sorry Try this one https://youtu.be/8ryFE0NNpvQ
2 years ago
Made a spaceship scene with motion design 2 Check it out https://youtu.be/4cGQ3soSQIg
Amadeus B.
2 years ago
AWSOME ! so EPIC!
Beavertron
2 years ago
Amazing, but........ please please please please please please can we have alembic support!
karan
2 years ago
amazing
R-CANE
2 years ago
Is the ice texture made with normal layers from a photo or really a 3d sculpted object spread around with the particle replicator?
    J
    2 years ago
    I'd like to know this as well.
Elias
2 years ago
Mate, I am loving these renders and side projects, and I think your awesome. But WHERE IS INTERCEPT?? You said it was going to be released a year ago. I know you have had a lot of work going on... and the new plugins, blog shows and tutorials are fantastic and I absolutely love them and appreciate them. But, can you please stop focusing on these side projects (like the project above) and can you focus on a year old project (Intercept). I'm pretty sure Film Riot would like to see it finished as well!
Can you please let us know how far you are with Intercept and when you are expecting to release it. The teaser looked awesome, Corvettes are awesome, your VFX are awesome. All of that combined can only be awesome.
Thanks for being such a great guy and teacher for all those around world. I especially appreciate it.
Surya
2 years ago
Keep it up and upload "INTERCEPT" plzzzz plzzz
2 years ago
awesome work andrew..check this i am also maded like this

http://www.techmers.in/2016/09/after-effects-superhero-landing-in-just.html
sam koreyah
2 years ago
Very intelligent work
SRV
2 years ago
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Awesome work
pink top
2 years ago
gotta love the dv cam results...how do you make the lens interchangeable?
Arnold Herrmann
2 years ago
I love your posts!
David DeCorso
2 years ago
Wow. Awesome work Andrew!
2 years ago
I want post a whole video here, but i cant, because it doesn't exist yet. but here is one of my fav framses from the video. stupid fat kideses....

https://postimg.org/image/rvmiru01f/
2 years ago
I've had a play this week with E3D , lots of fun I must Say! Had a good bash with the rooftop, the star pack, and all the tips Mr Kramer has delivered over the years. Here are some stills from a video I'm putting together from a recent cross continent family get together. Im still tweaking and changing things as time allows, and ill post a video as soon as its done.

Im not sure how these links work but:

https://postimg.org/image/6bh3axzpl/
Drobins10
2 years ago
Maybe some f**king barrels would have helped with the scale. Pro-Tip ;)
ED
2 years ago
Cool stuff, Andrew. I think this is a great way to hold back the hobgoblins in between tutorials. Really appreciate the stuff you put out here.
StevenJ
2 years ago
Looks very cool. Literally. Do you pre-render your background objects to manage resources? Or is your Titan just that awesome? How about your ground texture and the tracks?
Sevrin
2 years ago
Looks awesome!
Alejandro
2 years ago
Hi from Spain! I love this posts! Hope you make some tutorials soon, i could watch them like a TV Show! By the way, what about the Intercept short film release date?