Here are a couple more images of the pull toy I made. One shows the actual hole cut into the end of the wagon, which I think came out quite nice. The other is with a sky inserted and a radial light. This one I though ended up particularly nice.
Looking better every time.
Just a few small things; Where the rope comes out of the hole, it would really fall to the floor straight away instead of retaining it’s horizontal direction.
The only other thing I can see is to do with lighting or at least in the way the materials react to the lighting. I think you could improve the render slightly by reducing the cart’s material ambience* to 0 (you may then find you need to do the same with the contents too). And if you haven’t already, set the sun’s shadows to 100. This will just make the inside and underside of the cart darker giving a better sense of depth between the lighter and shaded parts.
* Why the heck is Firefox telling me that this is spelled wrong?
@Dave: I really like that render. It has a very good mood.
Thank you for the suggestions. I did realize the rope should fall directly downward after coming out of the hole, just another thing to play with. I’m not totally satisfied with the shape of the rope and am going to redo it so it lays on the ground more to the side so the image isn’t so long. This way I get to play with Hexagon again.
Light, yeah, I sort of like how that last image turned out, but something isn’t quite right. I did have the shadows set to 100 at one point but it made the right wheel seem as though it extended under the wagon, or was attached to something underneath.
They also lacked definition. They looked more like part of the wagon side than independent items. I’ll upload an image to show you.
Except for the rattles, well maybe the red one, I agree light reaction isn’t good. I tried to make the wheel rims metal, which fell flat, and the blocks I tried for a plastic affect. Flat again. Talking about all this, I did add the items to the Object file so I can play with each separately. Once I get the look I want I can then reassemble the wagon.
Here’s an image of just the wagon. Notice how the near wheels appear to be attached to something under the wagon. And lack definition.
@Odaa: Those two images almost make me sea sick. The swells look great. The second image has what appears a bow wave, yes? If that wave had just been generated by the bow, would it be as spread out as in the image? Would it be as pronounced along the entire ship? Just something that came to mind.
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