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The River -ver. 2- by owen-c The River -ver. 2- by owen-c
This image was featured in Issue 19 of 3D Artist magazine, August, 2010.
The original version of this image was a Daily deviation in November, 2009.


After spending a week modeling "The River" 3 months ago, I was exhausted enough that I didn't put the proper attention into the lighting and finishing. Looking back on the original image, I don't really know what I was thinking in that regard, as the colors are rather cool and lifeless, and the lack of focus in the composition makes the whole thing a rather muddled mess. Hindsight is always 20/20 I suppose, right?

Because of the work put into modeling, and especially after the original "The River" was selected as a Daily Deviation garnering roughly 20,000 hits, I have wanted to use this one as a main portfolio piece.

After completing "To you who finds this letter", I liked how the lighting turned out in that one, and was inspired to go back and try a similar system on this piece. I think the result is a lot more colorful, and warmer. The other main thing I did was to try to give the composition a bit more focus, by making the far areas recede more into the background. A bit of detail was lost but it should be worth it due to the effect on the overall image. I also added a few little people...
It could still be better, but there's only so much I want to do to a 3 month old model.

I decided to post it as a new image because of the considerable time gap, but will be putting a link to this one in the comments of the old image.

If you have any other suggestions for how this piece may be improved, I am all ears.
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Wow I had no idea that this was a 3D render, it looks like a wonderful illustration! The colours are so vibrant and full of life that it gives the locale a real lovely charm. I also like how you mixed the usually contrasting eastern and western architectural styles together into one harmonious form. It looks stunning :)

One thing I would like to point out is that while the background enjoys plenty of depth and detail, the foreground seems to be lacking. Perhaps a couple sitting together on that bench enjoying the view together might bring more life to the foreground without making it too distracting from the real focus.

All in all, an absolutely lovely work of art :)
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Shadowpsycho Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I wanna live there so baaaaaaaaaaaad... It's so beautiful.
mikelwallacejr Featured By Owner May 7, 2014
Character in Jade Reflection
ViolaFiore Featured By Owner May 29, 2013
Fantastic. Love the design.
IndigoMystiere Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
So awesome and beautiful!!
Trisaw1 Featured By Owner May 28, 2013
Really nice colorful render. Nice details, perspective, shading, proportions, and layout.
joeltonongkh Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013
Should be some scene in Final Fantasy the game. Very beautiful and detail driven!
Sachi-pon Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i wish i could go to a place like this =)
Kelly-violet Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I just love all your designs! This one is especially beautiful! I'm very attracted by its colours and the different depths
All those details... It takes some time to get to all of them! Magnificent really!
electrifried Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
omg my eyes :icontearplz: It's just so beautiful :iconrainbowtearplz:
fafa-sama Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Filmographer
this is crazy
afullonetouch Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I really love this! :D
xDeathsGirlx Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow is all I can say
heystevejoe Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011   Digital Artist
*gasp* I love this
I love the colors
KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful colours and highly detailed models - what's not to like? ;)
KyokiRose Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thsi is my inspiration to everything i draw when i'm stuck i look at this thank you for making such a wonderfull art
owen-c Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, glad to be of help.
Raineve Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
OMG so incredible!
MissingUsername Featured By Owner May 15, 2011
This is what my dreams look like.
owen-c Featured By Owner May 15, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I want your dreams I think
MissingUsername Featured By Owner May 16, 2011
I'd like your artistic ability to bring them to life like this picture.
theimstudio Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
ObsessiveTwilighter1 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
You're very good at buildings. Are you a real architect?
owen-c Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, I am not a real architect, but I do work at an interior design firm where I often need to work and communicate with architects.
It's just as well because real architecture involves too many boring technical aspects and the super detailed styles are out of fashion in the architecture world of today.
But I am somewhat of an "architecture otaku" who looks at hundreds of buildings in order to get ideas and reference.
Sparky-hime Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011

See? I can totally understand Chinese characters :P
owen-c Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
The other ones are "everyone" and "river"

See? It totally makes sense :p
chuax Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
JackieTran Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
jumonjie Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011
OMG!! awesome *w*
Marotto Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
How do u achieve this litghing?? I mean, what did u do diferent on this one that u didnt do on the "The River"?
owen-c Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
With the original "The River" I was rather exhausted at the end of the modeling and did not take the time to light things properly; and so, I just used a skylight on the whole scene.

This one has a proper array of lights with different directions and colors. That is the only real difference.

Also, I believe there were more post effects on this one done to the render.
Marotto Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh! I see! Thanks very much for the reply, and congrats again for your amazing work and galery!!
Marotto Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Wow! Loved teh colors!
yasai-juice Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2010
This is extremely beautiful - I love how you changed the lighting! It makes the "白川" characters next to the "Eclair" sign stand out so much more! It really accentuates it; fantastic job.

I also really like how the texture of the water looks with the soft lighting. This is great!
yunhyunjung Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
very nice
underthisbluesky Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2010
Amazing! All the details and the beautiful colors <3
CodeMew Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2010
This is much brighter, and more...enthusiastic! 8D
owen-c Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks, yes, I wish this version was in more collections but the first one is the one that got the dd technically speaking.
gamer888 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2010
New Orleans?
sagatoga Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2010
I like first version too much, but this is amazing. I love the light, colours, composition, detail...
ondination Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2010
the detail is amazing... i dont how could it be better...
atomiccatz Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010
Such a fantastic view! I wish i could live there!:iconshining-eyesplz:
alyksirrom Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2010
This is beautiful! I love the color palette you've chosen, and great work on the perspective! :D
sayuri Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
Ah I wish I could favorite this 100 times. This is where I want to live. It's magnificent. The details, the perspective, the focused areas, the buildings, the idea. I love it :)
owen-c Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Create 100 accounts :p
But in serious, thanks
sayuri Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2010
I like your thinking. ;D
Billy-the-Cat Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010
This already looked very familiar.
Nice version! :)
TpH3 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Beautiful work! The details are amazing~
Coraleana Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2010
:wow:This is amazing! All the detail is just incredible.^-^
I love all the colors. And I think you did a fantastic job making this. It looks so realistic.
slackjaw10 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010
The more I look at it, the more I do like this version better, but I kind of preferred the cooler colors (especially on the foreground railing).
MayFong Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is spectacular!
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