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Posted on 09/05/22 3:03:17 PM
DavidMac
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Re: Challenge 906: Stairway to heaven
lwc wrote:
For amusement purposes only.


Actually I rather like it.

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Posted on 09/05/22 3:14:55 PM
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Lovely stuff again guys and gals.

I was making some progress and bang...hours of work down the drain. I can't hide it anymore. I'll have to format my pc. Just don't know when. I work crazy hours. Keep up the imaginative juices. Its wonderful.


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Posted on 09/05/22 3:30:57 PM
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Posted on 09/05/22 4:34:17 PM
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Very Hogwartish Ant.

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Posted on 09/05/22 4:36:38 PM
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The more I look at this the more bizarre the background library is.

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Posted on 10/05/22 1:27:46 PM
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Great ideas and work everyone.
My theme is live your life as to determine which stairway you will eventually take.





Posted on 10/05/22 7:53:38 PM
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Seems the sinister black bloke is on the right one. Or is the ideal life an illusion?

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Posted on 11/05/22 1:52:05 PM
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And that's it for me...

Posted on 11/05/22 6:36:11 PM
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Anna, the creation of the stairs is amazing,

To answer "that" question, I would say that Jesus Christ and the stairs are moving at the same velocity as that of the swans.

To answer the second question of "Why Am I not using the original tapered stairs" I would say I have no answer to that!





Posted on 12/05/22 02:55:30 AM
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Flowscap and work pc to the rescue.

I modelled the stairs similar to the challenge but couldn't get the image to balance correctly so I changed the camera for a straight on render. I tried to stay in brief, just like the swans above me...



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Posted on 12/05/22 12:22:01 PM
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Posted on 13/05/22 06:35:49 AM
Steve Caplin
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Re: Challenge 906: Stairway to heaven
First to climb the staircase this week was lwc, with a remarkably impressive sense of perspective. It works! I really liked the second entry, especially the way it incorporates the monolith from 2001. Beautiful. The third entry has a striking volcano - but it would be a lot better, I think, if all that fire could tint the staircase red. Pairing the staircase with the ziggurat in the fourth entry is ingenious, and very nearly works.

I enjoyed DavidMac's fishing scene, with its multiple tapering staircases - that must have taken some serious rebuilding. But is the staircase they’re sitting on sloping down to the left? The celestial scene in the second entry has gorgeous lighting, and I like the scattered angels. Interesting to see michael sinclair’s modification - not sure about this, but I know how much you like your HDR effect Michael. The problem is that when everything has perfect clarity, the image loses focus. A splendid animated mod from lwc, really bringing it to life.

I like how michael sinclair has repurposed the steps, combining them with towering buildings - most impressive. I really wish you could find a way to make a seamless tile from those clouds, though, to avoid the jump. See my video here for some tips on how to achieve this. A fine staircase in the second entry, but I’m really not at all sure about those static geese (despite your protestations).

More celestial goings-on from tooquilos, with a fiery staircase leading to the heavens. The man peering up really makes this. The slow reveal in the animated version works really well. Now if only he could climb up it… but I do like the other versions, especially the space one.

A glorious fantasy library from Ant Snell, the staircase fitting perfectly among those bizarre bookshelves. I’d love to think this library really exists somewhere. Small point: the books are reflected in that shiny floor, shouldn’t the staircase have a reflection as well?

A mystic scene from Frank, with two staircases rising to the heavens - and a decidedly grim red set of steps leading downwards. Very artfully achieved, Frank. I do think the devil has better taste in architecture, though.

A spectacular celestial scene from dwindt, with hugely dramatic lighting. The lens flare effect is beautifully considered here. But you lose a point for mirroring the two flames - it only takes a small smudge to make them look different! Sorry to hear you lost your work first time around. Maybe you should use a backup such as Dropbox to store your files online?

A political scene from Mariner, with Vlad being rejected by the outstretched arm of a cherubic angel. It’s a subtle depiction of heaven and hell. I like the glow on her arm, and the translucence of the glass partitions. But shouldn’t the arrow be pointing either to the left or down, rather than up? And I think this might be a good case for using something like a dot matrix font to indicate that the sign is dynamic rather than printed.

Posted on 13/05/22 07:38:52 AM
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Thanks Streve. Yes, you could be right on the direction. What's a dot matrix font?

Posted on 13/05/22 07:51:16 AM
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Re: Challenge 906: Stairway to heaven
But is the staircase they’re sitting on sloping down to the left?


Hmmm. Well spotted. They do appear to be. Not sure how that happened. I converted the supplied stair into a 3D model and produced the duplicates by rotation in 3D. Odd .......

Glad you liked the angels they were really fun to do.

Now I have to get to grips with my own challenge.

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Posted on 13/05/22 10:02:23 AM
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Re: Challenge 906: Stairway to heaven
Thanks for the feedback, Steve. Surprisingly the library/ bookshop is actually a real building that looks even more surreal than my entry.
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/gorgeous-bookstore-china-creates-other-worldly-space-180976143/#:~:text=Architect%20Li%20Xiang%2C%20founder%20of,that%20flow%20through%20the%20city.

I came across it while looking for a photo-realistic version of M.C. Escher’s Relativity artwork




Posted on 13/05/22 12:35:54 PM
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Re: Challenge 906: Stairway to heaven
Steve Caplin wrote:
...would be a lot better, I think, if all that fire could tint the staircase red.


DOH...!!! What a dolt I am! I was so focused on getting the molten boulders to look right that I uploaded the wrong final version. Should have been this one:



Can't believe that I never noticed my error...

Thanks Steve, a fun challenge.






Posted on 13/05/22 4:11:34 PM
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Thanks Steve. That was a bit lazy of me...lol.

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Posted on 13/05/22 8:25:15 PM
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Re: Challenge 906: Stairway to heaven
Ant Snell wrote:
Surprisingly the library/ bookshop is actually a real building that looks even more surreal than my entry.

I came across it while looking for a photo-realistic version of M.C. Escher’s Relativity artwork


Thank you for that Ant. Just stunning. Astonishing! Right up my street.

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