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Thief process by enkana Thief process by enkana
Since posting my Thief illustration, many people have contacted me asking about my processes and how I created the image in 3D. So to explain, I have split up the 'layers' of the completed illustration which will show how the everything was put together.

Even if you have zero experience in 3D and those terms mentioned below make absolutely no sense, hopefully you can still understand the processes visually.


1. Diffuse render - fullbright, solid colours

2. Ambient occlusion render, original

3. Ambient occlusion render, colour adjusted

4. Diffuse render(1) * ambient occlusion(3)

5. Shadow render, original - very intense directional light & Lambert shader

6. Shadow render, cleaned up & colour adjusted

7. Diffuse render(1) * shadow render(6)

8. Diffuse render(1) * ambient occlusion render(3) * shadow render(6)

9. Final image - completed with finishing touches

(* = Layers stacked with multiply mode in Photoshop)
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AlivanArt Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014
i dont understand, isn't ambient occulsion suppose to be even lit on all sides.. yours seems to be coming from one direction? or am i missing something
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afromanga Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013
good works, i like it
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Arisu-r Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013
Great Work !
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FcomBaT Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Student Filmographer
i know im late, but geeze you sure do know your lighting
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rxzero Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
some seriously cool stuff!
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muattic Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
really love this style. A quick question, you render such shadow then you composite them in AE or in other way?
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muattic Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011
I have tried to composite these picture in photoshop, that's great. Really thanks you to share this good stuff! Thanks again!
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muattic Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2011
Oh, I have a question about step5 and 6. Is step6 cleaned up from step5? If so, how?

(Step5 have some Gradient)
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laiming Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2011  Student
very cool!
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yipdidoda Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2011
Is it possible to do a 'Ambient occlusion render' in photoshop? without a 3d program? great work btw. :D
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