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Old 03-10-2007   #1
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Default Photo-Realism?

Is it possible to achieve a proficiency (to model / skin / render) totally realistic without a vast array of peoples/teams/equipment behind the project? In other words: Is it a realistic expectation to be able to individually create something the eye cannot distinguish between real and modeled? A person, flower, or something living? Or is the limitation of the art itself prohibitive.

I'm trying to establish the reality of my expectation.

Any and all comments are appreciated. I've seen magnificent productions in legendary film, all created by huge teams working together to produce that effect. I ask, is it possible for an individual to achieve the same ?

Thank you for any response.

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Old 03-10-2007   #2
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The short answer is, yes, one person can make a photorealistic image. In order to do so, you must first be able to to model something that looks photorealistic. A head, or cell phone, or car mabey...

Then you need to develope an eye for how different textures react in an environment so you can recreate that when painting your different texture maps.

You also must develop an eye for how to light stuff. Sure, an hdri will give you a quick pretty image, but after you've seen enough images that were lit with a HDRI, you'll be able to vaguely tell that it was an HDRI.

I'd suggest you just focus on one of these fields and get that polished up to a level you are happy with, then tackle another.
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Old 03-12-2007   #3
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All you have to do to see some very impressive stuff is to go over to cgtalk.com and check out what they have featured on the top bar.
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Old 05-02-2007   #4
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Yeah totally agree to mike006. All you have to do is see some great images and work towards that.

It is not going to be easy, and that is what makes it worthwhile. Art foundation plays a crucial part. You are not alone. I am still learning too. It never stops.
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