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High Resolution 3D Vehicle Illustration

3D Rendering and Compositing with Brendan McCaffrey


Starting with a photographic backplate and 3D model, Brendan McCaffrey presents an in-depth look at an automotive illustration project step-by-step from wire-frame to finished product, using Maya, Mental Ray and Photoshop®. In phase one, Brendan covers the initial brief, 3D setup and rendering. He then moves on to the view setup, matching the camera, and preparing the model and textures as they relate to high resolution work: shaders for paint, glass, metal and rubber. Brendan proceeds with the environment and lighting setup and on to the final renders of all the required layers and passes. In phase two, he assembles and corrects the render layers and passes in Photoshop®. Brendan then moves on to blending the image into a cohesive whole using non-destructive color correction and adjustment. Finally, he demonstrates how to apply effects and finishing touches. This title comes with the project's Photoshop files.

Duration: 162 minutes

Format: SD 1024x768

Brendan McCaffrey

3D Artist

Originally from Ireland, Brendan is an award winning digital illustrator living and working in Spain. An industrial design graduate of NCAD, Dublin, Brendan has been working in illustration and visualization for about twelve years. He does a wide range of projects from product, architectural and vehicle illustration to advertising, promotion and cover illustration for games. Some of Brendan's clients include: Sega, Capcom, Sony, Ogilvy & Mather, THQ, Namco, GHD, EADS, PSA Peugeot, Mediatemple and SonyEricsson. Brendan's work was published in EXPOSE 2 and he won a CGChoice award for his Peugot 907 illustration.

  • "Brendan McCaffrey has been at the forefront of automotive, architectural and product visualization. His ability to create photorealistic objects and environments has led him to work for high profile companies including Sony, Peugeot, Sega, Namco, Capcom and others. He has won numerous awards for his work and now he brings his knowledge and expertise to the Gnomon audience in his latest automotive rendering and lighting tutorial. "

    - Stephen McClure
    Visual Artist