Hey everyone, I'm DrukenMunkey's roommate and I'll be working on this piece with him. First I'd like to address some concerns; We've spoken to MsPudding and we're within the rights of the contest to collaborate on one entry. We will be submitting only 1 entry and will not be soliciting twice the amount of votes for the same piece. In the event that we win, there will be no duplicate prizes issued and any prizes that we may win will be split at our discretion. I'd also like to point out that it has been made clear that there is no restriction on software, as long as the final product meets the requirements of the contest. That said, we are again within the rights of the competition to produce a 2D rendering of a 3D scene. This is a digital art contest and it doesn't get more "Digital" than a 3D model and a Digital Matte Painting.
Now that that's out of the way, I'd like to show you guys what I'm throwing into the mix for this scene. I'll be doing a Digital Matte Painting (DMP) of Ionia. The DMP will not only be used as a background for the scene, but also as an HDRI to be used to light it. As a bonus Druken and I are putting together a little animation for you guys to bring just a bit more immersion and fan-boy-dum. For that, the DMP will be put on a card system in Nuke for some parallax as the camera moves around the scene. This animation will not be a part of our submission to the contest. It'll just be for the community to enjoy and act as another challenge for us as we complete this piece within the given time. As of right now I've only put in about a days work on the DMP and as such there's no architecture, crystals, ect, things that will in the end make it Ionia. Enjoy.