3D – Gone Glory

It was a very clear morning, trains passing through this maintenance depot transporting goods. After a thousand days serving on the railway, this steam locomotive ‘Doncaster’ finally retired and was replaced by an electric and diesel power engine, with full honours. He received great care during his service. With a complete maintenance and refurbishment, he was going to finish his last run – to the National Railway Museum in York, a place to remind people of one of the greatest inventions in the world, the locomotive.

Steam_Locomotive assemble_2

During my stay in the UK I visited the National Railway Museum several times. I was attracted by those giant engines in the exhibition hall, and kept thinking that I just wanted to make something. And this is how this personal work comes out. It has been done mainly in 3dsmax. Another purpose of doing this was to improve my skills in 3dsmax and related applications such as VRay, Photoshop and even After Effects and Lightroom, since it related to a complex, realistic-style 3d scene.

Some detailed pictures:




Before actually doing the thing I took a very long time to figure out the composition, as well as collecting a large amount of references. I also found that draft drawing is helpful for visualising what I really want.

I used Render Element to separate it into various layers in order to adjust each one in Photoshop.

SL_GlobalIllumination SL_Lighting SL_RawReflection SL_ReflectionSteam_Locomotive_AO SL_Specular


And here is the first composition, which has been adjusted at the final stage.


Finally, it was great fun doing such work. A hundred years ago, artists revealed their creative ideas by drawing on paper; nowadays they use a lens and a computer. I believe our technology has been tremendously developed but humanity remains quite similar.


2 thoughts on “3D – Gone Glory

    • I found a big 3D set is really relies on various skills, modelling, texturing, lighting and rendering, even post-production. And you do need a while to gather references. 🙂

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