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Published: September 30, 2009
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Do you see the 7 in the reflections?

This is a newer version of an old render of mine which you can see HERE. A lot of people seemed to like it, including GIZMODO.COM, and Microsoft themselves.... so here's a new one!

After seeing the wallpapers that come with Windows 7, I decided they are only slightly less disappointing than usual, and I made my own. I wish Microsoft would venture out and put some real good quality art in their OS. Many people never change their wallpaper, screensavers, etc, and having something completely badass as the default would help make the OS look better overall. I do understand that it needs to appeal to a general audience, but commmmeee oooon.


Technical Details

Made in Maya 2010, rendered with mental ray. Modeled with simple Maya deformers on cubes. Lit with one enormous disc area light, a white environment casting final gathering, and an enormously wierd shaped 7 like thing to reflect. Used mia_material for the glass, and just a DGS for the ground. Area light was emitting 10,000,000 photons, final gathering was only at 3000 accuracy. Rendertime was about 30 hours, but thats because I refused to use the mia_materials reflection/refraction cutoff threshold. I wanted every single reflection and refraction, hence the retarded amount of detail in the edges of the windows. It almost looks like it shouldn't be there.

You have absolutely no idea how hard it was to get the reflection to look right. I went through probably 200 test renders plus many hours in IPR before deciding this one was just good enough. Look at the screenshots below to see how weird looking the actual 7 object is when not seen in reflections.

Here's a few viewport shots: Photon Map, Final Gather Map, Wireframe, Silly Seven

Here's some test renders: Invisible!, Early Test, Getting Closer...
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Slick-NickHobbyist General Artist
That's really freakin' clever
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lisalj76Hobbyist Photographer
This is totally awesome. I have never seen a Microsoft logo look so cool. I love glass and the looks of glass, so I am biased in my opinion anyways. lol :)
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MyhrddinHobbyist General Artist
I remember when I'd first seen this work of your art.. It symbolized the coming promise of a digital clarity we hadn't had before.
Now, after many years, it seems almost like a sweet memory of things we've had to leave behind that we wish were still here.

We're entering a time when Windows will be losing reference to version altogether and just be Windows .. there may be a few hidden glimmers yet to emerge from seeds that were sown when you first created this work, it's still got a promise of wonders we have yet to imagine.

Thanks again for adding this to our lives.!
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PeterPawnHobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful.  A must :+fav:
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MofubaHobbyist Interface Designer
Very nice
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LunyToastyWolf General Artist
i love the glassy look to this its soo beautiful >///< =O
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ilnannyHobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work! :D
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CRAP! i uploaded this same image thinking no has a image this site (you don't understand, no?
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squirrelyjoelHobbyist Digital Artist
Then take it down
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ChaunieHobbyist Traditional Artist
sooo shiny 8]
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really love the reflected seven:D
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MontasanoStudent Photographer
That's amazing. :)
imantic's avatar
Change the background color to something more bright :D

But still this is Awesome :D:D:D:D
xXJohnnnYXx's avatar
maan thats a real creative idea :) i really like it ..
has microsoft bought it off you ?
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