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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.

MICROSOFT, IF YOU ARE LISTENING, I WILL MAKE YOU ONE OF THESE FOR FREE.



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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:iconlisalj76:
lisalj76 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2018  Hobbyist 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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designmorush Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2018  Professional Interface Designer
Fantastic!
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:iconmyhrddin:
Myhrddin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2016  Hobbyist 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 ..so, 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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:iconpeterpawn:
PeterPawn Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Absolutely beautiful.  A must :+fav:
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:iconrappel82:
Rappel82 Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014   Artist
:iconbrn:
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:icontapew0rm-cat:
TAPEW0RM-CAT Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2015
ILLUMINOT Icon :illuminati: 
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:icondankcuphead:
DankCuphead Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017
The Soviet Union Chat Icon Hammer and sickle emoticon 
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:iconwanilsonm:
wanilsonM Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2013
Cool!!
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:iconclhina:
clhina Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
beautiful
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:iconmofuba:
Mofuba Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2012  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Very nice
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:iconsaumyapillai15:
saumyapillai15 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
ghgjjh
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:iconsaumyapillai15:
saumyapillai15 Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2012
nice one
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:iconlunytoastywolf:
LunyToastyWolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011   General Artist
i love the glassy look to this its soo beautiful >///< =O
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:icontarik94:
Tarik94 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
whoa...
:iconneoplz:
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:iconstingfly69:
Stingfly69 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010
Beautiful work
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:iconilnanny:
ilnanny Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice work! :D
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:iconthe-david-1000:
The-David-1000 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2010
CRAP! i uploaded this same image thinking no has a image this site (you don't understand, no?
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:iconsquirrelyjoel:
squirrelyjoel Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Then take it down
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:iconchaunie:
Chaunie Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sooo shiny 8]
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:icongreenflameguy:
greenflameguy Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2010
really love the reflected seven:D
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:iconmontasano:
Montasano Featured By Owner May 19, 2010  Student Photographer
That's amazing. :)
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:iconimantic:
imantic Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2010
Change the background color to something more bright :D

But still this is Awesome :D:D:D:D
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:iconxxjohnnnyxx:
xXJohnnnYXx Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2010  Hobbyist
maan thats a real creative idea :) i really like it ..
has microsoft bought it off you ?
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:iconhelloxcthulhu:
helloxcthulhu Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2010   General Artist
I really want to eat it.
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:iconkarret:
Karret Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2010
IT LOOKS LIKE CANDY! ;m; I wanna eat it! -licks monitor- ;mm;
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:icondankcuphead:
DankCuphead Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017
Hey Sir IS Time For lunc- WHAT 

YOU LICKING YOUR MONITOR 
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:iconkarret:
Karret Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2017
Well, not anymore; I discovered, to my chagrin, laptops haven't developed taste-o-vision yet. U_U
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:icondaniel-harrington:
daniel-harrington Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Dude, I love your wallpaper! But, I have officially given up on Microsoft...

I took a long and hard look at Seven and it reminded me too much of Vista... YUCK. Plus the fact that it seems highly patented brings it down in my eyes. Starter Edition, huh?

XP was the LAST sturdy platform... and Bill Gates is moving way too fast for people to keep up. I'm not buying Vista just to upgrade to seven.

Seven=FAIL

But, nice wallpaper. Faved! Hey, could you do something like that for Macintosh.
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:iconkrebs830:
krebs830 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
Wow! My first impression was that these were actual pieces of glass or acrylic. Cool!
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:iconpluww:
pluww Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010
like it shouldn't be there, but gorgeous as all fuck
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:iconanimalcrosser5:
AnimalCrosser5 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2010
Awesome! But don't make them one for free! Microsoft is loaded. Take 'em for all they've got if they approach you.
:evillaugh:
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:iconmelonman36:
Melonman36 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2009
WinPWNS
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:icontheabyssdragon:
TheAbyssDragon Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2009
Thank you! This is perfect for my Windows 7 VM.
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:iconphantommenace2020:
phantommenace2020 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
you are the master for since now!
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:iconneo53:
Neo53 Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Someone is using your shit, man - [link]
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:iconcyclad:
cyclad Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2009
Looks very nice small. But when I view it large the refractions bother me. Very appealing though.
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:iconjlafleurart:
JLafleurArt Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
looks like Jolly Ranchers! Yum!
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:icondj-designs:
dj-designs Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess you don't have this in 2560x1600?
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:icondivineerror:
DivineError Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2009
workin on that :)
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:icondj-designs:
dj-designs Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
No 2560x1600 yet? =)
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:icondivineerror:
DivineError Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009
hold your horses

this render takes for freakin ever (24 hours) at this res so at 2560 itll take even longer. I can't hold up my computer that long so maybe ill try and sneak it onto one of the render farm machines at work and label it as 'erik test' ;)
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dj-designs Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I can see why you wouldn't hold up your home computer for that long, computer geeks as we are =)
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:icondj-designs:
dj-designs Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay! I'll keep my eyes open.
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acefighter028 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
thats so clever
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:iconlillyanna:
Lillyanna Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2009
I love it!

Keep a smile on :)
Lillyanna
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:iconchazter:
chazter Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2009
so cool I'm going to use it on my windows 7 wallpaper
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
This is a lovely wallpaper! See my review on WinModify.com here.

Brilliant Work! :)
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:icondivineerror:
DivineError Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2009
:headbang: thanks man!
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:iconrock0:
Rock0 Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2009  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Pleasure! :)
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skiba187 Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2009
well nice
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