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...Some diamonds that I'm pretty happy about.. I've redone this diamond model a few times and I finally got something that I think is acceptable (maybe..?) Any tips/critiques/suggestions would be appreciated...especially concerning caustics...

Cinema 4D

September 2005
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Update: 09.19.08

After not touching this piece for three years, I finally dug it up and tried to make some changes that some of you suggested. Mostly, I reduced the reflection somewhat on the marble floor. Still didn't get much with the caustics; it seems that the default renderer for C4D just isn't powerful enough to get the realistic type of look I was looking for. Oh well, what's done is done. I'll keep this one this way as a learning experience and try to make an entirely new one in the future.... =)
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...Diamonds... by ~liadys. Says Evanescenceheart "This is one of the few pieces of art that really blew me away! The realism and detail is absolutely exquisite!" ( Suggested by Evanescenceheart and Featured by Bloodredsangre )
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bpopilevsky Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015
Hey,

Love this photo.

I'd like to use it as an image for a website. How do I go about doing this?
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L-is-forever Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Would you mind if I used this picture for a poster I am working on? 
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Mschinmichii Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013
really beautiful
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purplewolf8910 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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meloetta-shiny Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
such a lovely piece!
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LittleAlicorn Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Cool!♥
Can I use it for a graphic for Hafifieber.com? I will credit you! :)
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Anarky2004 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011  Professional Filmographer
Beautiful...
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Galalover Featured By Owner May 5, 2011
Diamonds are forever))))
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RuiPSOliveira Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
i love this pic *.*
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123princess Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
they are soooo pretty, as they say diamonds are indeed a girls best friend!!!!!
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:iconprentooo:
prentooo Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2010
Yes these are real wonderful diamonds and you can see the genuine state of them right now.

Source: [link]
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:iconkingkaarle:
KingKaarle Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Purely beautiful! :+fav:
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KateRodrigues Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010
gorgeous stones! The only thing is, I think diamonds refract light more vibrantly. Maybe these are crystals? I love them none the less
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liadys Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010   General Artist
Yep, you are correct. A lot of people have been telling me that..I just haven't figured out how to fix it yet :lol:
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KateRodrigues Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
I haven't done 3D in a while, but could you maybe texture the light source with the rainbow light spectrum? It just lacks that intense, almost white, sparkle. I don't know. Well done anyway
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liadys Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2010   General Artist
Huh...I never knew you could put a texture on a light source...I'll have to give that a try
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KateRodrigues Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2010
:)
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SibirianBlue Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009
INcredibly beautiful!!!

p.s.
if not a secret, how did you draw the diamonds??? From zero, or is there a pre-set model anywhere?
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liadys Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2010   General Artist
Finding images with measurements of a brilliant cut diamond helped a lot =)
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ariel44 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
wow that is fantastic
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wulfnstein Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2009
haha, if only those were real =D
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Emerald-Depths Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Beautiful. :love: That's all I can really think to say. They look so life-like.
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eagle-of-shadows Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Your diamonds need color lights..:| Go see my diamonds in my account..:)
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eagle-of-shadows Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2009
Your diamonds need color lights.. Go see my DIAMONDS on my account..:)
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xXUndeadUsagiXx Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
zomggg it looks soooo realllll!!!!!!!!!
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Ci0n Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2009
wow beautiful *-*
really
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fallenangel614 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2008
Wow I can't believe this is a drawing!!! It looks soo realistic to me. I love it, the shine of the diamonds, their reflections and the marble ground, I love it alll!!
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liadys Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009   General Artist
I'm glad you like it =) But it's not a drawing :D
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fallenangel614 Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2009
But I stillz likes it!! >w<
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Lerrinus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2008
Fantastic work! The realism just blows my mind, so many facets and reflections and the light is amazing too, wow!
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jalentorn Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2008
Very nice work :)
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Kuwanii Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
Beautiful picture<3
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imperialcrypt Featured By Owner May 28, 2008
Almost looks real , very good render! :P
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javamocha Featured By Owner May 27, 2008
where did you find the dimensions of the brilliant cut?
I've tried to make this in Google Sketchup but i couldn't find the angles.
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liadys Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008   General Artist
I...I really don't know. Made this awhile ago... -sigh- I'm useless... -_-

I think I just searched on Google Images and compiled a bunch of references together...Sorry I couldn't be of much help...
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javamocha Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2008
thats fine
thanks
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CursedNight Featured By Owner May 14, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ayee! those looks really!! *breaks in and steals them!*
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EgoSlayer Featured By Owner May 9, 2008
:P Sorry for re-faving it. Wasn't showing up in my Favs before for some reason. Awesome work!
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liadys Featured By Owner May 13, 2008   General Artist
No problem =)
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femketje Featured By Owner May 7, 2008  Professional Photographer
great work
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AibouAi Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
SHINY <3,<3
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I thought this was dead-on realistic, and realy quite impressive. But somehow, despite the photorealism of this piece, I could recognize it as CGI.

The diamonds themselves are quite impressive, both visually and technically. I think they are more than realistic enough to carry the photorealistic element. And yet I looked at this image, and could immediately spot that it wasn't real.

Then I realized why this image feels somehow still too synthetic.

Not only are the diamonds perhaps a bit too blue to account for the blueish lighting--perhaps the secondary lightsource somehow got caught in them more than it should? If you intentionally went for blue diamonds, I could understand it there. But with a general bluish tone going on throughout the picture, it seems like their color could be misunderstood pretty quickly given their environment.

But also, the reflections of light and rainbows from the spotlight onto the marble from these diamonds appear largely absent. You might want to fiddle with the refraction, ray-tracing, and general light bendyness, as diamonds do act as prisms, and these seem to be keeping the light more or less for themselves instead of sharing it around.

I'm no CGI modeler/renderer myself besides in the world of fractalmaking, but I hope my comments help with sorting out any further realism issues.
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liadys Featured By Owner May 8, 2008   General Artist
Haha, don't worry, I'm not extremely well-informed about renderers (or terminology) either, but your comments were really helpful. I know what you mean about the blue..I had tried out some HDRI lighting (is that the term?) with some kind of blue-ish background to make up for the lack of rainbows (which I'm still trying to figure out). So I guess the fact that we never see that blue background either kind of confuses the viewer. Seeing that this is an old piece I should probably hunt around for tutorials on how to add in those damn rainbows :D. Thanks for the input =)
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DeepChrome Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome. I meant the overall blue lighting. I think your lack of background is fine; the surface on which the diamonds are sitting show enough of an environment to work off of. I think the minimalism will help keep the focus of the art on the diamonds and the way the light reacts to them.

It's refreshing to hear of a 3D artist who isn't completely savvy with the terms, and yet still is pulling off some nice images. :D Best of luck with the piece, should you decide to take it further.
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liadys Featured By Owner May 8, 2008   General Artist
Aw, thanks :D You've been really helpful
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:icondeepchrome:
DeepChrome Featured By Owner May 8, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome.

And thank you. :bow:
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Rushstarfire Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Hobbyist Digital Artist
pretty! this is so amazing and realistic :wow:
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x8SukiChan8x Featured By Owner May 5, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Diamonds ARE a girl's best friend. :+fav: Beautiful piece.
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shimmer-mirage Featured By Owner May 5, 2008
it has been mentioned previously, but the refractive index of diamonds is higher (this looks really like pirty crystals) the light rays refracting (should you want them to look more like diamond) generally come out as rainbows.
other then that, your modeling of the crystals is awesome.
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