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Win Keyboard

By LoByteSo
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FastRechargeHobbyist Traditional Artist
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Impact

This is a great visual gag on how often computers needed to be restarted during the Windows 95 to ME era (at the very least). It has a lot of the subtle touches that real keyboards have, such as the slight recess at the center of each button, and the gaps around the keys.

The auto reboot slider is really funny. I'm guessing "Min" means minutes. At first I thought it stood for "minimum", but that didn't seem right as it was on the maximum allowed time end of the slider. Although having an "OFF" setting would be nice in real life, the joke might have been improved if all you were allowed to do is select a time range without the ability to disable auto reboot.

The hard reset button is a nice touch, and funny too. A lot of those buttons were either completely recessed (invisible - need a paperclip) or flush/dished, like some car clock setting buttons. Though this isn't too much of an issue because you are making fun of computers and having less prevention of a hard reset might add to the charm. Technically, depending on your definition, a "hard reset" would be impossible via a USB connection, it usually involves cutting the power.

Table top looks impressive, shadows and reflections are correct. The "Ctrl", "Alt", and "Del" labels look slightly blurred or obscured, but that is actually correct for many old keyboard labels.

One last thing: to me, this looks like a HUGE keyboard. There are only three things in this picture that can give an idea of scale: The table wood grain, the keyboard, and the USB plug. Even though the USB plug should indicate the scale to me, here is what my eyes tell me: "Keyboard is giant, therefore plug must be comically large." I've been trying to figure it out, and it might be the table is so close to the camera. This might be the correct table to keyboard scale, but I don't normally have my eye that close to a table, so that might be throwing me off. It might be an improvement if you zoomed out more. Give enough room in the photo for a full size keyboard, but then there is just a little three key job sitting there. The fact that these three buttons fill the frame might have a lot to do with why it seems too large to me.

Overall, I thought this was a photo of a real product until I read that you rendered it. Very cleverly done.
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LoByteSoHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much for your extensive and fair critic. I really appreciate it! :-)

The idea was born years ago. Indeed, it refers to Windows 95 and the frustration, which we all had that time.
You hit the bullseye regarding the mismatching scales in here and all of your remarks are true.
Because of your criticism, I'm seriously thinking about making some corrections. ;-)

Again, thank you very much for spending your time and that you have left their honest opinion here. :thumbsup:
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FastRechargeHobbyist Traditional Artist
I really love this picture and I just keep looking at it!  It keeps making me smile every time I see it.

I think I was wrong before about there only being three things to consider for scale.  Another on is the relationship of the auto reboot slider and the size of the keys.  On my keyboard, keys in the shape of your "Alt" and "Del" keys are about 3/4" long.  The slider in your pic is a little shorter, perhaps 1/2" long.  While I have seen some sliders that small on actual equipment, I think if you doubled the size of the slider, it would make the keyboard seem smaller.  I think my eye sees the slider, decides how large it probably is, and then assumes the keyboard is proportionately larger.  

If I were as talented as you at rendering, I'd be making more art instead of critiquing it.  Keep up the amazing work. 
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salyssongHobbyist General Artist
This should be mass produced for people who have fingers missing.
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LoByteSoHobbyist Digital Artist
Haha :-) There are not that much people I guess. :-)
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Perfekt gerendert :)
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Vielen Dank! :-)
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TimelessHeavenHobbyist Digital Artist
haha cool :D
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LoByteSoHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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LoByteSoHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :-)
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FrostuinStudent General Artist
Outstanding anecdote :), beautiful execution on the technical side.
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LoByteSoHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Glad you like it! :-)
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FrostuinStudent General Artist
Of course ;)
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MasterOfAnkhHobbyist Digital Artist
NEED! :D
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LoByteSoHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! :-)
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You're very welcome! Thx 4 sharing! :)
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TheTigerMasterProfessional General Artist
This is very cool. I like the 3D aspect to it and how realistic it looks.
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LoByteSoHobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you very much! Glad you like it! :-)
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TheTigerMasterProfessional General Artist
No problem!
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HameedProfessional Digital Artist
Could have sworn i faved this years ago, but hey better late than never.
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LoByteSoHobbyist Digital Artist
It's the fault of your time machine ;-)

Thank you anyway! :-)
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giulioanesaProfessional Digital Artist
Really funny! A great idea.
Mac Rules
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:-) Thank you very much!

... Linux rules much more ;-)
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