The new manuel-albert.com website is online, hosting new commercial projects images and videos. A service page and a fresh look.
But there’s more. A new logo was created, content structured and there’s still more to do:
- About and service page translation (german and english)
- More projects will be uploaded soon
Thanks for help to Frederik Niemann (who originally created this website) and my office colleagues from Büro Zentral.
Not too long ago my brother approached me and asked if I’d be willing to make a wallpaper for him – and of course I was.
As mentioned in the related image post (here), one of his passions is forging (there are more) & he asked me for a wallpaper of an anvil with a piece of iron being hammered into shape. Sparks flying. That sort of image.
I asked him if he could provide me a sketch of what he had in mind and he gave me a quick pencil drawing of the anvil on the left (because of his PCs desktop icons). So I started off getting reference images (I actually didn’t really know what an anvil would have to look like) for the objects and started modelling. I knew that I had to get shaders and textures right, so I unwrapped the models and prepared texture maps in highresolution.
I really wanted to focus on the atmosphere. The glowing steaming hot iron in a somewhat darkish environment (of course a rather romantic imagination of modern forging – although the place my brother started was sort of dark and did use traditional old tools). So I used a blue orange color theme and rather dark tinted colors. I really enjoy setting up the lights and tweak them using Blender Cycles realtime preview.
A few particle hairs as sparks – done, I reckonned.
So I handed this picture over to my brother and he said it was OK but he had imagined something else. I had decided to change the position of the anvil (to the right) since I thought it would be better to cover up that no character is holding the tools. The sparks weren’t right either.
Therefore I had to redo most parts of the image (at least all the objects where alright) and started changing the objects positions, lights and tweaked it a lot. Over and over again. There was one mistake I made and it took me a long time to find out what it was. I used Blenders color management tools and especially the looks – to emulate a films response curve. When I had saved the renders they looked completely different (I missed to notice the ‘save as render’ dialog). In the end I used a bit of post work like color correction, vignette and stuff like that to enhance the render. Didn’t have to use much since I had tweaked the image over and over again.
And a wireframe for the curios:
A new website.
I have never been what you’d call a skilled web-designer, so trying to design a website on my own has always been rather frustrating. Every time I would try to design something, I was either lacking great ideas or I didn’t know how to implement any of my smaller ideas code-wise. Even when I learned how to implement the smaller ideas, they still wouldn’t add up to a good overall concept.
Luckily, a dear friend of mine and former study mate is excellent at making websites. He is a brilliant designer in general and has a great eye for composition and style. Also, he is a really nice guy with a great sense of humor. So, thanks to Frederik from Weederbruuk, I can welcome you warmly to my new online portfolio. A few areas of the site are still in the works, and a few things are missing here and there content-wise – but rest assured that my appreciation for this website fuels my motivation to keep it up-to-date.
So welcome and I hope you’ll enjoy the website.
ps: thanks to adri r. for looking through my texts 😉