So recently (yesterday), I rendered these two pics of my Tormentor SD and at long last I am happy with my panel lines.
You probably don't realize what a huge thing that is for me. I have been staring at Fractalsponge's pics for years now an marveled at his awesome system of paneling his models, big or small they all come out looking freaking awesome and I have foamed at the mouth with jealousy. I know he uses a large pattern and somehow gets that glued to the surface and then presto it looks freaking awesome and every couple of months I'll post in his thread "that's stunning" or "that's awesome" and I would post more but my vocabulary suffers from not completing college so I am bereft of terms to express my admiration for his work and my desire to learn how he does it and still maintains sanity while doing it. Anyway, after looking at his stuff I'll get inspired to go back to any of the dozen or so star destroyer type models I have saved on my hard drive in various stages of frustration. I've tried the pattern thing several hundred times and all I get is thousands and thousands of extra vertices and a computer gasping for more memory like it was air to breathe, I think I even killed a motherboard trying that method. Anyway, I can't do it like Fractalsponge, the man's a genius and I can't hold a candle to him for modeling. So I spent yesterday cutting and pruning and trimming and pissing off my wife and finally rendered these two pics, and I was pleased with the look.
In my happiness, I went down to the strip (I live in Vegas) and tried to hold a press conference in front of the Mirage. I figured I would pay a homeless man $10 to hold a microphone up in front of me and set up my video camera on a tripod in hopes that maybe a news van would pass by and they would think some interesting stuff was about to go down and jump on the opportunity. Well, I ended up paying the homeless man a bit more than $10, here's a little life lesson, not all people that look homeless are homeless, some of them are just criminals and have gangs of friends that will rob you on a side street near the strip. Everything turned out for the best though, my wallet was old and needed replacing anyway as was my video camera. So the press conference thing didn't work out, but, now I've got an interesting story to tell my co-workers on Monday and I'm still pleased with my panel lines.