The FireFly Cottage - 3dsmax Vray PhotoshoP
Hi All,
Presenting you some renders from a personal work, which I started long time back.(and still working on during my free time) to study new techniques and to test out different styles of lighting, texturing, landscaping and post-production. 

I once had a dream, of millions of fireflies/lightning-bugs, lighting up all around my house, I fancied them to be stars that took life and came down from the skies spreading all around my home... Here I tried to recreate the same dream in 3d and photoshop. And for improving/testing my photoshop skills, I decided to render a day scene in 3d and convert it to night using photoshop. Here I used the same base render for the day and night shots. I will update the making soon. 

Inspiration of location and cottage model is from my various journeys through the mountain ranges of the Himalayas. The amazing places and pine forests I travelled through, those fairytale style houses where I stayed as a guest. Apparently I was falling in love with mountains, especially Himalayas. 
Then I researched about this style of architecture, learned more about storybook or folkloric style and English Tudor style . After collecting various references from internet, I did some speed modeling as I am not really into modelling. [I am more into other aspects of 3d and post.]
So I decided this will be my kind of dream house. It will be surrounded by pine trees and the lawn grass manicured and maintained as in parks, so that it will give me a mixed feel of the forest and that of a well maintained landscape. The cottage is made of natural rocks which would be available locally. And I decided not to disrupt the terrain much, by keeping it as it is, the cottage will fit the topography, unlike the otherway around.
 
Characteristics: 
Green Building. Mix of Mountain cottages, storybook style, folkloric, and English Tudor style .Cross-gabled,pitched roof, with clipped gables.Gabled, enclosed entry with roof. Natural rock stone siding. Victorian style Porch Railing - Rectangular Balusters but in wood. Chimney with chimney pots. Small-paned bands of casement windows. Wooden deck / balcony.
 
Credits:
I used some stone textures from Arroway collection and cgtextures, Mixed them in Photoshop for the siding of cottage. Two pine trees from evermotion. And Xoio Textures for the barks of pine trees. The laubwerk Plumeria rubra,and some plants from icube. 3dsmax, Vray, Photoshop, Multiscatter.
 
Featured in:  3D World Magazine October 2014, 3D Artist magazine (Issue 71), Ronen Bekerman, Evermotion Editors’ Choice Gallery and front page!   
and a couple more – details of the awards here:
http://ifthikhar.wordpress.com/awards-publications/

Here is what Ronan has to say about this project (with making): http://www.ronenbekerman.com/firefly-cottage-ifthikhar/
For us, our house was not unsentient matter—it had a heart, and a soul, and eyes to see us with; and approvals, and solicitudes, and deep sympathies; it was of us, and we were in its confidence, and lived in its grace and in the peace of its benediction. We never came home from an absence that its face did not light up and speak out its eloquent welcome—and we could not enter it unmoved.
 —Mark Twain, 1896
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