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NeilF92
12-06-2012, 06:32 AM
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Dec-2012/95311-glasort3cr.jpg Gave myself a crash course in using Blender freeware to create these virtual models as there were no useful photo references for the height and angles of the proposed acrylic painting.
Diverted effort into this for a lot longer than intended but got the bug to take them through to the painted stage which I had never done before .
Neither model is perfect , very far from it in fact , but they will suffice for composition work. The wings on the Hurricane are too thin in depth but I can live with that and I took the virtual painting a bit further to fill in some of the obvious missed bits.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/06-Dec-2012/95311-AnsoverW.jpg

NeilF92
12-06-2012, 06:51 AM
These models can be set up in a scene and lit as required then photographed with a virtual 50mm lens set at the scale distance from the subject - I find it a great composition aid in working out what the eye would actually encompass.
I could of course set out scale diagrams on plain paper !
This proved to be a bit more fun though!

Gray539
12-06-2012, 07:02 PM
Great stuff, Neil. Using 3D for traditional or digital paintings opens up a whole new level of creativity.

faminz
12-22-2012, 01:10 PM
http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/fslib.php?do=displaysearch
This is flightsim.com where you can get models for oodles of planes that can then be loaded into microsofts flightsim simulation and flown in just about any weather and you can snapshot an external picture from any angle.

NeilF92
12-22-2012, 03:37 PM
http://www.flightsim.com/vbfs/fslib.php?do=displaysearch
This is flightsim.com where you can get models for oodles of planes that can then be loaded into microsofts flightsim simulation and flown in just about any weather and you can snapshot an external picture from any angle.
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Can you tell what size lens you are using to shoot the aircraft?Might be important from a perspective point of view.
The models look to be reasonably priced so I figure this is as good a way of experimenting with compositions as any as long as you have the relevant flight sim.
I know at least one professional who downloads 3D models to use in his compositions.
Personally I find it more fun ( but time consuming) to build my own for free. I'm lucky to have no time pressures so I'm sure many will appreciate the quicker route.

faminz
12-22-2012, 06:38 PM
Not sure about the lens simulation, I suspect not but certainly sims are a good option for those with less time. I can appreciate the satisfaction for doing it all from first principles tho!
I also have used the game/sim called IL-2 for other compositions.. Works well when you only have a black and white photo.. You can spin the external snapshot into the exact same composition and print it with colour!
Simple and quick ( if you have the sims and have figured out how to fly and use them of course..)

NeilF92
12-23-2012, 07:36 AM
Aye , I wasted days and days of my life in IL2 not to mention two versions of Falcon 4 and various others - then my high end graphics card blew and I haven't been near a flight sim for a year or two .
A blessing in disguise in some ways .
More time to paint - if I would just get off this dammed computer!

Gray539
12-23-2012, 12:39 PM
I agree with you Neil. It's more satisfying to create everything yourself. You also build up a good group of 3D models you can use for other work. I must have a hundred or more 3D wireframes I can use now. Some of the odd aircraft you just have to make yourself.