By Jeff Bertrand
The primary focus for this project was to accurately light a scene from the natural history museum and my scene featured a triceratops skeleton.
I didn’t have a lot of major problems with this project and overall it was pretty fun. Maya crashed at the worst times, but I am used to it now. I turned auto-save off when working from home on the Maya student edition because Maya insists on reminding me every 5 minutes that the license that I have is a Student version and it makes me stop work and click yes in the dialog box. I was trying to get ambient occlusion and refractions to work but had no success. I was also forced to use mentalray, the Maya software renderer did not want to work for some reason. I did a little bit of compositing and color correction in Blender after it was done rendering in Maya. I never did capture my intended lighting in the background, but I think the foreground lighting on the triceratops was successful.
I obtained two textures from cgtextures.com and made them seamless in Gimp.