Renaissance artists were in the game of realism as much as
3D artists are today. They may even have used lenses to get
to their results (Hockney-Falco thesis).
Eventhough we may still use glass lenses today, 3D realism
is exclusively digital -no glass at all.
Digital tools have unique, spectacular qualities; 3D (cgi) tunes and overclocks reality, and makes it look even better than the real thing. 3D in the tradition of the Renaissance: to render perfection.
I set the "Renaissance 3D" visuals up in Modo and I use the render engines of Modo or Octane. I like to keep post-production minimal; depending on the situation, I solve everything in 3D completely and then just let the 3D scene render long... A slight lighting adjustment in Lightroom may be necessary to make the pictures look natural after it has rendered.
The physically correct rendering of light through a 3D glass prism.
It's great to see how 3D design just keeps unfolding into new dimensions. One thing I like about desktop 3D printing is the speed and ease of developing an idea, one iteration after another... Below: 7/8 inch cubic booleans. Available in metal at Shapeways or get in touch for a signed set (iteration / limited edition) along with a certificate of authenticity. Right now the series is Solid, Bold and Regular.
In 2016 I designed this hard-edge geometric chess set using a 3D modeller with a 3D printer to develop each piece, iteration by iteration...
With alterations in design and a new strategy to make the pieces, I am now getting on with this project. I am 3D printing molds for the six different pieces. Then I will choose the material I will use to cast the pieces. I am keeping you updated...
I make "Renaissance 3D" visuals in 3D Modo and Octane. I keep post-production to a minimum; depending on the situation, I solve everything in 3D and let it render... When that's done, only a slight tweak in Lightroom or Photoshop make it perfect. Below: large and highly detailed "Renaissance 3d" photorealistic visuals. (The linked images are up to 1 Mb in size)