Another inspiration (#4)… and some thoughts on virtual reality

Posted by Kathleen Moore, CastleView 3D:

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An inspiring 3D rendering by Jon Coles

An inspiring 3D rendering by Jon Coles

Here’s another inspiring example of 3D modeling and rendering that I happened across recently.  The lighting and textures in this image are beautifully done.  The only tiny quibble I have here is with the wood texture on the chair — something’s not exactly right there.  But other than that, it looks pretty perfect to me.  The beveled matte on the painting and the wood grain on the chest are great.

This rendering was done by digital artist Jon Coles, a freelancer in Bristol, UK.  I couldn’t find a website for him, but more information about his work is available here.

Seeing renders like this makes me wonder if someday we’ll get to the point where we truly won’t be able to tell reality from virtuality.  I always loved the concept of the “holodeck” on the Star Trek series — virtual reality so real it felt as though you were actually living it — but it always seemed so unattainable.  But when you think about how far this art-science-technology has come in the past 30 years, and how the speed of new developments only seems to be accelerating, who’s to say that we won’t have created something akin to a holodeck before I depart this world?

I find that possibility exciting and intriguing.  Do you?  Do you think it will happen?


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