Maya Fluid Effects Test and Understanding the Artist
Today, while I was experimenting with CG fire using Maya Fluid Effects, I thought I had reached a result I was happy with, but when I rendered the image there was a noticeable and non-intentional large glowing sphere around the flame.
With Glowing Sphere:
Without Glowing Sphere (Fluid Shape shading opacity adjusted):
I wondered if the glow was as noticeable to others or if it could maybe pass as something intentional and showed it to Matt, a 3D Animator/Effects artist. He noticed and was like, “What’s up with that glow?”
As soon as he said that, the bullshit instantly flowed out of my mouth. I tried to explain that the sphere represents energy and/or the fire’s aura and was a way to illustrate the fire’s burning desire to break away and become unruly, while at the same time being contained by this sphere of control, etc. etc…
Matt knows me well and in response to my explanation sent me a link to Michael Muelhaupt’s artwork.
I have attached Michael’s, “Empirical definition of radical growth,” below…
Translation: I only had a week to complete something to show so I turned a table on its side and glued a tree stump to it…
P.S. I will post a video of the fire as soon as it is done rendering.