Monday, September 7, 2009

"Hang In There, Baby" With Nick Oberg Part 3

And now for the final look at Nick Oberg's three-part "before and after" model series (unless Nick wants to share more), where Nick shows us the evolution of some of his best models on Google Earth.

Nick (aka SittingDuck) is one of the best geo-modelers for Google Earth in my opinion. He, along with fellow SketchUp artist Chris (KR=), photographs his SketchUp building textures in such a way that captures a consistent lighting pattern representing a single moment in time. Most SketchUp users have a more eclectic approach, photographing building facades at varying times of day, in different kinds of weather, the result being good models that nevertheless lack the kind of sunshine "punch" offered up in some of Nick's work. One approach isn't necessarily better than another; but it is easy to appreciate the realistic results seen here in Nick's example.

In the image below you can see how Nick began with a more varied set of photo textures, then unified them over time. The final result has the look and feel of a real building the way you would see it in real life.

Click on the image for an enlarged version.

You can use the search bar in the side column to see Parts 1 and 2 of Nick's behind the scenes look at his work. Or, click the tag below called "Keep Trying"!

Thanks Nick for sharing. Look for a future "Hang In There" column featuring the work of MILO Minderbinder.