Breaking Bad

Digital Artist Ricardo Urbano share the making-of his latest project, a photo-realistic image from the legendary TV show Breaking Bad

Posted: Fri 18 Mar 2016

Expressing his creativity through the power of LightWave 3D, Ricardo Urbano reveals to the LightWave Community the amazing process to create his latest 3D work: an impressive CGI image of the legendary TV show Breaking Bad. Get ready to enter Walter White's laboratory to discover how this 3D artist relies on LightWave and OTOY OctaneRender to create this photorealistic image.

My name is Ricardo Urbano. I'm a digital 3D freelancer artist and I've been using LightWave 3D since version 5.6, so about for 15 years now.  From TV Commercials and VFX to still graphics for advertising and architecture, I express my creativity through the power of LightWave 3D.

This project was created in collaboration with I-Real Studios, a VFX & digital post production studio which I regularly work with. We had to create three TV series for an advertising project and I was responsible of the Breaking Bad one.

My goal was to recreate the iconic laboratory with the most characteristic elements, merge them together and had the main character, Walter White, as a cutout image.

Before starting the project, I had to document myself on the original TV Series. I've been looking for some laboratory's wide shots to define the main objects and the type of illumination.  After collecting all the screenshots as well as some foreground elements to model, I was ready to start working on that project.

Since the final resolution was 12K, the main drawback of this project was to create a high level of detail as well as getting a lot of geometry.

I've been creating this project in one week, delivering layered elements to distribute them into several designs. This image is a remake of the original render. Using the plugin OctaneRender for LightWave 3D, I've updated materials, illumination as well as the final render. I hope you like it! :)

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