If you need a clearer indication of how far computer graphics have come then look no further than ‘Hyper Real CG’, a blog devoted to the small and elite group of artists who are creating photo-realistic images using nothing by computers.
The results are incredible, so much so that you’ll probably spend most of the time loudly shouting at the screen as your brain refuses to cave in and accept the truth.
This incredible picture by Kim Laughton is a photo, except it’s not, it’s tireless hours of rendering all performed by the silicon chips inside his computer. It’ll come as almost no surprise that the image took 24 hours to render.
Title: Time Artist: Kim Laughton Render time: 32 hours on 26 nodes Software: ZBrush and Arnold #hyperrealcg
A photo posted by HYPER REAL CG (@hyperrealcg) on Feb 23, 2015 at 12:49pm PST
If you’re still not impressed then here’s something else which isn’t real courtesy of artist angelofretribution.
“classic garden scene” Artist: angelofretribution Software: Vue Render time: 18 hours #hyperralcg #nature #garden
A photo posted by HYPER REAL CG (@hyperrealcg) on Feb 25, 2015 at 4:32pm PST
Or this from Chigbarg:
“Cubic Luncheon” Software: Blender Artist: Chigbarg #hyperralcg #blender #pizza #realism
A photo posted by HYPER REAL CG (@hyperrealcg) on Feb 25, 2015 at 4:28pm PST
Hyper Real CG is accomplished using advanced rendering software. The artist builds a wireframe model, it’s then imported into rendering software and the finishing touches are added — whether it’s realistic light effects, weather or even the position of the sun.