Back to the Age of Sail

Making of

Computer and 3D design programs open an innovative path to recreate the age of sail. All pictures on this website were built with two low-cost but high performance tools; POV-Ray, an open source ray tracer, and MORAY, a shareware modeler.

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In the first step, we need a sea surface! Sinus waves form the surface of a water body. A single wave looks dull and not very realistic.

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Using several waves improves the appearance of the water plane. The surface needs a mixture of reflective and transparent attributes to look good.

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To create a lifelike surface, we combine a large number of sinus waves with different strength and wavelength.

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In the next step, we put a boat model into the water.

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We change the viewing perspective form a bird’s eye view to a normal position. Still many elements are missing.

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We add some clouds and zoom into the scene. The water surface reflects the clouds. That looks better.

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In the final step, we append brush strokes to create the impression of oil or watercolor painting.