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Digital Artist


Posts: 55

Garwolin, Mazowieckie, Poland

Hello everyone,

I would like to share with you my last work which is the photomanipulation with self-made 3d elements. The main theme for the work is "Tomb Raider" series.

Software used: 3D Studio Max, Vray, ZBrush, Photoshop, Quixel nDo2, Quixel dDo Beta, xNormal

The final image:

Stock image from

3d models and wires:

All comments and criticism are welcome smile Also if you have some questions about making this work feel free to ask smile

Jan 17 13 09:47 am Link



Posts: 304

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Very cool

Jan 17 13 11:51 am Link



Posts: 35726

Los Angeles, California, US

Not bad. Feels a little too much like hand painted shadows on ambient occlusion, and not 'lit' enough to me.

Jan 17 13 12:20 pm Link


Thomas Art Studio

Posts: 97

Carthage, Tennessee, US

Awesome work!

The only thing I could see as needing critiqued for looking off is from the stock image used, the way the gun is being held.

I like the work you did in merging the 3D elements with the stock image it is very well done, without knowing what was used and seeing the piece I don't think a lot of people would be able to pick out what is rendered and what is from the photo stock.

Jan 17 13 12:31 pm Link

Digital Artist


Posts: 55

Garwolin, Mazowieckie, Poland

Thx for the comments smile

And about lighting and shadows. I didn't use any 3d character model from poser or daz studio so I had to paint the character's shadows by hand on the Vray's passes I rendered.

The light in the scene is 2 Vray lights (planes). Now I think I should have used one Vray sun (for more direct shadows) and second VrayLight (plane).

Hope that in the next photomanipulation project the integration between photo and 3d be better - but I'm still happy with the effect I got smile

Jan 18 13 01:14 am Link



Posts: 207

Des Moines, Iowa, US

I like it, I think you pulled it off pretty well!

Jan 21 13 11:55 am Link


Marin Photography NYC

Posts: 7344

New York, New York, US

I think it is pretty impressive, but I'm not an expert...

Jan 21 13 12:05 pm Link

Digital Artist

Joe Diamond

Posts: 406

Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania

Manipulation can be done by anyone but i must congrate you for the incredible texturing. Your objects look real not plastic and this is the most difficult. Good job.

Jan 23 13 11:54 am Link


Ovidiu Oltean

Posts: 179

Sibiu, Sibiu, Romania

Good job.

Jan 24 13 12:43 pm Link

Digital Artist


Posts: 55

Garwolin, Mazowieckie, Poland

Five, Marin, Joe Diamond, Ovidiu Oltean  - thanks so much for the comments. I'm glad that you like this image smile

Jan 29 13 09:13 am Link