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    How to Portray a Photo-realistic Render With Powerful Storytelling in 3ds Max

    FGT3D Explorer Challenge organized by the TPN-Accredited cloud rendering services provider, Fox Renderfarm, was started in March 2021 and sponsored by our amazing sponsors, including Xencelabs, Corona Renderer, TopoGun, Friendly Shade, Graswald, Raysync,, Texturebox and iCube R&D Group. After the selection by our jury, 3 Professional artworks and 3 Student artworks were picked and would be awarded the prizes provided by our amazing sponsors. Congratulations to all the winners! And thanks to everyone for participating!

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    In this hard time where people are finding it hard to breathe and oxygen is costlier than life, this was the only positive we never wanted. In a country of colors and love, we are seeing helplessness and deaths but we have been a fighter and this too shall pass. This picture has portrayed the helplessness people are facing, sorrow and a little hope that we can fight this too.

    The first-place winner of the Profession category is Deepak Jain! Congratulations! His artwork, Hard Time, stands out for its highly detailed scene, goosebumpy mood-setting, great lighting and color temperature.

    “This indeed is looking like a hard time for the girl in the centre of the frame. Lighting and color contrasts play nicely in this very atmospherically dense frame. The setting is visually rich, though very effective in using and reusing a limited amount of assets and geometry. You feel like you want to step into the screen and get her out of this misery.” One of our judges, Kariem Saleh said, who is an award-winning film director and animator based in Berlin, Germany.

    Here’s the interview between Deepak and Fox Renderfarm, in which we can find out how he created this moving render with powerful storytelling.

    Hard Time © Deepak Jain

    Hard Time © Deepak Jain

    Fox Renderfarm: Hi, Deepak! Thank you so much for accepting our interview! Could you give us a brief introduction about yourself?

    Deepak: Hello Everyone, I am from New Delhi, India. I started my 3D Career 15 years back, started as a High detailed 3d automobile modeler. After spending years in that domain I moved towards the 3d architectural field meanwhile I kept working on my conceptual renderings which I love to do the most.

    Fox Renderfarm: Congratulations on winning 1st place in the Professional Category of the FGT3D Explorer Challenge, how do you feel about that?

    Deepak: Thank you so much to the Fox Renderfarm Team! It was a surprise moment for me when I got to know that I was chosen as the 1st place winner. It was one of the happiest moments of my life that my artwork got selected amongst the other beautiful artworks.

    Fox Renderfarm: How long did you finish the work, Hard Time?

    Deepak: To be honest I spend almost 4-5 hrs daily on this artwork for their in-depth Detailing and completed the final image in 2 weeks. But the most important thing in this artwork is the storytelling concept which is the most time taking thing.

    Fox Renderfarm: What software and plug-in did you use?

    Deepak: 3ds Max, Corona Renderer, Photoshop

    Fox Renderfarm: What’s the inspiration behind your artwork?

    Deepak: The inspiration behind this artwork was - In India we faced the 2nd wave of covid-19 and that was the toughest time for my country where people were finding it hard to breathe and oxygen was costlier than life. We saw helplessness and deaths, even I got affected by the coronavirus and I was in a quarantine zone at that time. It was a tough and hard time for me as well, so I decided to portray my feelings through artwork.

    Fox Renderfarm: The setting is visually rich, though very effective in using and reusing a limited amount of assets and geometry. How did you make it?

    Deepak: Planning scene development is the most important thing in any artwork. Once I finalize the story then I download some freeware models and some are self-created. Then I enhance the assets in such a way so that I can connect with my story. Hence, detailing each and every asset is the most time taking part.

    Hard Time © Deepak Jain

    Hard Time © Deepak Jain

    Hard Time © Deepak Jain

    Hard Time © Deepak Jain

    Fox Renderfarm: Lighting and color contrasts play nicely in this very atmospherically dense frame. How did you make it?

    Deepak: Lighting and color depend on the essence of the story. For example, if the story is intense then I add rich and vibrant colors and if the story is subtle then low saturated colors are used.






    Fox Renderfarm: Did you meet any difficulties when creating this work? And how did you solve it?

    Deepak: Yes I faced a lot of difficulties while creating this artwork, like the modeling of small props for detailing and unwrapping those, finding the accurate human which completes my story and result that I wanted.

    Fox Renderfarm: Any artists or artworks inspired you most?

    Deepak: Definitely there are lots of amazing artists with their mind-blowing artworks that have inspired me a lot.

    Fox Renderfarm: Could you briefly tell us your educational and work experience along your CG journey?

    Deepak: Started my career as a High Detailed Automobile Modeler. After gaining sufficient knowledge, I went on to work with another big name. I was hired as a Team Leader in 3D Archviz Renderings and Walkthroughs for Indian Clients. With never-ending growth I was promoted from Team Leader to Senior Team Leader and then to Creative Group Head and now working as a 3D Production Head, I have expanded myself in areas of Architectural Visualization - Renderings, Walkthroughs, VR 360 Renderings, Storyboarding of Conceptual Walkthroughs, Experience Center Designing, Sales Hall Designing, Archviz Digital Matte Paintings, Application Interface Designing, Research & Development of new 3D plug-ins and software. Whenever I get some spare time I always push myself to create conceptual artistic renderings.

    Fox Renderfarm: Do you have any recommendable learning methods to improve professional skills?

    Deepak: Observation is the most important tool in our industry. Artists should observe all the minor details and always take inspiration from real photography. The core mantra is the more you practice and work in a detailed manner the more you will enhance your artwork.

    Fox Renderfarm: What do you think of the FGT3D Challenge, any suggestions for us?

    Deepak: FGT3D is doing an amazing job, creating a platform where all the artists try to explore themselves and showing their ability of creativeness to the world.

    Fox Renderfarm: Do you have any advice for future participants in the competition?

    Deepak: The talent and creativity of the Artist are more important than software, a real artist doesn’t need any specific software to prove his ability. If he has a good visual sense and visualization power he can bring amazing artwork in any 3D software. Be passionate about your work, in the end, you will finally achieve it.

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