Behind the Scenes: Nineteen Seventies Impressed Glassware


Hello, I’m Andrew, and I have been utilizing Blender for two years after taking a break of round 13 years! My principal curiosity lies in architectural visualisation, however I’ve been engaged on smaller private initiatives to constantly develop my abilities. Blender has supplied me with the chance to work extra creatively on lighting, texturing, and rendering, utilizing my earlier expertise in 3D CAD for engineering as a place to begin.


Bigger initiatives can typically run on for weeks, which may actually harm your motivation as a learner, because the outcomes aren’t at all times rapid. To interrupt it up, I set myself a distinct problem: create one thing in a single sitting from begin to end. This can provide you an actual sense of accomplishment, and I discover it to be a great way of experimenting with what’s and is not efficient in making a easy scene.

This explicit scene grew from an experiment with procedural texture nodes, the place I generated a sample of summary concentric circles. It had a barely psychedelic look and, with the suitable colouring, instantly evoked recollections of comparable patterns used on crockery and glassware from the Nineteen Seventies.


The modelling course of is stored so simple as attainable – moderately than utilizing numerous geometry, my intention was to suggest sure components via lighting and objects out of the digicam’s body.

To create the glass mesh, start with a easy cylinder and scale the bottom to attain the specified form. Delete the highest face, then apply a solidify modifier for the fundamental form. Add some thickness to the bottom and across the rim, as you’d discover on an actual glass.

Utilizing the internal profile of the glass, duplicate the geometry and scale it to create the water. Simply out of the digicam’s body is a plant model, which helps add depth to the composition.


The lighting primarily comes from 2 space lights, positioned to choose up the highest rim of the glass and create reflections on the desk behind the glasses. Setting the brightness barely larger to provide barely overexposed reflections on the desk is meant to suggest mild coming from a window behind the scene. Utilizing a blackbody node is an effective way to manage the temperature of the sunshine.

Space lights solely:

On their very own, these space lights present loads of distinction. Nonetheless, to fill out the darker areas, I additionally used an HDRI from Polyhaven known as “Photo Studio”. For the reason that topic is glass, the HDRI provides curiosity via quite a few small highlights and reflections, even when these are refined.

HDRI solely:

Space lights and HDRI mild collectively:


As an alternative of a easy glass floor shader, the glass and water supplies additionally embrace a quantity shader. The result’s refined, however it creates a extra convincing look. Utilizing a bump map on the floor shader provides some distortion to the reflections, comparable to what’s noticed with most actual ingesting glasses.

The circle sample is generated procedurally utilizing two Voronoi textures. This method permits for tremendous changes of the round sample’s scale and density.

Then, use the shader alpha channel to cover a part of the sample and permit the glass to point out via. Utilizing a light brown/orange color palette provides to the general really feel of the scene. You possibly can see the node setup beneath:

Though it is not notably evident within the last renders, I added some bump noise and peak to the printed sample as that is how I noticed such a end in actual life.

I take advantage of a PBR wood texture utilized to a flat airplane for the desk floor.


I loosely use a ‘rule of thirds’ grid to assist organize the shot. The principle topic lies on one of many vertical grid-lines; the digicam’s depth-of-field and the reflection on the rim draw additional focus to the topic. I then place the opposite 2 glasses to the edges of the picture for steadiness.

The ultimate photos are rendered with 2048 samples in Cycles. Fewer samples mixed with the denoiser would give an appropriate outcome, however I discover that the upper pattern depend helps clear up the noisy highlights from the reflective supplies. For an animation, I’d search to optimise the setup to render with fewer samples.

Lastly, I make some changes in GIMP to the degrees and saturation (different photograph manipulation instruments can be found), and I additionally make extra adjustments to provide the picture extra washed-out and hazy.

And that’s about it! Beneath are the renders in two color variations.

RENDER – Nineteen Seventies Impressed Glassware

Including some floor dust, fingerprints, and dirt would lend additional realism to the render, however my intent was to seize a temper moderately than final photo-realism.

Thanks for studying! You possibly can see a few of my Blender work on my socials.

Concerning the Artist                       

Andrew is knowledgeable engineer and an aspiring 3D artist. He began utilizing Blender as a interest, however he has over 10 years of expertise utilizing 3D CAD for product design and engineering.