An Approach To Painterly Rendering
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An often overlooked key component of 3D animations is the rendering engine. However, some rendering techniques are hard to implement or are too restrictive in terms of the imagery they can produce. The goal of this thesis is to make easy-to-use software that artists can use to create stylistic animations and that also minimizes technical constraints placed on the art. For this project, I present a tool that allows artists to create temporally coherent, painterly animations using Autodesk Maya and Corel Painter. I then use that tool to create proof of concept animations. This new rendering technique offers artists a different avenue through which they can showcase their art and also offers certain freedoms that current computer graphics techniques lack. Accompanying this paper are some animations demonstrating possible outcomes, and they are located on the Texas A&M online library catalog system. The painting system used for this project expands upon an algorithm designed by Barbara Meier of the Disney Research Group that involves spreading particles across a surface and using those particles to define brush strokes. The first step is to infer the general syntax of Painter’s commands by using Painter and its ability to record a painting made by an artist. The next step is to use the commands and syntax that Painter uses in the automated creation of scripts to generate paintings used for the animation. As this thesis is designed to showcase a rendering technique, I found animations made by fellow candidates for the Master of Science and Master of Fine Arts degrees in Visualization bearing qualities accented by a painterly treatment and rendered them using this technique.
Broussard, Garrett (2014). An Approach To Painterly Rendering. Master's thesis, Texas A & M University. Available electronically from