I know i said i would post some shots of the raptor canyon, but i got a little side tracked today and worked on the swamps that are between Plantation House and Industrial Jungle.
I’ve been itching to work on some really dense tropical jungle with patches of water and lingering fog, to see just how dense and realistic i could get it to look. The results are pretty good, but there are a lot of plant species i want to add and i would also like to create my own set of overgrowth objects that i can place in the canopy and against other trees to give the appearance of lianas and vines growing over everything. The jungle here is not regular tropical jungle because of the swampy patches of water, so there are some twisted tree species in the water and not as many tropical plants as there will be in the other tropical jungles.
There are some palm species here, with the taller ones placed so they are realistically reaching for the sunlight in the gaps in the canopy, there is large wavy jungle grass around the water and there are lots of ferns, scrub and other jungle tree species. I have placed a few fallen trees and logs around, but only a few large rocks, i will add all the smaller ones soon.
Its in these swamps that the player will find the bogged water truck from Jurassic Park 3, the one Eric was living in. Sometime during the final days on the island, the truck was being driven from the vehicle yard on the west side of the island to the east docks on the east side, when the driver went off track and lost control, getting the truck stuck in the mud. Players will need to discover what happened to the driver and where they may have gone, as this person might have been carrying something you need later in the game.
The swamps will be home to lots of insects, Compy’s and the occasional Raptor if they wander down here from the canyon beyond.
This image is missing some post processing effects such as light beams and light rays and also the real-time water reflections, which makes it almost impossible to see the water. I added the blur to the edges to (poorly) simulate a bit of DOF.
I upgraded my Flickr account to Pro just so i could upload this image. It was 43mb and i wanted to show the full size so you could see all the detail. A few people have asked for hi-res images and also for some “real” jungle shots, so this should satisfy a few people.
Be sure to visit the Flickr page for the full 3840 x 2441 version.