What a great rendering. This is a great example of how Maxwell, in conjunction with post- work, can be used to create a tonally compelling, artistic illustration.
Derek points out some issues with formZ and Maxwell that I would like to address.
• Derek used Maxwell 1.7, which means that he also must have used a very old version of the plugin-- probably 2009's 18.104.22.168 (pre- Pylon Technical era). A great number roof improvements an bug fixes have been incorporated since then. The super-long render times he mentions are primarily due to the use of 1.7.
• Nested symbols with rotations have never been fully supported. Solutions to this issue are: 1) use only single-level symbols. 2) Turn off the option to convert symbols into Maxwell instances
Everything to do with symbols is changing with formZ 7, this limitation will no longer apply.
• Derek suggests that there is some issue with large numbers of textured tree symbols. We have not heard of this, and have a number of users who use a ton of trees in their Maxwell renderings. (?)
Again, awesome image! Derek--If you want to be in the next user manual, just send us an email.