The Valley of my Mind

Hamed Hosseinpour’s recent work shared on the forums – “Valley of my Mind” quickly captured my attention for the “vastness” he managed to convey with just that single image. Vastness of scale, world and story. Being curious as I am, I asked him to tell us more about his process and today he shares it with us all. Enjoy!


First of all, many thanks to Ronen Bekerman for sharing my work and this case study here. It is a great honor for me to be able to showcase my your work to all of you here.

The basis for this recent work of mine was laid in a previous project from 2015 titled “castle of my mind” (story of the person look at his mind) after that and some consideration from websites & magazines I went back to that story once more.

1 – References to get going

I found some inspiration from nature and started the work.


2 – Placing the main character first

In this scene I’ve put the character in the viewport as basis for my composition and placed the camera (Prior to this, I did some sketches).


3 – Let’s Rock! Using “Rock Generator”

I used the Rock Generator script by Alessandro Ardolino for 3dsmax to create every stones and rocks in the scene (just did some FFD on them for random look), and used V-Ray proxy for many rocks in the scene.


4 – The Green Stuff

My goal in this work was to show the GREEN and some natural elements. In this section I used some high quality 3d models from Evermotion Archmodel 117 collection, R&D iBushes and iToo Forest Pack Grass.

All shaders were either tweaked or redone for more quality.


5 – Scattered around

For scattering all the trees and plants I used Forest Pack and Advanced Painter.


6 – Scene focus

The main parts of the scene as I indicated them and planned for.


7 – Composition

Not the most common framing was picked for this view, but I like it and exploring composition is key. This image below shows what I had in mind for this frame…


8 – Coloring

Before I started to create materials, I took an overall approach to this view… what would be my scheme? You can find many design seeds online, just google it. In this part, a book that really helped me was “learning to see creatively : design, color & composition in photography” by bryan peterson.


This is the seed for my image :


9 – HDRI Lighting

An important part of my work is the lighting setup. I used just one HDRI from Peter Guthrie’s PGSkies. The 0743 one. For more effective and more sharp light I do the lower “inverse gamma” to HDRI map and the result is great 🙂


10 – The Waterfall

To create the waterfall I just used some planes mapped with textures for a fast and effective result (you can use RealFlow or other simulating plugins to create real water).


11 – The Rust

Here’s the rusted metal material node structure


12 – Water!

I made the water texture from a high-res images, used with these settings 😉


13 – The Rock Material

Simple rock material with V-Ray displacement


14 – Leaves

All plants and trees material is VRay2SidedMtl and all of them have color corrections (and other shaders created with simple V-Ray material and some little edit).


15 – Settings…

We all love render settings, right?


16 – The Elements

Here’s what I use that becomes very handy during post-work.


17 – Post-work begins!

My post-work is done in 4 master parts :

  1. Render Elements
  2. 2D Elements
  3. Fog and Light Rays
  4. Color and Contrast

In part 4 I add these elements as well to control various aspects of the visual :

  • V-Ray Lighting
  • V-Ray Reflection
  • V-Ray Diffuse Filter
  • V-Ray Specular


18 – 2D Elements


19 – Fog & Light Rays


20 – Going for final

And the final part has some “exposure” – “color correction” – “contrast” – “lens blur” & “unsharp mask”.

That’s it 🙂


The final result…



Hamed Hosseinpour

Hamed Hosseinpour is an Architect / 3d Artist based in Iran. He started to learn Architecture in 2007 and entered ArchVIZ for the first time during 2009, becoming his main focus since. He’s been working at visualizing interior and exterior designs for the past four years and strives to be better at it each day.

Hamed HosseinpourArchitect / 3D


13 replies
  1. Christos Viskadourakis
    Christos Viskadourakis says:

    What I like in this image is its feeling. A bit of cartoony but realistic at the same time. Nice job, unique.

  2. 3D_Ace
    3D_Ace says:

    Hi, Hamed!
    Thanks for the interesting and detailed case study! How much time did you spend to create “Valley of my Mind”?
    Have a great day!

  3. JohnMcMechan
    JohnMcMechan says:

    Well done Hamed, 
    I really appreciate the time you took in creating the production breakdown. Really interesting to see your process and solid approach to color before the material phase, super important but so easily overlooked.


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