About This Image
This is a tribute to all of the legends that we've forgotten or that perhaps sit in the unused rooms of our minds. They are just waiting for us to enter their rooms to dust them off and share them with another generation.
This depiction of Excalibur sitting lonely in a dark, misty room wishing to be outside in the light has been an image that I've wanted to complete for a long time. I created a prototype of it a few years ago, but I was never fully satisfied. In the earlier version, I used cylinders instead of a rock, the sword object was borrowed from somebody else, and since it was one complete object, I only knew how to wrap the same texture around the whole thing.
This image is completely mine. The sword was created in Wings, and is the same object I used in my Excalibur image where the Lady of the Lake is holding it above the water.
I split up the sword into logical units so that I could use different materials on each part of the sword. I modeled it after a claymore or Scottish greatsword, which gets its name from the Gaelic word claidheamohmor. I used a coarse rocky texture for the haft, a marble texture for the guard and pommel, and a silver material for the blade.
The lighting was crucial for the drama I was trying to convey. If you look closely, you'll be able to see the slight shadow the sword is creating in the infinite streams of light along with the wooden cross section in the window.
I hope you enjoyed taking a look. It's an image that has been rolling around in the back rooms of my mind for many years, and I'm glad to be able to share it with you.
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