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02-11-2003, 02:31 AM
Hello Everyone,

I woke up cause I couldnt sleep and an idea jumped into my head. I was thinking that it would be really interesting to see everyones fist render in Inspire or Lightwave or whatever it may be in.

I have been dabbling in Lightwave now for about 2 years and some days I feel like I havnt learned much and other days i feel like I am doing ok. But, whenever I look at the first things I made it makes me feel like I am on the right path, although it seems like a slow one!!

So here it is my first render and it was done in Inspire 3d.


02-11-2003, 03:51 AM
I think this was my first project, andt the first render i was remotly satisfied with.

Hope you like it!

02-11-2003, 05:12 AM
Man all of my first-first stuff is lost on some amiga in the closet at work :) sometimes I wish I had some of my really old stuff to look at. but in the spirit of.. well... something, I slapped together a recreation of what my true first render looked like.

it's probably about 80% accurate and most of the changes would have been minor cosmetic modeling ones:p

<edit> arrrg! what's this only 500x500 max? what's wrong w/ 640x480:mad:

02-11-2003, 05:19 AM
Sadly i lost all of my early work when i hit the wrong button during an installation of linux and wiped all 3 of my hard drives lol. I think my first real render was of an X-Wing id made, it took me about a day to make and it was very very bad, just using primatives. I was really proud of it though :) and it was a sad day when i lost it.


02-11-2003, 06:42 AM
I've had Lightwave for about 1 week now, and this is literally my first render. I've since improved the eyes and skin a bit.


02-11-2003, 07:45 AM
Ahhhhhhhh, those fond memories, well mine was something like this! (I'm not kidding either!)


Global Hawk
02-11-2003, 08:42 AM
Nice one Matt!
I'm not even sure I could find, or remember what my first Lightwave project was.:confused:

I may have to do some looking around.

02-11-2003, 09:41 AM
I still have some of my old works :D

Here are just some old lw pics:




hehe, long time ago :rolleyes:


EDIT: I realy don't know which was the first LW Image :P But I would say it was a Metanurb Space Ship...may I have it anywhere.

02-11-2003, 09:43 AM
Cool stuff :) i did a lot of babylon 5 style stuff too in the old days.


02-11-2003, 03:02 PM
This is great seeing all of your work here. I have heard many times that everyone has to do a space scene sooner or later and it looks like that is what many of you did as one of your first projects. I saved it for my second! Here is a render of a probe I did for my first spcae scene.


02-11-2003, 03:12 PM
Here's my first ever render...


Did it in Turbo Silver on an Amiga 2000, to be used on the Amiga Forums of Compuserve.

My first render in Lightwave (and on a PC) was...


There's about a 10 year gap between the two....

02-11-2003, 03:22 PM
Jo. Long time ago!

I made that big ship with help from Ron T.
May somebody remember the old Training tabe "SpaceCraft Modeling" from Desktop Images. :D

@Hiraghm: Cool stuff! I also startet on a Amiga, first A500 just Games and a litle DPaint later A1200 with Cinema4D. What a great time! YEAH most of Us had no internet conection :)

okay, enough of that.

Elmar Moelzer
02-11-2003, 03:48 PM
I too did a lot of space- stuff in my very beginnings, but i dont have anything of it digitally anymore... I think i have got a few parts on tape somewhere though (very amateurish recording) ,-)

Elmar Moelzer
02-11-2003, 04:26 PM
Ok, this is not my oldest LW- render, in fact I dont have those old ones anymore.
It is very old though and the oldest of my renders, that I managed to find and that surveived my occasional: "I hate my old stuff and therefore I delete it now to get free HD- space"- moods.
It is from July 1997, or even older (the file- date is still from that time, but I think it might be even older).

02-11-2003, 04:37 PM
@Spankdaddy --

That sure is a shame that you lost your very first works from a mishap like that.

@Elmar --

I think you have an intersting image there. It reminds me of a future Paris or something. Maybe sometime after a war.

02-11-2003, 04:56 PM
Elmar: Your Pic is great!!! Back in this days I only could make ugly spaceships with very low polycount :P

PPL show US more!


Elmar Moelzer
02-11-2003, 05:13 PM
I actually lied at you all sorry...
I meanwhile managed to find my very first LW- render: january 1997. Guess what it was? A submarine! (inspired by Seaquest, but so terribly done).
Hehehe :D
I really like the idea of this thread, it feels like timetraveling, such a nice idea...
Oxyg3n, yeah you are totally right. It was meant for some fantasy- story I once thought about. I was in an apocalyptic mood at the time ;-)

02-11-2003, 05:27 PM
Okay, I've older pics too :D

Ohh almost 5MB Ram to work with! ;)

my second scene:

another space scene:

and 4on1:

They are all from my Amiga Days (A1200, 68030 / 6mb, HD and Cd-Rom, 1492 Monitor). Don't forget the "short" render times ;)


02-11-2003, 05:49 PM
hi folks...
here is one of my very first projects in lightwave. that was during the time when i was working at the game company sunflowers.....i think it must be around early´96


this picture was my very first character (with a poly-count of 1400 polys) ... yes...its spiderman...early ´96


and this picture was hand pixeled on the atari st... in ´94


bye andras

02-11-2003, 05:53 PM
here we go again...

02-11-2003, 05:55 PM

here is one hand pixeled picture....babylon 5-rules... ;=))

done in 94


and one funny picture....i really never liked ni*tendo...urgs..


bye andras

02-11-2003, 11:28 PM
Link missing

02-11-2003, 11:58 PM
i did this for a final modeling project at school. this was about 3 months after i started 3D, but it's the oldest thing i have left. the image outside the window was "borrowed" because i didn't have time to do anything else (hey, i admitted it to the prof, lol!)


02-12-2003, 01:17 AM
link missing

02-12-2003, 01:34 AM
I am really enjoying seeing everyones very first renders, I think it is a great way to see how much progress we have all made. Keep them coming. This is my very first landscape, I think I made it after I built my table.

I was so pround of this image when I made it because I used bump maps and at the time I thought I did a great job on the sky and the water.

It was my second thing made. The date on the file is october.20.2000

02-12-2003, 05:11 AM
Well, since we are sharing our firsts with lightwave, and I only have 1 post to my credit right now, and it's a brand new forum, here's mine. First model and render. I've been using LW for only a few months. Prior to that, my 3d experience was about a year trying every "off the shelf" 3d product available with little success until I got LW7. I am on my third model and hope to post soon:D .
PS. Lewis was my inspiration.

02-12-2003, 06:23 AM
I don't remember my first render. :(

This might have been one of my first animations, though -- a 3D translation of "Rika" from Phantasy Star 4.

02-12-2003, 10:02 AM
An hour after installing LW I did this little ditty as part of a composite image for a brochure. Nothing fancy. :o

02-12-2003, 10:04 AM

02-12-2003, 11:00 AM
Ok this is as far back as I can find and was made with none other than "Ray Dream Studio" I kinda cut my teeth on that one and an old version of Rhino. Oh the many nights I pondered over the uses of NURBS. -Coz

02-12-2003, 01:20 PM
Rendering time over 12 H (sorry for the double post)


02-12-2003, 01:21 PM

Well I can't remember the exact date, but it was some time 1987.
This was my really first image (well, this one is made in LW7.5) in a real 3d software.
As you can see, the Camera and Light is at default position.
Before this I programmed some funny circles and rotating cubes in early 1982...
If I can get the system up, I'll post images from the other system too.


02-12-2003, 01:22 PM
I feel dumb. My first render was a beveled logo. :o

02-13-2003, 04:49 PM
I had an ealier one of an apple but can't find it. This was among the first atleast 3 as I can remember. The depth of field was done in PS. it was a nice memory.

02-13-2003, 04:52 PM
I had an ealier one of an apple but can't find it. This was among the first atleast 3 as I can remember. The depth of field was done in PS. It was inverted though.it was a nice memory.

02-13-2003, 05:32 PM
It's not my first render, but it is my first model... at least my first "real" model.


I think it's about 4 years old... the windows are all crooked because I didn't know about the drill tool yet!

02-14-2003, 04:06 AM
Fun to see everyones first render...

Here is my contribution - a very nice desert buggy - pay close attention to the realistic environment. :P

keep posting your rends....

02-14-2003, 04:18 AM
Oh, here's my first render, totally ugly and made from a tutorial :D

02-14-2003, 12:30 PM
Not THE first, but pretty darn close. From the "LightWave 5.6 Applied" tutorial.

02-14-2003, 01:18 PM
Originally posted by Matt
Ahhhhhhhh, those fond memories, well mine was something like this! (I'm not kidding either!)

hehe, I think more people's first renders were of lens flares then I think they'll admit. :rolleyes:

02-14-2003, 03:51 PM
My first render with LW6.5:

Hifi (http://sparc.homestead.com/files/SpkCdtest001.jpg)

02-15-2003, 08:22 AM
Well, at least he's not alone :-o

I had all my firsy Imagine / Povray/Moray work on a CD, it statred failing to read. I took what I could off it but the area with all my raytracing was lost. - What do you know, two weeks later my CD burner died - it was that which was faulty - I've been crying about it ever since <g>

Ahh well, at least I've got Lw now :-)))


02-15-2003, 09:50 AM
my first project... 5.6! Steamer was used, this frame took 56 min(!) to render on my PII MMX 233...

02-15-2003, 09:51 AM

02-15-2003, 11:30 AM
Well my first render was of a dalek I made in Imagine, I'm sure I've still got it somewhere but I don't know where.

The first model of anything you could recognise that I did in Lightwave was Starbug, yeah I keep returning to the same models.

anyway you judge

The first LW 3.1 on the Amiga
this is version 1

The latest LW 7.5
this is version 10


02-15-2003, 12:26 PM

I Built this to get familiar with Lightwave, but I never did anything with the model after that. It has what today's youngsters refer to as "a intestine-head".

02-15-2003, 01:55 PM
Well, this is a little unfair, since most of you guys had extensive experience with other 3d packages before doing your first LW render, so you've actually got something to show)
I started out doing 3d 6 months ago, and LW was my first app, so my first renders were worthless pap which I didn't keep.
This was my first 'keeper'

The Great Raja
02-15-2003, 10:01 PM
Here's one of my earlist renders. With a POS program called Arena Design Pro. Early '97

Rigel Shuttle (http://www.cube3.com/starbase/memgall/rigel1.jpg)

02-15-2003, 10:31 PM
im having a hard time finding any my old stuff. i probably deleted most of them cause they were Horrible. hah

02-15-2003, 10:59 PM
You all can benefit from me being a packrat. These may actually be my first LW renders. These were done on an old Video Toaster so LW may have been at version 2 or 3 when I did these. The background on the tadpoles was painted in ToasterPaint :)

I can't say I ever thought these were incredibly cool or anything. But hey, it took 20 minutes to render this kind of stuff back then, and we had to set everything up in wireframe so you always had to rerender.



02-16-2003, 12:03 AM
This was my first render. At that time i was very proud of it.

02-16-2003, 06:02 AM
My first image was in Povray (using Moray for modelling), sine lost the source, but here's the image.


Still like it to this day, not stunning, but ..well.dunno, just something about it I like :p

02-16-2003, 06:51 AM
This really and truly is a first render. I installed LW last week and the next day my 7-year-old daughter was given an assignment to "do something interesting with the number 100", and she decided she wanted to make 100 robots in my new program.

She'd had some experience with wings3d, and she was able to make a simple robot there. I helped her import it into LW, cloned it 99 times, and showed her how to move them around.

She made the artistic choices of surface colors, background, etc.

Anyway, her first grade class clapped.

02-16-2003, 08:12 AM
oh plz... my first render just OWNS all of those!

02-16-2003, 08:20 AM
its big because of a 19" moniter. It was done on bryce a year ago or so. Some of these renders are almost as old as me!!!

02-16-2003, 11:35 PM

I dont know if it is just me, but I think it is better to post smaller pictures than this. I find it a little distracting when i have to scroll the pages just to see the whole image.

02-17-2003, 03:36 AM
epita, thats a totally unnecessary size, i mean i run a joint res of 3840x1200 but i wouldnt ever think of posting even half that size unless i was asked.

even a link to the img would have been a better idea, resize it dude... :)


02-17-2003, 04:09 AM
An alien Wizard I modeled six years. I created him as a segmented character three days after I started learning LW. I thought he looked pretty nifty at the time.

I was such a newbie, I didn't know how to parent the light with lens flare to the jewel.

02-17-2003, 12:37 PM
sorry, i would have linked but i forgot about that, (i use Ikon boards all the time) that took over 5 days on my 850 /630 mbsram but bryce is slow anyway. Ive lost most of my lightwave renders, they all sucked too much.


02-17-2003, 01:36 PM
Sprog! LOL!
..thats funny..

hmm, well I created my first render in 1986 on an Atari ST using Cyber Studio which ironically became 3D Studio!
(http://www.asterius.com/atari/ - ahh the memories!
....16 colors, 256 polygon limit, and whats raytracing?! :) )

So, no 1st renders to show, but I will try to dig up the first LW Amiga render done back in '93!

02-19-2003, 04:30 PM
Great thread - lots of really cute images. Here's an early render of a ridiculous character in Lightwave 5.6 that seemed to take ages on my Dell Pentium 300. Note the plastic looking dentures...:)

02-19-2003, 05:57 PM
Here is some of my first stuff...can't even remember how long ago it was....I had just switched from my Amiga 2000 to Pentium 200mhz/MMX with 80 megs of RAM!!! RAH!!!


02-19-2003, 08:01 PM
my first LightWave render:


i was using 3dsmax before...boo hiss hiss...boo hiss....:D

02-20-2003, 12:14 AM

I really like that image, how did you get that etheral look on your objects?

I am guessing that you used gradients on the luminosity and transparency channels.

OH, and what is it?

02-20-2003, 11:46 AM
hehee, the good old days :) I started out with Imagine v 3 on my Amiga1200, and here are my two first projects :)



don't laugh, remember this is 6 years ago ;)

02-20-2003, 04:52 PM
1995, April - The Internet RayTracing Competition
Its not the absolute FIRST render I ever did, but its probably the earliest one still in existance! :) Sad, really - The good old days of POVRay!

02-20-2003, 06:00 PM
Well, I've been usuing lightwave for about 2 years, and I have'nt been able to go into it as hardcore as I'd wanted to, and most of my old, old beginnning renders were lost. The two below are the ones I remember first doing, when I was like, 12 or 13.


(of course, that one's modelled after Raf Anzovin's dennis)


And one of my first large ships.

02-21-2003, 02:55 AM

those renders remind me so much of zelda? haha... funny.


02-21-2003, 10:26 AM
MGFX...soo Imagine? I hate that program ;)
The GUI is so dark...i never could get out anything of that program! And hey U used raytraced refletions? hoho, u had to much time or a fast amiga?

Zombat: "like, 12 or 13." On the sci-fi pic I se a (c) 2001. So your're 14now? ;)
Hehe, I thought I startet early with 3d...But U! hehe, I was 15 the first time I've used a 3d program... ;)


02-21-2003, 12:14 PM
*shrug* I dunno, those were the images I managed to dig up, and those are the oldest ones I could find...

I'm 16 right now. I first touched a 3D program when I was about 10...Specular LogoMotion, then onto Specular Infini-D a month later. I experimented with lightwave then for a little...all my pictures then have been lost.

02-21-2003, 01:17 PM
My six year old daughter is creating a school project image in LW. I've had her working on the computer since she was two. She's been watching me from time to time, and now critiques my works-in-progress. Actually, for a kid, she's very incisive.

So watch out, the teeny bopper (not the Canadians) will take over the CG world... :)

02-21-2003, 02:19 PM
Well, i think that i have one that will own all of the above!!!

"Error 404 - File Not Found"

Uhh how do you save images again!


02-22-2003, 01:48 PM
ZOMBAT - like the ships alot (they're about all i ever do). most of mine are more along the lines of 'sport' ships, haven't tried any bigguns' yet.

02-22-2003, 02:21 PM
Originally posted by cuse

those renders remind me so much of zelda? haha... funny.


Zelda? Never seen that so i can't say there's a similarity :)

Originally posted by DaBo
MGFX...soo Imagine? I hate that program
The GUI is so dark...i never could get out anything of that program! And hey U used raytraced refletions? hoho, u had to much time or a fast amiga?

hehe, I had a 50mhz 68030 with 8mb ram ;) I loved imagine back then, now I probably wouldn't stand it comparing it to LW ;)

02-22-2003, 03:12 PM
heres my first image, coincidentially, this is my first image posted on newtek, also my for my first thread on the forums, and my first encounterment of a problem (shadows), and an image for my first movie (shutdown). This image has alot of memories...boohoo.

02-23-2003, 06:41 AM
Here's my first image made with LightWave 5.0.
Rendered in 1997 :)


02-23-2003, 12:21 PM
don't have any of my first renders left... because i had a big harddrive crash ... and lost everything but here is one of my first models.. done in 6.5 only reason i have it is that i sent it to a friend so that he could render it for me :)
it even has my first human model :)

10-14-2003, 08:58 PM
Hey! I found it!
I didn't want this thread to die, so I found my first render.
It's.... It's... BRYCE!

My first Lightwave render was nearly identical to the re-made picture on the bottom, as the first stuff I ever made was deleted and I can't find it on any of my backup CD's. :( Oh well.

Jimzip :D

10-14-2003, 09:13 PM
I made a piece of wood first... This second.

10-14-2003, 09:31 PM

This thread is back to life! I think I started it during the first week of this new forum.


Thanks for sharing everyone, I really do like looking at these.

10-15-2003, 01:46 AM
My first render done by using Lightwave 5.6. about 4 years ago.

10-15-2003, 01:55 AM
Mine was for This (http://www.challenge.nm.org/Archive/96-97/finalreports/team039/executivesummary2.html) Which the Animation is CompressIT! (http://www.imagereality.com/Images/NewtekImages/Mov/FULLCOMP_q.mov). That was done in 5.0.

This one also Logo3 (http://www.imagereality.com/Images/NewtekImages/Mov/LOGO3_q.mov).

And this was my very first Animation render 36 H. This is not the entire scene.
Bottle (http://www.imagereality.com/Images/NewtekImages/Mov/BOTTLE_m.mov)

10-15-2003, 02:20 AM
This was the 2nd or 3rd character I made (c. 1999), the poly count was huge.

I'm still digging to find the first. Please waiting.

10-15-2003, 04:09 AM
my first character LW5.6. :o
I used Overcaster 1 and Ablan tree tutorial w/ my NURB guy.

10-15-2003, 05:42 AM
oh, what a rusty can of worms that has been opened.

my first render was done some time in the 80's on a yamaha msx computer (the first midi sequencer one) and was of a cube bouncing around a box using squash and stretch, i'm sure i must have saved it on a cassette.

i've been looking for some of my early atari and mac seII stuff but for some reason i saved them on things called floppy discs and computers don't have slots small enough these days.

here is something that i did on a powermac 8100 using infini-d version 3.5 i think.
i have had trouble reading those old files as i used something called disc doubler to back them up. is there anything that can recover them in osx?

10-15-2003, 10:16 AM
This thread is a great idea.

My first render was a ball with my name on it in 3dstudios max at college in 99. Shortly after we were introduced to Lightwave and I havent stopped since. My first lightwave render was a gun that was made out of cubes,balls, and cones in LW5.6. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. I dont have any of the original stuff anymore though. The oldest render I do have though is also from college. Its a high poly version of donwtown moncton,NB witha low poly counterpart used for a VRML world. Wow, skytracer....ewwww super reflections.....

10-15-2003, 12:39 PM
My first image,
Done in Povray, Moray 2.0 used for modelling if I recall.
Since lost all my POV stuff when a CD corrupted :( - I was depressed over that, I'd put a lot of effort into some of my work.

Ahh well, nothing lasts...

(Yeah..I know, why copyright such a bad image ;) - Gotto love Povrays' Media volumetrics though)

Zafar Iqbal
10-15-2003, 02:07 PM
I dont have that old renderings, but i do have a rendering of my very first project - you can see the creation date on it :)


I made this gameintro later that year:
Genetic Specis - 50MB (http://cliche.parameter.dk/click/949062e769bb794d20e34d5254d72ccd)

10-15-2003, 02:55 PM
Found some old disk, renders from LW3.5, but I don't have a machine (Amiga) that will read those disk anymore. I'm sure they are much better in my memory anyway.

Thought you enjoy this however, turorial from 3.5 days, enjoy, you might even pick up a tip or two.


10-15-2003, 04:29 PM
this is the earliest i have on my harddrive... the earliest lw remember i can remember was a snowman...


10-16-2003, 03:13 PM
This is my first model and render i ever did...in lightwave.

10-16-2003, 08:46 PM
How'dee all...

Well these will be the first pics that I've posted on any forum... but I thought the topic was cool. {I've got my fingers cross that I'm even attaching them the right way...}

The following pic is of my desk. I originally purchased it back in 96' if I'm not mistaken. While I was putting it together I got this idea to use the directions/manual as reference along with actual measurements which I could do on the fly and make all the individual panels an parts ect., and then put it together like a 3d model on my brand new state of the art 3D software... "Raydream Studio"... heh heh

This next image was done about 5 years later with "3D Studio Max 2.5". I was trying for some level of realizm...

I just resently purchased Lightwave 7.5 but at present I've been caught up in the middle of an addition to my house so things are going slow as *****...


10-16-2003, 08:49 PM
Well it doesn't seem that I can post my pics... probably cause I'm not sure how... So please disregard my previous posting until a later time...

Back to the game...

10-16-2003, 09:06 PM
How'dee all...

Well these will be the first pics that I've posted on any forum... but I thought the topic was cool.

The following pic is of my desk. I originally purchased it back in 96' if I'm not mistaken. While I was putting it together I got this idea to use the directions/manual as reference along with actual measurements which I could do on the fly and make all the individual panels an parts ect., and then put it together like a 3d model on my brand new state of the art 3D software... "Raydream Studio"... heh heh The next image was done about 5 years later with "3D Studio Max 2.5". I was trying for some level of realizm...

I just resently purchased Lightwave 7.5 but at present I've been caught up in the middle of an addition to my house so things are going slow as *****...



10-16-2003, 09:42 PM
Hello Toxic 3d,

Are you trying to upload the files to newtek or link them to your webspace?

If uploading then to newtek, the file size has to be under 5242880 bytes and I believe that you have to upload each file in a separate post.

If linking to your webspace make sure that you are using the img tag and the full url to the location of your files.

Hope this helps.

10-17-2003, 02:19 AM
First LW render in 1997!

Previous images (done in Sculpt3D/4D, TurboSilver, Imagine and Real3D) are lost somewhere into the dust of some old Tape-archive. ;)

TITLE: Sinapsi [interconnections?]

10-17-2003, 08:13 PM
"Please see the above post..."


10-17-2003, 08:15 PM
"Thats the way aha aha, thats the way I like it..."

10-23-2003, 01:21 AM
my first stuff was in povray. i'm pretty sure these billiard balls were my first:


my second was a Newton's Cradle which turned out really good, but i've since lost that render, unfortunately.

10-23-2003, 01:34 AM
Originally posted by LyonHaert

my second was a Newton's Cradle which turned out really good, but i've since lost that render, unfortunately.

Hello LyonHaert,

What is a Newtons Cradle?

10-24-2003, 06:40 PM
Here's a real one:

10-24-2003, 10:57 PM
Here's my horrible first render. It was actually done in Animation Master and not Lightwave... I had to dig for this one.

10-24-2003, 11:54 PM

That isnt a horrible first render, did you see my table??

10-25-2003, 05:24 AM
That's a cool topic... makes me think when I modeled my very first object - a boing ball - unfortunately I lost the render. At that time I was using Imagine 4 on a stock A2000, and there weren't all those cool tools we have now.

So here is the oldest render I found on my PC


10-27-2003, 06:23 AM
Great thread!!! :))

Now... here is my first "keeper"... done with Imagine 3.0 on Amiga... :)

10-27-2003, 06:26 AM
Wohoo...I found one of the first Lightwave renders also... done on Amiga..hmm.. (A1200/68060/50MHz, 18MB ram, 3GB HD).. :)

10-29-2003, 02:48 PM
Well, My first keeper is this picture.


Made with Imagine 4.0. (Amiga 1200, 68040/40 Mhz, 16 MB RAM)

Aaah! :)

11-02-2003, 03:28 PM
I am SSSOOO happy to see this stuff. I’ve been working with... ahem... Inspire for about a MILENNIUM now... doing package renderings and the like. This is the first stuff I did three years ago...

11-04-2003, 09:57 AM
well, this is my first 3d render, and first 3d model.

i made it with no reference and i was really happy with it at the time (bout a year ago when i got 7.5) but check those highly aerodynamic tail fins :confused:, didnt know about spline patch at the time

11-04-2003, 12:44 PM
Heehee, this is a great thread. We can all show off how bad we used to be. ;)

Some of the first 3d stuff I messed around with was on my 386 system with 4 megs of RAM. I was using POV-ray (the original DOS version). Here's a snippet from an animation I made:


The animation was short, just about 4-5 seconds, but I remember it took a while to render.

I'm pretty new to LW myself, only having bought it in the last year or so. Here's my first LW render that I can find:


11-06-2003, 10:50 AM
Here is a link to some of my old old stuff, see if you can tell what rendered it...


makes me laugh


11-06-2003, 11:52 AM
Originally posted by Noclar7
This thread is a great idea.

My first lightwave render was a gun that was made out of cubes,balls, and cones in LW5.6. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.

I was cleaning out some stuff the other day and I came across that image printed on a peice of paper. This model was literally created the first couple days i started using lightwave 5.5. lol.

11-06-2003, 09:40 PM
The very first saved out!
Look ma, no aa.


11-07-2003, 01:34 PM
My first renders were something along these lines.(see attached).
These images are reconstructions done in lightwave, but are fairly close to the originals. I was really impressed by reflecting spheres back then.

Tom Wood
11-07-2003, 02:10 PM
Huh. And I thought I'd really DONE something when I did this one first.

11-09-2003, 09:57 PM
I was digging through some old stuff in a vain attempt to clean up my place this weekend.
Look what I found next to my old Kiss Destroyer 8 track.... my absolute first render.

It was "procedurally rendered" on Dec. 8, 1976 for my grade 11 computer course. The code is in ICL, an IBM training language and submitted on punch cards.
Now I don't want to hear any of you young folks complaining that your dual processor, 2 Gig Ram workstation is too slow....
There was a 1 week turnaournd because the card deck had to be shipped and run at a local university. That works out to a total rendering speed of 1.5 "pixels" per hour. And that's without the antialiasing turned on! :)


11-09-2003, 10:01 PM

Can you please share with us what an 8 track was? That thing looks as big as a book:)

11-09-2003, 10:24 PM
nurbman: Hahaha... LOL!!! :D

11-10-2003, 12:53 AM
Nice Job Nurbman

But I think you have a render problem on the top frontmost right corner. Maybe a flipped poly?

Did you use radiosity on it? it looks so real. I want to see a wire-frame.... oh wait.... nevermind :p

heres my first render

11-10-2003, 03:20 AM
Originally posted by nurbman
I was digging through some old stuff in a vain attempt to clean up my place this weekend.
Look what I found next to my old Kiss Destroyer 8 track.... my absolute first render.

Ahh Mark,
Ye Olde 8-Track (and yes - they were as big as a PDA at least).

Destroyer - Still one of their best albums. :)

Go on - ya must have done the Kiss or Kiss Army logo in 3D at some point. ;)

11-11-2003, 08:12 PM

It's not a flipped poly, it's a lens flare.



11-16-2003, 08:19 AM
my beloved starship enterprise, was very proud of it at the time, and still am i suppose.


11-24-2003, 04:34 AM
My first render, done in something called Movie3D (I think). Took me about an hour to do, and was my first go at creating anything half-decent.

It was originally a design for a naval unit in a Total Annihilation. About a year old now.

And, yes, I know it's rubbish.

11-25-2003, 11:53 AM
This is my first model. I was pretty proud of myself.

11-25-2003, 05:56 PM
=( i feel like sucha noob among the great ones, if only i knew how to apply textures!

11-26-2003, 02:18 AM
Originally posted by ~DD~Apocalypse
=( i feel like sucha noob among the great ones, if only i knew how to apply textures!

select face, press q, set surface settings (I'm guessing you know that bit). Open the surface settings window, and click the 'T' next to the colour settings. Load an image from the drop-down menu and mess around with the settings until you get what you want.

11-27-2003, 01:39 PM
not one of the pre modeled objects that I pan the camera around and say "ooh I animated!".

done with lathe tool and pen.

and I know its so blase but, I haven't touched a program like this since HS in 97 and that prog was Infini D (don't know which version). I'm just now getting back into it.

11-30-2003, 10:43 PM
I think this was my third character like 10 or more years ago,
I don't have anything older anymore(if only there was a way
to restore a video backup on the pc ) o well .... :)

for those young kids out there it is suposed to be Amy,

an ErickW.Schwartz character.

btw no OpenGl or 3 poin Metanurbs back then

12-02-2003, 01:10 PM
From posting this, I will probably loose any credibility I might had, but here goes!

1995 or early 96, Lightwave 3.5 used (maybe LW4.0 for the last one):


Boy... that sucks!

12-02-2003, 05:55 PM
Originally posted by VirtualFM
Boy... that sucks!

Come on man, it´s some of your first renders. Anything you did back then doesn´t account for what you can do now. Everyone have to start somewhere. :) This thread is plain fun, and not some contest or anything...

12-03-2003, 07:46 AM
What ever happened to Kiki Stockhammer after Play, Inc.?

12-09-2003, 03:56 PM
My first render. I just did it today, see i'm a newbie to this.
Any good, you think?

12-09-2003, 03:59 PM
It looks like you played with the dof and it is a little strong.

12-10-2003, 03:22 AM
It looks more like he's just blurred it in photoshop. Am i right in thinking the model is just the building in the foreground and everything else is comped together?

Well done, good first render.


12-11-2003, 11:47 AM
Dof, a bit of phototshop blur on the background buildings. Everything is lightwave, the buildings is the background are just oulines, basic shapes. The main building, is actually rather detailed. I sperilized the scene. I couldn't get the lighting right, i wanted reflections on some of the windows, but it was difficuly with such a dark night time scene. So, all the work on the building with the billboards
and it looks so basic, oh well, it looks good i guess . . . .

Any suggestions or critiq?

12-20-2003, 05:59 PM
This is my first post on and of the boards. I have been using Lightwave for about 2 weeks, here is my first render, nothing but the object.

12-20-2003, 06:00 PM
Sorry for double post.

12-22-2003, 05:41 PM
not a very 1st one, but early one, amiga days - real3d.... (i think embos was added with photogenics or something)

12-22-2003, 05:49 PM
and another one from that era, i think this was part of a short animation, also amiga+real3d, note the lack of aa.

12-24-2003, 03:09 PM
first render.....actually not that long ago.

12-24-2003, 03:11 PM
forgot to post pic.

12-27-2003, 05:04 AM
Not LightWave but still done on an Amiga with the app Imagine:

12-27-2003, 10:49 AM
This wasp was done using Extreme 3D, by Macromedia i think!
Did it on a pentium 133 with 16megs of ram. Towards the end of the modeling it took over half an hour just to open... WHERE ON EARTH DID I GET THE PATIENCE??!!

I had a snowman scene somewhere too!! Hmmm

12-28-2003, 01:10 AM
One of my first renders... not a bad one, but could get better... any thoughts?

12-28-2003, 01:28 AM
Also, around that time....

12-29-2003, 04:11 AM
Been loving this post...

This is one of my earliest "saved" renderings. I'll bet all of our first renderings were more like sticking a primitive in a scene and finding where the render button was. ;)

This was done with the first program I did any 3D work with, Strata Studio Pro.

I really don't have my first Lightwave render since I didn't use the lightwave program for a long time. I only used modeler to create models I could not do in Strata. Then I would import them into Strata to render and animate them since I was a lot more comfortable with Strata than Lightwave. After a while I realized I was being a moron, and ditched Strata and began learning the Lightwave system.

12-31-2003, 12:23 PM
Originally posted by PHilly[Dee]

Craig Mullins fan as well?

03-14-2004, 04:04 PM
Here is my first render and my most recent render..
I started using Lightwave a little over a month ago, aside from that the only other experience I had with 3d software was in grade 12 for like a month...almost 3 years ago..
and the reason I am showing my most recent render is just to show how far I have come since "SPIKEY HEAD"!!

I just signed up to this forum and don't know how to add more then one attachment without having to post twice so here is a link to my most recent render..


03-15-2004, 01:06 AM
there's mine. Best wine of year 1999. Rendered in LW. HDRI for background (only as a picture, no GI). From that milestone I started loving this software...

03-15-2004, 10:27 AM
I don't have my *first* render any more-- that would have been on my Amiga 500 in about '87 or '88. I used a program called Imagine (it was called something different originally, but I can't remember what it was any more) I built my living room, and it took 5 days to render-- straight ray-tracing! I wasn't into BBS's (and that WAY pre-dated the public internet) back then, so I don't have any copies of my old files.

This is a model of my old dorm room; I rendered this with Lightwave (5.0 I think?) back in '94 or so on my 25Mhz Amiga 4000. I honestly don't remember how long it took; I think right around 2 days.

The second image is an update to the same scene.

03-15-2004, 10:31 AM
Hmmm. It didn't upload the second image. Here it is:

03-17-2004, 12:05 AM
my first ever render was done with some free program i downloaded (i dont remember the name). this isnt the real thing but its very close to it. I remember being proud about it which is pretty funny, I remember how i had showed one of my friends and was so proud , I couldnt stop laughing after i had thought about how bad this really was. :p

03-17-2004, 02:06 AM
Originally posted by Lexip
there's mine. Best wine of year 1999. Rendered in LW. HDRI for background

That's real nice - makes me wanna uncork it ;)

03-17-2004, 03:31 AM
colkai. yepp, it's really tempting :)

03-18-2004, 11:49 PM
this is my first project, aside from tutorials. i'm still a newbie. this was done a few weeks ago.


03-19-2004, 10:41 PM
Hi everyone, i'm new to lightwave 3d, and highend 3d programs overall, this is my first render below, and the second one is my first texture with it. I can't wait to learn from all of you. =)

03-19-2004, 10:42 PM

03-20-2004, 02:16 PM
My very first render was most likely with Rayshade on my brand new Amiga 500 sometime around 1991-2, and was very much in the chrome sphere genre (though I was at one point attempting to build a futurustic motorcycle model by using graph paper to work out the vertices). No longer have any of that stuff.

My very first lightwave model/render was an extruded letter J, mainly just an experiment to learn the interface.

My second was a B5 work pod built from the old tutorial by Foundation Imaging's Mojo, "The 3 D's of 3D".

My first original model (and thus render) was either the Proximan K13 Shark interceptor (included below, since it's the most likely), or the Avery-Frost Orion (http://www.niflheim.net/art/index.php?RollID=gallery-tta&FrameID=19951229-orion), both taken from Space 2000 to 2100 AD, the first of the old Terran Trade Authority books by Stewart Cowley (http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?query=stewart+cowley&ht=1&sosortproperty=1&from=R10&BasicSearch=) (basically, a bunch of sci-fi paintings by guys like Angus McKie, Peter Elson, etc. stuck together into a book, around which a story was created to link them together into a coherent setting). They are both circa 1995 on the Amiga. The precise dates were lost when the files were tranferred to the PC some time in 1996, but these are the oldest renders I still have.

In 1998 I did revised models of both the Shark (http://www.niflheim.net/art/index.php?RollID=gallery-tta&FrameID=19980519-k13shark-02) and Orion (http://www.niflheim.net/art/index.php?RollID=gallery-tta&FrameID=19980216-orion-01), though the latter was more intended to be a newer design than a straight rebuild of the one in the book and my original render.

03-21-2004, 08:12 PM
ah, the first render. That takes me back.

I had the advantage of following an excellent tutorial so it still holds up okay. Here goes:


03-21-2004, 10:16 PM
Here is the first render I did with LW. It is a compromised image from a tutorial. Even though there is very little modeling involved, I am still very prowd of the final result.

04-09-2004, 01:49 AM
Back in ~1992 I had a class at PSU in computer animation. We used Imagine 3.5 on Amiga 500s (i think) my actual first render was a black square (imagine users will likely remember that the program didnt add lights automatically...if you didnt know this like me... well anyway those formative immages are lost to time (and amiga formatted disks)

the oldest immage I have on disk was made in Maya 3 back in 2001. Oh, and no its not a watermellon fish, its actually supposed to be a large mouth bass. needless to say I had alot of learning to do with texturing.

For those interested... I posted the newest version of the fish under works in progress.

04-09-2004, 02:38 AM
Here is my First Try.......

04-09-2004, 02:39 AM
another view

04-09-2004, 02:40 AM
Last one

04-09-2004, 08:36 PM
first one that i didnt use LW Content

04-11-2004, 05:18 AM
First render... hmmmm.....

04-11-2004, 07:27 AM
Sadly, I no longer have my first LightWave scene (it was the APC out of "Aliens" and was pretty good if I say so myself ;)) Instead, here's the last render I did on my Amiga (circa LightWave 5.0) before moving to the PC:

04-11-2004, 11:16 PM
Here's my first lightwave 7 render. I've worked with Bryce 4 and 5 for many years now as well as poser. This was the very first model render I did of a city I made in amapi.

04-11-2004, 11:20 PM
This is the same model rendered in Bryce 5:D

04-11-2004, 11:53 PM
erm.. I can't seem to find my really first stuff, although this would have to be one of them I'm sure.. Well.. its the first model I completed:

04-12-2004, 07:22 AM
I dont have the very first F9 but this is from my first project

04-14-2004, 04:36 PM
here is my very first render just over 2 months ago

04-14-2004, 05:46 PM
My first project, was fun but Oh have I learned since then. . .
That was August 2001.

06-14-2004, 06:22 AM
Boring I know , but created in a couple of hours from my clients Adobe Illustrator EPS file.

Not my first but about the 4th in 4 days and the first I'll get paid for.

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I have had Lightwave less than 1 week and it is the most fantastic software I've ever used. ( although I need to learn how to better manage render time vs DVD quality AVI's)

I mainly do DVD authoring now but have been involved in Printing for over 25 Years and Desktop Publishing since 1988 in California and have used 100's of Graphic and intuitive software packages over the years on Mac and PC . I've also written my own software games.

Lightwave RULES OK!

( can anyone tell me a better solution than Sky Dome Lighting , the render times are horrendous ??? )


06-14-2004, 07:03 PM
Let's be honest guys, this would have been along the lines of everyone's FIRST render: :)


06-14-2004, 08:37 PM
Mine was just a primitive sphere and I hit render. I'm amazed at some of the renders many of you have had. If some of those were your first renders, I can only imagine where you guys are at now.

Peace :D

06-14-2004, 11:57 PM
Originally posted by aLBUMZ DVP
( can anyone tell me a better solution than Sky Dome Lighting , the render times are horrendous ??? )


Try using several spot lights.

Hey everyone, it is nice to see more work in here. i really like seeing everyones first work.

Keep them coming.

06-15-2004, 03:53 PM
Wow, this is a great thread and ideal to compare to the "Your best rendering" thread.

I have a long history of marginal computer art but I'll stick with the 3D... In cronological order we have my first renders in AutoCAD 12 , Alias Sketch (I don't know the version), 3D Studio 2.0, 3D Studio MAX 3.0, and Light Wave 7. Enjoy:D

AutoCAD 12 (http://dxyner2000.com/wip/ac12.jpg)
Alias Sketch (http://dxyner2000.com/wip/alias.jpg)
3D Studio (before it was MAX) (http://dxyner2000.com/wip/3ds.jpg)
3D Studio MAX 3.0 (http://dxyner2000.com/wip/max3.jpg)
and finally....Light Wave 7.0 (http://dxyner2000.com/wip/lw7.jpg)

Now I'm going over to post the good stuff in the best rendering thread.


06-16-2004, 01:44 AM
Dang! My first render is long gone. It was made with Caligari's TrueSpace, waaaaay back. I got an educational version of it as an early teen in a book called "So You Want to be a Computer Animator." I don't even remember what it was. At any rate, I promptly spent all my money on Ray Dream Studio and set to work with my plastic models as references. The earliest image I have is probably my fifth render of my first kept model, an X-wing. Note the terrible lack of textures and the hilarious warp around the cockpit! I think I hand-pixelled that background too. Still, I was quite proud of the model. I had some better renders of it, but sadly they were lost during the fight over computers during my parents' divorce. Sad! They were fun, too!

06-16-2004, 02:10 AM
That isnt to bad. I like it. I really should do a star wars model too.

06-16-2004, 10:15 AM
My very first render..... yeh i know it sux0rz :P But i was a n00b then ;)


06-16-2004, 11:08 AM
These were my first renders, using LW6. My next render was a drastic improvement, but I lost all the files, for some reason. Oh well.

06-16-2004, 11:09 AM

06-16-2004, 03:06 PM
Originally posted by Arcturus
Let's be honest guys, this would have been along the lines of everyone's FIRST render: :)


HEH-HEH Ya got that right! Where's all the chrome and checkered planes?
Man, I think I've got some POV images circa 1995 somewhere...

06-16-2004, 04:39 PM
Hey Empororchuck, good to see a fellow Utahn on here! Well my first render is back home stuffed in a closet somewhere, but it is still perfectly engrained in my mind, I was so proud of my creation at the time. So I dug around in my start menu, found Bryce, and recreated it in about 10 seconds. Any old Bryce users will recognize this.

01-04-2005, 02:37 AM
HAHA, Just when you thought this thread was DEAD, I gotta go and accidentally dig it up.

I'm allowed to do that!

I even found my old webpage with all my very 1st 3D works...anyone here or Anim8or before (free, greatest thing for beginners...anim8or.com).

I was SOOO excited when I made that Mech last year (2004). Then I blew my own mind after the apache...I was hooked on 3D...and LW came to me just before that summer.
I started doing tutorials. It was so forgien to me I was modeling in LW and rendering in anim8or.

Csion's 1st 3D w/ Anim8or (http://www.angelfire.com/ult/csion/index.html)



01-04-2005, 10:23 AM
Ghod, I can't remember! Imagine the worst possible bit of circa-1992/3 bit of poo you can imagine, then render it on a half-meg A500... *wince*

01-04-2005, 05:13 PM
..was done in sculpt 3D on an Amiga 1000, it was about 120 x 120 and took about 4 hours to render a chrome ball on a checkerboard plane and it hooked me forever.

Shortly after I started doing limited animation in Videoscape 3D.

Who can tell me what the evolution of Videoscape 3D? (you'll date yourself for sure)

Captain Obvious
01-04-2005, 08:01 PM
I don't have an awful lot left from the first time I dabbled with 3D, unfortunately. It was probably in 1998 or something such... In maybe 2000 or 2001, I played around a lot with the nice but somewhat odd PiXELS3D, and did a lot of completely abstract images. Most were just rendered procedural textures. Pixels had, and still has (it's even better now, obviously) the best procedural texturer. Nothing, not even Lightwave or Maya or other high-end 3D apps come even close. But it's rather crummy when it comes to everything else, so... yeah. Anyway:


Captain Obvious
01-04-2005, 09:12 PM
I found a CD with some more old stuff!


Those are from 2000... Also done in Pixels 3D. I was working on a tree and some more stuff, but I never finished it.

01-04-2005, 11:18 PM
This image is an attempted reconstruction of my first render. The original was done circa 1996 in a little program called Visual Reality 2.0. The original file is probably still in my Pentium 133 machine in the basement, but I'm too lazy to reconnect all the components I cannibalized from that sucker.

I was amazed to discover that I still HAD this software after all these years, and was even more amazed when the program still ran. The reconstruction was done circa 1:15am tonight in Visual Reality 2.0.

If I'm not mistaken, the couch was peach-colored originally.

I have some circa-1997 Lightwave 2.0/Amiga stuff laying around here somewhere, though it's probably mastered on VHS. Though I might have a 3/4" Umatic copy somewhere.... :)


01-06-2005, 08:19 PM
dig dig dig ahh here we go. Not sure which was first but it was one of these. ( I know the nebula in the one pic really sucks ( didnt know HV well enuff at that time..)

01-09-2005, 09:01 PM
oh plz... my first render just OWNS all of those!
(black image)
Oh, you must have learned faster than me. That was my second render. My first one was the cow with a wood texture on wood ground.

null studios om
01-14-2005, 07:32 AM
space scenes,i think heared a space thing,i also have one.actually its the first check it ouuuuuuut....but i could'nt make the puffy clouds i dont have the plugin... :D

null studios om
01-14-2005, 07:43 AM
there is more.......comin back

01-17-2005, 07:56 AM
you guys might remember this. I posted it back in october, I guess it was the 1st halfway (emphasis on halfway) render that I did. Hell, its still probably one of the only decent renders i've done. whatever. It was done on a 500mHZ pIII w/96mb of RAM (sad, ain't it? i've since upgraded to 2.8gHZ pIV w/ 512mb of RAM).

01-17-2005, 10:19 AM
I just bought LW4, win95, the first pentium 60Mhz, 16 mb ram
One week after... my first "pro" work and simply my first 3D job (I was working for a medical agency):
A 30 polygons box, 2 maps. A basic exercise, with the manual open on my desk, he he, a productive learning... I've done a lot like this after!


Packshot of drug-box project, it was composed with a nice blue sky for a director presentation.

01-17-2005, 10:37 AM
At the same time, a more free style job, I was learning...
Note the LW4 CD on left, LW 4.0 PC interface, Photoshop 3.0 Mac interface, color pens from LW4 original CD, some scanned "roughs", the standard "crumple" bump of the desk. Firsts ray-trace tests (reflexion, transparency, shadows), alpha maps. It was simply magic. Render time: one night for 800x600 and some pray.... hi hi hi !


01-22-2005, 12:14 AM
This is my first LW render, first LW anything, sometime late 2001, I think. :eek: