This is "Tanks for the Flowers" an advertising illustration of how a drug can be strong yet gentle. For this, I turned to my favorite CG app, Luxology's modo, once again.
I've been working out my modo muscle recently. I have to admit, when it comes to a workout of any kind, I'm a lazyass. I need my shortcuts! I need my presets! Get me there faster!
Yazan Malkosh of 9b Studios is my shortcut dealer. He has previously created The SLiK lighting kit for modo, The PAD material presets, and now, he brings to my doorstep a new tasting of his latest speed, The Studio Environment Set 1 from 9b studios. But while we're at it, let's just use a shortcut and call it SES 1. SES 1 is an HDR lighting preset kit, that kicks in a full set of studio lights, or beautiful window lighting with delicious reflections, or any of dozens of presets with just one click! Okay, a double click. I exaggerated.
Anyway, Go check it. Have a look at his video on the Luxology page, and some of the amazing renders there.
Here's the technical on the tank. It's modeled in modo501, and covered with replicants of flower presets (presets! there I go again), and then the surface materials have their visibility turned off. Have a look at the scene - there are no lights in the scene, just the SES 1 preset, which lights using global illumination. Not adding lights to the scene really adds speed to the preview and render, and it lets me change my mind in a moment's notice. Which I do way more than I like.
You can see the SES 1 interface on the right. It's a simple matter of rotating that sphere to get the lighting direction you need. Tanks for the instant light, Yazan!