I always liked graphic design. As Web designer, up until now I did not need any 3D skills in my work, and in the rare occasions, when I was imitating 3D or 2.5D (as this pencil, for example, created with Fireworks), I did it for fun:)
If you watched Ice Age or Shrek, you certainly know how advanced is now the 3D animation. Of course, I watched these movies, too, and I know that nowadays, almost every real object can be drawn in such a way, so it looks really real:)
Notwithstanding this fact, I was amazed to see this:
[©Steve Moody, virtualcoder.co.uk]
Yes, I know it’s not a photo, I know these balls were created using a 3D program, and for all that, my mind cannot accept this fact, somehow… I was even trying to convince myself not to check for available EXIF data in this image, it looked so much as a photograph to me:-)
Resize slowly your browser window (Firefox, Opera, Safari, IE7 are all ОК) and…
…watch the effect. Cool!
There’s a discussion on how the quasi-3D effect was achieved using CSS + half-transparent PNG graphics — to me it reminds me the old video games; and looking at Steve, I instantly think of Nintendo’s Donkey Kong!
CSS rullz! ;-)