The goal was to create a 50's-60's motel sign. This is an original design inspired by actual signs. There are nearly 200 small pegs holding the neon tubes in place - I felt this gave it a realistic depth. Designing the Maya neon shader was a process of several tests and tweaks to get it right.
Everything is modeled in Maya, textured in Photoshop, with 7 layers of compositing.
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