And rendering is its own challenge. I started using a very basic type of sphere geometry, but it turns out it was designed for very small particles, and so I had to switch to a more complex kind of sphere (skimming over the details here) to avoid artifacts like this where the spheres and glass statue intersect.
You may not know that I've spent quite some time in an academic setting considering how one might present the references that inform different aspects of an illustration, video or animation, from narration to objects, behaviours, and even colors. I contributed to a publication in Nature Methods on the topic: http://rdcu.be/doo5.
Needless to say, dumping references here without linking bidirectionally to specific points in the video is a failure in many respects, but it's better than nothing, and I plan to improve the way in which I present this kind of information as time progresses. Maybe I should re-read my article. Also, almost certainly this is an incomplete list. I’m pretty sure there were lots of wikipedia pages I used at various points and didn’t go through the trouble of tracking down primary references. Lots of room for improvement.
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