• Interview With Scenery Designer Oleg Shevchenko

    Interview With Scenery Designer Oleg Shevchenko

    Conducted By Dominic Smith



    What made you want to start developing scenery for flight simulators?

    I originally started designing scenery for X-Plane around two years ago (Prepar3D in 2013) when I discovered my favourite airport, Wrangell, happened to be in the wrong place and was empty of 3D features such as buildings, aircraft, etc. I found this really disappointing, especially as the scenery around this airport is spectacular, so, I started to read manuals and watch tutorials on how to create airports myself. I found the learning process so additive and rewarding, and before I knew it, one thing led to another. I just couldn't stop!

    Oleg, can you tell us a little more about the nature of your designs?

    All my designs are custom made. This includes all the 3D buildings and objects, plus the ground polygons. For myself to be happy with a project, I have to make it look as real as possible and to do this, not only do I have to search for images of the actual location, but I also have to research the area.


    Do you have a favorite piece of work, Oleg?

    My best work, I would have to say, is Wrangell but unfortunately it has not been released to the general public yet; I want to tweak it a little more. As mentioned above, it was the very first airport I started work on and has continued to improve over the years. This is mainly due to the new techniques I have been able to bring to my design work. When I am happy with the finished result, it will be released.

    What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of a project?

    I think the most challenging aspect of a project (like many developers you have interviewed) is in the sourcing of information. For a project to be both successful and realistic, a developer must have the right kind of information. This means photos, videos and airport-related documents. Without these, the project is in danger of becoming a fantasy! As I live in the Ukraine but love flying in Alaska, I have to have this information. Of course, if I lived next to Wrangell, it would be a lot easier!


    What software packages and tools do you use to develop?

    In my older sceneries, I only used SketchUp and Photoshop, but in my latest sceneries, I now use Blender for all my modelling and shading. For creating the textures, I use a combination of Gimp and Photoshop. Additional software includes GlobalMapper, SAS, QGIS, plus others. These are all really helpful programs which are important in bringing my scenery to life!

    Oleg, what made you switch from SketchUp to Blender?

    Blender has many additional features over SketchUp which I find benefits my work. Some of these include shading, ambient occlusion and UV maps. I also find its editing ability to be greatly superior to that of SketchUp. Don't get me wrong, SketchUp is a fantastic program which gently introduces people to the world of 3D modelling, however, its limitations in creating advanced objects easily becomes apparent as you progress.

    1. Roger Wensley's Avatar
      Roger Wensley -
      There's that word, the reason that there should be a health warning about learning to fly and learning to make scenery. "Addictive"
    1. Roger Wensley's Avatar
      Roger Wensley -
      And at the end that other word I always complain about; feedback, and the lack of it. Another scenery designer made an airport and the military ai for it, and had over 7,000 downloads. When I told him the ai didn't all work as it should he thought I had just installed it wrongly. Then he found his mistake, and just could not believe that for years so many folks hadn't told him.
    1. Roger Wensley's Avatar
      Roger Wensley -
      By the way, flying is also expensive, as well as addictive.
    1. RatRace's Avatar
      RatRace -
      Oleg Shevchenko's work is outstanding, and so remarkable that he does it all by himself !
    1. W33's Avatar
      W33 -
      Incredible scenery and a highly talented individual.

    1. rooitou's Avatar
      rooitou -
      Where do i find his scenery? I have searched for Oleg Shevchenko and Team Oleg but nothing comes up.
    1. Nels_Anderson's Avatar
      Nels_Anderson -
      There is a link provided at the end of the article.
    1. rooitou's Avatar
      rooitou -
      Thanks Nels, don't I feel like the idiot now !? I only read up to page 2, didn't see there was another page.
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