Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Legacy Department

Digital Production Arts

Committee Member

Dr. Jerry Tessendorf, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Dr. Donald House

Committee Member

Professor David Donar


This thesis discusses the creation of computer generated photorealistic Spanish moss, a plant that grows in trees in the American Southeast. In order to replicate the plant, a Renderman procedural shader was used that included hair-like qualities in order to replicate the surface properties of Spanish moss. The necessary attributes, how they are used in the code, and final results of the shader applied to a moss model are included in this paper.