Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Still working on the C-47

Have been using the C-47 as a way of learning better how to do realistic surfaces and textures.  Here's a render of the side of the aircraft.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Modelling a C-47

Sometimes when I'm busy at work I try something different.  I decided to model a C-47 from scratch.  Here it is so far:

You may ask why I'm doing this?  Yeah, I don't really have an answer.  It's just fun for me at a stressful time of life.  I started a BA thread here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Getting Back to the Simple Stuff...

I actually modeled a Cell Phone Tower (just for fun):

I then placed it in an architectural visualization project for a charity I was helping out.  The Ivy Generator and Sapling add on really helped here.  Used Agisoft photoscan to model all the buildings and the street.

Here is the building with the remodel:

Thanks to everyone who gave me positive comments by the way, encouragement is all I get paid through all this and I appreciate it:)

Monday, March 31, 2014

The struggle for the Art...

It's been a hectic time of life(all the way around).   I've been somewhat discouraged of late as I really feel I'm not good enough at the Art.  I guess what I really struggle with is the detail and the composition.  I'm good at programming and I'm ok at modelling, but I really fall down in the art.  Sometimes I just take ten steps backward.  For example look at Bob two posts down.  I came back to this blog and realized he just looks TERRIBLE.   Man, what was I thinking?  So I took another stab at him:

Ok, so now this is slightly better.  Studied the lips, worked the skin shader and the hair and tweaked some.  Man it's tough getting things right and he certainly he has a long way to go.  Recently I've been working on some architectural visualization projects just for fun and they turned out ok, but I really never have time to do them justice.  

I tried to work on my art a little and I entered a weekend competition.  Having written the cloud generator a while back I thought I could do a good job at it and so I created this:

Needless to say I didn't win, the theme was 'above the clouds'.  This competition made me realize that I really need to work on the Art.  I had a fairly good idea, but the execution didn't cut it.  I got lots of comments like 'hate the black eye'  'the shark looks like he's in a T-Pose'  In my defense it was a weekend competition and I didn't have a lot of time to make this, but still, to fail in the art just irks me.  I think I need to study composition more and also muscles int he face.  Technically I can do almost anything I want to in blender, I just can't seem to do anything appealing aesthetically.  Oh well, it's really not in my nature to give up, so I just keep plugging away....

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thursday, January 16, 2014

New Character.... Bob

Here's about three hours work... trying to get better at pumping out characters.....

Friday, January 10, 2014

Volumetrics are in Cycles!

So Cycles has volumetrics now so I thought I'd do a quick test.  This scene has no lights except those coming from the volume.  I'm sure they're working on point densities which I think will greatly help scenes like this.   As for the movie, I've been stalled for a long time because of work and moving households.  Now that things have settled down a bit I think I'll start in again.... sorry for the long time between posts:)