Art – works and thoughts

My own work and my thoughts on art in general

Creating a Zebra poster using DAZ Studio and Photoshop

Despite sore eyes, a couple of weeks ago I made a Zebra poster for one of my daughter’s friends. He had expressed great delight at my art works and had a birthday approaching. I asked him what he wanted and he told me that he wanted me to make him a black and white poster of a zebra. As I am having a good-eye day, I thought that I would

Upon the Battlements - attempt 2 refined further

Following excellent feedback I have tried to make the dragon’s textures bumpier. I did this by painting textures by hand on the previous image using Photoshop. Alas I really could not get drool that satisfied me. How have I done? Greg

Upon the Battlements: attempt 2

Hi folks, A big thanks to the people who provided feedback on my digital work “Upon the Battlements”. I have thought deeply about those comments and also about my own feelings on the work. So here is my second attempt :) Notice the mountains and the sky have been changed. (i.e. no more mountains and a clear sky) Feedback appreciated. :) Greg  

New art work: Upon the Battlements

Hi folks, Have to keep today’s post brief as my eyes are aching a bit and have become quite blurry. Probably over worked them on the weekend with the piece of art that I am about to discuss. Last week a good deal came from DAZ where I could buy a model dragon for some ridiculously small amount if I first bought a new product. So I did. Me being

Today's image - an attempt at modelling my wife in DAZ Studio

Spent the day working on the text-book. Should have a draft ready for my publisher in about a fortnight. This evening, after the eyes had recovered, I thought I would have a go at modelling a younger version of my wife using DAZ Studio. The feature image at the top is one of my early drafts (the face is too fat). Below is where I am at now, rendered with Iray.

Renderosity, a Gazebo, and a Photoshop image of "PoliceJoe"

Today was one of those days where I felt busy but did not really accomplish much. So I’ve decided to inflect my day upon you, my precious readers. let’s see… Renderosity Mustakettu85 introduced me in a comment to Renderosity. On the slim chance that you don’t know what Renderosity is, it’s a web marketplace for 3D models and such. To use it you need to register. They have a Freestuff part, so

New digital art - "Encounter" - and my thoughts behind its creation

Art is an intensely personal thing. Artists across several mediums abound among my WordPress pals, and each of us has our own flavour. For me this is something that makes our community so precious to me. I do my best to learn from you all. Today I give a bit back. This post is about my latest digital art with a focus on my design and thought process together with

Finally trying Iray for DAZStudio 4.9

Hi folks, Yep, still busily working on novel. But I find that without my forays into art I feel empty. Yes, I need both writing and visual art. So I figured that I would play a little in DAZ Studio. This was frustrated for a week when my PostgreSQL database (the thing that manages all my content in DAZ) decided suddenly not to work. Stupid message about not being able

Colour splashed flower in Photoshop

Short post today as I have not really been home much. Here is a photo of a flower from my visit to Warwick Castle that I subsequently “colour splashed”. I only learnt that term today, though I have seen plenty of people do it. I just did not know that it had a name. All I did was randomly pick one of my flower pictures and then: In Photoshop duplicate it

Playing with Photoshop and a Black Forest photo

For no apparent reason I found myself doodling with Lightroom and Photoshop while processing my Black Forest photos. I guess I’ve had a few things on my mind recently.  Anyway, I thought I would share. They are not good, but what the heck, it gives you an insight into me. :) Original photo: It felt like it could be something more. So I made it into a black and white image

Perhaps - a work inspired by recent discussions

I was pretty chuffed by feedback on my very simplistic Dystopia City Block renderings, so I thought that I would actually do something with the Dystopia objects. Unfortunately I had not saved my previous scene, so I had to start from scratch. I also thought that here was an opportunity to get back to one of the basic messages that I had intended for this blog, namely… anyone can produce good

Back to the drawing board

As you know I have been working to try and create a picture in Blender of Shade, the location of my fantasy novels. As a Blender noob, I have been referencing some absolutely brilliant YouTube videos. Problem is, I have been creating a scene that really does not match my internal vision of the place. Here is where I have go to:   It looks pretty cool – a real

My friend 1337's exhibition and my own artistic struggles

1337 Let me take you back to the year 2000. It was late at night and I sat alone bathing in the soft light of my computer monitor. Death played on the screen in the form of HalfLife Deathmatch – a first person shooter game. I was SoulThief and that game was my escape from the world. Among my online friends was a player named FrankBooth. For the uninitiated let

More thoughts on cliffs being designed in Blender

Hi all, This post is a very brief one about my Blender-designed cliffs for my book scene. So I did a bit of research into mountain monasteries to get an idea for my cliff city. Lots of pictures available on Google images. Then I went and made the cliffs look a bit bulkier and substantial in Blender (more ledges etc.). I felt that this would add reality. Also, to get

The trials and tribulations of Blenders cliffs

Today is a mostly graphics oriented post. However I might also discuss the belief system of the Gnosians and their Magi (i.e. some of the people in my distant novel). Which first? Well, for some of you I suspect that the computer graphics stuff will be dead boring… so let’s start with that! :) Only kidding :) Religion of the Gnosians and their Magi At the moment there is definitely

Site changes, Iray, new digital art, and film reviews

Hi all, it’s been a busy few days since my last post. In this post I intend to: tell you about my further site changes and how they relate to my writing make a brief mention of DAZ Studio’s new renderer Iray show you my new digital art – two characters from Shade review “Jupiter Ascending” and “Grown Ups” Yes, way too much for one post. So just scroll down

So you are interested in computer art but are scared...

(A bit of a rant) I started this blog with a few different aims. One was to publicise my novel (if I ever finish the damn thing). Another aim was to convince people that using computers to generate cool-looking art was easier than most people think. Perhaps I’ve failed some of you in this second goal. (Not those of you who are already digital gurus) I know from some of

My great grandfather's picture and my daughter's

I had to get up early because our car needed a service, so I am cranky and tired. LOL. My wife would argue that I am always cranky and tired, and I have to admit that there is a degree of validity to that. Anyway, today is a brief post about my slow progress on turning a faded photo of my great grandfather into something special and also about my daughter delighting me

A bit of painting & some genealogical photo art

In this post I shall ramble a bit about someone contacting me on Ancestry.com and discuss how that made me decide  to revitalise an old family photo. I shall also give you an update on the painting I started in April… I actually did a bit today. OK – now for the genealogical ramblings you lucky people you. So I have this really annoying ancestor called William Hanbury. In 1826

November 2012 - picking up the brushes again

Truth be told, I was scared when I picked up a brush again. It was November 2012 and several people were urging me to paint a portrait of my daughter Rhiannon. At the time I had not painted anything for over a decade and my eyes weren’t that great either. I tried a few pencil sketches around the garden – the odd plant and flower – but ending up screwing