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Effective tutorials for Blender?

One of my good friends, Earthbalm, asked me whether I could recommend any effective tutorials for learning Blender. This is my reply. I’ve been trying to learn blender for years. I’ve watched hundreds and hundreds of tutorials. And yet here I am, still very much the noob, stumbling along as best as I can. Wait! Before you say something along the lines of “Come off it. Look at the x-ray

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

My artistic influences - Patrick Woodroffe

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series My artistic influences

Hi folks, This is the first in a new series of posts (not that I am giving up any of my other series). In this series I will examine the various artists and books that have influenced my own art over the years. The trigger for this is actually feedback that I have received in recent times that my digital art is not art. “What?!?” I hear some of you

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

Another new fantasy image

My twelve year old daughter is trying to write her own fantasy novel So she came to me to design some artwork for its cover. “What do you want on the cover?” I asked. “A fairy fighting a demon in front of Sparkle City.” “What does the fairy look like?” She pondered for a while. “Fairy wings, blue clothes and blond hair.” “The demon?” “Um… leathery wings and black clothes.”

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.

New digital artwork - Trouble in Elfland

Hi all, spent much of last week writing my textbook. But on Saturday started experimenting with Collision detection and character morphing in DAZ Studio. I had no intention of actually making a publishable picture, but somehow got pulled in to doing so. Ended up taking the entire weekend, most of which was fiddling with light sources (believe it or not – my original purpose having been satisfied within the hour). Here is the

Import 3D Fuse character into Photoshop

Hi folks, This is just a bit more experimentation and I thought you may want to tag along. So in my last post I created a character in Adobe Fuse and failed to import it into DAZ Studio. However documentation suggested that I could import it into the 3D functionality of Adobe Photoshop. I looked around YouTube and found this good tutorial by Victoria Pavlov. So I thought that I

Mutterings about Luxrender shadows compared to Iray

Ignore the post’s header picture. It’s an oldy that I used because I had nothing relevant and because I felt a bit like a mushroom today as I typed away in semi gloom. Anyway, on to today’s post. Spent most of the day working on my management text book. In the background, however, I put a figure into a simplistic pose in DAZ Studio and played with renderers. Particularly, with

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

Modelling a simple X-Ray machine in Blender

Hi all, as you know I am recovering from a cornea graft (transplant) as a result of Keratoconus. The pain is gone (albeit still sore from time to time, but I don’t consider that pain). My good(LOL) eye loses focus frequently (as it has done for a couple of years now). My operated-upon eye is still blurry but so much better than before the op. Nevertheless I have an obligation to meet.

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

Using Lightroom on my digital art

Hi all, Just a quickie – a kind of brain dump. The more I use Adobe Lightroom for my photos, the more I realise what it can do for my art. The thing that I like about it are the sliders for things such as white and black, highlights and shadows, the saturation etc of different colours and so on. My first attempt was with the picture Perhaps. I lightened the

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

Emulating "Golden Hours" with DAZ Studio and Iray

Hi all, I’ll be very brief today. In my previous travel/photography post (the one about Warwick Castle) I mentioned the benefits of photographing during the so-called Golden Hours (early morning or late afternoon). I also flippantly said that 3D digital artists should look at emulating this more often because the lighting in so many works is very bland. Well, I’ve set as my post header the Warwick Castle photo that

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