Art, Design & CGI

Cinematography of spacecraft in "The Expanse"

If you haven’t seen it yet, “The Expanse” is a recent science fiction television series based on the series of book with the same name by James S A Corey (actually the alias for two authors working together). The first in the series is “Leviathan Wakes”. I really love this series of books and was lucky enough to stumble on them almost as soon as the first one was published. Anyway,

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

Adobe Fuse is really good for quick illustrations

I’ve spent the day writing my text book on management. I realised that I wanted more illustrations in it. Microsoft Word already has great tools for building charts and diagrams, but I wanted some illustrations with people. Initially I thought of using DAZ Studio: my favourite tool. But then it dawned on me that Adobe Fuse was a lot quicker for my purposes, because all I needed was a dressed figure in

Naming components of 3D models

A 3D model is usually made up on different components. If it is a figure, then perhaps the creator will have head, torso, legs and arms components (or even many more). If a motor vehicle, then maybe a chassis, windows, wheels and so on. Most objects are made up of components. Scene creators frequently use multiple models (figures, architecture, vehicles, props, etc) to establish a scene. In doing so, they

Further trials getting Fuse figures into DAZ Studio using intermediary applications

The purpose of this post is to show the outcomes of using intermediary applications to try to move figures from Adobe Fuse into DAZ Studio. It will probably be deadly boring for most of you. LOL Hypothesis If Adobe Fuse will not successfully export into a format that DAZ Studio will read, then maybe another application can be used as a form of translator between the two applications. Trials Test 1:

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

Adobe Fuse CC does not play nicely with DAZ Studio OR is it the other way around?

Hi all, Today I take a quick look at Adobe’s 3D character creation tool Fuse and how well it integrates with DAZ Studio. Brief answer: it doesn’t. First let me say that I am an Adobe fan. I love Photoshop and Premier and everything that can be done with them. When I saw Fuse appear in my CC app list I straight away wanted to find out what it was.

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

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

Loving Lake Lucerne (plus a great little shop in Picton)

This entry is part 10 of 20 in the series European Cavalcade

Hi all, Today’s post is two stories. The first is set today, during a little drive to a New South Wales’ town called Picton where I found a marvellous little “collectables” shop. Then back to Switzerland in September. Armour Collectables in Picton Obviously the name of this shop got my attention straight away. Two things that I love: armour and collectables. Alas I saw no armour in it. This said,

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

A quick photo opportunity at the Rhine Falls

This entry is part 6 of 20 in the series European Cavalcade

Imagine a place where in winter, every 10 seconds, water the equivalent to an Olympic size swimming pool rushes down a waterfall. Well, that place is the Rhine Falls near the town of Schaffhausen in northern Switzerland. These are reputedly the largest plain falls in Europe. The coach for our tour (Trafalgar’s Costsaver ‘European Cavalcade”) dropped us off here. (OK - it may seem that I’m giving them lots of free advertising,

The Tower of London - inside and experiments in post-processing

Today I share some of my photos from inside the Tower of London, and also my thoughts on how I post-processed them. Now one thing that you need to understand is that I am not a photographic expert. I’m also not a post-processing expert. Or even a particularly good hobbyist photographer. I’ve been using this European trip to try to teach myself something about DLSRs. So don’t get your hopes

The Tower of London - outside

So we caught the Tube to Tower Hill to see the Tower of London. The day was grey and I felt myself wondering whether I should have brought umbrellas. I also realised that my previous day’s photos of public monuments and the such was fairly sub-par. On this grey day I needed to lift my game! Naturally the use of the expression “lift my game” then went on to totally

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

Warwick Castle and demonstrating the golden hours

Summary In today’s post I will look at Warwick Castle as a tourist destination, a place where history is recreated, and also provide a practical example of the Golden or Magic Hours that photographers prize. Beware, you have to endure me talking about my relationship with this place. So proceed with caution. Warwick – location Warwick is a town towards the centre of England, and therefore is fairly easy to reach.

Cameras I took travelling & photo editing software once home

Today’s post is not about my adventures as such, but about what camera equipment I took with me and then how I turned my very amateurish shots into something a little better. But first… I stumbled upon this competition to win a Leica M-P Digital Rangefinder Camera Safari Set! Valued at $10,000. From what I can tell from the terms and conditions it is an international competition. So have a

Writing, a photographic experiment with RAW and Premio Dardos Award

Hi everyone, My family and I have spent the last few days at my sister-in-law’s place looking after her four lads while she and her husband were down in Melbourne. Hence no posts from me. Today’s post will look at the writing/editing that I did there and also at a photographic experiment of mine. Given that I am no great photographer, I beg your indulgence. I need to get better

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

A simple comparison of Cycles versus LuxRender, but first...

… you have to listen to me talking about my day :) Actually it was a grand old day. I used some of my annual leave to have the day off work so that I could visit my daughter’s school for Education week. This involved a long, long exhibition of talent in the playground. The talent involved singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and the such. My daughter sang in the