Articles and tutorials about digital art. I explore various applications such as Blender, DAZ Studio, Photoshop and many more. In some of these I create 3D models or set scenes and in others I compare the various applications and what they offer.
Anyone who has followed me on Twitter knows that my sister-in-law Kylie is very clever and has written an App for Apple phones that lets users create check lists for all sorts of projects from moving house, organising a party and so on. The App is called Check It Plus and it is very cool. Anyway, Kylie asks me if I might design the graphic for an ad to go
Pen, Pencil & Brush
These articles address the more traditional art forms and my attempts with them.
February 2013. I had finished the portrait of my daughter Rhiannon a few months earlier and I still felt upset that it had not met my expectations. I did not want to touch a brush again. Then, out of the blue, I was contacted by Richard, an old school friend who now resided in Japan. He had seen the post of Rhiannon’s portrait on Facebook and wanted me to paint
Articles regarding photography
In my day job I am a database programmer. I love data. The reason I love data is twofold. Firstly, within data there resides stories and I adore stories. Secondly, data offers a challenge in its presentation. How do you present data in a manner that is not only meaningful but also engages and inspires? For work I have been asked to find out more about using Machine Learning to
Posts concerning my thoughts while writing novels based in the world of Shade. These posts may contain spoilers and excerpts.
This post is about editing a first draft. Anyway, about the way I do it. You can compare the product of the first edit (this post) with the unedited first draft (last post). Note: as with any of my other posts in this section of my blog, it may contain spoilers to my writing. So proceed at your own risk. In my last post I discussed my routine of reading
General articles about writing
I must admit that I spend a lot of my travel time (home -> work -> home) listening to interviews, podcasts and panel discussions on the topic of writing and writers. Often the same ones over and over in case I can learn something new. The Coronavirus has put a short halt to this as it only takes me about three seconds to travel from my bedroom to my new
Reviews of films, television shows and books
Introduction “Prism City: Gun for Hire & Heir to an Empire“ is the debut novel of L.K. Weir and was published earlier in 2020 by Prism City Press. I came about reading it when I saw the author describe her work as science fiction noir (or something similar). Back in my youth I was a fan of film noir and had even once made a four minute promotional film noir
As many of you may remember, when I was unemployed one of the things I did to keep myself sane when not applying for jobs was to become a Google Local Guide. This meant visiting local attractions and food spots and photographing/reviewing them. The results were then placed on Google Maps. There was no money doing this, but there was an opportunity to get more free online storage from Google.
Articles regarding my experiments and interests in technology and programming
Today I am reviewing the LinkedIn Course entitled “Deploying Scalable Machine Learning for Data Science”. The course is one hour and 43 minutes long and reminded me a lot of my time at university except with the added benefit of being able to pause the lecture and go and explore things of interest when they popped up. There is definitely a prerequisite in respects to knowledge. The tutor assumes that