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.
This is basically a “how I did it” post about Blender. In it I only cover the sea creation aspect, not the terrain aspect which can be found in hundreds of places online. You see, my goal was to try to create one of those shots where part of the picture is above the water and part is below. I figured that, just like terrains, there would be hundreds of
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
Life is funny. Full of the unexpected. Somehow, while trundling along in my own little world on social media (in this case Twitter) I stumbled across an author named L K Weir who was describing her freshly released novel. I cannot remember the exact words that she used, but I do recall it being something like “science fiction noir”. Well, I had to give this novel of hers a go.
Reviews of films, television shows and books
Introduction I know that Gene Roddenberry wanted Star Trek to be a “Hornblower in Space”, but I reckon that this novel should also get that description, albeit Hornblower was in the navy and the Captain in this novel is not. But the sense of it. The feel. It is so very much like that. The first few chapters provide background information and then the novels explodes into action. While I
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
First Unity GameMy first personal project in Unity #Unity3DFor those of you who are unaware (i.e. you only follow me on my rare blog posts but not on Twitter), I’ve recently started a Unity programming course on UnityLearn called the Junior Programmer pathway. I’m totally loving it. Given the fact I’m 57, part of my preparation for retirement in a decade’s time includes a portfolio of minor income-earning activities such