3D Design

Blender: An easy underwater / above water 3D cut-away approach

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

Two achievements - a short story and a computer graphic - yippee!

My health has been a little dodgy recently and, with a minor hospital procedure this week, I cannot say that I had been in a good mood. However with every cloud there comes a silver lining – and I got two! The first was that the magazine Midnight Echo bought one of my short horror stories. Yay! The story is called “Alive!” and examines one alternative for prolonging existence. Apparently

Creating the Starship image - Lessons learned

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Blender Spaceship No. 2

This post is about the top 3 mistakes made and lessons learned in making my recent Starship image in Blender. Hence it is probably not the most exciting of posts. This said, I always feel the need to share such things with others in case anyone cares to learn from my mistakes. So here goes. Failing to plan is planning to fail An oldy but a goody. As anyone who

Greebles & lighting added, composition complete

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Blender Spaceship No. 2

My goal was to emulate the old-school spaceship art of the 1970s. Hopefully, I succeeded. This post will be a bit of a technical run-down in how I did it. Not too much detail, otherwise it will be super-dull. So you remember where I was at with my last post: I asked for feedback and got some great stuff. I experimented with the suggestions to see whether I liked them

First rough of new Spaceship scene

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Blender Spaceship No. 2

Hi folks, Just a quicky because I have to get myself and the family ready and run out soon. It’s been a busy past few weeks (new job, end-of-year obligations, family etc) and I”ve hardly managed to make it to the PC.  Yesterday I did and so decided to use some of the new things I’ve learned in Blender this year to have another attempt at a space scene. The

More of the door   #Blender

This entry is part 8 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi folks, I was unable to do much door work this week until today. Mostly I worked on the door itself. This meant painting the actual door texture based loosely on the reference picture. So here is the reference picture: And here is the texture I painted in Photoshop: I tried to make it look “used” and also admit to tracing a little bit :) I then turned it into a

Completely reworking Textures and normal map on door  #Blender

This entry is part 7 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

NOTE: a bit of a technical one today. So now I had a proof of concept design and had commenced a bit of trial work on it. Thing is, I always believe in self-critique. I sat down and looked at what I had done so far and whether it was correct. I noticed a few things, listed in the diagram below: I also decided that I wanted the bottom of

Normal map now on brick wall

This entry is part 6 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi all, Despite being tired, I came home and used Photoshop to make a normal map of the brick wall. This is just a filter in Photoshop that I applied to the skin I created earlier. Here is the normal map image: For those of you new to 3D modeling, this will give me some depth in my final image. I had intended to create a displacement map, but I need to

Baking my procedural texture    #Blender

This entry is part 5 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

In my previous post in this series, I had unwrapped each of my objects, ready to texture them. Then I had an epiphany: if procedural textures exist, then does a brick one exist? OK – I’ll put that into plain English for the non-modelers or new modelers braving this post. A procedural texture is basically an image that has been created by writing a computer program instead of drawing it

Progress on #Blender door as at 5 Nov 2017

This entry is part 4 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Due to illness, I have not achieved as much as I had hoped. Also note, this post talks a bit about technical 3D modeling issues, but I have tried to make it accessible to my non-technical readers who may be interested in starting to model. The first thing that I have done is set the pivot point on each object within my model. This is not something that I have done

4. Rigging to open and close properly

This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

I have now successfully rigged my door to open in the doorway. So another task complete. I found the following video very easy to understand in rigging my door: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2mIOFDgdME&t=70s So another of this week’s tasks is now achieved. :) Greg 0

3. Basic shape in place

This entry is part 3 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi all, This is where I am at so far. To achieve this I did the following: Created a block which I then made tall, broad and relatively thin. This would be the wall into which the door would be fitted. I used MS Word to create basic doorway and window shapes, converted these to 2D objects and basically cookie-cut the shape into the wall. The cookie-cutter shapes I then

Art-nouveau door - commenced Blender work

This entry is part 2 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi folks, I am delighted to say that I am ahead of this week’s plan as posted on Monday. The final thing I ticked off today was my goal of singing practice. I spent an hour this morning with my mate Jon practicing Dean Martin’s “Sway”, Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” and Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. This left me the afternoon to work on some of

2. Design for a 3D door model

This entry is part 1 of 9 in the series Art-nouveau door

Hi all, as per my weekly plan, here is a rough 2D design of the 3D art nouveau door that I intend to create in Blender. As per normal, my rough design has been completed in PowerPoint. The inspiration was taken from the following door (By Jopparn (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons): My vision is to create 4 elements in Blender: a wall with an appropriately

1. Initial thoughts on a 3D Art Nouveau setting to be made in Blender

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Digital set number one

Just a short post. I did my initial brain dump of design specifications in PowerPoint. These are fairly simple. Here is a link to a Google image search on Art Nouveau. What do you see? Curved lines and natural shapes. So I had a go at using PowerPoint to create some basic outlines of wall shapes. This said, they feel more Art Deco (i.e. more geometric that natural in form).

Next modeling project - a setting #Blender

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series Digital set number one

Hi folks, Just a short one today. I’ve been pondering my next Blender graphics project for a week or so. I’ve decided upon a set. By this I mean a digital space for me to pose characters and make 3D images – much like a film set. I want a feature of the space to be ornamental doors and windows, probably in a style like Art Deco or Art Nouveau. This can be a

User Testing - finalising my model of an x-ray machine

This entry is part 20 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

So you may remember that we started this project with an overall plan that follows the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) approach to remodel a 3D likeness of an x-ray machine that I first modeled a year ago for a presentation at EuroPCR 2016 – the official annual meeting of the European Association of Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions (EAPCI) and the world-leading Course in Interventional Cardiovascular Medicine. Here is the diagram

How did I make the x-ray machine model?

This entry is part 19 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

(Sorry – this is a repost as my database corrupted and I had to do a restore. Annoying as I had been in a hurry and had not done my normal post-post backup. Lucky I had a copy of the text.) I’m a Blender noob, so let me show how I used my simple skills to make the objects. Now the bench was really easy. Essentially it is a whole

The model of the monitor is complete

This entry is part 18 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

Well, didn’t this go quickly? The project is almost complete; much faster than expected.  I threw together the medical monitor today. Here it is from a couple of different angles: As you can see it also has a ceiling mount. I have not placed any images on the monitor, but I have created a texture that would easily permit images to be added as suitable for whatever process in being undertaken

Ceiling mount added   #Blender

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series My X-Ray model project

Wow! Today was amazing. It’s like suddenly something clicked and I found myself achieving more in less time. The ceiling mount took me about half-an-hour. Admittedly I did spend an additional hour beforehand studying a number of videos regarding bending stuff in Blender. The reason was that I decided to try using a Bend modifier. This is different from how I formed the C-arm which is actually a curve. However I