2015 News Archive

 

 

 

12/23/15

Silent Night (Merry Christmas 2015!)

I had wanted to have this one finished last week but as I was getting ready to post it I felt like it needed a couple of updates.

In the past I might have just posted the first version and then the updated one later, but I've come to realize that you only have one chance to make a first impression. I wanted this one to be as perfect as possible when I posted it so I made my changes and hit the F9 key one more time.

Fortunately the render finished before Christmas! I had my doubts that it would finish on time with the mist that I added over the water and the higher resolution trees in the foreground.

I hope you enjoy it and that you all have a safe and happy Holiday!!

12/12/15

Boreal

As promised, here's another view of my Lightwave gas giant. My goal here was to create something that I could render in under an hour (as opposed to "Above the Canopy" which took almost 2 days to complete). The triple 5K version renders in around 10 minutes in Shadowfax!

Speaking of "Above the Canopy", that render takes place on the moon to the left in this scene :-)

12/3/15

Above the Canopy

This one started out as an attempt to create a gas giant planet using only Lightwave "procedural" textures. Procedurals create colors and patterns mathematically as opposed to something hand-painted or a photo of Jupiter.

The advantage being that you can render them at extremely high resolutions and they don't degrade. Some fractal textures create even more detail the higher the resolution.

So I wanted something that would fill an entire Vue sky with color. I posted such a version yesterday but I'm not sure the effect worked as well as I had hoped, but I do think the planet looks better scaled down a bit.

Don't be surprised if you see more than one view of this planet in a future wallpapers. Just like this piece, the planet is a work-in-progress too :-)

I have a couple of other wallpapers in development which should be showing up in the gallery soon. Stay tuned!!

11/28/15

"Pyre (Christmas)"

Every so often I like to change the profile pic on my Facebook Page and about a week ago I decided to use "Pyre". One of my fans saw the post and suggested "adding some red into the mix" to give it a more Christmas look.

That gave me the idea to take it a step or two further. I've reworked the particle emitters to create a more festive effect :-)

I hope you like it! This is the first of a number of Christmas images that I have planned for the next month or so, in addition to working on some new space scenes.

In other news, version 2.1 of the iOS app is nearly ready for release. This next version will add (among other things) better error reporting and the ability to download any image size (rather than just mobile versions). It should be a fun month ahead!

Cyber Monday!

As some of you may already know, I have stopped offering discounts on Memberships. I was starting to feel like a carnival barker screaming out "30% off, no 40% off! Save Big Money!!". If you've been wanting one of the many excellent products are available featuring my artwork however, now is a great time to buy :-)

Zazzle:

Save 50% off Posters and Wrapped Canvas prints using the coupon code "ZAZWEEKSALES ".

Society6:

Everything is 20% off from 1PM PST to Midnight PST 11/30. All of my tshirts will be $6 off on Tuesday Dec 1st and all "Home Decor" (Duvet Covers, Shower Curtains, Etc) will be 20% off on Wednesday.

DecalGirl:

Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY25 to save 25% off my skin.

Murals Your Way:

Cover an entire wall with my artwork for 40% off (until 11/30).

11/19/15

"Winter Cliffs"

After setting up a winter version of "Autumn Revelation" I was all but obligated to pull the camera back and render a winter version of the "Autumn Cliffs" view. This one rendered in 55 hours at 7680 x 4320 on my Bucephalus workstation.

There are canvas and poster versions available too! I rendered this one for single-screen first and the multiscreen version is rendering now on Bucephalus.

11/13/15

"Winter Revelation"

I know a lot of you aren't nearly ready for winter yet (I know I'm not) but, as the Starks have said, it's coming. My first snowy render of the year is the winter version of "Autumn Revelation". I was pretty happy with the cloud setup in the autumn version, but managed to tweak them a bit so they wouldn't look exactly the same (since this pic is supposed to be a whole new season). The evergreens have kept their needles but the colorful trees have dropped their leaves.

10/27/15

A couple of new additions to the gallery to mention this morning...

"Autumn Revelation"

There are many advantages to being a 2D artist over a 3D artist. One of the major ones (that makes me jealous) is that there is really no limit to how complex your scenes/objects can be because you only have to draw one side of them. Setting up complex scenes in 3D requires a bit more work, but one advantage of 3D art is that once that work is done I am able to move my camera/lights around the scene and capture different views almost like Ansel Adams hiking through his own personal Yosemite.

That's what I've done with "Autumn Revelation". I've moved the camera closer to the shore and I've replaced the reddish tones in the atmosphere with blusish ones. I've also added some foreground mist and shorted the evergreen trees by half. I previewed my render to the folks in the Private Facebook Group and they almost unanimously demanded that it have a gallery spot of its own.

I hope you enjoy it! Multiscreen users check back in a day or so as I created this one (on my single-screen Bucephalus workstation) as a single-screen wallpaper first. Old habits die hard...

Check out the rest of my Autumn here!

"Visitation"

"A Sincere Pumpkin Patch" was my homage to Charles Schultz's classic. Of course part of the magic of the "The Great Pumpkin" is that he exists only in Linus' imagination. I thought it would be fun to render at least one "flight of fancy" that might have occured while he sat his vigil in the pumpkin-patch. Here is one such vision...

The jack-o-lantern was modeled using Zbrush (though most of the details ended up getting glared out). The vines were modeled using e-on's wonderful Plant Factory. Yes, I know it's a little over-the-top but Halloween only comes once per year.

Not sure if I will add more "tricks of the imagination". Let me know what you think!

Check out the rest of my Halloween here!

10/23/15

"A Sincere Pumpkin Patch"

I've had this idea for a long time, but I didn't have a good way to make the necessary vines until I started using the Plant Factory. This piece is a nod to my favorite Halloween story growing up. I was a huge Peanuts fan and I still like to watch the "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" with my kids every Halloween.

I thought about visualizing "The Great Pumpkin" itself, but decided it fit better with Schultz's theme of innocent faith to let the viewer wait and wonder. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Check out the rest of my Halloween here!

10/18/15

"Ghostlight Woods"

I've added "Ghostlight Woods" to the Members Gallery this morning. I started out with this one to create a spooky woods for a Halloween background. I don't quite have the Halloween foreground worked out yet, but I liked how the light worked here as a "fading Autumn" scene. I have a few ideas for additions so don't be surprised to see a new version appear in the days ahead.

Here's how it looks on Shadowfax...

Ghostlight Woods

A photo posted by Ryan Bliss (@dblasphemy) on

Stay tuned in the days ahead as I work a bit more on this one.

10/15/15


Here's a triptych version of my latest render. I've linked to the largest version so you can scale it down according to your needs.

I have two new renders brewing so watch for a new post very soon!

10/7/15

I've added a new version of "Autumn Cliffs" this morning. The new version has a dedicated single-screen version which shows more sky and water than I was able to show in the multiscreens. I've also toned down the red and added more green to the mix. Let me know what you think of the update in the comments!

The first version will remain available in the Pickle Jar!

10/5/15

I've put together a page with information about the new DB iOS App that debuted in the App Store last Friday. If you have already downloaded the app (it's FREE!) please let me know what features you would like to see added!

10/2/15

"Shades of Autumn" is the third Fall themed image that I've been working on recently. I actually started this one first but the background took an awfully long time to render (even on Shadowfax!). You may remember the preview I posted on my Instagram account 3 weeks ago.

The basic idea was to take the techniques that I used to create "Red and Gold" and some of my more complex Vue d'Esprit tree objects and go the next step by using my Plant Factory to create even more detailed branches. I will leave it up to you to decide if I've made any improvements on the technique.

The background was created using World Machine and my work on that part of the scene ultimately lead to the "Autumn Cliffs" render that I posted earlier this week. They are, in fact, different mountains but the same techniques were used.

Will I do any more Autumn scenes this year? Maybe. Next I want to create some scary looking trees for Halloween...

My iOS app is finally available!

Download the Digital Blasphemy App from the App Store
Thanks to DB Member Jeff Richards (who so kindly volunteered his time because he loves my artwork) there is finally a working DB iOS app available. It's free to download and offers mobile sized versions of my entire free gallery which can only be downloaded through the App. It doesn't have all the features that I would like yet (no commenting or rating of images for example) but you can browse my gallery, download images (everything if you are a Member) and, most importantly, your login info is stored so you don't have to enter it everytime you want to download something!

We will certainly be adding more features when Jeff returns from his 2-week family trip so please let me know which features are most important to you and what we can improve on!

9/29/15

"Autumn Cliffs" is another Fall themed image that I've been working on. This one just finished rendering on Bucephalus this afternoon and, while I'm not entirely satisfied with it, I thought it looked nice enough to share while I consider what where to go with it next. I do know that I would like to tweak the foliage colors a bit in the next version (there's more red here than I would prefer).

I hope to have my another new Autumn render finished in a day or two so check back soon!

9/28/15

I recently installed an old copy of Vue 8 on my Arion workstation so I could render an ultra-hires version of "Red and Gold" for print. While waiting for two new Autumn renders to finish on Shadowfax and Bucephalus I went looking through my old Vue files for likely candidates for new print renders.

That's when I came across this Autumn version of "Untouched that I created way back in 2008 but for some reason never got around to rendering full-size. I set Arion to rendering and here's the scene at 5k.

What do you think? Pickle Jar or Gallery??

I hope to have my two new Autumn renders up in the next couple of days so stay tuned!!

9/18/15

I've added a version of "Core World" rendered specially for single-screen systems (ie: most of them). It's strange that Vue and Lightwave both behave different when I change the aspect ratio of my scene. If I design a multi-screen scene (15360 x 2880) in Vue and then reset the camera to 5120 x 2880, it will keep the horizontal FOV and add open up the top/bottom of the frame. If I do the same in Lightwave however it will keep the vertical FOV and crop the horizontal. It makes things a little tricky when creating multiscreens out of single-screen scenes and vice versa.

9/15/15

"Core World" is new in the Members Gallery this evening. With this piece I am imagining what the sky might look like on a world near the galactic center, without all the interstellar dust that darkens our own view of the galaxy.

I rendered the background using Lightwave and the foreground is Vue. Like most of my post-Shadowfax projects, this one was conceived and rendered first as a multiscreen. The single-screen version is a crop of the triple-wide frame, but I will probably render a dedicated single-screen version soon.

My first version (with the golden sky) took nearly 180 hours to render on Bucephalus while the gallery version (with a sky which brings out more the colors in my stars) took only 48 hours on the same machine. The difference? I increased the "world diameter" (moving the horizon further away) and used a flat plane rather than a displaced surface for the water.

Which do you prefer?

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9/11/15

It occured to me not long ago that while I have wallpapers for several holidays, I have neglected one very imporant holiday: Your Birthday. Now, I don't like to render food (or have it on my wallpaper) so I tried to think of something else.

I hope you like what I came up with. I put it together on my laptop while Shadowfax rendered the first draft of another new Autumn piece I am working on.

Of course I am posting it because it is my own birthday today (YAY!). To celebrate I am offering the new wallpaper for FREE today for anyone else who shares my birthday (or has one coming up). Enjoy!

9/7/15

I've added an updated version of "The Golden Hour" to the gallery this morning. The changes are subtle, mainly I've varied up the foliage color and added a few taller trees to the mix. I also set the "atmosphere quality" settings much higher than the first version so the light beams should be less noisy. The downside is the image took 3 times as long to render.

While the render was churning on Shadowfax I shifted over to Bucephalus and started a new project. I hope to have it up in the next few days so stay tuned!

Lastly I wanted to mention that there's FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING in my Society6 store for today only (edit extended to 9/8/15).

9/1/15

A couple of items to mention this first day of my birthmonth. First, I've added a new render to the gallery this morning. It's called "The Golden Hour" and it is the result of many hours learning the ins and outs of "The Plant Factory".

It is an incredibly powerful addition to my 3D arsenal. I just need to spend a few hours every day trying to learn exactly what everything does. This piece is the result of one such exploration. The trees looks quite alien, I agree, but I wanted to see what that would look like rendered. It should be a splendid season ahead for fans of my Autumn renders!

I will most likely most another version of this in the near future but I thought it looked interesting enough to share as is. Let me know what you think!

I'm also thrilled to announce that my 2016 Digital Blasphemy Wall Calendar is now available!

For the first time ever I am going to send free signed copies to my Patron, Sponsor and Guardian Level Members (current Members upgrade here). If you are a Guardian Member you can tell me which images you want for each month. I will have it made custom for you, sign each page, and send it out free of charge.

Check back in a day or two to see "The Golden Hour" updated. I'm just getting started!

8/29/15

A few items to mention this morning. First, I wanted to show off a few of the new tshirt designs in my Society6 store. Ian liked his "Clockwork" tshirt so much he wore to school for picture day!


"Axiomatic"

"Synctorii"

"Green Divisor"

"Chamelea"
In addition to shirts you can get the new designs on many different products from duvet covers, to tapestries to shower curtains.

I am starting to put together images for my 2016 calendar. For the first time I am offering signed calendars. You just need to become a Patron or Guardian level Member to get one (first-time or renewal). Let me know if you have any questions!

Lastly I am bringing back my "DB4ALL" pages (wherein people who deserving folks (including teachers and servicemen/women receive free Memberships) and connecting it to my tip jar.

If you (or someone you know) sincerely want to become a DB Member, but have a good reason why you cannot afford it, share your story on the appropriate page. (Facebook account required). When I receive a tip from a Member or other generous art-lover, it will go into a fund which I will then use to offer free 1-year Memberships for each $25 in tips that I receive to those whom my Members and I feel truly deserve it.

How is this decided? In some cases I will make the decision myself, in others I will ask my Members for input.

If you would like to purchase a Membership for one of the folks who has posted, please check the balance in the Good Samaritan fund and make a contribution via my TipJar to increase the balance to $25. Include the name of the person you want to help in your comment with the payment and I will do the rest. I will assume you want to remain anonymous unless you instruct otherwise!

8/25/15

My son Ian chose the "Clockwork" shirt from my Society6 store and it finally arrived yesterday. I think it looks great but you be the judge. Ian said he might even wear it to school :-)

Which of my works would you really love to see on a shirt like this? P> 

8/23/15

I recently introduced my boys to the original Star Trek and we've been watching them nightly this summer before bedtime. This scene was inspired by the continuing adventures of the Starship Enterprise :-)

I used Vue d'Esprit's "Planetary Terrains" twice. The main planet in the sky is a Vue d'Esprit world with the camera pulled way back. The foreground is another spherical terrain, so I can have the sun light peeking over the horizon naturally.

Let me know what you think!

Lifetime Members!

If even half of you signed up as monthly or yearly Supporters I would have to worry a lot less about signing up new Members. Changing over to the new Membership system will help ensure the long-term survival of my gallery, but for the first year of the switchover (at least) I could really use some extra support from my Lifetime Members. Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions!

8/11/15

You never know when inspiration might strike. I've been re-reading George R. R. Martin's "A Clash of Kings" recently. Daenerys Targaryen sees many visions in the "House of the Undying" including one that I thought would make an interesting wallpaper...

"A blue flower grew from a chink in a wall of ice, and filled the air with sweetness..."

Some think the flower symbolizes Jon Snow, and in his very next chapter he meets Ygritte who tells him the story of "The Winter Rose". Connected? Maybe.

Either way I thought it would make a pretty cool image though and I hope you agree. Let me know what you think!

8/5/15

Here are my first timelapse WIP videos. They are mostly just tests to see what settings to use, etc, but if you are interested I will be happy to make more. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to stay up to date.

My Members can log in and download the WIP render produced in this video here.

7/29/15

I had long had the thought that my "Portals" scene would support one of my ultra-wide Triscreen images. My "Valley of the Stars" render was the first scene where I felt I should give it a try. Let me know what you think!

7/22/15

Added a new version of "Valley of the Stars" tonight. Version 1 was pretty well received but I still had a change or two I wanted to make. This new version adds a small castle on the shore and I've smoothed out the water a bit.

7/20/15

OK, some folks are vehemently against ongoing payments so by popular demand I am bringing back the Lifetime upgrade.

One major change though...

Only 1 per 24hrs will be sold.

Members log in here and non-Members go here if you are interested in purchasing. Check back tomorrow if someone has already purchased it.

 

7/19/15

Valley of the Stars is new in the gallery today. It certainly took a lot less time to render than the day version because I removed most of the cloud cover from the sky. I left the mountain mist intact however.

The snowcaps are supposed to be lit by moonlight here, but I may need to practice that effect more with such wide-angle renders.

As before, I've chosen a single-screen area and cropped the multiscreen. I would like to do dedicated single-screen renders of both this and the day version someday soon.

Let me know what you think!

7/17/15

Quite of a few Members have been writing me recently requesting that I offer my artwork on Society6's incredible products. I was sold when I saw the tapestries available, but they have a lot of other cool stuff too.

Here's the store link.

It may be a while before I can add more artwork to the collection. The images have to be crazy large to print reasonably well and I've added the large renders I have. Let me know if you have any requests!!

 

7/15/15

For the past few weeks I have been saying to anyone who would listen that my old Membership system was going to change. When I started the Members gallery as a way to support my artwork in 1999, everyone pretty much wrote checks for their bills every month and auto-payments weren't the norm. Times have changed. As more and more businesses have gone the auto-payment route over the years, it has now become all too easy to neglect payments that aren't automatic (such as renewals to your favorite wallpaper site).

My new "Indefinite" Memberships should solve this problem in the long term. The prices are so low, however, that I am going feel some pain in the short term. If you are a Lifetime Member and really want to help out, I encourage you to sign up for any of my Unlimited plans. There's a special "Lifetime Plus" level just for you guys, but you can purchase any level you like (your account will always be marked as "Lifetime) no matter what.

Here are the new Membership prices and plans. A lot of folks asked for yearly plans to avoid currency conversion charges. Each plan has monthly and yearly renewals.

Each plan has the same access to my files. The only difference between them is the signature glow and the signed print/thank you cards you receive. What if you still have 2 years left on your account? Your "days remaining" are frozen when you sign up for one of the new plans. They are returned to you if you cancel.

Membership Tiers

When you make a comment on my site your name will now "glow" to denote your Membership level. Members can activate an ongoing Membership at any time, the number of days you have left in your account will be stored for you and "the clock will stop" until you decide to cancel your ongoing plan.

Lifetime Members at all levels will be denoted with the Infinity Symbol (∞)

Non Monthly
Non-Lifetime Member Without a Membership Plan
Lifetime Member
Regular Lifetime Member
↓ NEW MEMBERSHIP LEVELS ↓
Lifetime Supporter

This is a basic way for Lifetime Members to keep throwing in a little bit of support on a regular basis. Lifetime Members can choose any of the levels below as well.

Lifetime Supporter Members will receive a signed Thank You postcard and Lifetime Members who purchase any of the higher plans will receive a signed holiday card from the Bliss family while they are active.

Member
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Lifetime Member
A Member (or Lifetime Member) subscribing on an indefinite plan. Memberships do not expire unless canceled.
Plus Member
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Lifetime Member Plus

Plus Members Will Receive a signed Thank You postcard

Donor Member
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Lifetime Donor Member

Donor Members Will Receive a signed Thank You postcard and a signed 4x6 print and a signed yearly holiday card from the Bliss family.

Patron Member
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Lifetime Patron Member

Patron Members Will Receive a signed Thank You postcar, a signed 5x7 print, and a signed yearly holiday card from the Bliss family.

Sponsor Member
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Lifetime Sponsor Member
Sponsor Members Will Receive a signed Thank You postcard, a signed 8x10 print, and a signed yearly holiday card from the Bliss family.
Guardian Member
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Lifetime Guardian Member

Guardian Members Will Receive a signed Thank You postcard, a signed 11x14 print, and a signed yearly holiday card from the Bliss family.

Please note that I do still offer a 30 day, temporary Membership, that only requires a one-time payment. You will need to upgrade to one of the Unlimited plans if you want to keep using it however. Anyone who doesn't want an ongoing Membership is more than welcome to use my a la carte system to purchase individual images or zip file collections.

Lastly I wanted to mention that I am not storing anyone's payment information on my server. My merchant bank handles all of the payments for me.

I'm sure some of you have questions so please feel free to write, post on my Facebook page, or send me a Tweet. Thank you all for supporting my work!!

 

7/11/15

Added "Valley of the Sun" to the gallery this afternoon. With this piece I was trying to learn how to properly texture my World Machine creations inside Vue d'Esprit. Like all of my "post-Shadowfax" projects, this render was designed first and foremost as a multiscreen wallpaper so I will probably have to go back and create something special for the single-screen majority.

You will notice that my Membership options have changed. Renewals too!

You can now get started as a DB Member for as little as $5 a month, with higher options available for folks who want to really help support my work. Yes, that's a bit more expensive than before. I am hoping that if enough people sign up for the new options I might be able to bring on someone to help manage the site so I can concentrate more on the artwork.

Please let me know if you have any questions!!

7/9/15

With this new version of "Ring of Fire (Night)" I've replaced the "fake" glow of v.2 with "real" volumetric light. The effect is a lot more immersive and creates a nice contrast with the moonlight. Triple-screen users gets a bit of lightning on the right screen.

This one took nearly 28 days to render on Bucephalus. It simply wouldn't have been possible for me to produce this render without Shadowfax!

Members please have a look at my new renewal options here. You can now upgrade your account to "Unlimited" status here and never have to worry about it expiring! CC only at the moment. PayPal coming soon!

6/30/15

With the New Horizons probe quickly approaching its rendezvous with Pluto, I thought it might be fun to imagine just what it might find when it gets there.

I used to model all of my planets using Lightwave, but for this one I chose Vue d'Esprit because it has great options for adding a thin atmosphere and visible relief on the planet surface.

This piece isn't intended to be 100% scientifically accurate, but rather a fanciful (and hopefully artistic) view of Pluto from its moon Charon.

I hope you enjoy it! I may do a second, strictly single-screen, render of this next because I designed the scene as a wide frame multiscreen first. It took nearly 2.5 days to render at 15360 x 2880 on Shadowfax!

6/17/15

Equip your diamond pick-axe because the DB Sandbox Challenge is here!

The past two Minecraft challenges were (IMO) huge successes. So much so that I thought I should make it a yearly event.

While first two contests focused primarily on Minecraft, I am opening it up this time to any sandbox game.

The rules are pretty simple...

Browse through my gallery, pick an image, and recreate it using your copy of Minecraft or ANY OTHER SANDBOX VIDEO GAME!

Compose and post a screenshot that looks as close to my original as possible.

Submit your entry using this form

DB visitors will pick the winners based on their image ratings.

IMPORTANT:If you are a DB Member you can choose any of 800+ my images as your subject. If you aren't a Member I would ask that you choose from my free images.

The contest has always been Minecraft based in the past but this year I'd like to open it to up to other "sandbox" games. If enough people enter I would like to have prizes in multiple categories along with the grand overall winner.

Some other sandbox games and level editors...

Some Past Winners...

Prizes (starting point: these are subject to change):

  • The Unobtainium Pickaxe

    The Grand Prize winner (chosen by my expert jury) will receive a Lifetime Membership to DB. I will also try to render something you built as a DB wallpaper (if possible) using my considerable tools and post it for the world.

  • The First Prize winner will receive a 1 year Membership to my gallery.
  • Honorable Mention will receive a 1 month Membership.
I am providing these prizes as a baseline but folks are free to donate more. Simply address a gift certificate to rbliss\@digitalblasphemy.com and include Sandbox Challenge in the comments.

Spread The Word!!

Encourage your favorite Minecraft YouTubers to enter and film their entries. Who's really the best? Which game or platform is most suited to this sort of challenge?

Page short link: http://bit.ly/1rNMYSQ

Tweet #dbsandboxchallenge

Here are the prizes, rules and instructions on how to submit your entry.

 

6/14/15


Ever since I started my Members Gallery I've been slowly removing free wallpapers from my site, hoping that the people who visit would sign up for my massive collection. Well, I'm not sure that's worked all too well.

Instead of a site that everyone could get something from, I ended up with a site with little to offer unless you were a Member.

That's about to change. As of today DB now offers more free HD wallpapers than at any time in the past 12 years. However, instead of having a separate "free gallery", as I did in the past, you will find the free images mixed with the rest of my collection.

Look for images with a white border in my gallery (you may need to reload the page for the border to show up). Once you click them you will find the "Free HD Wallpaper" link at the top of the page. Let the 1920 x 1080 images load fully and the right-click on the image to either save it to your computer or set it as your wallpaper.

I am considering adding some more free resolutions to the sample pages in the future and I will definitely be mixing them up from time to time.

Start here and work back through the years...

Basically I want everyone, regardless of means, to find a great wallpaper in my collection. If you happen to become hooked, and you feel like giving a little back, then I hope you will think about either signing up as a Member or purchasing a wallpaper a la carte. Enjoy and please share with your friends!

 

6/8/15


I've added the night version of "Ring of Fire" to my new images page this morning. This one has been rendering on Bucephalus for almost 6 days now! Let me know how you think it turned out!

Going forward I think I am going to start doing preliminary renders at 1440p, post those and only render the 5K (or multi-5K) images when I am "certain" that the image is final. That should speed up things around here for most of you who do not yet use 4K/5K monitors.

I'm interested to hear what you think of this policy in the comments

In other news, my a la carte wallpaper system will now send your purchased images directly to your email. It should work a lot smoother now so give it a try if you aren't a DB Member yet! Lastly, if you've been holding out on a DB Canvas then you will be pleased to know that Zazzle is offering 60% off for the next few days if you use the coupon code ZGREATESTDAD.

I used this opportunity to purchase the canvas print requested by my newest DB Patron Jeff Csillag!

6/5/15

If you've been holding out on a DB Canvas then you will be pleased to know that Zazzle is offering 60% off this weekend if you use the coupon code ZGREATESTDAD.

I used this opportunity to purchase the canvas print requested by my newest DB Patron Jeff Csillag.

Just ordered a medium wrapped canvas print of "Roche Limit" for my latest Patron, Jeff Csillag. Once @Zazzle sends it...

Posted by Digital Blasphemy on Friday, June 5, 2015

If the Patron level is too much for you I do offer a Donor level where you will receive a signed 4x6 of your choice.

6/3/15


"Manifold" is another Mandelbulb 3D creation. This time I am learning how to texture and better control the level of detail in my fractal renders. This one has three very different renders, two of them available in the Pickle Jar. Let me know which you prefer!

Members should log in here and click the link at the top of the page to join my new private Members-Only Facebook group. Thanks!!

I'm also happy to announce that I've added "a la carte" image purchasing to my gallery. You no longer need purchase a Membership just to download one or two images. Now you can purchase them directly from me instead of searching for them on the torrent sites.

5/30/15

I made some tweaks to my "Menger Bloom", learning more about mixing formulas and how to position lights. Do you prefer the new version or the old?

5/28/15

I've added a multiscreen render of "Ring of Fire" to the gallery. This is how I initially composed the image before narrowing the camera angle for the single-screen version. This is backwards to how I used to compose my scenes (single-screen first and then widen the camera angle). I rendered the 15360 x 2880 multiscreen version on Shadowfax and rendered the 5120 x 2880 single-screen version on Bucephalus.

Last Call for Thank You Cards!

A year ago I had the idea to teach Ian and Jason a lesson about what their Dad does for a living. Every week they have been signing Thank You cards which we then send out to the folks who have supported my artwork through Memberships and Renewals.

Thousands of cards and signatures later I think the lesson has been learned and I will be ending the Thank You card program once the remaining ~200 Highland Spring cards have been sent out.

Check out this page if you want one sent to you, signed on the front by me and on the back by my family.

Huge thanks to everyone who participated!!

I will be discontinuing the postcards but will still be a way to get signed artwork. Become a Digital Blasphemy Donor and I will send you a signed 4x6 print of your choice. Patrons receive a signed canvas or art print of their choice.

 

5/27/15


My second render using MandelBulb 3D. This one combines the famous "Menger Sponge" with the "Ruckerbulb" and "Amazing Surf" fractals. 5/23/15


This one is still sort of "in-progress" but I thought it the first draft looked good enough to share in the gallery. I rendered the single-screen version on Bucephalus while Shadowfax is rendering the triple-5K. Hope to have that version finished soon!

5/18/15

"Serpentine" is my first hi-res render using Mandelbulb 3D (not to be confused with Mandelbulber which I have used a few times before).

In some areas it seems more powerful than the other app, but in others it isn't. It's a 32-bit program, for example, so I can only use 2 GB of my 128 installed GB to process images. This means some of the post-processing options (like DOF) run out of memory on large images.

I still think it's worth learning though. Let me know what you think of the first effort!

PS: You can now use the R/L arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate through my gallery :-)

5/16/15

I started creating a "ground view" of my "Accretion" render but decided instead to use the scene I created for my revision of "Moonshadow" (that render will remain in the Pickle Jar here). The wider frame better suits the multiscreen "Accretion" and the resulting image is a little brighter and less gloomy.

The multiscreen finished rendering first in this case and then I had to wait until the single-screen was finished before I could post it here. Sorry for the wait!!

Here's the single screen for comparison...

5/6/15

I had such a great time discussing my new Shadowfax workstation with the redditors at /r/battlestations and /r/pcmasterrace that I was inspired to render a new multiscreen version of my "Fluorescence/Reddit" hybrid. I rendered this one on my Asfaloth mobile workstation.

Just for fun I added a few more aliens in the background ;-)

Here's a free triple 1080p version if anyone is interested. Members can download resolutions up to triple-5K here.

5/1/15

Happy to scratch another neglected multiscreen render off of my list today. "Moondance" is finally available for dual and triple-monitors. It took just over a week to render on Bucephalus during which time I was able to develop new projects on Shadowfax :-)

Which neglected multiscreen should Bucephalus attack next from his new home in my basement?

4/26/15


I've added "Accretion (2015)" to the Members Gallery this morning. As with "Platonics", this scene was composed in Lightwave starting with a 48:9 frame (as opposed to the 16:10 frame I've used for the past 10 years). The single-screen was cropped from the triple-5k render. Here's what it looks like on Shadowfax...

I've tried to keep the center screen interesting here but I can't say if I would have designed it this way if I had started with a 16:9 frame. Let me know what you think!

4/24/15

Project Shadowfax was a resounding success. Huge thanks to everyone who donated! Here's the new page for my primary workstation and I've added a new page for "Arion".

I still have about 100 of the exclusive "Project Shadowfax" thank you cards (not everyone who donated wanted one). They will go to Digital Blasphemy Donors/Patrons on a first-come/first-served basis until they are gone.

 

4/17/15


I created this rather simple (but dense) abstract using Lightwave 11 in order to assess the feasibility of creating my images in a 48:9 aspect ratio from the start (as opposed to starting with a 16:9 frame). I chose "platonic solids" after watching an excellent NOVA special called "The Great Math Mystery" recently.

I've also added multi-5K/4K/UHD renders of "Locus" this morning. I hope to have a multi-5K version of "Highland Spring" available before Monday.

4/08/15


I was never 100% happy with my 2014 revisit of "Moonshadow". That scene was built using a setup I had originally put together for "The Green Flash", and it took simply too long to render.

This new version was built "from scratch" and does render a bit faster. The jellyfish add considerably to the render time, but I think they improve the foreground greatly. I hope to finally be able to create a multiscreen version of this one. There was little hope for the 2014 version though.

I will keep either the 2014 version of the this new one. Your ratings and comments will decide it!

4/05/15


I've long been fascinated with the descriptions of the dragon's eggs in the world of "The Song of Ice and Fire". Most of the ones I've seen represented IRL have huge scales but the description from the text says they are tiny. I chalked this up to craftspeople maybe not having the ability to create tiny scales. This is not a problem that I have on my computer however.

I created this scene on my mobile workstation while Bucephalus worked rendering another project.

Happy Easter!!

PS: I'm hoping to have Shadowfax ready for duty by early this week!! Huge thanks again to everyone who supported the project. I will be shutting down the fundraiser site shortly.

I still have a good sized stack of Highland Spring thank you postcards (since I had to order 250 extra to get the amount I needed). These will go out to folks who sign up as a Patron, Donor or Sponsor here until they are gone!

3/30/15


I had the opportunity recently to visit Arizona and take in some incredible natural beauty. The desert in the south of the state is different from the desert in the north. This render takes a bit from all of the different regions I visited, and adds a healthy dose of my own fancy.

The landforms were modeled using World Machine and are the first such efforts to appear in my gallery. Likewise, the cacti are my first original efforts modeled using "The Plant Factory". They appear at different levels-of-detail throughout the scene.

There are quite a few things I would like to change about this scene but I thought it looked nice enough to share as is and it has been too long since I've been able to update my gallery. Just rendering at 4K took nearly 72 hours!

I first attempted a 5K render that went for 5 days being lost to an inadvertent reboot. I re-rendered at 4K to save time so that is why I do not have a 5k version to offer at the moment. Run Shadowfax, show us the meaning of haste

As soon as this image is posted I will be shutting down Bucephalus, installing my new GTX 980 and swapping out my old Dell 3007 for as many of my new BenQ 4K panels as I can get to run. I hope to have the rest of Shadowfax assembled and in action within a week or so.

Since there are no consumer UHD+ 16:10 monitors, this might be the last render I create at that aspect ratio...

3/27/15

It's like Christmas morning ??#ProjectShadowfax

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PS: NEW RENDER SOON!!

 

3/24/15
Project Shadowfax is now underway!

I've ordered the following parts this morning...

The fundraiser was so successful that I've been able to purchase a 3rd machine (a Bucephalus clone) that will act as a third renderer! I will be calling this machine "Arion".

My plan is to have three machines with each one hooked up to a 4K monitor on my desk. The actual machines will be in a room below me in my basement (keeping cool hopefully). Then I can just switch between them and work/render 3 projects at a time!

I will shut the fundraiser down when 48 hours elapse between donations. All funds that I've received beyond the initial goal will be used to update my software arsenal and generally help keep DB running for another year.

All support is appreciated but keep in mind that GoFundMe takes around 8% of your donation whereas if you give through my site directly I only pay around 3% :-)

Lifetime Members looking to continue supporting my work can check out my homebrewed Patrons program or my new Patreon page.

Huge thank you again to everyone who helped with Project Shadowfax!! I will post pics here as the pieces start coming together.

 

3/23/15
I blew past my Project Shadowfax funding goals yesterday with one well-timed email to my Lifetime Members. Thank you!!

What will I do with the extra funds? I have a lot of ideas. Upgrade my software (new version of LightWave 3D, Octane, Helios, CityEngine, GeoGlyph are all on my list).

I would love to move my workstations to a (much cooler) room in my basement and work on them from my office upstairs. I would love for my office to not sound like the deck of an aircraft carrier and be 15 degrees warmer than the rest of the house. Beyond that I might have enough to to build a third machine to house the 48 GB of RAM that I just pulled out of Bucephalus. In short, the extra support will go to good use!! Huge thanks to everyone who donated. I had to order another 500 "Highland Spring" Thank You cards this morning!!

 

3/10/15

So many folks have requested a green Fluorescence for St. Paddy's day over the years. Why haven't I done it before? Good question. I just remembered today because I wanted to use a green version of "Fluorescence" for my Facebook Page Profile Pic but saw to my chagrin that I didn't have one!

Rather than simply shift the hue of the blue version using Photoshop I chose to re-shade and re-render the mushrooms using "shamrock green" (#009E60). Since I went to all that trouble I thought I should probably post the wallpaper for my Members (multiscreens available too!).

Please enjoy responsibly!! Stay tuned for the multiscreen version of "Weirwood" and something new...

3/5/15

 

"The weirwood's bark was white as bone, its leaves dark red, like a thousand bloodstained hands. A face had been carved in the trunk of the great tree, its features long and melancholy, the deep-cut eyes red with dried sap and strangely watchful." -- A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

I'm a huge "Song of Ice and Fire" fan and I've wanted to do a render of a "heart tree" for a long time. I've posted a series of "making of" photos on my Instagram account if anyone is interested.

As with all of my Vue d'Esprit renders lately, this one took an extremely long time to finish at 5K. Of course I am planning to do a multiscreen but it may be a while. If you are already a Member and a fan of my multiscreen renders I ask that you consider supporting my "Project Shadowfax" which should greatly speed up the process of bringing you artwork for your multiple screens!! 3/4/15

Here are the exclusive "Highland Spring" thank you cards that will go out to everyone who donates $20 or more to Project Shadowfax. Each card will be hand-signed on the front by myself and on the back by the whole Bliss family...

I hope to have my newest render up tomorrow so stay tuned!!

 

2/25/15

A few items to report this morning. First, I've added dual and triple-screen versions of "Hexagram" to the Members Gallery. The multi-4K versions, however, are still rendering. Check back in a day or two and I should them available (along with smoother renders for the lower-resolutions). Since I used Lightwave for this render I have the luxury of letting Fprime "refine" the render while I use what I have.

Next I wanted to mention that Google will no longer accept payments for "digital goods" after March 1. If you want to use your Google Wallet funds to purchase a Membership or Renew you have until the end of the day on 3/1 to do so. This one hurts because quite a few Members have used it in the past year and I thought it was working really well.

Lastly I wanted to mention that my new Vue d'Esprit projects is rendering on Bucephalus right now and I hope to have it up before the end of the week. Things would certainly move faster if I had another workstation...

 

2/17/15

"The Promise of Spring" is new in the Members Gallery this morning. Hard to believe it has been 7 years since I posted the original. I was never quite satisfied with how blocky and chaotic everything came out in the first version. I think this one has a bit more pop.

I am not totally satisfied with how Vue d'Esprit's DOF came out this time. Some areas are great but others have a few artifacts (which are less noticeable at the lower resolutions). I do think it's looks nice enough to share in my gallery while I make any necessary revisions. Dual and triple-screen versions are available too!

You might recognize my cherry tree model from Sakura (2013).

This render is for anyone ready for Winter to be over...

Shadowfax Update:

Thanks so much to everyone who decided that last week was the right time to support my work and help me along towards my new workstation. I would say that I am about a 10th of the way there however so I still need your help!

A lot of folks have suggested that I set up a crowdfunding effort for the new machine so here goes. Let me know if you have any questions!

 

2/9/15

A couple of items to mention. First, "Hexagram" is new in the Members Gallery tonight. Continuing my education with "Structure Synth". I have a new Vue d'Esprit render going as well, but it is still a ways off...

Second, I've put together a page for "Project Shadowfax". That is a name I've chosen for my next workstation. I hope you will take a look and help me make it a reality!!

 

2/5/15

I've added "Recursion" to the abstracts gallery tonight. I am still learning to use "Structure Synth" and this structure spoke to me for some reason. I should be able to do a multiscreen fairly soon as well. Speaking of multiscreens...

I received an email from a fan this morning that may be of interest to multiscreen users... My name is Jake, long-time fan and lifetime member. The last 5 wallpapers have not had the dual screen options, what’s going on? Those are the only ones I use. I have 3 dual screen setups, and I use display fusion to rotate every 15 mins between your most recent 30 wallpapers. Are the most recent wallpapers going to be offered in dual screen format anytime soon? Thanks man, much appreciated.

My reply...

Thanks for writing! I apologize for the slowdown in dual-screens. The simple answer is that I don't have the hardware right now to render multi-5K scenes in Vue d'Esprit. The single 5K renders are taking between 7-10 days at this point so multiply that by 3 (rendering for 2 extra 5K screens) and you see my problem. Lord help me when 8K monitors come out...

I should be able to bite into my backlog when get a new workstation later this spring. Then I can set my current rig to start rendering Vue multiscreens. Until then you might want to try using the 5K single screen image and see if you can find an interesting crop to fit your config?

PS: I would add that I am working on a couple of Lightwave scenes right now (while rendering the multiscreen version of "Moondance") so there should be a few new multiscreens coming soon!

~Ryan

All hardware and software purchases, of course, have to be approved by the DB Master of Coin (Jessie). She tells me that a lot more people need to sign up and renew before we can lay out for a new render-beast.

You can help by signing up or renewing today or you can visit my new Patreon page.

tldr -- I need your help so I can get a new machine to keep up with the 4K/5K (8K?) monitors to come!

 

1/29/15

Moondance is new in the Members Gallery this morning after around 72 hours rendering at 5K. Those of you who checked out the Members-Only WIP preview will notice that I've added quite a few more light sources to the scene. Let me know what you think in the comments!

 

1/22/15
I've added "Midnight Sun" to the Members Gallery today. It's been rendering on Bucephalus for far too long but I hope you feel it was worth the wait. It may be a while before I'm able to post multiscreens for this one so I would recommend using the 5K version if you can get away with it. Let me know what you think.

I definitely need to upgrade my rendering hardware this year if I am going to be doing 5K renders for all my wallpapers. If you have a 4K or 5K monitor (or plan to get one) I would certainly appreciate you not taking the sliding sale discount when you sign up or renew! The faster I can render these the more I can post in a year. Thanks!!

 

1/15/15

I've added "Ringshine" to the Members Gallery this morning. This render was inspired by an article I saw online imagining what our skies would look like with rings like Saturn.

This is another piece that I rendered on Asfaloth while my main machine was busy with another 5K render.

I'll say it again: Rendering everying at 5K is really going to tax my existing hardware so this might be the year I have to get a new workhorse. If you would like to help me with this effort please think about becoming a Member, renewing your Membership, purchasing a print, becoming a Patron/Donor, or simply leaving a small tip (if you are already a Lifetime Member). Thank you!!

 

1/10/15
This new version of "Winterborn" was inspired by the incredible macro-photography of Alexey Kljatov. I used one of background ice crystals from the 2012 revision which were all modelled using Incendia's Snowflake modeler.

This particular crystal was created while I was showing my son Jason how to use the program back when he was only 6 years old (he entered the parameters, I completed the shading which is really the hard part). For this render I created the "threads" in Xfrog and rendered the whole using Lightwave 11.

 

1/7/15

Happy 2015 everyone! My two main machines are still rendering Vue landscapes so I've been working on my old Macbook Pro the past few days. "Synctorii" is new in the Members Gallery today...

"Synctorii" is my first wallpaper of 2015. I modeled and rendered this one completely on my trusty 2010 Macbook Pro. Trust me, if you ever want to stay warm in the winter try 3D modeling on a Macbook (using Windows!). My IR thermometer measured 130 degrees on the bottom...

I guess this render is my imagining just what might be going on beneath all that brushed aluminum...

Bucephalus is rendering the last of my "December Ice" series. It's a successor to "Circumpolar" but not necessarily a remake. The translucent ice, however, is taking forever to render due. It should be finished in the next couple of days (fingers-crossed).

My Asfaloth mobile workstation is rendering a new Vue landscape which I will not spoil by describing..

Rendering everying at 5K is really going to tax my existing hardware so this might be the year I have to get a new workhorse. If you would like to help me with this effort please think about becoming a Member, renewing your Membership, purchasing a print, becoming a Patron/Donor, or simply leaving a small tip (if you are already a Lifetime Member). Thank you!!

Besides new hardware, I thinking 2015 may just be the year I update the main website and finally produce usable mobile apps. I would be happy to listen to any and all input my Members may have about the what they would like to see from such efforts!

 

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