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01/15/22

Subglacial



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When I originally created the geometry for "Subterrane" in Houdini I was unsure whether I wanted to create my cave out of rock or out of ice. I knew both would look interesting but I chose rock because it would render faster.

I was still curious though about how the ice would look so I tried it. The scene rendered in 19 hours vs 30 minutes but I think it looks pretty cool :-P

Looking to collecting my work as an NFT?? I've created a handy page listing the ones I currently have available on Foundation.

01/10/22

Subterrane



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I took quite a few days off while the family was home during winter break. Mainly I wanted to spend as much time as possible with Ian who is now entering his last semester of high school. Now that everyone is back in school, however, I am back to learning how to use Houdini.

This time I am using it to create rock formations for use in my VUE scenes. Eventually I will just render something like this in Houdini but I like to mix learning with practice. This particular scene is sort of an experiment and I might create a few similar in the near future. I hope you enjoy it!

01/04/22

Happy New Year!!

Thank you all for being patient with me while I sort out this new digital art landscape. A lot has changed in the past year. I did manage to add 45 new renders to the gallery in 2021. That's fewer than in 2020, but that was a crazy unsustainable pace. Itís gratifying that my latest (ďSolsticeĒ) is currently the top rated!

I'm sorry but I won't have anything new to post for a little while. While Jessie and the boys were having winter break I decided I wasn't going to work on any new art. Ian is 18 and this will likely be his last year living with me. I wanted to be available and present for anything he might be up for and when I have art projects going I tend to give them priority. We watched a lot of anime, played tennis and worked out the gym. I'm really going miss him when he's away at school in the Fall.

Iíve tried not to talk too much about NFTs here but I sold 87 NFTs to 31 different collectors in 2021. I also bought 43 artworks from 38 different artists. Why? I think NFTs are great way to support digital artists and I wouldnít offer a product that I would not be willing to buy myself. I'm excited to be offering my work on a new site, Makersplace, which feels a bit more artist-centric than Foundation with its memes.

I also gave away about $38,000 worth of ETH to various charities over the past few days. Iíve never had that opportunity before and it feels amazing.

Regarding DB 2.0: The developer whoís working on DB 2.0 was unfortunately in a car accident recently but Cris assures me heís fine and we are VERY close to the DB 2.0 finish line. All that really remains is a few cosmetics and a handy way for me to add my work to the database.

Once 2.0 is the default site I am looking forward to really knuckling down and learning Houdini, Cinema4D and (possibly) Unreal Engine 5 in 2022. I know each can plug into VUE so I think they will improve my landscape work dramatically. Rochallor can handle anything now with the 3090 installed. Iím very excited for this year!!

On behalf of Jessie, Ian and Jason I thank you for your amazing support this year and every year.

12/20/21

Solstice



Once a month I get up before dawn and drive Jason to school to meet with his classmates. One recent foggy, frosty morning the sunrise was peeking through the trees in our neighborhood and the contrast of the deep red and the cold morning really struck a chord with me. I knew I wanted to recreate it in VUE.

Now that the family is home for Winter Break I plan on spending as much time with them (especially Ian) as possible. By this time next year Ian will be away at college and my life will be very different.

I hope you have enjoyed my work in 2021 and that you all have a safe and happy holiday!

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