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i like it. makes me think of alien dandelions somehow. wonder what happens when those little things shoot off of the mother plant. great work
I've been mostly working on some back-end stuff this past week and waiting for my new server to go online. Once it is online I will be migrating my site to the new box (hopefully before the end of the week). Not doing any redesigns at this time but I will seriously be looking into it once the site is moved.
While waiting for my new box to go online I've put together a view of "Beginnings" from the surface of a primordial satellite. I learned a great deal about Vue's "displaced ocean" settings for this one. The multiscreen version is already rendering on Bucephalus.
I hope you enjoy it!
Looking back through this year's renders I noticed that I had yet to do a single outer space scene. I sincerely apologize for this oversight on my part and offer "Beginnings" to rectify the matter. This piece attempts to (artistically) capture the moment a star ignites amidst the primordial dust.
I used to make this sort of abstract using "Xfrog", but I have to admit that "The Plant Factory" is a lot more powerful. The upside is that I can use this geometry as a plant in Lightwave if I so fancy (and I just might...).
Given that "The Plant Factory" specializes in branching structures, I thought it would be interesting to see how it would handle creating a new version of "The Grid" from 2005(!).
I've gone with texture mapped models here (since the procedural shader I used before doesn't work with the 64-bit version of Lightwave) and I've added some little extra "nodes" here and there to break up all the right-angles.
Let me know what you think!!
6/8 UPDATE:I've scrapped my initial version and posted one I created using an entirely different method. Let me know what you think of the update!
Please note: Summer has always been my slowest time of the year! If you've ever thought about becoming a Member, renewing, or becoming a Lifetime Supporter NOW would be a great time!!5/31/16
By popular request I've created a night-time companion piece to "Sun Worship" this afternoon. You might notice that I've given the lady on the rocks a friend with whom to enjoy the view :-)
I've also been working to make DB look a bit better on mobile devices. Check me out on your phone or tablet and let me know that you think!5/23/16
Look who's turned 10 years old today!
Created this scene in about 8 hours after uploading yesterday's 65 hour render. It was nice to have Shadowfax back!
Nothing ultra-complicated here; just wanted to do a breezy, sunny, happy and quick wallpaper. Is it a bit rough around the edges? Sure, but I will clean that up in the days ahead and have a multiscreen version posted soon.5/18/16
Wanted to create a night version of "Halcyon" with glowing blooms. I changed the blooms to red because, quite frankly, there's been an abundance of purple in my gallery recently.
The volumetric fog made this one a 65hr render rather than a 3 hour render so let me know if it was worth it! The early version I've added to the Pickle Jar doesn't have the fog for comparison.5/10/16
I've spent the past week or so working through my backlog of multiscreen renders and I've finally had the chance to work on something new!
Now that I have figured out how to create flowering plants in "The Plant Factory" I am learning how to create hanging blooms. Eventually I would like to create a massive wisteria tree.
I must learn how to walk before I can fly however so consider this a baby step in the right direction.
I hope you enjoy it!4/29/16
As is usually the case when I post a daytime render, I get requests for a nighttime or sunset view. For my Prince tribute I received requests for both. The night version (which you can find in the Pickle Jar) features a luminescent tree for a more "fantastic" look.
Let me know what U think!4/22/16
Like many of you I was shocked and saddened to hear that one of my favorite artists, Prince, passed away suddenly on Thursday. As a huge music fan and a lover of unbridled creativity in all its wonderful forms, losing Prince feels like someone turned down the lights a little on our world.
I've loved Prince's music since his "Little Red Corvette" days in the early 80s. One of the things that always most fascinated me about him was that he taught himself to play the piano (at age 7), the guitar (at age 13) and the drums (at 14). As a young person he gave me hope that I could teach myself to succeed creatively.
If you've followed my work over the years you know that I try not let the world intrude into my gallery. I've always wanted DB to be a place to escape the pains of real life. This is an exception.
I was working on this render when I heard the news Thursday and I immediately started adapting it to become a tribute to his genius. I hope you enjoy it.
Rest in peace Prince!4/11/16
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