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1/17/17Minimal Surfaces" to the Pickle Jar...
Experimenting with "Scherk" Minimal Surfaces here. I know it's a simplistic looking render, but it makes a nice counterpoint to my last abstract :-)
Rendered using Lightwave 11.6.
Happy 2017 everyone! Can you believe that DB is starting its 20th year online!? Thank you so much to my Members for keeping me rendering for the past two decades!
I have a few different irons in the fire at the moment, and the first one ready is an abstract that I created to learn how to use my own imported geometry in "The Plant Factory". The gemstones were modeled in Lightwave and placed on the "vines" using TPF. The "plants" were then brought back into Lightwave where I used the dielectric shader to texture the stones.
I hope it isn't too chaotic for use as wallpaper! I have two more scenes rendering now that I hope to have up sometime this week so stay tuned!
I hope you all are having a wonderful holiday season! After posting my Christmas renders I installed a new copy of Bryce3D on Asfaloth in hopes of re-rendering some of my oldest scenes at modern resolutions.
That is still a work-in-progress but I did come across one scene, "Brainstorm" from 1999, that I thought it would be fun to update using my current software.
As I worked on it, however, it turned into something quite different. Single and multiscreen versions are available.
Let me know what you think!
Here's a preliminary night version of "Foggy Christmas Eve". I'm not sure if I am 100% pleased with it but I think it looks nice enough to share while I puzzle over what tinkering I might do :-)
I've never tried covering my trees in 3D snow before. Up until now I've always used 2D tricks to give the illusion of a thin coating of snow on my meshes.
Here I used The Plant Factory to create trees with real(ish) clumps of snow. Decorations were also created in Plant Factory. Of course, the technique could certainly be improved and I will be working to do so. In the meantime be looking for a night version of this scene (and multiscreens for both) soon!
Sorry it's been quiet around here recently. You can bet when I am not posting on the news page that I am busy rendering something new. It's taking a bit longer than I would like but I think you will be pleased when it's finally ready!
In the meantime I am thrilled to announced that the completely re-written Official DB App for Android is now available in the Google Play store. If you have the old app you probably noticed that it has stopped working due to Google changing up how its libraries work. The developer mentioned to me that he no longer had the time to rewrite it so another kind Member, Jeff Richards (who also wrote the iOS app) stepped in to fill the gap.
We used the same backend as the iOS app, which has also been put to use by another Member to create a new app for Windows10/Windows Mobile.
Let me know what you think of the new app. Thanks Jeff and Marc for helping me stay connected with my Members!!
I've created similar "microscapes" before using Lightwave, but this is the first time I've attempted one using Vue d'Esprit 2015. All of the geometry was modeled using The Plant Factory. I used the same techniques to create a pretty wild alien landscape which is still rendering on Shadowfax so stay tuned!
Since it is "Black Friday" here's a rundown of the DB related discounts you can take advantage of...
Lossless Master FilesAs an added perk for the folks who are supporting my work at the Plus level (and above) and as Lifetime Supporters, I have started adding lossless master files to the download options. These PNG files are the same resolution as when I render them (6827 x 3840 is my current default) and do NOT have the digitalblasphemy.com watermark.
Lossless master files are available for the entire 2016/2015 gallery and I will have a zip file available soon. I will be adding master files for the older galleries in the days and weeks ahead. If enough folks are interested I will add multiscreen masters too.
If you would like to have access to these rather large (but beautiful) files I hope you will consider upgrading your Membership.
Not everyone will have a use for these files, but I wanted something extra I could offer the folks who have been most committed to supporting my work!
"Even Better with Color Variations"
If I had to pick just one it would have to be black right now but the purple you just added is 1/2 a point lower. I agree with Len a silver would give a brushed stainless look.