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"Hard to believe that it's been ten years since I last updated my
"Campfires" series. I've tried to capture a bit of the aurora
around the poles with this latest version, which I rendered using
I hope you all have a wonderful 2013 in whichever part of our globe
you call home!"
"Like most of you, I was heartbroken by the tragedy in Newtown, CT
last Friday. I have been hugging my own first grader extra tight
Here is my meager tribute to the 27 victims.
The render has 20 (young) blue stars and 7 (older) red/yellow
stars forming a new constellation in the heavens.
If you would like to download the wallpaper it will remain
available in the free gallery.
May the victims rest in peace and smile down on the loved ones
they left behind."
I thought this was an interesting picture at first. Then I realized "Hey, I wonder if the blue stars represent the... (1, 2, 3, 4,) .. wow.". Then I saw your notes that confirmed the meaning of the stars and .. Mind Blown.
I don't have a child myself but I have nieces, a nephew and a younger sistern and --
"Here is a more "Christmas-y" entry in my Gotham
Garden seasonal series. I used the same technique from Sleepwalker Wood to
create the lights in the foreground. The lights on the far
rooftop gardens are actually texturemaped onto the trees
themselves. Vue doesn't let you put ecosystems on ecosystem
objects (yet) but I think this was a nice workaround."
"For my Halloween wallpaper this year I set out to create a
creepier version of "Elegy" and mix in
elements from "Forest of the Shades"
and "Dark Wings". The title also refers
back to one of my first Halloween
I may still render another version of this one (the thumbnail
looks a bit too dark to me) but I think it looks spooky enough to
share as is.
An Autumn version of my "Sierra
(2012)" render. I actually had to render this one twice (once
with green leaves and once with fall colors) and combine them in
Photoshop so I could vary the leaves on a "per-tree" basis.
A bit harsh, but there is something weird about it. My initial reaction when in the browser was that it was beautiful, but in dual screen it looks weird. I think a big problem is the floating rocks - like gravity doesn't exist here...yet the water stays so still and down that the rocks don't have water marks.
"You may have noticed the Da Vinci quote at the top of my Works-In-Progress page which reads "Art is
never finished, only abandoned". Here is another render which
proves this axiom.
I opened up my "Cobalt Daisy" scene
file (created using Lightwave 7 back in 2002)in Lightwave 11 with
the intention of rendering out the original in separate layers
for an upcoming mobile project. When I had finished with that,
however, I couldn't resist the temptation to tweak some of my
textures. A few hours later this was the result...
I posted it on my Facebook Page
last night and asked folks what I should do with it. The
majority said I should post it in the gallery so here it is.
Dedicated to my wife Jessica. October 12, 2012 is our 10
year wedding anniversary and this piece was originally created 10
years ago. Te amo!"
I thought you could've mixed in a bit more color, it seems a bit bland with all the grey. I thought perhaps it could use a bit more dark blue. But it's still a great image (using it for my laptop now).
"This is an update to my "Arboreal" from
2003. I put this together on my "Asfaloth" laptop while "Year of
the Dragon" was rendering on Bucephalus. The planet is my first
attempt at using the "Lunar Cell" plugin for Photoshop and I
cannot say that I am completely pleased with how it looks right
now. I thought the scene looked nice enough to share as is
however while I work out the kinks.
Let me know what you think!!"
"This piece started out as a commission for a rather well-known
individual, but for reasons beyond my control I was never able to
deliver it as a private piece. I thought the idea behind it was
pretty cool however so I went ahead and fleshed it out. I wonder
if anyone can guess who the original recipient was supposed to
"It was recently suggested to me that it has been a long time
I've done an astronomical wallpaper. Time to remedy that!
Here's one for the astronomy geeks out there. As I am sure
already know, a "Magnetar" is a
special type of neutron star with
an extremely powerful magnetic field. My representation is a
on the fanciful side, but I hope I mananged capture the
and dark energy of such a body.
I modeled most of this using a new program called "Incendia".
hope you like the results!"
"This is my first project rendered and developed on "Asfaloth". It is a continuation of the work I
started with "The Unveiling" and
have left the word "veil" in the title. I'm still exploring
d'Esprit's new "height conforming" clouds.
I thought it would be fun to add my family to the scene.
Can you spot the four of us?"
The original Mistveil Mountain is really good. It just popped up on my desktop and I didn't recognize it in comparison to it's more colorful counterpart. It really reminds me of Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. All it needs is a dragon perched atop the mountain :)
Looking at this makes me think of two things. From a smaller (thumbnail) version, it looks like a close up of those lava cave monsters that Spock communed with in Star Trek. From the larger version, it reminds me of scabs on skin.
While an interesting experiment, not my favorite by far. Still one never knows when you start these things how they turn out.
And of course, the blue version in the pickle jar is my favorite of these. ;o)
"My "Anemones" wallpaper from 2000 has always been a favorite and
folks have asked many times for an update. I haven't decided if I
will go for a macro image (the close up above) or pull out to a
colony of anemones..."
"It wasn't long after I posted my "Atoll" update that the requests for a night
version started coming in. It sounded like a great idea to me,
but unfortunately my first version took far too long to render
for me to considered doing even a multiscreen.
In the end I decided to tear down the slow-rendering version and
figure out how to process it quicker. I finally found the
answer (NO PROCEDURAL TERRAINS!) and was able to produce a well-
received multiscreen version as well as this night render.
I'm not sure this is going to be the final version of the night
scene, but I thought it looked nice enough to share. Let me
know what you think!"
"I set out in this piece to update "Atoll" from 2002 using Vue's
new water rendering engine. Unfortunately the clouds and fog
that I added to the island itself caused Vue d'Esprit all sort of
trouble during the final render. The final render took far
longer to produce that I am happy with. There are still some
elements in this piece that I would like to fix up but that will
have to wait until I have added more renderers to my stable."
"My first render using objects modeled with "Structure
Synth". I roughed out these objects on my laptop while
watching my Ian's tennis practice and then imported them into
Lightwave 11 for rendering. It's a cool program and I can think
of some interesting uses for objects such as these..."
I really prefer the color scheme of synthestructure 1 (the dark green and rusty red colors). Just wanted to leave that feedback. I wish there to be a multiscreen of that version :) Either way though, it's awesome.
"A floral experiment (using Xfrog and Lightwave 11) I started after
seeing a photo online of a Blue
Anemone Windflower. The end result didn't turn out a whole
lot like the original flower, but I kept the name. Still a few
issues to work out with this one, but I think it looks nice enough
to share as is."
A number of folks have mentioned to my that I should update my "
Login" wallpaper. This piece is in the
as "Login" but also continues an idea I started in "Portal". The whole idea was inspired by the old Star Trek episode "All Our Yesterdays" where folks could escape a current disaster by venturing into a planet's past via different portals.
The images I used here, from left to right, are "Extrasolar" (flipped horizontally), "
The Beginning of the End", "The Fisherman", "Planitia", "Tropical Moon of Thetis", and
This is my first render using the release version of
Lightwave 11. I had to do a special render for the 2048 x
(and 1024 x 1024) versions so all 6 windows would fit on
This piece is dedicated to my
Dad, who I lost in a fatal accident Jan 29, 2012.
He was a big Star Trek fan and I know he's out there somewhere. "
I'd love to see alternate versions of Portal, showing a different set of other worlds. I know you've got one variant, but it's all windows to the same other world. This is a really cool trick with the thumbnails, but it's not quite my proverbially cup of tea. The original Portals remains my favorite of your wallpapers. I use it as the background for my novel writing laptop.
""Red sky at night, sailors delight. Red sky at morning, sailors
take warning." The reason has something to do with dust kicked up
into the atmosphere by approaching bad weather (which usually moves
from west to east at the latitudes most familiar to whomever coined
the original rhyme). "
"I was inspired to create this scene after seeing a cover photo on
one of my Facebook fan's profile page. Once I got into putting
things together, however, it ended up looking very little like the
original scene. I still have an issue or two with this one to
resolve, but it took over 27 hours to render so I thought I would
share it as is while I continue working."
"I would just like to say thanks to everyone for the kind words
posted here and on my Facebook account regarding the recent loss of my
father. I am still reeling from all of this but it helps that
my four brothers and my sister are all together now sharing
stories and laughing/crying through our memories.
The saddest part of all of this, for me, is thinking about
what my two boys are going to miss out on. I feel like I am
greiving for the three us. Seven years ago my wife and I made
the decision to move our family from sunny San Diego back to my
hometown in Illinois so my kids could grow up with two
grandparents around. Rather than rue the past however, I will
try to be thankful for the few years we did have together.
One thing that I always knew about my Dad was that he loved to
make things, whether it be music, painting, or Christmas presents
for his grandkids. He loved telling stories.
I would like to think that his creative spirit will live on in
my work. I am looking forward to sharing some of his paintings
with you in the weeks ahead.
I've been working on this project for the past week or so and
the render finally finished yesterday. Now I haven't decided if
I am truly finished with it or not, but I thought it looked nice
enough to post as is. I am not sure when I will be able to pick
up work on it again.
I had thought to dedicate this to my father, but decided
against it. I will create something more fitting in the future.
Thanks again to everyone for the condolenses and prayers. "
So many of your pictures invite stories. I imagine a peculiar mineral growth that results in the hexagonal (octagonal?) pillars, which break down when they reach air, creating soil for the plants and trees. I wonder what lives of the inhabitants of this world would be like? I imagine humanoid primitives living amongst the small archipelagos, possibly swimming & playing with the dolphins. What would their culture be like, their world-view, being so connected to three elements; air, earth and water? Amazing.
"This is a sequel of sorts to Enshrouded which I have put together to test
Vue d'Esprit 10's "Advanced Cloud Modulation" techniques.
Basically it allows me to contour the cloud layer to the
of the terrain, so they appear to drape naturally over the
landscape. It's a tricky procedure which I hope will be made
simpler in future versions of Vue (so I don't have to height
in Photoshop hopefully). It is a powerful tool however, and one
which I hope will bear more fruits in the future.
"DB is not going dark today, though I do stand with the rest of
the Internet in calling for the defeat of SOPA/PIPA. I make my
living off of my creative work and I have seen it pirated in
about every way imaginable. Still, I would rather endure that
than give the government carte blanche to shut down sites
Rather than darken my whole site I have turned off my
"Fluorescence" mushrooms for the day on my home
page. Members can download the
wallpaper from the links above.
Wikipedia has a great resource for contacting your elected
officials and showing your displeasure with SOPA/PIPA at
"I own a MacBook Pro which I use for "light work" while my main machines are rendering. I really should have picked up a Windows notebook, because I have all kinds of problems running Vue and Lightwave through Boot Camp. It crashes constantly!
One program that does work is Mandelbulber. I created this fractal while my main machines were busy with "The Gardener" and "Gotham Garden (Winter)". I "finished" it and rendered at 7680 x 4800 on Bucephalus.
The term "Archaea" refers to a group of single-celled organisms similar to bacteria."