I am not an artist, I would love to be one but have never been able to master all the techniques required.
Thursday through Friday I did hit my blue phase. I was very down. Then Saturday I was supposed to be drifting about above York for some stunning aerial views but the forecast was for mist, wind and rain. At the back of noon it was horrid, I called the job off. By three thirty the cloud broke and it would have been perfect for some late afternoon photography, scattered cloud and a low sun. I was not a happy bunny. The Met office in this country must be staffed by Muppets.
I consoled myself by going to the butchers and the greengrocer and then cooking myself a monster roast chicken dinner. I even did bread sauce and Yorkshire puddings. The latter were an egg short but they were still fine.
Today they were forecasting isolated thundery showers for late afternoon so I called in sick again. I watched the MotoGP, all three classes from Philip Island. What a fiasco. The track was so abrasive it was ripping tyres to shreds so they had a mini MotoGP with a bike and tyre change at a curtailed half race distance. A real cock up it was. At least it didn’t rain till the last minute. You Antipodeans…I don’t know!
This lady is doing her best to explain that the old oil painting of a dead frog has been brought to life by a studio of artists digitally modelling a few blue Bottles and then dozens of their maggots. I now realize what I never realised. Art takes a lot of people. I will model a maggot. I will put bones in the wire frame so I can make it wriggle a bit, I’ve never tried to use bones so that's another day down the pan. Yes they did duplicate the maggots but they all move in their own way. Brilliant.
It was only when prices fell that folk had to work fast on their own and we were subjected to crap. Spattered dots and strange cubist images. There are of course exceptions. If I had been involved in The Last Supper, I would have been painting the black bits under the table or stretching and priming canvases.
These digital artists are using AutoDesk looking at the screen grabs. Blender3D is also feature laden and it is free. I just can’t remember where all the features are or what they do. I am getting used to the funny names they call things and making sure that I remember short cut key strokes. Ploughing through the menus and sub menus would take longer than I have got left. I then have to learn to light the job. In 3D you pop a plane up give it an emission something then do a quick render, press escape move it, enlarge or decrease it, rotate it, fire more light into it. I can have a quick render screen but without it you are working in the dark. I need more screen room. I can see monitors hanging from the rafters. I don’t have roof beams so that’s another job.
Tomorrow I’m moving up to Castle Howard. Then Thursday I’m back here at Sherriff Hutton for a few days in an attempt to get airborne.
Have a great week.