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Thursday, 18 December 2014

ARTIST AT WORK. (18/12/14)

Here is an update. At last I have decided on the sort of scene I would like to create. This is draft number……Lord knows how many bits I’ve done but my desktop is a real mess…..It is still not anything like good enough. It looks as if a drunken Muppet has been let loose on it. Nearer the truth than I am in the mood for pondering. My head hurts so in case I can’t improve. Here is my Christmas card to you all.

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It is still running far too fast as I forgot which channel to pick on the Dope Sheet. Dope sheet is an aptly named description for that box of spiders. The text is skipping but next time I’ll keyframe much closer together. The lighting is crap but it is casting a shadow on my mountain. The mountain is a work of art. Most artists have RA after their names, some have Graphic in front. I’m different I have Piss Artist before my name and Crap Artist after. I will have another go but just in case I fail then please accept this as my Christmas card to you all. It says “MERRY CHRISTMAS” for those that have trouble reading fast and skippy. I can’t help those that can’t read as my attempts to introduce audio to my blog failed totally. Shouting doesn’t help.

18-12-2014 11-37-55           This is my Blender window during render. The Dope sheet is on the left. I think I’m a keyframe missing for frame zero and had I clicked Channel in the bit underneath and ploughed through all the sub menus I would have found Linear which had I selected x-axis then I would have a red line to tilt and slow the job up. It is akin to living in a loony bin, lots of irrelevant, relevant but interesting things going on at the same time. The trouble I have is which to pick and how to use it once I’ve chosen.

I do look online for tutorials but the buggers doing them go too fast for me. They assume I know tens times more than I do and that I’m not daft. It is possible to make it sing and dance to ones own tune as the experts prove over and over again. I have trouble with it all, I am thick I need ‘Special Needs’ tutorials.

The mountain looks okay in 2D. It is as it’s rendered but I made it in 3D. It could do with a bit of snow on. I did try that but I couldn’t get snow on the top bit and filling the dark bits lower down. It looked like a mountain with a white hat on. Silly. Very silly, even by my standards.

18-12-2014 11-55-26       Not a bad mountain. I had several that came out looking like giant breasts, some were even saggy ones. Kept me amused for a while till I learnt to deform the mesh on the Z-axis. Then they came out like Katie Price’s when she is aligned along the x-axis and viewed from the Y- axis or the zenith if you prefer. I am getting used to thinking in 3D but would be happy if I never saw Katie Price again.

Now I must go and learn to adjust textures light and all the other solutions to the problems of Blender and my imaginary world by getting a grip on the Node editing system. Node editors are…I am assured…..The solution to everything.

It is raining here but will turn to snow and gales soon. Plenty of time for a more polished job before the winter solstice.

All the very best to you all. I’ll keep Blundering on.

28 comments:

  1. WOW! You are clever. I have not idea how you did this but I am impressed. Thank you for the card.

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    1. Margaret, I am not clever, The software is free have a go. You will need a pretty basic graphics card dropped in your computer but it provides hours and hours of entertainment.
      You are welcome to the card. I'll try to get one perfect or at least better.

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  2. Impressive formula one card Adrian.
    Better than the usual shop bought ones.

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    1. Keith, it is just my latest fad. It is fast isn't it? Faster than Niko of the line but it does skip a bit.
      You can't purchase this in John Lewis......I wish you could.

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  3. I think it looks good. Certainly better then anything I could come up with.

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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    1. Mersad, it is recognisable. I am like a dog with two tails having got this far. It isn't good but by New year I hope to do a better one. I have Fusion now so will have the option of incorporating video into composite movies. You can do it in After Effects but I don't have that as I'm CS6 Extended and not CC. The 3D in Extended is poor compared with Blender. Autodesk is better but very expensive.

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  4. Not a bad effort for a crappy artist getting to grips with a dopey sheep (did I read that right? only my eyes have started to skip for some strange reason!) while trying to locate his Z axis up his Y axis...and to think that it almost turned to tits at one stage (hmmm!..come to think of it, that might have looked better!). And to cap it all you then have trouble sorting your nose out in a blender!...there's some strange things going on in your world!!

    Best start thinking Easter Card now, I reckon?

    Seriously Adrian...that's really good, you've put in lots of time and effort and have done a great job, it must have given you more than one headache sorting it all out, I don't think I would have the stamina to stick at something like that.

    All the best for Christmas and keep up the good work...[;o)

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    1. Trevor, I make light or no light of the problems of 3D. It is a different world. I thought of popping sheep in but thought that surreal. I did model a snowman skiing down but he looked like a snow ball with arms. The texture on the mountain mapped 'Middling' it looks like scree where I have flared the base. I wish I could remember how that happened. I guess I used a modifier when I shouldn't.
      So many buttons to press and so many combinations of them.

      You have a good Christmas Trevor and I'll try and sort the problems with the GIFF. The sky will be the same as skies are really hard. I took a lovely one of mainly blue but with whispy cirrus through 270 degrees but can't remember how to map it for 3D.

      Trevor it is fun, it takes time to learn but unlike Photoshop it's free and can be used for modelling, as Mark does for his train sets or daft things like this.

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  5. Very very nice! This is the post card that everyone would want receive for Christmas, thanks!
    How you made this is for me absolute unknown but i like a lot this effect

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    1. Laura, I will try for a better job before Christmas.

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  6. Well, I think it's all terribly clever, and I'm mightily impressed. The 3D one looks like a Christmas cake.

    Oh, and merry Christmas to you, too.

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    1. Frances, it has been fun half sorting it out.

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  7. I have no idea what you did, but I like the end result- Merry Christmas!

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    1. Terri, I almost got what I wanted.

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  8. Why doesn't Artist Adrian pick up oils or acrylics or chalk? They would be easier mediums to use. Just a thought! I Know I know. You like the challenge of mixing a number of programs together to come up with some cool stuff.

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  9. Ooohh I like this!! I will try to make a card like this. Merry Christmas to you too Adrian!

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    1. Ruby, good luck. It would be interesting to have someone else using Blender.

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  10. That's nice Adrian. I would love to do that.

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    1. Bob, I would love to be able to do it better.

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  11. I think that is very impressive. Unique. Thank you and Merry Christmas to you. I bet i don't get another card like that!

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    1. Pauline, it is certainly unique. I bet you don't.

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  12. Well you got further along then I could and it isn't too bad I hope you have a merry time once the season starts. On the tutorials I was wondering if you can burn them onto a did making it easier to pause or rewind etc

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    1. Douglas, I have sorted the speed and skipping. If I get chance I'll have another go at it.
      The trouble is I pick bits from all over the place. I use Blenderwiki or whatever it's called for a lot of instructions.

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  13. Hay un refrán en españa que dice "El que la sigue lo consigue"...Bien ya la tenemos aquí !!
    Muy bonita Adrian. Feliz Navidad también para tí.
    Un abrazo.

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    1. Laura, yo no lo tengo pero feliz Navidad.

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  14. Keep working on it Adrian and it should be ready for Christmas 2017!

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    1. YP, I have done another and it is as good as it will get for this year.

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