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I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Sunday, 3 January 2016

OH DEAR. (03/01/16)


You are going to love this post. I suspect you will find it as interesting as macro shots of insects.
Whilst everyone around me was drinking the New Year in I settled down to some more Blendering. I made a wonderful sky which is a full 360° image it is very controllable it can be animated and made to go from dawn till dusk, the clouds get thicker towards the horizon and appear to dissolve and reform just like real ones I can have clouds any colour I like……. Brilliant it is. The controls are very sensitive so it is easy to lose the clouds as they are just noise with a mask on. I did try using volumetrics like thin smoke but I got in a muddle. In the second bit of this video I tried to make an animated haggis to run over the hill but it looked like a hairy rugby ball and not all it’s legs worked. I gave up. To be honest only one leg worked and then only it’s thigh and calf, it’s foot refused to function. I could have made it’s hairs longer to hide this discrepancy, I ought to have saved it for posterity.
I am really enjoying this 3D malarkey and will animate a camera to pan and zoom over the terrain now that I am getting slightly better at UV unwrapping the sculpted landscape. I did manage to get the camera to follow a Bezier curve but I didn’t manage to get it to point in the right direction. It pointed in any direction but where I wanted it to.
I found another exciting stunt. If you press CTRL+ALT+ the right arrow key your monitor display flips through 90°. I use CTRL+ALT+0 on the number pad to align my camera to view in Blender. I must have missed the zero key. That was twenty minutes of free entertainment getting everything the right way up and the right way round. I must try it again sometime as I’m not sure how I got things back on the straight and level. I did use some nasty words but as I haven’t got speech recognition on the computer couldn't hear me.

I notice that I got my flags looking better, I made the mesh they sit on much smaller but there is always a downside……..the clouds have gone away and I know not where.
I probably know half what I need to know to make a short film. The problem is that learning is an exponential process and I will just have to keep plugging away till it all sinks in.
This shows the state of my competence as of yesterday. I have another video rendering which I will post tomorrow. It is a vast improvement but still I am finding more questions than answers.
Have fun, I am as the rain pours down.

16 comments:

  1. Happy New Year you mad visual scientist!

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    1. Thanks Cloudia. I've got worse I have a bird that flaps and I'm trying to make a thousand or so to make a murmaration. I'll redo my scene and stuff as well.

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  2. You're definitely having fun with these video sequences, can't wait to see the murmaration video.

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    1. Douglas, I am having trouble with the birds. I can make them flap their wings but the current state of play sees one wing going up whilst the other goes down. It may be a day or two but I can make cubes murmarate.

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  3. You're having fun and making people smile. One person at least. That's a pretty good purpose on a rainy day. Happy New Year, Adrian.

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    1. Pauline it is continuous rain and the forecast is for much the same. I have plenty more ideas.

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  4. Lol. I enjoyed your description as much as the product. Well done so far.

    I can't believe it's still raining!

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    1. Marie, it's all a bit of fun. I think the forecast is for rain most of this week. It's horrid.

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  5. You have far more determination and patienvce than I do Adrian.

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    1. Gary, I doubt it I can't wait for plants to grow. The grass was late stopping growing this year and is still very green.

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    2. Tell me about it. We have no seasons in the gardening world anymore.

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  6. Carry on rendering away from the rain.

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  7. You are having fun! Happy New Year!!

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    1. Lynda I am but feel there should be more to life.

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  8. Wow - you are getting good with that software!

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