I live in a camper van with a West Highland Terrier for company.
My passion is creating images 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

Sunday 13 January 2019


I have been having an interesting time using the Alpha version of Blender 2.8. I love the new interface, I can't praise it enough, suits me a treat. The downside is this development version doesn't seem to like me using posh materials. It crashes with monotonous regularity. I can barely read the Ctrl and S keys so often have I had to save. Good job I know where they are. The new EEVEE render engine is very fast and I can live with the somewhat cartoony effect. I found a box to check which does soften shadows. There is so much good that is new that I can't believe how clunky it makes previous versions seem. The Cycles render engine is still there for high days, holidays and posh stuff.
The following short video is me having a bit of a play with the Boolean modifier. At the beginning there are a couple of stills to illustrate how this animation is created. I'll pop them in here as well to save you pausing the video. The viewport can get a little cluttered with the transform overlay and everything else.
I have highlighted the bit you click if you want to switch overlays on and off. The video shows the cut left by this cone which I scaled and tilted whilst moving it about.
These are the bits one switches off to stop the cone being visible in the final render.
I have kept this short but should anyone be interested in how it's done then let me know.
Enjoy your week.


  1. Very relieved to see you posting here Adrian as, for a while, my blog list was showing you had a post entitled "This may be the last time" - and there was no post there! I guess you managed to do something similar to what I did recently by accidentally hitting the 'publish' button, but I was concerned there might have been a cryptic message in there!

    Impressive bit of video, but I refuse to get drawn in!

    Best wishes - - - Richard

    1. Richard, I was going to stop blogging but doing these posts helps get things straight in my mind.
      The new interface is such a vast improvement and does speed the job up.

  2. Blender, and the operator, are coming on in leaps and bounds.

    1. John, the operator needs a poke with a sharp stick but Blender is great. There are lots of tiny graphics improvements which make selecting and positioning stuff much easier.