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

Tuesday 1 October 2019


It's been a busy week. I am still getting nowhere with Houdini but try and give it half an hour a day hoping that something will click. The barley is being dressed and will soon be vodka or gin, possibly even whisky. The lights from the dressing will go to feed the pigs and with a bit of luck some pork chops and sausage will appear. The pigs roam about and are predominately Wild Boar/Black cross so a bit lean for bacon. They are also a bit big so a bath would be required to cure the belly in. 

Truck Mounted Grain Dresser.

A new horse has arrived, he's a big lad at 17.3 hands....that's about six feet high at his shoulder. He is a handsome chap and seems quite gentle, he answers to Mouse a very silly name. I was going to get a snap this morning but the vetenaress was in doing his teeth and he didn't look very prepossessing with a gob full of stainless steel and a dopey tranquillised glaze to his eyes.
I am working hard to create an interesting desktop image in Blender, it utilises about twenty percent of the tools in Blender which is an awful lot of stuff to get my head around. The original concept was created years ago in Cinema 4D. A Czech chap did a Blender version of it but that was years ago and Blender has changed dramatically since then. I'm about four hours away now but what with watching grain dressing and vets doing horses teeth I really don't have that much free time.
This is how it starts out give or take a dozen clicks. You can get the gist of it HERE. Most of the examples show packing spheres of equal size I am aiming for something like this.
As you can see the spheres vary in size and the colour changes from the centre to the circumference. It's not easy working out where the centre of varying volumes is. The background is added in the compositor which ought to be a simple job. I feel like adding some mist or smoke. I know how to do that. This will animate but it takes a while to bake as there is a lot going on. If I swapped the spheres for those AW intersections I showed before then it would make a video intro.
I also had my eyes tested and am the proud owner of new spectacles. These are only a bit stronger but crystal clear. The others suffered a bit over their six year life from angle grinder sparks and weld spatter, I did my best to keep them right and regularly gave them a polish with toothpaste. I can see for miles but was a bit miffed at having to pay VAT on a medical necessity. Good job I got these lenses now as they are Zeiss varifocal lenses and from what I hear will be unavailable after the end of the month. Total eyewash. If I have to pay 10% import duty it will still be a saving on the 20% VAT. What are the odds on our leaders forgetting that VAT was introduced to pay the ridiculous salaries and expenses incurred by the tossers in Brussels and Strasbourg; crazy paying to shift all that lot from one dump to a slightly better dump every few weeks.

Politics and politicians have had a good week; at least one good laugh a day. The best is we are being threatened with a government of Wildebeest, bring it on, they couldn't do worse than this shower. I think they called them GNU as Wildebeest is a big word. I did notice that certain MPs were very upset by the word humbug and that's a shorter word by  four letters than Wildebeest. I guess that four letter words are their limit.
This is a Gnu. A handsome beast and possibly more intelligent than most of the current incumbents of Westminster.
Have fun.


  1. Had to look up what "dressing barley" entailed, Adrian, and it seems that it is a process where fungicide is applied. I find this somewhat disturbing if that barley will be used in the production of spirit drinks - or are you just winding us up!?

    1. Richard, seed grain is dressed with a fungicide powder. All that is happening here is the removal of dust, dead insects and the outermost husks. No chemicals are used.

  2. As Jerry Lee Lewis might have said - Goodness gracious great balls of fire.

    1. I'll see if I can sort it on Friday. It's proving harder than it looks.

  3. I think the very name Houdini should have told you it wouldn't be easy, Adrian. I admire your stickability. And appreciate the entertainment.

  4. Pauline, Houdini can produce some wonderful visual effects but I suspect it is for proper VFX artists and not for Muppets. I can usually get such stuff to work so will keep plodding along with it.