• 365 Rendering,  My Art,  Thoughts & Ramblings

    Take Two

     Sometimes a do over is necessary. Glad I went back on this one. Daz3d Kala 8 with slight morphing and editing in Photoshop using adjustment layers, filters, and slight paint overs.  Bumping up the render quality and time really helped get rid of some of the noise as did a change in the light setup.

  • Thoughts & Ramblings

    Goodbye 2018, Hello 2019

    I did this back in early January. It was meant to symbolize a few different things like starting it in 2018 and finishing it in 2019, doing it mostly in Procreate and Photoshop, and finishing wip pieces. Artistically 2018 was a good year. I put out more art than I ever have. I started doing more landscapes and work entirely from my own imagination, broke a bit out of my comfort zone, and did a lot of interesting studies. Mostly I think I built a lot of artistic momentum to push me into 2019. I feel like 2018 was a bit of tiny hill- long plateau rinse repeat cycle. The…

  • My Art,  Thoughts & Ramblings

    Forest Lady Blue- Walk-through and Thoughts

    I initially started with a rough sketch idea. Some of the sketch is still visible. Prior to this when it is just a sketch I feel pretty excited and hopeful about the piece. In my head it is full of light and feels and most importantly finished. The next step shown above is where I start to lose all hope of that. This is usually the point where (at my current skill level) I realize my vision and current skillset don’t match and HOLY CRAP I don’t know how to paint or draw anything. Then I pull out one of 100s of brushes that are like stamps and play around.…

  • Thoughts & Ramblings

    2018 iPad Pro Update- *sigh*

    It’s been nearly a week since Apple had their big release conference. I used to be a huuuuuge Apple fangirl in that every update I made plans to upgrade phones and tablets (they couldn’t pry my mammoth of a beast first gen 17inch pro ‘laptop’ from my hands until the battery looked like it was going to explode).Then I got bored and needed a pc. So I made the leap and ended up loving my Galaxy note and tablet. When Apple came out with the original pros with pencils, I knew it was time to come back. 3 years on it still works and looks great but as any tech…

  • cinematography
    Resources,  Thoughts & Ramblings

    How I discovered my love for cinematography-Efflam Mercier

    There was another great Blender Guru interview (Youtube ) this time with Efflam Mercier about cinematography and other things.  He touched on something that I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. That being how much films (well done films) can teach artists. I was thinking about it mainly from the point of telling a story in graphic form- movement, camera/viewpoint placement, etc. but also lighting. Efflam points out some of his favorite books and films that handle those topics and more well. I’ve only seen Hero on his list and I remember being blown away by how beautiful it was. I don’t remember much of the story but I remember…