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the magic of 3D-rearranging models/lighting

An amazing thing about working in 3d, vs 2d art is the ability to move and reuse elements. I took the characters from yesterday’s blog post, and rearranged them (and the lighting) to create an entirely new scene.

This is yesterday’s artwork:

sheep1

Here is a look at the shapes rearranged without any coloring or lighting effects

mesh view of 3d sheep made with blender

Here is the art after the computer (takes a long time and) calculates the relationships between the lights and colors

rendered version of sheep in a house 3d art

 

The finished artwork after a little bit of work in Photoshop.

3d render of sheep in a house

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Low Poly Sheep Farm

I am learning 3D modelling. From a painter/printmaker perspective, 3D is an entirely new way to think. It is more like sculpting, architectural drafting, and photography. I enjoy the challenge of new ways to make art, plus the geometric shapes from this ‘Low Poly’ style are really cool.  My math teacher would be thrilled to know I have been using those skills I never thought I would use in real life.

blender low poly render of sheep on a hill
Here is my first render of the scene.

sheep1
Here is the same render with a little bit of texture and color adjustments added.

This scene isn’t complicated, but making it has been a good exercise in modelling basic shapes, arranging them in 3D space, and lighting..and it’s been fun to learn.

I’m using a software called, Blender. It is open source, which is awesome. It’s free, and created by a community of people all around the world who love what they are doing. You can learn more about blender at the blender foundation’s website here: http://www.blender.org/

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, or want to talk about the process.

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procreate pocket-new drawing app for iphone

The makers of Procreate,my favorite drawing app for the iPad, just released a drawing app for the iPhone. It’s called Procreate Pocket, and it is a pocket sized version of the original.

drawing with procreate pocket

This little app has enough features to be useful without taking up too much of the phone’s precious screen space. Just playing around, i sketched 2 dogs.

gif animation of drawing 2 dogs with procreate pocket
The tools were easy to learn, since I am already used to the iPad version of their app.

iphone drawing of 2 dogs

I expect to do a lot of sketching with this little app. I don’t always carry an iPad with me, but I ALWAYS have my phone.

If you aren’t familiar with Procreate, here are a few links to some of the artwork I made with their iPad app.

ipad drawing of chickens beside a kumquat tree ipad painting of the Johnson Creek Covered Bridge ipad drawing of farm with a pond

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A Day At The Lake

I have a big respect for folks who make video: a combination of acting, photography, storytelling, audio, lighting and visual art (graphics) all bundled into one package. I’m trying to get better, and i learn best by doing…so here is my latest video–A Day At The Lake!
Thanks Mike Cowden for helping with the camera.

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my first attempt at projection mapping – video


I was first introduced to the idea of projection mapping last year at Cincinnati’s Lumenocity event at Music hall.

Two days ago, I premiered a series of animated projections for a live performance featuring Sarah Wood.

Since then, i’ve been fiddling with the projector, and trying to ‘map’ an existing room, to see if i can use colors and animations to transform the space.

I mapped a VERY crooked painting that was on my wall…so that the painting is illuminated with light…and then i placed an animation in the background. I cover the projector with my hand a few times, so you can see the wall without the light.

I think this test is a good proof of concept, and soon, I will map an entire wall at my gallery, and do something amazing. Stay tuned!