Digital Donuts

This donut is made from pure math. I fashioned this donut in Blender by following along with a famous tutorial series by Blender Guru. So, no credit goes to me for conceiving it. All I did was what I was told to do by the tutorial, and I managed to get through it, along with…

Read More

The Orb Descends Into a Canyon

Reflections in water — perhaps my very favorite visual phenomenon — are possible to create out of the computational ether in Blender. I didn’t need a clincher to persuade me that working in 3D might be the next avenue of my artistic exploration. I’d already said that Blender is God’s free gift to visual artists,…

Read More

The Metal Tree Orb

Taking a break from the Enterprise, and having fun with Blender. Here’s a rusty, traveling, metal, tree orb with circular glass on both sides. An amazing thing about working this way — and I’m just doing somewhat rudimentary experiments here — is how many images I can generate. I made the orb in a tutorial,…

Read More

The Enterprise, Ongoing

I’ve been adding a bunch of little lights. It hasn’t been easy, at all. I won’t bore you with the process, but there’s gotta’ be a better way of doing it than the two methods I use. Nevertheless it’s good practice doing it the crude way. The main disc is DONE! All the little lights,…

Read More

One Day Beach Escape

OK, it was a day and a half. Enough to burn my skin on one day — despite applying a generous amount of thick, white, sunscreen — and wear a baseball cap in the Andaman sea the next to protect my delicate nose. By some inexplicable miracle, Thailand has been spared the worse of COVID-19,…

Read More

Runaway Rant: Why everything is backwards.

Everything I was taught as a child was good is now bad.

America is bad. The pilgrims are bad. The founding fathers are bad. Cowboys are bad. Christianity is bad. Christopher Columbus is bad. The police are bad. The free market is bad. White people are bad. Men are bad. The nuclear family is bad. Heterosexuality is bad. Individuality is bad. Independence is bad. Rational thought is bad.

In the art world painting is bad. Originality is bad. The old masters are bad. Skill is bad. Beauty is bad.

Read More

Basic alien with UFO in Blender 2.83.3

The alien required a flying saucer in the background. If you missed my last post, I’m just doing some practice using beginner techniques in Blender. I do a tutorial or two, take a break, and apply what I’ve learned. It’s a good combo. Instead of getting sick of doing tuts, after messing around on my…

Read More

Basic Alien in Blender 2.83.3

Took a break from the rank beginner tutorials to have some fun being creative with the basic building blocks. I’m always going to make aliens, and I’ve been doing it for more than a quarter century. Aliens, robots, cyborgs, and monsters. Green is also my favorite color. I’ve always loved ’em. This one’s greeting us,…

Read More

New Art: Stick Girl’s Epiphany

And that’s about as far as I could take her. if you’ve followed the development of this piece on my blog you know it was an exercise in technique, and based loosely on a tutorial. It’s evolved into something a bit more, and I’d consider it part of my portfolio. Along the way I discovered…

Read More

WIP: Adding Texture

I’m not that big of a fan of photo-bashing. That’s a technique where you take photos and superimpose them on your digital painting in order to achieve textural effects. It can be a cheap cheat that looks cheesy, or it can be a sophisticated process that when done right can really add something. Here I’ve…

Read More

WIP: Update on Stick Woman

She’s coming along. Since my last post I’ve painted some large branches in the middle background, and some lighting and shading. There’s lots more to do, including adding texture to the branches to make them more convincing. Near the end I paint over whatever I want, and however I want, but right now I’m working…

Read More

WIP: Adding Local Color

It’s a bit muted right now because I haven’t added any lighting or shading. There’s only a line drawing, with flat color under it. I made it more complex by varying the colors of the sticks that make up our stick figure. That helps to delineate which sticks or branches are which. Incidentally, the ability…

Read More

WIP: Line Drawing Phase

This is another exercise in lighting, shading, modeling, anatomy, perspective, work-flow, and when working from the imagination. I also intended it as a work of art, but working within certain parameters, and with a given objective in mind. My followers know I like to compare digital painting to MMA, in which case in order to…

Read More

Practicing with Profile Sketches in Photoshop

Quietly, and virtually unrecognized by the art world at large, there’s a renaissance of figurative artwork being created on the computer. Rather unexpectedly, digital painting has revitalized the practice of traditional drawing and painting skills. It’s a bit like how people started writing letters again after the arrival of email, and subsequent to letter writing…

Read More

New Art: Bat Girl Bites Back

This started out as an exercise in lighting, shading, and workflow, but it ended up being an artwork I’m proud of. A lot of the techniques and procedures I employed I got from a digital painting course by veteran Disney animator, Aaron Blaise. The initial drawing and the character design are all my own. If…

Read More

WIP: B&W Sneak Preview

Almost finished. It finally occurred to me to look at the image in B&W to see how my lighting and modeling is without the distraction of color. Not bad. It looks more like a digital sculpture than a drawing, which is what it is. I’ve still got some detailing to do, and other modifications. Should…

Read More

WIP: The Eyes are Testing my Metal

The eyes have been really difficult. I changed the colors, the shape, added veins, a highlight, and ridges on the bottom lids. What makes them so hard is largely the ornate bat nose which bisects one eye. I want partially obscured eye’s pupil to show, but getting it to line up with the other eye…

Read More