I finished my halloween picture for this year. Click on the image for details.

Pimpkin by ~dodgydavec on deviantART

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New Karaoke Wallpaper

From Wallpapers

I recently lost a lot of my karaoke equipment due to some people who like to take things that don’t belong to them. One of the items was my work laptop which had some carefully designed wallpapers on it especially for karaoke. I even managed to make one for each regular pub at which I worked.

Well, I managed to get up and running quite quickly after the “feel free to smash up my car and take what isn’t yours” event but only now have I got round to creating a new wallpaper. I made it using Blender, rendered it using Cycles and added vignette and glow with Photoshop.

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Me as Roy Orbison

I had a friend of mine (Gerry Driver) take some photographs at a recent gig. And very good they are too. I decided to take one of them as a reference image and paint a little profile pic for myself.

I used ArtRage Studio 3.5 and my Wacom Intuos4. Took around 20 minutes.
From Faces
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My First Remake

See the previous post for the before shot, which is basically the same scene but 6 years earlier. I call it “Mortar, Pestle and Glass.” I’d rather have called it “First and Last Ingredients for a Recipe for Disaster” but it’s too long.

Here’s the remake which I made with Blender 2.59 (you can find it at blender.org)
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One Of My Earliest

Mortar and Pestle was one of the first images I ever created with Blender. For those that don’t know, Blender is an absolutely free 3D creation suite. It does pretty much everything you could want as a 3D artist.
This image shows just how little I knew when I first started. There are a lot of things on there that I would know not to do now from the awful blue starry background to the ridges at the end of the pestle.

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My Little Elephant Walking

After having made my little elephant at the beginning of this week, and texturing him, I’ve gone that one step further and maede an animation of him. Ok, it’s a little amateurish and basic and not actually very good. But I didn’t spend a huge amount of time on it and (shock) I didn’t watch any videos of elephants walking for reference.

In spite of that, I think his little walk is quite cool and a bit cute. I would definitely need to build a proper rig with IK legs and a better spine and tail and ears to make it look great. And maybe that’s exactly what I’ll do. In the meantime, this is how it worked out with a very basic mesh, very basic rig and some very simple texturing…

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My Little Elephant

Here’s a cute little elephant character I made using my favourite 3D package, Blender, in a moment of inspiration.

Simple Elephant by *dodgydavec on deviantART

Simple Elephant – Parp by *dodgydavec on deviantART

And here’s the blend file for anyone who wishes to play with/use/examine it


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Doctor Who’s TARDIS in the Towers of Titan

TARDIS on Titan
TARDIS in Towers of Titan

It’s been a long time since I updated anything here and I’ve done quite a lot since I last did! My most recent activity involved testing out blender’s compositor in making atmospheric scattering. Or mist. It worked quite well so I made it into a nice scenic alien-esque picture. My youngest sister said it looked like a perfect place for Doctor Who to visit, so I added my TARDIS. Here’s a list of links for the WIP followed by the full image

Stage one (First Try)

Stage two (Better Angle)

Stage three (Better Lighting)

Stage four (Levitating Stones)

Final: All of the above plus a TARDIS

Doctor Who’s TARDIS on Titan by ~dodgydavec on deviantART


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3DMagix and IllusionMage, scam or open source leeches?

Here’s a very interesting article about two products, well one product under two different names, which someone is selling for money and which is available (or are available?) for absolutely FREE at Blender.org


If you are interested in 3D, DON’T buy these products. 3DMagix and IllusionMage are nothing more than Blender under a different name. And Blender, my friends, is as free as free can be.

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Look About – Speed Modelling Challenge

Made this as part of a speed modelling challenge over on deviant art.

optics – Look About by ~dodgydavec on deviantART

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