Saturday, November 21, 2015

Before PINK

Transitional Sketches
   Rough Drafts and Experiments
Ribbon Coral 

Two views of a default cube in Blender 2.74 I made in August 2015. They are from frame 140 of the animation. All of my line particle system images are from animations. I look through all the frames to see when the form reveals itself to me and that's when I determine to take the shot.
This was made with a particle system of lines and three force fields, a vortex, a magnetic and a turbulence, placed in the center of the cube and scene*. I play around with the different physics, force fields and reactions to them, to see what will happen. I keep it simple by only altering their strength and direction.

The Space Between Star and Black Knight

* The center of the scene is x=0, y=0, z=0

Friday, October 23, 2015


Glass Structures
Maybe this could be built on the Moon.
The moon's low gravity and abundance of silicone makes it an ideal environment to build stronger glass structures than we can have on Earth.

The Blender default cube with a glass shader and stack of modifier tools.

Free download of
Blender 2.76 

 I want my digital art professionally printed in several sizes and the suggested minimum dpi for high resolution prints is 300, so a 12"x 18" print is 3600 x 5400 pixels.* That's about the largest file I can render in Blender on my computer. Anything larger and Blender crashes when I attempt to save the image. This is probably due to the computer's lack of an appropriate amount of RAM. I had an idea of dividing the picture into smaller graphics of strips or blocks and then splicing them together in an image manipulation program, such as Gimp or that other one you can't own anymore. 

There was a problem. The edges would not line up, because each graphic had it's own camera perspective. If you have ever tried to make a panoramic image by piecing photos together, then you'll know what I mean. I searched for tool(s) to create larger files and they are: border & crop, found in the render panel. They can crop the camera view into smaller parts, but the perspective remains static so the pieces can be evenly stitched together for a seamless image.

This is my first image I scaled up to a 2' x 3' print using this method.
See you on the other side!

* A high resolution two x three foot print is 10800 x 7200dpi.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015



 Mechanical Ink Song

This default cube image, made in Blender 2.75, is similar to the previous one I titled "Pink". One difference is, the cube's array is increased from two exploded cubes to eleven to create a more dynamic background. The geometries are also assigned multi-coloured materials, instead of monochromatic black & white ones they had before.

The Grasshopper Lies Heavy!

Saturday, August 29, 2015


Contrasting Geometries
I made this image with the default cube in Blender 2.74. I gave the cube a particle system and exploded it after I sliced & diced it with a subsurface modifier. Next in the modifier stack I placed a solidify, a remesh, an array (turned off), a bevel, and another particle system with three different force fields, a turbulence, a vortex & a magnetic, to make the curly bits. I ran the animation, stopped it, turned the array on to make another exploded cube and used an orthographic camera to render all the particles in the image on the same plane without perspective. 

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

Beets & Checks

Another World
Another Time
Another Dream

Check Mate!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Lummi Island

Rock Stacks 
A Meditation on Rocks and Stones

I stacked these simple ephemeral structures on a friend's beach on Lummi Island 18 July 2015. 
They stand, because of gravity, balance and friction, but to the tides and winds, they will collapse with intention.

(front view)

(oblique view)


Setting the Table

The Table

Artist at Work

Relief Equidae

Remember, rock stacking is illegal in National parks.
 "Only you can prevent rock stacking."

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Images Inspired by the Paintings of Joan Miro


 CG Images Inspired by the Surreal Abstract Paintings of Joan Miro

These pictures were shown at the Greenwood Phinney Artwalk May 2015 as photo paper prints. Metal prints were also made, but did not arrive in time for the exhibition. The metal prints are amazingly vibrant and the depth of colour saturation is stunning. They appear so luminous, they look as if they are back lit.   






 I am building upon my concept of 3D Surreal Abstracts IV, which used one particle system with a high number of particles and low number of lines to build structures.
These images use at least 16 particle systems with a very small amount of particles and a lot of lines to form more solid forms.      
I created these artworks with Blender 2.74.

Tag, you're it!

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Greenwood-Phinney Artwalk Preview

Greenwood-Phinney Ridge Artwalk 2015
May 8 & 9

I will be exhibiting my digital images as paper and metal prints.

I created this surreal abstract with Blender 2.74
 and is another "default cube" artwork.
I made the cube an invisible, particle system emitter with at least 16 particle systems popping out of it, instead of the one or two I've given before.

Blender Rangers, away!

"See ya' there. It's gonna be a great show!"

Friday, April 24, 2015

Watermarks & Signatures

Watermarks v Signatures

This is my project to integrate signatures into digital images before uploading them into the wilder-lands of the internet. Once it's out there on the web, it's out there and out there forever! Watermarks can be obvious and detract from the image. Especially when they are carelessly splashed across the picture. I think the two best ways to sign a digital piece is to make the mark part of the original scene or hide it, the way a chameleon blends into it's environment.  

Progression of My Signature/Watermark

Carelessly splashed!
Bad, just bad and ugly.

Better, but easy to crop out.

Typical watermark, hard to edit out, but distracting.

Small and easy to edit out.

Blatant, in your face and easy to paint over.

  Hidden in the lines


Three signatures in this one, can you find them?


Signing off!


Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Mystic Forest

Default Cube Challenge 

I made this image
Blender2.72 Cycles
 and used the hair particle system to create 200,000 trees.

Mystic Forest

This is the first time I use the vertex weight edit tool to convert an image into a vertex weight group to determine the length of hairs(trees). The image I used was of beaten copper cauldron. I also used this image as a displacement to texture the surface of the cube after I had flattened it with an ocean modifier and added a load of subsurface modifiers.