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Posted on March 17, 2000

  • Something green for your desktop?
  • A quick note about the pickles I posted earlier this week. The “Red Rocks” image (available here) is not a new version of “Red Planet”. It was rendered in Bryce last November. Unfortunately there were too many rocks in the scene and Bryce refused to open the scene file so I could work more on it.

    The torch (available here) was modeled for “Omadon” (using Amorphium). Each statue is holding one.

    Your comments were pretty much unanimous that the second Jelly Fish was the better of the two. I tend to agree with you, and I’ve added it to the Underwater Gallery.

  • Looking for software demos? Metacreations has released a trial version of Poser 4 and E-onsoftware has released a trial version of Vue D’Esprit 3. E-onsoftware sent me a newsletter yesterday in which they hinted that Vue 3.1 would be available soon and that it will support dual-processor rendering. Oh yeah!

Posted on March 14, 2000

  • A few new items today. The first is a different version of my Jellyfish. Ironically, the jelly fish is helping me to learn about bones. What are bones you might ask? Here is a nice technical overview of them. Put simply, properly parented bones (leg bone connected to the foot bone…) give structure to a mesh and allow you to pose it by moving its skeleton. Great for animation (since you can keyframe the bone movements), but it’s also great for stills because you can model an object once and then deform it to suit your needs. A big time saver.
    This version of the Jelly was rendered in Lightwave 6, and (as you can see) looks much different than the first one. Opinions?
  • Look here and here for some new “pickles” (you’ll see which ones are new by the “last modified date”).

Posted on March 13, 2000

  • Added Jellies today. Quite a few of you wrote me after I released “Fluorescence” and asked if I could do a picture of Jellyfish. Here they are. Comments welcome, especially if you can think of a better name for the picture.
  • My copy of Station X Studio’s Messiah arrived on Saturday. Messiah is mainly an animation tool, but I think it will have significant applications in my still work.
  • Thanks to everyone who expressed their opinion about Minutiae. Most of you seemed to like the second one better, and I have to agree with you.

Posted on March 8, 2000

  • I indulged myself yesterday by firing up LIghtwave 6 and trying out some of the new features. You can see my first results in the WIP and the Pickle Jar. The image is called Minutiae. I’ve always been fascinated by what you could see under the Electron Microscope, and this is my attempt to capture the feel. I may do one or two more of these eventually. It’s kind of liberating in that you can really create any shape you want. Want to see some actual images? Check out Microangela’s site (she colorizes the images in photoshop), and here’s another one.

    There are two versions of Minutiae for you to check out. One can be found on the New Images page. and the other is in the Pickle Jar. The choice of which went where was completely random on my part. I’d be interesting in hearing which version you prefer (if any).

Posted on March 7, 2000