In early 2015 it became obvious to me that Bucephalus was simply not powerful enough to keep up with the increasing pixel densities that have become available in monitors over the past couple of years. 4K, 5K and above look wonderful but larger images with more pixels take a lot longer to render and my Members were starting to notice. Increasingly I was not able to produce dual and triple-screen versions of my renders.
I had seen the success of various Kickstarters and other crowd-funding and decided that if I asked all of my Members to pitch in just a little bit I would have a beast of a workstation and maybe even triple-monitors so I could actually see the multiscreen renders in their native environment.
In February 2015 I launched a fundraising effort which I called “Project Shadowfax”. In a couple of months over 1000 people donated the funds necessary to build my dream workstation, plus enough to build a third machine and upgrade my software! My supporters came through with flying colors and Shadowfax entered service in April 2015.
I wanted to test the “Windows Experience” for this machine but unfortunately it was too fast and broke the test. Microsoft will need to come up with a new test for Shadowfax…
It is important to note that the funds I needed for this new machine were over and above the funds that my family and I need get by month-to-month which already comes solely from my artwork. So not only do I need still you to sign up or renew, but I would appreciate it if you told your friends, or at least not take the entire discount.
I still have about 100 of the exclusive “Project Shadowfax” thank you cards (not everyone who donated wanted one). They will go to Digital Blasphemy Donors/Patrons on a first-come/first-served basis until they are gone.