Monday, July 27, 2020

Driving to Work

Driving to work

A short animation trying ot some techniques and rigging.  Modeled a low poly landscape and set of buildings.  

Landscape modeled

Modeled two characters using the Blender rigify.  Gave a basic walk cycle to the security guard.  The thermometer was a child of the guards rig 

Guards rig

For the car  I used a driver expression and an emptys movement to rotate the wheels and the wheels were parented to the car.  
The car window movement was a shape key animated.

Car model

Everything was rendered in cycles.  The main action was slowed down during editing and the colour balance shifted. 

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Pink sofa

Pink Sofa

Interior render 

Another 3D project.  This one was modeling a floorplan out in 3D.  The placement of furnishing was established which helped with scale. I took some time and populated the scene with props.   Rendered in cycles

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Plate Fill

This work evolved out what was going to be part of a larger project but as it developed began to eclipse it.  All completed in Blender 2.83.  The subject is a microtitre plate.  It is used in analytical laboratories to run tests.  This one has 96 wells.  It allows 96 reactions to be run simultaneously using very small quantities of reagents. 

 It would be on of the most common formats for running the Covid-19 antibody tests for research and diagnostics.  
They are usually polyproplylene or polstyrene and serve just as the assay container so not considered very exciting.  

The challenge was to make it feel heroic and to do that required some work.  

Tried a few different looks first then set up the animations.  
I used all the hard won fluid knowledge from the virus video to set up the fill.  

I used the clamp to constraint to move the camera along paths.  

I also added a music track and cut the edits to match and give a rhythm.  
This was a learning curve and a half but a really good challenge.   

  Lockdown concentrates the mind. 

I am streaming more regularly on Twitch  and the bigger project is being worked on there.  You can catch me live or watch the VODs.  

Monday, July 13, 2020

Wash your hands

Link to youtube

Back again.  I have taken some time out to revise my portfolio and website and relaunch the business side of this enterprise.  I gave myself some personal projects and I will be publishing them over the next couple of days.  I will follow up here with some more behind the scenes work and explanation.  If there are some things among all this that interest you or you have some questions let me know here or any of the other social media sites.  

The updated website is

One of the more contemporary projects was  'Wash your Hands'.
This was modeled, animated and edited in Blender. 
The structures were based on virus protein sequence data such as here

The data was imported into Blender using the atomic blender utilities add on. This allows you to import the PDB data.  Had to play around with the import parameters to get the desired effect. 

After that the structure could be edited but for a virus where multiples were required it was not practical.  I went back to the sculpt tools and approximated the shapes.  The surface was created with textures.

The fluid simulation was a learning curve.  I had worked with the old fluid sim in Blender which was based on the particle system.  The mantaflow system is more powerful but complex.  Tweaking each parameter piecemeal was require and would be my biggest tip.  Make sure that the sim has recalculated after each change and review the outcome.  

After that was moving some cameras and editing the rendered movie.