Sunday, February 16, 2020

Sitka Spruce

Sitka Spruce

Had some time to work on personal projects this past week.  Where I live the agricultural land is marginal to poor.  Forest coverage in Ireland is one of the lowest in Europe.  There are historical reasons for this.  The government has been encouraging more forest to planted initially to redress this and now as a carbon offset mechanisim.  Sitka Spruce - not indigenous - was identified in the 60' and 70's as a fast growing conifer.  It has become the go to species for planting new 'forests'.  So much so that it now dominates the landscape - planted at densities that the land does not support anything else.

Still practicing in Blender 


Wednesday, February 5, 2020



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I am still working my way through Blender features and there were already alot to learn but it seems the devs have been adding alot more of late.  This animation was created using the cloth simulation and its pressure setting in Blender 2.81.  There have been a few tutorials on it.  One of the more comprehensive ones is a series by Chris Prenninger. It is a real timesink creating different effects and I have to budget my time at the moment.  

Friday, January 31, 2020

Happy New Year

Logs - ink
Happy New Year.  

Managed to get a post out before January closed out.  Have been busy working on paid work and a revamping of my portfolio.  I have let this slip alot these last 3 months which is not good as this is mostly a store of study pieces and experiments and this makes it obvious I have let both slip.  Well new year and a recommitment to keep this record updated.  

This is a study from a photograph in ink.  I finally manged to get a cartridge pen.  Up until now it I have used a dip pen.  It was nice to just work without worrying about recharging with ink.  

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas 2019

Níl aon tinteán mar do thinteán féin   -- There is no fireplace like your own.

(Open fires are for the most part illegal in new housebuilds in Ireland now.)

Winding down for the end  of the year. 

 Looking forward to a break - and time to recharge.  

Wishing you a Merry Christmas. 

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Teddy Bears


Teddy Bears

Result of a Blender tutorial follow along by CG Cookie.  It was an old tutorial but I just wanted to practice  some simple modelling.  Anyway I stashed the bears at different stages and textured them a few different ways. 

Went a little further and added fur following a tutorial by tutor4u   Football created following a tutorial by Magevo studio.  

Saturday, November 30, 2019


I am so far behind on this blog I missed a whole season.  Have been busy trying to keep up with work I have struggled to do any personal work.  Not a healthy thing for progres I am sure.  It will hopefully be busy until the end of year then I will have a chance to stop and reflect.