I've just release 8 sets of Sticker Packs on the iTunes App Store based on the the 3D Guy and 3D Girl stock images I created in the past (4 packs each). Each pack is only $1.49 AUD/ $.99 USD
Check them out!
I was reviewing my 2016 goals, and although a I hit a couple, I did not meet many of the goals L, and the reason is I just had too many goals, with most being very time consuming and huge. So for 2017, I’m cutting back to just a couple core goals:
Goal 1: Learn VFX
By December 31 2017, have a VFX based portfolio containing Smoke, Fire, Pyro, Water, Fracture and Destruction based effects.
Goal 2: Launch an app
By December 31 2017, have an app launched that can generate a secondary income stream.
That’s it, both are a huge amount of work, but it gives me two very different areas to focus on, one satisfying my creative side, and the other my tech side. Hopefully this will give me a good balance and allow me to focus on either, depending on which muse is calling that day.
More details on the above goals will follow, as will a 2016 goal review
360° Photos use Equirectangular Projection to capture images. These images are then wrapped around a sphere allowing full 360° viewing. As Equirectangular Projection warps the image, accurately editing these images is difficult, but with Affinity Photo's new Equirectangular Projection tool, 360° photos are mapped to a live projection, allowing live editing whilst they are being projected.
This quick tutorial shows you how to edit 360° Photo's with Affinity Photo's Equirectangular Projection tool.
I volunteered to help with the animation for the massive Troll Bridge fan film project, and my first shot just got Finaled! It was much harder than I anticipated, but I finally got there with the help and encouragement (and prodding) of the project leads. This was the second attempt that I took at animating a shot for the Trol Bridge project, with the first attempt crashing an burning in miserable failure. A year passed and I got a little wiser (but still feel like I know nothing) in animation, and decided to give it another go. The amount of time (and late nights) it took me to animate 1 character for less than 4 seconds was staggering, somewhere around 15-20 hours. The pros make it look so easy!
Time will tell if I attempt another shot...
TROLL BRIDGE is a cinematic DISCWORLD adaptation of the short story by Terry Pratchett. Using state of the art technology and a dedicated, globe-spanning team, Troll Bridge has taken an entirely cinematic approach to telling a Discworld tale. It's a small, grounded, personal story... but on an ice giant scale.
More Info at http://www.trollbridge.film/
In Transact-SQL, the SET DATEFIRST command is used to set the first day of the week, so when you use the DATEPART(weekday, <Date>) function, you have control on which day of the week is first. So a common requirment is to set Monday as the first day of the week, so you'll call (Where 1 = Monday):
SET DATEFIRST 1;
1 = Monday, 2 = Tuesday, 3 = Wednesday, and so forth.
Very useful, but you cannot use SET commands within a View definition, so what do you do when you want to have a certain DATEFIRST value within a view's results? Use this calculation:
SELECT ((DATEPART(weekday, <Your Date>) + @@DATEFIRST -1 -<Your DATEFIRST>) % 7) + 1
<Your Date> with the date value
<Your DATEFIRST> with your diesired DATEFIRST number
And you can wrap this in your own Scalar-valued function to simplify reuse:
CREATE FUNCTION dbo.f_WEEKDAY(@dateValue datetime, @datefirst int)
RETURN ((DATEPART(weekday, @dateValue) + @@DATEFIRST -1 -@datefirst) % 7) + 1;
I hope this comes in handy for you, it has for me.
It's been a very long time since I did any serious web development (like 8 years!!!!). Last time I did any, IE6 was still the most popular browser and cross browser compatibility was a nightmare! :S Don't get me wrong, I've still been coding, but mostly SQL, a little Windows Forms and WPF, and even a chunk of good ol' VBA in Excel.
A LOT has changed in the world of Web Development, and when I came up with (what I think is) a fairly good web/mobile app idea, I needed some serious brushing up of skills. ASP.NET Web Forms (which I was using is on the way out), in favour of ASP.NET MVC and the new .NET Core. Xamarin is now part of Microsoft and I hear good things about, so a upskilling in the latest from Microsoft is a compelling option. As I needed a fair amount of upskilling, I took a look outside the Microsoft ecosystem to see what else is out there, specifically using Python. Why Python? I dabble a fair bit in 3D, and most of the major 3D tools have a Python scripting ability, so getting familiar with Python will come in handy later on. Plus Python has a strong presence in the Big Data field, so will also come in handy there too.
So I started digging around outside the confines of Microsoft and came across a popular Python Web Framework called Django, and Django is AWESOME! It is super easy to use, fast to develop in, and forces good programing conventions. You simply define your models (and relationships), and Django takes care of all the plumbing, creating the Database and all the code needed to access it, plus it includes a dynamic Admin site that has an out of the box simple UI to manage the data (targeted to admins, not necessarily end users). It's been around for over 11 years now, and is very mature and has an extensive set of extensions. One such extension is the Django Rest Framework, which with a few lines of code I was able to wrap a full REST API around my models. Done! I hear Django is very similar to Ruby on Rails, but I have no experience with that technology to comment any further.
Below is a high level diagram of the various app components and frameworks I'm going to tackle for the app:
There is a lot to learn, so will keep me busy for a little while yet. With Django I was already able to quickly build the App Framework and the REST API, and being Django the Database and Admin website is all done too.
The blog has been quiet for the last few months. You get busy, lose momentum, and the blogging stops :(
One of the down sides of being busy is that I've barley done any artwork, which I hope to carve out some time to do again soon. Most of my free time has been spent of learning new tech (more on that later), but before then I finished off this 3D Optimus Prime model back in late June/early July. I just never got around to posting about it.
Check out the Optimus Prime (Transformers Rescue Bots) Portfolio page for more renders.
Check out the Turntable video on YouTube.
On a side note, as I've been neglecting the CG Short Showcase blog too, I've taken that offline.
In this mini project I wanted to test out YouTube's 360°/VR Video capabilities, so i created a test 360° VR Video Image Gallery. It cycles through a set of 360° images I found online, adding a text overlay with the Image Title, Location, and Copyright Owner.
As it is a 360° video, be sure to look around and get the full 360° experience. Or if you have a google cardboard, pop you phone in and experience it in VR.
The video was uploaded in full 4K, so up the resolution to get the crispest image quality.
While surfing the net I came across a SciFi Film Project called Spacelanders and really liked one of the concept characters named Tralok, so I though it would be a good little 3D Model project, plus allow me to get up to speed with Modo's Mesh Fusion.
Check out the Tralok portfolio page for more renders.
Check out the Turntable video on YouTube.
The Spacelanders project is still in its infancy, so I will be following it and look forward to seeing its progression.
Below are some of the Work In
Over time I've learnt a little more about getting nicer and cleaner CG Renders, and looking at my portfolio most of the items needed a little refresh. Plus the Turntable videos were only HD, and could do with a Full HD upgrade.
Plus I purchased Adobe Premiere Elements which does a much better job at putting together the videos than my previous Blender/Windows Movie Maker combination.
The following pieces were Re-Rendered:
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