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Chris Foss Inspired Image

Found some more time for a quickie render… This time, I chose as my inspiration this image from Chris Foss. My intention wasn’t to reproduce the image, but to try and catch the spirit of the image…

In to the Nebula-final

As I’m still pretty busy with other work at the moment I saved time by using a free model as the basis of the floating city (by Avalon3d and available here). I modified this by building cylindrical towers for top and bottom, removing a lot of detail from the edges, adding a comms system and, finally, greebling the crap out of the upper hull plates (using the Greebler plugin).

Foss’s original image has several delta-winged ships of varying design which I melded into a single ship as I wanted a simpler overall image.

The main hull texture for the floating city is from the Dosch Scifi textures collection. All other textures on the floating city, including the windows, are mine. The main hull texture for the delta-winged ship is from the Marlin Studios scifi collection. The decals/markings and windows are, again, mine.

As ever, the image was modelled and rendered in Cinema 4D with Photoshop post-work.

Arthur C Clarke Style Personal Space Pod

I don’t have much spare time at the moment, so in what time I do have I’ve been picking up partially completed projects and trying to finish them off...

A project that I started in 2011 (and which was supposed to be a quick and simple modelling exercise) was to realise the original space pod design from Arthur C Clarke’s short stories of the 1950’s and 60’s. Most people know ACC’s space pod concept as realised in 2001: A Space Odyssey, however the design as described in his short stories such as ‘Who’s There?’ and ‘Summertime on Icarus’ is much more of a stubby cylinder.

Clarke-style Spacesut Pod

I first came across Arthur’s short scifi stories when some were included in a (British) comic I read (and which included some fantastic accompanying illustrations - I would love to know who did them). Later as a young teen, I found two collections of ACC’s short stories in the school book shop. The books included his “The Other Side of the Sky” and “Venture to the Moon” series of stories. ACC imagined that much of the space station building that would occur in the 1970’s (!!!) onwards would essentially require a tiny spaceship with arms - for manoeuvrability and also because spacesuit gloves have many issues for astronauts.

This was the future I expected to grow up in....

Sadly, ACC entirely missed the fact that transistors would quickly replace vacuum tubes and make the need for space stations redundant - they would be replaced by purpose specific satellites. The geostationary orbit that ACC described for space stations and satellites in a 1945 technical paper is still sometimes called the Clarke Orbit.

This image was modelled and rendered entirely in Cinema 4D, the Earth was created (as ever) with using Michael Welters ‘Atmosphere’ plug-in. There was a tiny bit of Photoshop post-production.

In terms of style I have tried to bridge ACC’s description with the production style of 2001: A Space Odyssey, including the lack of background stars. The girder is red, of course, because the bare girders of the under-construction space station we see in 2001 are red. Happy

The pod’s combined camera and lights module, fitted to the top of the “helmet” is a little in-joke: Without the strong sunlight and shadows it looks just like Wall-E Happy

Changes to the site

I have made some changes to the site and in the process taken the opportunity to move all downloads to my DeviantArt gallery. From now on, all free wallpapers and resources will be on DeviantArt only

Updated Galleries

I have updated the galleries with several new images

Latest works: Freighter - April 2013

Having see ‘Moon’ finally, as well as reading quite a few articles on asteroid mining, the concept of the ‘space freighter’ has been playing on my mond and this image is the result!

So here we go - totally produced in Cinema 4D; the Earth was created using Michael Welters ‘Atmosphere’ plug in. Freighter was also modelled and textures in Cinema 4D. For a while I strongly played with following the scifi trope of the battered, weathered freighter look. Thankfully, common sense prevailed! However, at least one of the textures I created for that has made it to my DeviantArt Resources - just follow the link, below.
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The ship hull texture is my own (the Colour, Specular and Normal layers are available from my DeviantArt page) as are the stripes and star decals. Other textures are by Total Textures and Marlin Studios.

My Work Featured On Interstellar Fiction Magazine

Interstellar Fiction, an online scifi magazine, is featuring some of my work in their April edition - you can check it out here and get your fix of scifi too! Happy

Enjoy!

1930s Pulp Scifi Magazine Cover PSD Template

If you check out my gallery here or on DeviantArt regularly, you know that I have been having a little fun with some faux 1930’s-style pulp sci-fi magazine covers. Having done quite a few of these, I realized I had ended-up with quite a set of resources in Photoshop - ideal for a template.

So, I’ve done just that - pulled the resources together to create my Do-It-Yourself 1930’s Pulp Scifi Magazine Cover Creator. You can get it over in my DeviantArt Resources Gallery

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Pulp Scifi Covers For March

So, here’s another faux pulp scifi magazine cover… I’m accidentally creating a Photoshop template for creating these, which I think I’ll post soon over on my DeviantArt page. I’ll let you know when I do. These are just so much fun do to. Happy

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More Pulp Scifi Covers!

Having started developing my own pulp covers, I can’t stop! Here is the latest… Laugh

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Pulp Scifi Covers And Guilty Pleasures!

One of my guilty little pleasures is spending far too much time playing with Bradley W. Schenck’s brilliant ‘Pulp-O-Mizer’ on his site Thrilling Tales.

The Pulp-O-Mizer allows you to build your own faux 1930’s pulp scifi covers… The only problem - for me - is that you can’t use your own content or save them… So, I’ve started to make my own!

Here is the first...

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More Gallery Updates & New Images - Oct 2012

Yes I know, it’s been a while! I have been fighting something of a creative block of late - I’m sure brought on by the realisation that (the dismal) summer is over and that is as good as the weather is going to get this year!

Anyway, I have a new image for you - an idea I have been kicking around for a while. It’s called ‘Preparing For Take Off’ - yes I know, very original - the background is an image I took on a flight from Paris to Ajaccio.

Preparing For Take Off

I have added this book cover design as a faux covers to the Spacecraft gallery - so please take a look. Happy

Do let me know - via Facebook - what you think!

New Images & Gallery Updates - Sept 2012

I have been working on a few new book cover designs over the last month or so - both featuring spacecraft that I designed some time ago.

The first features my freighter; I built this model just over a year ago, the design is inspired by various craft from Gerry Anderson series - including Thunderbird 2, the moon shuttle (and its mother craft) from UFO and the superb Eagle from Space 1999. The Sikorsky Sky Crane was also an influence. The distinctive blue-and-white striped pain job is a direct steal from Chris Foss’s excellent cover from ‘The Early Asimov, Vol 1’.

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The second image features the flyer that previously made a guest appearance in my September 2011 free wallpaper ‘preparing For Take Off’. In this new image you can see it’s slightly bizarre design much more clearly... The design of the flyer comes from two main sources; firstly, the space pod from series 3 of the 1960’s TV show ‘Lost In Space’ and secondly this piece of concept art for Homeworld.

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I have added both of these book cover designs as faux covers to the Spacecraft gallery - so please take a look. Happy

Do let me know - via Facebook - what you think!

September Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Whooopps! I’m very late with my September wallpapers!

For my September wallpaper and calendar collection I wanted to do a big planet with a really gnarly texture - I ended up doing three! Imaginatively, the illustration is called ‘Trinity’ and is 100% Photoshop.
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The planet textures came from all sorts of places, and each of the planets comprises multiple textures in layers - textures include slate, granite, moss covered rocks and so on.

As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 3200x2000 (2560x1440 for the calendars). The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added an iPad retina hi-res version.

Get it from the Downloads & Links section

Gallery Update & More Resources @ DeviantArt

I have added some additional book cover designs to each of the galleries - so please take a look. Happy

I have also added some additional resources (textures) to my DeviantArt Gallery

Do let me know - via Facebook - what you think!

August Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Hey all,
this months wallpaper is a draft image I produced for the “Sol” competition by #Inner Space Group over at Deviantart . You can find my final image and competition entry in my DeviantArt gallery. The Sun, planet and starfield were created in Photoshop.

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As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 3200x2000 (2560x1440 for the calendars). I have also added an iPad retina hi-res version. The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone.

Get it from the Downloads & Links section

Enjoy!

Latest works: Starship Arrival

I have been in a Chris Foss mood over the past few days and this image is the result!

So here we go - totally produced in Cinema 4D; the large planet was created using Michael Welters ‘Atmosphere’ plug in. Not that you can really tell, but I used my own textures with Atmosphere for the Earth-like planet. The small moons were produced with PXG Planet, with NASA textures from the moons of Saturn and Jupiter.

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The ship hull texture is my own (the specular layer is available from my DeviantArt page) as are the stripes and star decals. Other textures are by Total Textures and Marlin Studios.

Latest works: Artifact

I have always liked producing images of alien terrains; I started (in what now feels like a million years ago) with Bryce, then Cararra. However, as each successive build of Carrara becomes ever more unreliable on the Mac I have attempted to do more terrain work within Cinema 4D.

I don't have V13, which has additional terrain features, but it's still possible to produce some passable terrains for 'tight' scenes. My main problem has been the terrain materials having too much specular reflection, which I just haven't been able to kill.

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Anyway, overall I think this came out pretty well; it depicts a scene where two astronauts discover an abandoned alien installation. Having recently seen Prometheus, this image is very influenced by the look and feel of Ridley Scott’s film. The artifact is intended to suggest both the Engineers (iconic) ship and the domed structures they are buried beneath. I almost made the spacesuits blue, too, but settled for blue detailing - white gives a much more satisfying glow in post production.

There is also a faux book cover version in the gallery.

July Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Hey,
I have just uploaded my July wallpaper - it’s called ‘New World Reconnoitre’

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For my July wallpapers I wanted to produce an image that was totally 3d and also featured a realistically lit spaceship - I haven’t been happy with my space scene lighting at all.

So here we go - totally produced in Cinema 4D; the planet was created using Michael Welters ‘Atmosphere’ plug in. I used my own textures with Atmosphere to produce ‘New Terra’ (including a 16k cloud texture).

As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 3200x2000 (2560x1440 for the calendars). I have also added an iPad retina hi-res version. The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone.

Get it from the Downloads & Links section

Enjoy!

More Gallery Additions

I have added some additional faux covers to the ‘Spacewrecks’ gallery..

Do let me know - via Facebook - what you think!

Gallery Additions

I have added some additional faux covers to the ‘Spacecraft’ and “Other Worlds’ galleries...

Do let me know - via Facebook - what you think!

June Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

It’s wallpaper time!

For my June wallpaper and calendar collection I thought I would create a space scene that celebrated Ridley Scott’s new Sci-Fi film ‘Prometheus’ which opened in Paris yesterday. In his original ‘Alien’ as well as ‘Prometheus’, the planet visited by humans is a moon around a ringed gas giant.
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No 3d work in this months image - everything was created in Photoshop. The planet textures came from all sorts of places; for instance, the moon in the foreground is created from a montage of satellite pictures of Moroccan desert. Because of the angle, I had dreadful problems with the gas giant rings - it was very difficult to get the perspective right and to ensure they were recognisable as rings. I’m still not convinced they look right.

As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 2560x1440. The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added an iPad retina hi-res version.

Get it from the Downloads & Links section

Enjoy!

Back From Hols, Added Resources Over At DeviantArt

So, back from sunny, beautiful Corsica to beautiful but incredibly wet Paris - it really is horrible!

Corsica is just a brilliant island; rugged inland with the most incredible mountains and a coast of lovely sandy coves. Whenever possible, my wife and I spend our May holiday there; early May is perfect as the island is still quiet. We returned to the area around Olmeto and Propriano for this visit. As ever, we took thousands of photos - and, I’m not sure why, but something triggered memories from my youth... As a teenager I was a big fan of Roger Dean and the granite rock textures as well as the shapes of the rocks themselves reminded my strongly of his work.
Campomoro - Roger Dean carved rocks - 6

...and this one also reminds of the derelict from the film ‘Alien’!! Happy

Anyway, you can judge for yourselves! I have added a selection of pictures and texture resources to my portfolio over at DeviantArt.

May Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Hey all,
the #Inner Space Group over at Deviantart is holding a competition for illustration with the theme of “Sol” and I have used my entry for that competition as this months wallpaper. The image was inspired by an Arthur C Clarke short story called 'Summertime on Icarus' in which a research spaceship gets to within seventeen million miles of the Sun, shielded by the asteroid Icarus.

The Sun and starfield were created in Photoshop, whilst the planetoid and spaceship were created in Cinema 4D. The spaceship is deliberately in the style of the great Peter Elson.

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As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added a ‘new iPad’ retina hi-res version for all of you new iPad users.

Download from on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

April Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

Hey all,
Spring is here, it’s the end of March and time for a new wallpaper to brighten up your desktop! This month, my image is a Photoshop creation called ’Light Wave’. Following my wife’s request for ‘warmer’ images, I’m still trying to weave as much green in to my images to reflect the arrival of warmer weather.
Light Wave April 2012

As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. The standard iPad/tablet sized wallpaper looks great on my phone. I have also added a ‘new iPad’ retina hi-res version for all of you new iPad users.

Download from on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

Book Release - Adventures Of Drachir Vol II from Daric Books

Hey all,
As you know from my ‘walk-through’ posts, I have been working on a couple of covers for Daric Books. The books central character - the eponymous Drachir - is a loveable rogue who wanders the universe in his ship, The Nevis. Daric Books have just released the second novel in the Drachir series. You can see the cover and buy the book at the Daric Online Bookstore

As with the first Drachir novel, to celebrate the release of the book I have created a wallpaper pack featuring Drachir’s ship in all its glory
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You can download the pack from the Downloads and Links section. Enjoy!

March Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

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I have just uploaded the March wallpaper and calendars - yes, it’s already the end of February! This month it’s a composite Cinema 4D render, with Photoshop backdrop. My wife complained to me bitterly that the previous few images were too cold and that she wanted colours that would remind her of Spring. So, here we go! An interstellar probe sent from Earth approaching a planet deep in the heart of a hydrogen-rich nebula - hence the green! I have named it ‘Curiosity on the way to discovery’, in honour of the Mars mission.

As usual, you will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. The iPad/tablet size wallpaper works great on my HTC phone.

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

Latest Book Cover Design

I have been doing some more work on book cover design, the result being very Peter Elson-like. I have called it ‘Grand Prix’, as it looks very much like a race to me - albeit a futuristic low-orbital one!

The cover currently doesn’t have a home, so if you have a project it would for, do let me know.

Grand-Prix

Dashboard Netnewswire Theme!


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And to prove that my creativity hasn’t completely deserted me, i have made another theme for the excellent Netnewswire RSS Reader. Made with CSSEdit and Textmate, ‘Dashboard’ uses Lucida and Helvetica to blend in with your Mac desktop. As with my previous styles, it is intended to be easy on the eye and also provide ad-blocking.

You can download the Dashboard theme in the Downloads & Links section.

Enjoy!

February Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

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Well, that’s January 2012 gone! I have to say, I found January tough-going... Just sapped my motivation and creativity completely! However, I have just uploaded the February calendars - I have created the image, “In a galaxy far away”... You will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes as well as one for iPads/tablets (looks great on my HTC smartphone!)

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

January 2012 Wallpapers & Calendars Are Available

All ready for the New Year!

Absolutely the final freebie of 2011, I have opted for a the cold-toned image, “Red Dwarf”...

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As usual, you will find English and French calendar versions, as well as a plain wallpaper pack that also includes an iPads/tablets size (works for most smartphones too). All the packs contain a choice of 3 widescreen monitor sizes.

As ever, you can find them in the downloads section. Enjoy!

L'hiver and Frimas NNW Styles Available

I have some final freebies available for 2011... First up, some new styles for Netnewswire: L’hiver and Frimas (French for Winter and “Wintry Winter” respectively)

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L’hiver


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Frimas

The styles use Zapfino for the article header and Cochin for the article body text. As ever, you’ll find them in the downloads section. ENjoy!


December Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!


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I can’t believe how quickly this year has flown by! December already! OMG! I have just uploaded the December calendars - thinking of traditionalChristmas colours, I have opted for a green-themed image, “Emerald”... You will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes as well as one for iPads/tablets

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

Couple Of Additional Pieces In The Gallery

I have added some additional faux covers to the ‘Spacecraft’ and “Other Worlds’ galleries...

Do let me know - via Facebook - what you think!

Daric Books Release "The Adventures Of Drachir'

Hey all,
As you know, I have been working on a couple of covers for Daric Books. The books central character - the eponymous Drachir - is a loveable rogue who wanders the universe in his ship, The Nevis. You can see the cover and buy the book at this link: http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-adventures-of-drachir-volume-i/18170510

To celebrate the release of the book I have created a wallpaper pack featuring Drachir’s ship in all its glory

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You can download the pack from the Downloads and Links section. Enjoy!

November Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

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I have just uploaded the November wallpaper and calendars (I can’t believe how quickly time goes by!)... This month it’s a composite Cinema 4D render, with Photoshop backdrop. A classic SF image; spacecraft approaching a planet that is partly in darkness. I have named it ‘Binary’, as I have binary suns as well as two ships. As usual, you will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. The iPad wallpaper looks great in Photoshop - I have it looks as good on your iPad/tablet device.

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

October Wallpaper and Calendar Packs Now Available

Hey all,
I have just uploaded the October wallpapers and calendars... You will find English and French versions of the calendars, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 2560*1440. Having left it out from the September pack, the iPad (or other tablet) portrait wallpaper makes a welcome return to the plain wallpaper pack .

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As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

Automne Netnewswire Theme for Autumn!

Hey,
Another free Netnewswire theme, this time with an autumnal theme (which seems bizarre, as temperatures exceeded 27 degrees today here in Paris!).

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Anyway, it’s available in the Downloads and Links section - enjoy!

New Netnewswire Styles

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In my continued search for the perferect RSS style sheet, i have made two more themes for the excellent Netnewswire RSS Reader. Made with CSSEdit and Textmate, Finder Blue uses Gill Sans to display text, whilst Papyrus uses Century Gothic. As with my previous styles, both are intended to be easy on the eye and also provide ad-blocking.

You can download the themes in the Downloads & Links section.

Enjoy!

September Wallpapers & Calendars Now Available!

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Little bit late with these; the render took bl**dy ages!! I have just uploaded the September wallpaper and calendars... This month it’s a Cinema 4D render, with Photoshop post work. A classic SF scene, the space hanger!! As usual, you will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. No iPad version this time, though, as I just couldn’t get the image to work on that size/ratio screen.

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

August Wallpapers & Calendars - for those not sat on a beach!

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Hey all,
I have just uploaded the August wallpapers and calendars... You will find English and French versions of the calendars, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes up to 2560*1440. The plain wallpaper pack also includes an iPad (or other tablet) portrait wallpaper.

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

More Netnewswire themes!

Another treat for Mac users... i have made some more themes for the excellent Netnewswire RSS Reader. Made with CSSEdit and Textmate, they are clean styles that use Helvetica and Helvetica neue as well as using ad-blocking. You can download the themes in the Downloads & Links section.

Enjoy!

July Wallpapers & calendars posted with less than 40 minutes to spare!

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Doesn’t time fly when you’re busier than a one-armed wallpaper hanger? I have just uploaded the July calendars... You will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. Following further feedback I have added a 2560*1440 size for all those that are buying the 27” iMac!! (like me!)

As ever, you’ll find them on the ‘Downloads & Links’ page... Enjoy!

June Wallpapers & Calendars are up....

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I have uploaded the June calendars... You will find English and French versions, the packs for each language contain a choice of widescreen sizes too. Following your feedback I have also uploaded a plain wallpaper pack - that zip contains an iPad wallpaper size as well.

Enjoy!

Netnewswire Theme

Special treat for Mac users... If you use the excellent Netnewsire RSS Reader you can download a Nemean-style theme in the Downloads & Links section.

May Wallpapers & Calendars Available

The May calendars are available for download in the ‘Goodies’ section. English and French language versions, as well as a choice of widescreen sizes.

Moving To New Domain

Soon I’ll be moving this site to a new domain - nemean-art.com. This is part of my plan to develop a career out my art, rather than continuing as a hobby.... Stay tuned for more news!

Lynda Cinema 4D Training 3: Spline Tool


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And learning how to use the Spline Tools by modelling a simple leaf... Care of the Lynda Cinema 4D video tutorials...

Lynda Cinema 4D Training 2: Bridge Tool


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Screen grab from the Lynda Cinema 4D TRaining; building a “maze” using the bridge tool...

Lynda Cinema 4D Training


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I have been working my way through the Lynda Cinema 4D course... I prefer the video format versus book, but I’m not a great fan of Larry Mitchell’s style - and with this sort of thing, the presenters style is ‘make or brake’, really...

Screen shot is an exercise modelling a simple spoon; you are introduced to HyperNURBs, Soft Selection, etc...

Carrara 7 out: Daz claim speed improvement

Daz has released Carrara 7.0... They’re claiming dramatic speed improvements along with a host of new features including: Export capabilities via COLLADA Export, Multi-pass Rendering, as well as a new 3D Paint tool that enables textures to be selected, edited and painted directly onto an object. Additionally, the Assembly Room Vertex Modelling puts the Vertex Modelling capabilities that were previously only available in the Modelling room in the Assembly room too.

Cinema 4D: C4D 11 is out

Maxon has released C4D R11 which includes a non-linear animation system, new global illumination render engine and dramatically improved render speed. As well as support for the COLLADA file format and CineMan, lots of improvements were made to BodyPaint Release 4

Cinema 4D: Sci-Fi Tower

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I discovered another tutorial by Adam Benton over at ImagineFX. This time, the tutorial sets out to produce an image in the style of Chris Moore. The tutorial doesn’t go into the modelling of the the tower in detail - but it was enough to set me off!

You can find the tutorial “
http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754332467706460/create-classic- sci-fi-art.html” here

Cinema 4D: Lamp Tutorial

Lamp Tut

I’m still working my way through the Anson Call book... Having a lot of fun so far and love C4D - easily one of the best pieces of software I have ever used. The latest tutorial - modelling the lamp, above - was really very nice, well laid-out and very satisfying to complete.

Cinema 4D - Castle Tutorial


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My brother bought me the Anson Call book Cinema 4D R10 Handbook for my birthday, back in July. I have only now found the time to sit down and dig into it... Plus points are shorter exercises - I can complete them in an evening! Also, the text is easier to read than the Arndt von Koenigsmarck book. Negatives - the images are all black and white, which makes some of them a little difficult to see clearly.

The image above shows a quick test render during the simple Castle tutorial.

Cinema 4D: Mac Pro


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I have invested in Arndt von Koenigsmarck’s CInema 4D 10 Workshop and, suitably for an Apple employee, one of the first exercises is building a Mac Pro.

Above you can see me part-way through.The book is extremely comprehensive, taking the reader through simple modelling exercises (such as the Mac Pro) to complex modelling exercises (a car). However, even the easy exercises are long, with many, many steps. In fact, it’s impossible to complete an exercise in an evening, and for those of use whose day job is not 3d modelling, it’s nice to finish an exercise in one go and get a sense of achievement. Also, the translation from the original German is very stodgy, making the ebook hard to understand at times and ponderous at best.

Cinema 4D: Chris Foss-style Spaceship


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I recently discovered some great C4D modelling tutorials at ImagineFX. One in particular by Adam Benton caught my eye - how to model Chris Foss style spaceships!!! As you can imagine, I was in heaven! Above is one of my first efforts - if you’re interested in the tutorial, you can find it “http://www.imaginefx.com/02287754333349729529/retro-spacecraft .html” here

Daz Releases Bryce 6


Daz has released Bryce 6, fairly quickly followed by an update. Bryce is now Mac Intel native, supports HDRI and its memory management is better on the Mac - but I think its over. Not an app for me anymore...

In fact, the way Daz develops its software makes me wonder for the future of Carrara... Functionality is driven not by user needs, but to drive Daz’s main business - Poser-compatible figures, props and scenery.

Cinema 4D - Initial Experiences


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The screen-capture, above, shows my first efforts in Cinema 4D! The exercise is from the included Quickstart guide. I must say that I’m super-impressed with this application; The interface is clean, understandable and very intuitive. Although Cinema 4D is feature-rich, capable of advanced rendering and animation tasks, the interface is simple enough for a beginner to jump in and produce results quickly. In fact, I would consider that to be the Cinema 4D's strongest feature - its ease-of-use. C4D is a very powerful application, yet but there is always more to learn; like PhotoShop, it is a program that provides a wealth of capabilities on the surface, but dig a little deeper and you will find the full-blown, high octane, turbocharged monster just waiting for you to get stuck-in!

More to come!

Cinema 4D!!!

My good friend Eshwar has arranged for Maxon to send me a copy of Cinema 4D - I’m super excited about this, not to mention extremely grateful!

Movie quality 3D here I come!

Purchased Carrara and Hexagon

Completely bloody fed-up with the terrible render times in Bryce 5.5 on the Mac, not to mention its rubbish Mac OS X integration, I have bought Carrara 5 and Hexagon...

Already, it’s immediately obvious that Carrara has a far superior rendering engine - does caustics, HDRI, everything! Just going to take some time to figure it out!

Made The Cover Of Sci-Fi Week

I’m really chuffed, because “Spacewreck 3 - The Mayflower” has been chosen as the cover of Sci-Fi Week! Also, the image is being used on the Archive area for all 2006 images!