Sunday, 14 January 2018

My new Instagram account

Hi and Happy New Year! I set up an Instagram account for anyone that fancies dropping by. I will be uploading a mix of work on this, as I also have some photography I want to share. This blog will not be abandoned, I will continue posting here for more in depth posts moving forward.

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Thursday, 9 November 2017

XGen Hair RnD in Maya and Renderman with PxrMarschnerHair Shader

Hi there. This is some more further Renderman and hair work from early August, I'm only getting around to uploading it now. These were interesting to work on. I experimented with some different lighting setups and was observing how the hair reacted to emissive objects also. All renders are straight from Maya except the two abstract type ones which have glows added in compositing. One of them is a the result of a camera placed inside some hair, just to see how it looked. Render times ranged from 5 to 20 minutes. Please click into each image for the full resolution. Thanks :)

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Six New Art of Books

The Color of Pixar by Tia Kratter is a book I have been waiting to add to my book collection for a while. It's pretty cool how it's put together and shows how the creative use of colour can affect emotion in a scene. It's a little gem. I also picked up some other ones which I'm looking forward to digging into.

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Blog update

Hi, due to a recent injury I suffered I will not be at the PC as much and will be unable to post here for a few weeks unfortunately. It's annoying because I was really getting into the XGen and Renderman hair and fur posts. I cannot wait to get back to them as I enjoyed them so much.

Also, I'd like to say thanks for all the visits to my blog and for the interest in it in general. I really appreciate people dropping by for a look, so thank you.

See you soon!


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

XGen Hair RnD in Maya and Renderman with PxrMarschnerHair Shader

I've been diving a bit deeper into XGen with Renderman and these are some results I came up with. This time it's more hair than fur. It's a pretty addictive tool to experiment with and the possibilities with XGen are crazy. There's some variation on the XGen groom for some. The renders are a little on the noisey side, but for RnD work, they are fine! Render time was 15 mins per image. Hope you like them.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

XGen Fur RnD in Maya and Renderman with PxrMarschnerHair Shader

I had been wanting to check out XGen hair and fur with Renderman so here's the results of some tests I did over the weekend. They are not very high res and the render time was only between one and four mins per image. The fur groom is very basic too, but was OK for the testing I wanted to do. Some renders have different clumping values and hair densities. It's a simple lighting setup in combination with the PxrMarschnerHair shader. Straight renders from Maya. I really enjoyed this one. Please click into each image for the full size.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Bear, our new puppy. And Heidi!

We got a new boxer pup on Saturday. He's a little beauty, we called him Bear. Here's a few pics of himself, Heidi and her teddy. Bear is just over 8 weeks old and Heidi is 3 in July. Good for testing out the f/1.4 lens I got a while back, I hadn't really used the lens at all. Great for the shallow depth of field. Wide open it really knocks the background back. For the teddy shot, I tried bouncing some sunlight back onto him from the shed in the garden. Worked out well!