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Learning More About The Art of 3D

Glex Alexandrov Creative Shrimp

The cooky and genius Gleb Alexandrov from Creative Shrimp

If it’s one thing that is not easy to find, it is a place that stops focusing on “how to” , and simply discuss the art of creating great 3D. This is something I certainly hope to create someday, but let’s be honest it’s definitely not there yet. So until then, I want to point your attention to the great works of Gleb Alexandrov, and his site Creative Shrimp.

If you haven’t heard the name Gleb Alexandrov before, you certainly want to know it now. He’s been a 3D artist for over a decade, and uses both 3D and 2D together to make breathtaking pieces. It was when he presented his piece Her Majesty’s Zepplin’s back in 2013, making everyone gasp in amazement, and even more so when they found out it was created in Blender, that his presence was something very hard for any user to ignore.  Since that point his site has been a great window into the methods used to create these brilliant pieces, as well as future projects, and coffee (yep!).

Her Majesty's Zepplins

Gleb Alexandrov’s Her Majesty’s Zepplins 2013

 

His site is not like any other, and this is why I felt the absolute need to mention it. One thing that makes his site different is instead of being presented with tutorials that hold your hand through the entire process, he simply discusses the key points, and then leaves the rest for you to take on. This method is perfect, because even if you don’t know the features used, you spend your time experimenting knowing “it can do that”, and learn what other effects it may have, instead of being lead through a straight path to a single point. Of course this is when it is a tutorial of sorts, but the rest of the time he’s discussing great ways to use certain methods to create various art styles, leaving you mind to explode with ideas of your very own.

Overall the site mixed with his podcast, you can finally add some art to your 3D workflow, and spend more time thinking about your pieces, and less about the technical side of it all. It is definitely a site I recommend to any 3D artist, and even 2D artists; no matter what it’s filled with inspiring content.

Minecraft 3D Skin Creator with Blender

I was actually looking to do a few Minecraft-based tutorials, and realized that there was not a great way to create the skins for these characters. So, to remedy that, I made a setup in Blender allowing anyone to paint textures for a Steve or Alex model. The setup allows you to create both with a Skin and Overlay portion, taking advantage of the entire texture space, and when done, you can save the image and it exports as a perfect Minecraft character texture!

Minecraft 3D Skin Creator Preview

Minecraft 3D Skin Creator in Blender, painting the map in 3D and 2D.

You can learn how I created this setup in the following Youtube video:

Turning Blender Into the 3D Minecraft 1.8 Skin Creator

You can also learn how to use this setup to create and export your skins in the video:

How to Create Skins with the Blender 3D Minecraft 1.8 Skin Creator

Lastly, you can download the Blender setup here, with some added additions shown in the 1.8 Skin Creator use tutorial:

Blender Minecraft 1.8 Skin Creator

Enjoy!

NOTE: This is the first release, so if there is something you wish was different or better, let me know, and I’ll try to make it happen. 🙂

CG Cookie : An Alternative Education Hub

I know in previous articles, like the How to Become a Professional Artist With Educational Sites article, and at the time CG Cookie was providing a lot less than it is now. Granted, at the time of that writing, they had thousands of videos covering many different digital art techniques for 2D, 3D, and Game Development. Since this summer, they have changed the way they wanted the company to move forward. With that said, I want to really go into that in depth, as I feel anyone reading this will appreciate being informed. Anyways, let’s get to it!

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Making GIFs from Blender animations, with Photoshop in Windows 10

Just today I was setting up Photoshop after a clean install of Windows 10 a couple weeks back, and realized that I completely forgot how to create a GIF in Photoshop. On top of that, I also forgot what format I needed to use in Blender, and a few other things. So, I thought, surely I’m not the only one who has had this issue, so I’m going to go through it all. Also, for other Windows 10 users, I will have the instructions to get Quicktime installed, as well as make it work with Photoshop Creative Suite, since we all know when Windows 7 came around, Photoshop can’t see Quicktime, and complains that you “need Quicktime 7.1 or higher”. Anyways, let’s get started!

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Krita Tip: Choosing Complimentary Colors

The more I use it, the more I love Krita. This was the exact feeling I had when I first started using it, but it wasn’t until recently that I finally found some extra time to work with it a bit more. Of course, if you’ve used Krita before, you know it easy to get lost in it’s settings, and can find a setting for just about anything. At the same time, I wondered if there was a way to easily find a complimentary color for any color I picked. The short answer is, “Yes, of course!”. Let’s see how.

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