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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.

[Review] CGCookie Blender Workshop: Building Character – Realism

If anyone has watched any of my videos, you may have noticed that I love sculpting in 3D. So when I saw that CGCookie had a Blender sculpting workshop on realistic characters, I instantly said, “Yes, please!”. As the price tag is higher than what you would see for anything else at CGCookie, many may have questions about what to expect, and if it is worth the money. So, let’s answer those questions!

NOTE: Spring Workshop 2016 in Progress. Watch for the Summer 2016 workshop. (02/20/16)

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[Review] AMD AM3+ 8-core FX 9590 CPU & Blender Part 2

Since the first review of the AMD FX 9590, I thought it would be best to do a follow-up review since it has been some time since the first review, that happened a week after purchasing the CPU. First off, that beast of a CPU is a hefty CPU in terms of wattage, taking in a whopping 220W, but that’s not what I want to really talk about. There is a lot I want to mention, and that is about how well it works for 3D software, it’s practicality, and an overall fair review. So, let’s get back to business, and start to talk serious business.

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Bye Blender Sequencer, Hello Shotcut

So, if you didn’t know already, each and every Youtube video created by 3DEsprit, was created in Blender. In other words, all of the editing was done there. Until recently, rendering in Blender was working out ok, until I rendered the Crescent Rose tutorials, as well as the Krita tutorials. Both of these sets of videos were rendered overnight, as each set had over 5 or more videos to render. In Blender this was not a task that was fast, and at times, there were issues with frame drops, audio loss, and audio and video syncing issues. After rendering the Krita shortcuts video 3 times, and the Blender Tricks video once only to find out it needed to be done again, it was time to change software.

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Another Day with Windows 10 and Cortana. Also Search Engines

The more and more I use Windows 10, the more I like it. Even after the second day, I found I liked it better than Windows 7, which I would have never expected. When I heard Windows 10 was even being released, I thought of this monolithic version of Windows 8.1, which fed on the souls of children. Of course, by the Microsoft Law of 2’s, every other version of Windows is the step-child you really don’t want anything to do with. For instance: “Windows 98, Windows ME (Step-Child), Windows XP, Windows Vista (Step-Child), Windows 7, Windows 8 (Step-Child), Windows 10”. Anyways, moving forward!

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