Didn’t have much to mention last week. I’ve been digging into Redshift renderer. I’m still learning a lot about it, but I will say it’s very intuitive and fast. So I’ve got some random renders to share as I delve deeper into it.
Here’s a shader network.
Continue reading “Redshift tests”
I’ve been wanting to do a Space Shot for awhile. Something reminiscent of old Star Wars with some gritty Alien/Aliens vibe. It’s still got some work left to it.
Continue reading “Space Shot”
A week ago, I met up with my friends, Brian and Mayumi, to try out a couple of Mayumi’s drones. We had been thinking about trying Drones out about shooting footage and/or large scale photogrammetry. It was great to finally give it all a whirl.
We went up into the canyons away from everything. It was a great overcast morning. Continue reading “Drones”
There has been an explosion over the last few years for really awesome, fast, high quality renderers.The competition is fierce and a lot of these new renderers let you download a free version to try out (some with watermarks, some without on a 30 day preview). Most are actually really affordable now. We’ve seen things go all over the place from old favorites to new hot tickets: Mental Ray, V-ray, Arnold, Clarisse (it’s more than just a renderer), Octane, Turtle, Maxwell, etc…and REDSHIFT!
Continue reading “Redshift…oooh yeah!”
It used to be we’d make fun of tv shows like CSI or the like, when they’d get a low resolution image and then conviently “enhance” it and find all the wonderful detail.
Continue reading “Enhance….enhance….enhance”
Some of you may have heard that this year’s Nobel prize for Economics went to Richard Thaler…or some of you might be wondering, who the heck is Richard Thaler??
He won for his contributions to Behavioral Economics, showing how human traits affect supposedly rational markets. He co-wrote a great book called, “Nudge“. The reason I bring him up is he’s partly responsible for helping convince Congress to overall the 401(k) a decade ago. Congress use his theory in 2006, “Save more for Tomorrow.” His big take away, instead of Companies asking their employees to sign up for 401(k), he encouraged employers to automatically sign-up employees for their 401(k)s. They could then choose to opt out. That was the nudge to get people to save for their futures. How big of an impact did this auto-enrollment have? One 2015 Vanguard paper suggested that the practice more than doubles plan participation rates to more than 91% of workers from 42%.
Continue reading “401(k) – Changes and Regular or ROTH”
Okay, you’ve worked in the industry and made your mark. A few years go by and things shift in your company, now things aren’t so rosy. Now the word everyone dreads, “Layoffs” is uttered. Or maybe you are ready for a change or new challenge? Time to spread your wings. Continue reading “Getting that next job?”
So, Inktober surprising takes over my time through the month. I’ve used this website character designs for figure reference. It’s pretty cool.
There has been an increasing amount of places where you can find (either free or small fee) tons of high resolution imagery for reference. Gumroad has some good spots, like Photobash. Continue reading “Figure reference and stuff”
If you haven’t heard of the Photo Ark, you were in the same camp as me a month ago. My wife showed me an episode of it on PBS. It’s National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore’s quest to document various species of animals before they go extinct. He’s taken 7,297 different species of animals photos so far.
Continue reading “The Photo Ark”
Well, Inktober begins again! This is the 3rd year I’ve done it. It’s a super fun exercise in daily drawings.
Jake Parker started it in 2009 to improve his inking skills. It’s now become a world-wide sensation.
Here are a list of this years possible ideas for each day and the basic rules.
My October 1st drawing: Lego Benny in Space