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Kanan

Kakan
The child is crying and the grandfather offers comfort. Where? I don’t know. I have never been there. In my imagination it is somewhere in the Sahara. Kakan means Grandfather in Hausa. Hausa is spoken in parts of West-Africa. So maybe Niger? Or is this family traveling on a trade route through the desert and ended up in Egypt. Is it today? Or many hundred years ago?

I’m always fascinated by paintings of the old masters; Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, Vasily Polenov, Vasiliy Vereshchagin, John Singer Sargent, etc. But also more recently the movie Zarafa is really inspirational. I did not try to copy any of them but if got only a little bit close I’m happy. Unfortunately I can’t paint. I have to build. Today (3d) computer generated art is maybe frowned upon, but there are so many 3d artist making really beautiful stuff. This unknown and unappreciated group is also a big influence. I hope they get some credits one day. Another source of inspiration is the map of Northern-Africa. If you look at all the places, you will find the most beautiful names; Tataouine, Ghardaia, Al-Jawf and many many more.

This image started in Marvelous Designer. Playing with fabric and wanting to do something more than a short skirt, I started building a tent. Not many images I did in the past contain people in them and I think this is very limiting; people are the most beautiful subjects in art. They are also the best way of telling a story in an image. So I set myself the challenge. I used Poser to pose the grandfather and son. I re-sculpted and re-textured them in Blender, put some basic clothes on in Marvelous Designer and finally imported all the assets into Vue.

No animals were harmed in the making of this image 😉

Blender Boat

I’m learning how to use Blender. I’m now focused on line art. In this image I wanted it to be subtle.
Inspired by Rembrandt, Benson, Monet and Sorolla.

 

Blender Boat

3ds Max Out Blender In

I stopt my subscription for 3ds Max. I still love the program but I didn’t find the upgrades worth the money anymore. I will keep my 2014 version till its old and rusty, but I forsee decline in uptodateness in the near future.

I found a new love.. Blender. I’m learning like a fanatic and I must say; I’m impressed. The program looks solid and the UI sensible. I love the sculpting mode. I never got used to Zbrush.

Whats best (being Dutch).. Updates are frequent and free!

We’ll see..

First Sculpt in Blender

Malabo Airport

Malabo Airport

About ten years ago I flew to Malabo; a small island of the coast of East Africa. It was one of my most impressive flights. Like a opening scene of Jurassic Park; lush jungle, volcanoes, and beautiful clouds. After landing I spotted a wreck just next of the runway. It was left there some time ago. Time and the tropical climate had left its mark.

Modeling: 3ds Max
Rendering and Vegetation: Vue
Textures: Photoshop

Spycam

spycam
I stay in hotelrooms a lot. Every hotelroom has this airconditioning vent, usually just above the hallway in the room. With the technological advances of recent years, I do wonder sometimes, if there is a hidden camera looking through the gaps. If so, I’ve never noticed it.

I feel bad for the pervered filming me.. a sack of pale white skin and bones 🙂

Monet


Inspired by Monet I wanted to make a sketch in 3d. I knew from the start I was going to use a filter in post so I didn’t care for to much detail.

Build in 3ds Max and Vue. Used a filter for post.

Vallée de Lavande


After I saw a image of Paul Hamilton I was inspired to make a lavender field myself. I like to make images in one day but this time it took a bit longer.. 3 days. The rendering alone lasted for a hole day.

Oscar Niemeyer Swimming Pool


I saw a documentary about Oscar Niemeyer recently. He might be offended if he sees my design. But I made it to honour him. It started as a Vue light study.

Arabian Nights


Inspired by painters like Jean-Leon Gerome, I created this image with Vue. I hope you like it.

Panorama Bathroom


I like ambient occlusion render and I like panoramas. So why not mix them?