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Hongkong


Hongkong a lovely city.

I love the double-decker trams. I love the walled city look. I love the sounds, smell and food. I love the chaos. I love the relaxation. I love Hongkong.

It has been a long time ago since I visited Hongkong for the last time, so I have to use my imagination.

I made this image using Blender mostly.

Young Rebel

YoungRebel2
This is a work in progress. I’m planning to finish this image somewhat different. No Star Wars for one. But the Star Wars bug got me. So I added the stormtrooper (thx JJ Palomo) and the rebel logo and called it finished.

The original plan is inspired by ArtStation. I really love the 2d concept art images on this site. I wanted to make concept art too but with 3d , because I can’t draw or paint well. So my initial drive was to make a fast build, sculpted and textured image. I failed. Most meshes are build extremely fast, but then I got caught up in details.

I’m learning Blender and by taking on a whole project is often times the best way; lather, rinse, repeat. I had to go back to 3ds Max a few times, but found it difficult to find my way around. Some other external programs were used. Blender is getting there but there are a few specialized programs, better suited for some stuff, out there. There are so many tutorials on how to do Blender that I can’t even start to thank all the makers, but thank you all.

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

Early Arrival


Inspired by the beautiful Scandinavian landscapes I build this image.

Using the same technique as the F16, I imported the model from Flight Simulator into Blender via 3ds Max to Vue.

I love the mix of vue with “traditional” 3d modeling. I didn’t do the modeling of the aircraft (I thank iFly for borrowing their beautiful model) so I have to come back one day to this image and replace the aircraft with one of my own. For what it’s worth.. I modelled the approach lights

Import oh la di ye


I found out it is possible to import models from FSX into 3ds Max via Blender and then export to obj so you can import it into Vue. Are you still following me? It is not so hard but also not easy. Especially textures is hard work. I Thank Aerosoft for their beautiful F16 model.