Orestes Graphics on Daz 3D

Having decided that I wasn’t going to spend any more of what little cash I have on 3D modelling and rendering resources, I jumped at the chance to invest in some files when a flash sale was announced for Orestes Graphics at Daz 3D. I purchased the Vega Systems Skydomes  – a set of hdri photo files that, in addition to providing a background for model renders, also add additional lighting to a scene. I am very and happy and believe the purchase to be money very well spent. As you see in the quick render below, instant new solar system! I’ll need to add spotlights to light the figure more effectively and generally tweak the scene but I love the results!

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Here’s a different scene with my same figure and Orestes HDRI:

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Righting the balance — Calmgrove

Ursula Le Guin: The Farthest Shore in The Earthsea Quartet Puffin Books 1993 (1973) When one comes to the end of a planned trilogy one always hopes for a sense of closure. But when I first read this there was also a sense of profound disappointment: yes, wrongs were righted, evil was overcome, but at […]

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iBook project update 2

I’m continuing with my experiments using Tumult’s app Hype. The app is designed for web work but I’ve exported files to video as I currently don’t have a web host account. The intention is to get to know  Hype’s work flow and capabilities before beginning actual iBook widget work.

 

iBook project update 1

I’ve finally begun the iBook project in earnest. I’m recording ideas in an A3 sketchbook (my favourite planning format) and have made much progress. My decisions are provisional and may be drastically altered at some later point but I now have the following fairly concrete intentions:

  • The iBook will follow a loosely sequential timeline but will be presented out of chronological order.
  • The narrative will have several alternative timelines that will not be ‘author resolved’.
  • The reader will not need to follow the book’s sequential structure.
  • The book will make use of all of iBook Author’s capabilities – html widgets, video, audio, text, Javascript interactivity etc.

There are several apps which I have owned for quite a while but not used and there’s a steep learning curve to one of two of them which I’m enjoying scaling. I’ll post updates here as often as I can or I feel pertinent. Below are two video tests of video exports from the html within Tumult Hype.

 

 

The most perfect book — Calmgrove

Tove Jansson: The Summer Book Sommarboken (1972) translated from the Swedish by Thomas Teal (1974) Foreword by Esther Freud Sort Of Books 2003 This is just the most perfect book; so perfect that I can scarcely bear to discuss it for fear of spoiling it. But I shall try; if at times I appear to […]

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Dido Twite and HMS Thrush — Calmgrove

An addendum — sorry! — to discussion of The Cuckoo Tree Dido Twite has been sailing with HMS Thrush for a goodly period of time. At least, so we may gather from a close reading of Joan Aiken’s Wolves Chronicles, particularly Night Birds on Nantucket, The Stolen Lake, Limbo Lodge (also known as Dangerous Games) […]

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Time to get to work

I haven’t spent much time posting here during the last six months or so due to working full time and catching up on house maintenance etc. This laconic state is set to continue for a while longer as I begin to work in earnest on my musical and iBook projects.

I’ve begun to familiarise myself with (Tumult‘s fantastic html editor and iBooks widget exporter) “Hype”, “Inkscape” (for its ability to export svg files) and iBooks Author.

I’ll post some work in progress as video files on my under-used Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyUFYhtKbsMJMlW9rmXHFYwT

I intend checking often on my favourite blogs.

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