A day off for me.

For perhaps the first time in the history of this blog, I’ve actually done as promised and been productive this week. Having a whole week entirely to myself, uninterrupted, seems to agree with me. However it’s not something I would wish to sustain for a long period of time, since I work late into the night and then find it really hard to sleep, thinking about work.

I’ve also put myself on a much healthier diet, although it’s pretty hardcore for a verern junk food serial-snacker like me. It involved eating the same home-made soup each day, with different bits and bobs to go along with it each day such as brown rice, steak, and a lot of fruits and veggies. It wasn’t awful to keep up, but I can’t see myself living my life like this at all. If I did, it would involve a whole lot of shopping at the market for all those bargains.

So, my usual diorama update. It doesn’t look like much, but what I’ve done this week has taken way, way too many hours of my time.

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The wood was the most time consuming of all. I had to learn how to make tiling textures in Zbrush, which took a while to set up and some compromising between multiple tutorials. The separate planks were also sculpted, and are a separate texture entirely, using the tilable as a base to keep them coherent. The albedo itself is a mixture of hand painted and photo. Mostly hand painted by the time I was done though I think.

I’ve learned this week that I don’t like making tiling textures. They’re frustrating and annoying, and most of mine end up looking like crap. The other two I made this week – floor tiles and a plaster one- are both textures that I will have to come back to and alter or re-do. The plaster in particular is pretty much a base at the moment ready for some very long winded hand painting to go over it, which I’m avoiding right now.

There will be a lot of little touches and details to add to the scene as I go to try and make it a little more belivable. Nails in the wood, stuff like that. Stuff for later though. It’s too early to get stuck in stupid details.

Happily, I made some time to paint this week too. I’m super glad, because I think I’m forgetting how to hold a pen I’ve been doing so much 3D stuff lately.



They’re very heavily photobashed, so I’m still not 100% sure I’ve not forgotten how to paint, but for quick one-evening paints I’m pleased. The top one was even liked on Facebook by one (out of like a billion) of my favourite digital artists, so I was well chuffed (Yeah, Facebook likes don’t matter, blah blah). I actually think I prefer the bottom one. It was far quicker and has less painting, but I was much more creative and experimental. I’m starting to understand how to make perspective/lighting/colours etc. from multiple photos sit together better and I think that’s starting to come across here. Especially because I know how different the photos I used are to the final result. I’m going to try and keep up my painting over my busy summer.

To top off this strange week, I went to the third year’s degree show last night. I really enjoyed it. I hope my year’s degree show next year will be as much of a success! It was nice to talk to some past students who I knew of but had never had chance to speak to, and to meet some new faces.

Today I am very tired, so it’s a day off for me and then back on with stuff tomorrow.

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