• Review: X-Plane 11

    Review: X-Plane 11

    I recently came across the opportunity to make my first decision toward my sport aviation journey. I had about $100 to spend, so I had a choice: I could book a discovery flight at my local airport, or I could get a flight simulator and a joystick. One experience would be real and over in […]

  • I Spent 6 Months Learning Chinese. Here’s What Happened.

    I Spent 6 Months Learning Chinese. Here’s What Happened.

    Interested in learning Chinese? Curious what it’s like? A few months ago I decided to start learning Chinese. No practical reason other than just genuine curiosity and to see if I could do it. How Did I Arrive At This Decision? I’ve always wanted to learn a second language and I’ve always felt slightly inferior […]

  • Sport Aviation: New Year, New Goal

    Sport Aviation: New Year, New Goal

    Something I’ve always had an interest in, but always have never hand anything close to the amount of cash required to pursue, is sport aviation. But you’ve only got one life, right? Might as well start toward those bucket list items sooner rather than later!

  • How to Make Realistic Trees in Blender

    How to Make Realistic Trees in Blender

    This Christmas…. This Christmas, I got a 3D graphics assignment. Sorry, I can’t say ‘This Christmas’ without singing it. Assignment received For this assignment, I was asked to create a look-and-feel animation that conveyed the spirit of Christmas in a general sense. The ending needed to focus on gift giving. First, I developed a concept […]

  • The Gift (3D Animation)

    The Gift (3D Animation)

    Flatlay photo to 3D animation This year’s Christmas graphic package was a collaboration between photography, arts-and-crafts, and 3D modeling and animation. From Christmas Graphic to Christmas Animation Once we had a flatlay that was acceptable for print, we needed to use the same objects or similar objects that reflected the same style to bring an […]

  • How to Access Your Desktop When You’re Away

    How to Access Your Desktop When You’re Away

    We’ve all been in a situation where a client calls you in a panic and they need something right away. Only problem is, the file they need is on your desktop at work or at home or… basically somewhere you’re not. Remote access can save you from trouble and offer a level of convenience like […]

  • How to Create Seamless Patterns in Adobe Illustrator

    How to Create Seamless Patterns in Adobe Illustrator

    In this example, let’s say you want to create a seamless pattern in Adobe Illustrator using vertical stripes. First create a 1:1 artboard at any resolution you like. If you’re creating this for use in 3D, powers of two work best (1024, 2048, 4096, etc). Next, create your first stripe with a solid rectangle, and […]

  • Watercolor Video

    Watercolor Video

    The 24 Before This was a project that started off as raw video. After several layers of After Effects work, we ended up with a final result that mimicked a genuine watercolor video. Somewhat inspired by larger projects like Loving Vincent, the initial concepts  were very fluid in their design. Some of the early designs used […]

  • How to Clean Your Computer Without Compressed Air

    How to Clean Your Computer Without Compressed Air

    So, my computer is starting to show its age a little bit after being built a few years ago. Now it’s time to clean out all the dust bunnies. The only problem is… I don’t have a can of compressed air lying around. Who wants to make a trip to the store just for that? […]

  • A Brand New Add-on Ecosystem for Blender 2.8?

    A Brand New Add-on Ecosystem for Blender 2.8?

    With the highly anticipated release of Blender 2.8, there is one big question hanging in the air. What’s going to happen to the years and years worth of add-on development work put into versions 2.79 and earlier? The introduction of 2.8 is already groundbreaking in terms of shattering render times and giving artists the option […]