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4/29/16

Purple Rain (Sunset)


As is usually the case when I post a daytime render, I get requests for a nighttime or sunset view. For my Prince tribute I received requests for both. The night version (which you can find in the Pickle Jar) features a luminescent tree for a more "fantastic" look.

Let me know what U think!

4/22/16

Purple Rain (Tribute to Prince)


Like many of you I was shocked and saddened to hear that one of my favorite artists, Prince, passed away suddenly on Thursday. As a huge music fan and a lover of unbridled creativity in all its wonderful forms, losing Prince feels like someone turned down the lights a little on our world.

I've loved Prince's music since his "Little Red Corvette" days in the early 80s. One of the things that always most fascinated me about him was that he taught himself to play the piano (at age 7), the guitar (at age 13) and the drums (at 14). As a young person he gave me hope that I could teach myself to succeed creatively.

If you've followed my work over the years you know that I try not let the world intrude into my gallery. I've always wanted DB to be a place to escape the pains of real life. This is an exception.

I was working on this render when I heard the news Thursday and I immediately started adapting it to become a tribute to his genius. I hope you enjoy it.

Rest in peace Prince!

4/11/16

A La Carte Purchases Now Count Towards Memberships!

Going forward, all funds spent purchasing my "a la carte" images will be credited back to you should you choose to purchase one of my auto-expiring or Lifetime Memberships.

Already purchased an image or two? The discount is tied to your email address and it is retroactive back to the start of the program last year! You can check your "balance" by entering your email address below.

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Let me know if you have any questions and THANKS for supporting my work!!

 

4/10/16

Lavender (Sunset)


Shortly after posting my original "Lavender" render multiple Members requested a sunset version. Sounded like a great idea to me :-)

Let me know what you think!

4/6/16

Lavender


I've had this scene rattling around my head for a while and it seemed like the perfect exercise to learn some skills in both World Machine (the furrowed field) and Plant Factory (the lavender).

I've spent the past few days trying different lighting settings but I'm still not completely pleased. Better to post it here while I tinker because I do think it looks nice enough to share as is. Look for an update in a day or two :-)

Let me know what you think!

3/29/16

Myriad


Continuing the theme of mathematical beauty I offer "Myriad", a 3D fractal mandala that I created and rendered using Mandelbulb3D. After the in-your-face brightness of "Fibonacci's Flower" I thought it would be best to mute the colors a bit for this one.

I hope you enjoy it!!

3/23/16

Fibonacci's Flower

Leonardo Bonacci (a.k.a. Fibonacci) was an Italian mathematician during the late 12th/early 13th century. It was he who popularized the Hindu-Arabic system of numeration that we still use today. He also gave us the famous "Fibonacci Sequence"; a series of numbers where each number is equal to the sum of the previous two before it. 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89, 144, 233, 377, etc.

The sequence appears throught nature in many ways. The shell of the nautilus, the arrangement of leaves on a plant and the number of petals in a flower is a good example. The numbers form the "Golden Ratio".

I created this flower in "The Plant Factory" using the Fibonacci sequence. There are 377 outer petals, 233 in the next set inward, 144 and lastly 89 in the innermost ring. The numbers are used in other ways too. Hopefully the sequence will create a bit of extra subconscious realism.

I rendered the scene using Vue d'Esprit. Let me know what you think!

3/15/16

Castlemere

Now that I've gotten halfway decent at using The Plant Factory I have turned my attention to another one of my helper programs; World Machine. World Machine allows for the creation of detailed landmasses with realistic erosion and texturing (going far beyond what Vue offers natively).

I've already created a few renders using World Machine (last year's "Valley of the Sun", "Valley of the Stars" and the "Cliffs" series) but now it's time to go deeper.

I'm sure "Castlemere" will draw comparisons to "Highland Spring" (the elevated camera, the color scheme, etc) and that isn't entirely unintentional. One big difference here is that I've populated the scene with deciduous vegetation (rather than evergreens) which will allow me to do a proper Autumn version when the time comes.

I hope you enjoy the new render. Let me know what you think!

PS: I've moved "Nemo's Garden (Night)" into the Pickle Jar for now.

2/26/16

Signed Prints! (Members-Only)

I've been offering prints of my work since 2002 but I've never been able to offer signed versions directly to my Members (without needing to become a Patron, Patreon Supporter, or upgraded Member) until now.

In my gallery you will see the notice next to the images which are available.

These prints are the same high quality Zazzle prints that I have hanging in my own home. Zazzle offers a ton of different sizes and media options, but to keep it simple I have narrowed them down to 4 sizes and 2 different media types.

You can choose from a 16" x 9", 24" x 15", 36" x 22", or 48" x 30" sizes on either semi-gloss poster paper, heavyweight archival matte or premium wrapped canvas (stretched over a 1.5" frame).

My heart is heavy sending this signed canvas out to a new Patron this morning. I want to keep it for myself...

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I will order the print after you make your payment and it will be shipped directly to me. I will remove it from the tube, sign it, put it back in the tube and then send it along to you. Shipping and handling is included in the price you pay on this page.

Unfortunately the form will only allow shipping addresses in the United States for starters. I would love to add International shipping in the future but for now if you are intersested in ordering a signed print from overseas please contact me directly for a quote.

Please also contact me directly if you are interested in other print options (canvas or wrapped canvas) and I can give you a quote directly. Shipping for wrapped canvases is considerably more than the rolled prints.

Thanks for supporting my work!!

2/21/16

Nemo's Garden

I've always been fascinated by the variety and splendor of life under the seas. It's like an alien world on our very own planet.

My exploration of "The Plant Factory" continues here. I used the software to model several different species of reef inhabitant. None of them were based on any specific creature. They are all straight out of my head :-)

I may still update this one, or perhaps do a few different renders using the species I've crafted (and have yet to create). Perhaps a night version. I hope you enjoy it as much I enjoyed creating it!

2/14/16

A couple of new renders to share on this Valentine's Day...

Painted Canyon (Night)

I created "Painted Canyon" back in 2014 and it quickly become one of my highest rated renders. I had always intended to do a night version but for whatever reason I didn't get around to it until one of my Members suggested it last week.

I think it turned out quite nicely. What do you think?

Twilight Atoll

This render arose out of a Facebook discussion comparing the relative merits of my Atoll series (Day and Night). Someone suggested a version "in the middle" at twilight or dusk and I thought it was worth a try.

Multiscreen versions for both of these renders are coming soon. After that I am thinking that the Plant Factory might be useful for creating underwater flora/fauna... 2/7/16

Circumbinary

Dual and triple-screen versions of "Circumbinary" are now available for my subscribers! My multiscreen render of "Starlight Woods" is still finishing up on Bucephalus.

I am also proud to accounce a new way to cover an entire wall with my artwork.

2/3/16

Circumbinary

I've been meaning to update my "Trinity" scene using Vue for a long time now but the trick was the figure out how to get two light sources to affect the coloring of the sky (Vue only allows for 1). I think I've figured a good workaround using a volumetric light.

I chose to use alien plants (which I modeled using The Plant Factory) in the foreground this time and I've left out the little person. Since the viewer was one piece of the eponymous "Trinity" I've chosen a new name for this piece. "Circumbinary" is an astronomical term for a planet orbiting a binary star.

Members might recognize white-dwarf as the same that has been my "work-in-progress" for the past month or so. I've finally found a use for it ;-)

1/28/16

Starlight Woods

As I mentioned yesterday, I had another render going on "Shadowfax" and it finally finished up this morning. "Starlight Woods" is the last in a series of renders that started with "Silent Night" in which I've been learning the intricacies of plant modeling using "The Plant Factory".

Where my "Sunshine Tree" stood alone I thought it would be fun to create a moonlit forest of "starlight trees". I think it turned out nicely, except the ground fog took far too long to render.

If you are tired of glowing spheres on branches I think you will enjoy my next render which is making the move to my main workstation today :-)

1/27/16

Pomology

"Pomology" is new in the gallery this morning. I thought the same Plant Factory modeling techniques that I used for "The Sunshine Tree" would make for an interesting abstract wallpaper.

Each instance is slightly different using Vue's "Solidgrowth" randomizing tech. Hope you enjoy it! I have one more wallpaper in this series finishing up on Shadowfax right now so stay tuned!

1/12/16

The Sunshine Tree

The Bliss family took journeyed out of the frozen waste of Illinois to sunny south Florida over the holidays. This sheltered Midwestern farm boy was astonished to find fruit growing on trees during the "dead of winter" and this new render is my paean to "stored sunlight".

This one went through a few different versions before I chose to post anything and one of those early renditions is available for download in the Pickle Jar. I haven't decided if I like the glowing plants in the water below the tree and they may be gone in the final version. Let me know what you think!

The new version of my iOS app is now available!

This new version (2.1) has bug fixes and new features to bring it in line with the web gallery.

  • Better error reporting (no more asking for your login again for failed downloads)
  • Image titles in the gallery
  • Download Progress Indicator
  • Post your comments and ratings
  • Choose which resolution to download (previously limited to square iPad versions)
  • Choose a photo folder for your downloads
Let me know what you think! If you like the new version please help me out by leaving a rating in the App Store. The more and better ratings the app recieves the more chance it will end up featured by Apple somehow (fingers-crossed).

Again, huge thanks to DB Member Jeff Richards for helping me with the iOS app. We had a personal project coming up in the months ahead (and a new baby arriving very soon!) so the Android version will have to wait until late Spring. It is in the works though!

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