"The winter conclusion to my "Highland" seasonal series. I was going for a "frosted" look here and the stark colorless look is intentional. For better or worse, after 5 years of living in Illinois this is how I've come to see winter..."
I love your images, and the multi season landscapes are wonderful, but making the winter version black and white ruins the realism for me. You have some wonderfully beautiful winter images in full colour with lots of blues like harbinger, worlds edge, canopy creek, and even arctica, and they look much better, more realistic, and refreshing.
For people like me who can enjoy winter, it is not a wholly dreary, depressing, and dead time of year, but a kind of freeze frame of nature where snow and ice blanket the world in a serene calmness.
Cold has a certain beauty to it. I urge you to consider recolouring these drab B&W winter scenes.
Back to the drawing board and, two weeks of render time later, I've posted my final version of "Highland Summer" this morning. I've tried to make the clouds more wispy and "fog-like" and I've strengthened the shadows from the higher cloud level. The clouds, I think, are the most realistic I've attempted to render (detail crop here).
It feels strange posting a summer picture while the leaves are falling outside my window, but I'm sure my fans down-under will under enjoy a timely seasonal wallpaper for a change. I will try to get the multiscreen version of this going ASAP, but it will probably be a while. More renderers would speed up this process for me...
""What does it mean???". After seeing Hungry Bear'svideo for the umpteenth time I was inspired to whip up a "quick 'n dirty" wallpaper so I could have a double-rainbow on my desktop. My a href="http://digitalblasphemy.com/picklejar.shtml?i=doublerainbow3&mode=dir">initial version looked something like a "Double Rainbow over Death Valley".
For the second revision I took the scene out of the desert and added some more foliage. Finally I added some foreground water to reflect the rainbow(s). You can see the early versions in the Pickle Jar
The Bear seemed to take a lot of heat for his exuberance, but I think it's great that he is enjoying all that nature has to offer."
"Shan shui refers to a style of landscape painting that originated in 5th century China. I've always been impressed by the ethereal qualities of these paintings and this wallpaper is my homage to the genre."
"I created this image as an ode to the time I spent fishing with my son Ian after he broke his arm in the spring of 2010. We had just taken the training wheels off of his bike 4 weeks prior and he thought he had acquired enough skill to pull off some radical skid maneuvers. Unfortunately pavement can be a harsh instructor.
We transitioned to fishing and had a very mellow spring. I'll never forget it. I rendered this image using Vue d'Esprit. It's one of my first large scenes to use Vue's built-in DOF blur."
"The last in my Canopy Creek seasonal series. I was going for an early spring look here (since the summer version is pretty lush) and this is the first time I attempted leaf buds. Basically in Vue this means erasing the leaf alpha down so only a little nub shows. I think the effect is pretty convincing."
"The spring installment in my "At World's Edge" seasonal set. I
experimented with a thunderstorm background, with lightning,
in the end I felt the background action only cluttered the
This is the only piece in the series (thus far) with
clouds above the camera.
"The first inspiration for this piece was a passage I read in "Best Served Cold", by Joe Abercrombie. Except the paragraph described looking up through a valley. I created the valley geometry using Geocontrol and then placed my Vue d'Esprit camera at the bottom of the scene. After a few mediocre renders I decided to move the camera to the top of the valley, turn it around, and look down.
I was as blown away as some of the comments below when I saw the render. I added the water and colored it to match some photos a good friend of mine had taken at Glacier National Park. I had always been taken by the almost turquoise water in those pics and had wanted to include it in one of my scenes.
The foreground tree was a tough call for me. I wanted something in the foreground to give the scene a sense of distance and scale, but I didn't want it to distract from the scene. I think it worked out well however. This is the only one of my images to rate over 9 after 2 weeks.
I hope to create fall and winter versions at a later date."
"I thought it would be fun to add some Christmas lights to my "Highland" scene. Finding the appropriate mix of lighting between the background and foreground turned out to be an interesting challenge.
Happy Holidays from Jessie, Ian, Jason, and me!"
I try to do at least one Christmas wallpaper a year. It's been a tradition since I first started DB. After depicting mostly secular icons for many years I felt inspired this time to explore the Christian aspects of the holiday.
I was at Ian's school "Holiday" concert recently and was disappointed that many of the songs I sang as a child (O' Holy Night, Silent Night, The First Noel, etc) were no where to be found. I'd never heard most of the ones they chose.
I think whether you are a believer or not I think there are a lot of beautiful songs, art, and traditions to be found in the Mass of Christ.
The tale of the Magi always captured my imagination as a child and I hope you enjoy my depiction.
"Auroras are a favorite theme of mine. I've always used Lightwave to make them before but I thought it would be interesting to try out Apophysis. This is also my first render using the new Vue d'Esprit 9."
I have always loved the Gotham wallapapers, but the 2010 redesigns have become a seasonal staple on my monitor, and when I bought a second monitor it became even better. I love this rendering especially, I think it's the finest of the Gotham series. Now I ask... will there be a WINTER rendering?? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE??! Your work continues to inspire and amaze me!
"In early 2010 I was asked to create a brighter version of "The Ride" for use as a printed Christmas card. After I removed the sleigh from the image I felt it made a pretty nice standalone "winter" wallpaper, deserving of its own spot in my gallery. "
"Last week I had the good fortune of a clear night to observe the Perseid meteor shower. It was Ian and Jason's first and they had a great time (we had my green laser pointer to play with between meteors). When I was a kid my mom used to wake me and my brother to watch shooting stars. I've been fascinated by the night sky ever since.
This wallpaper is dedicated to that night in 2010 with my boys, the nights to come, and those nights many years ago. I hope you enjoy it!
"I usually only have use one person for my "scale factor" but I thought two (a mother and son if you look very closely) were appropriate in this case. Colonizing extrasolar planets will require children after all.
You will notice the ocean has a green tone. This image was initially inspired while I was reading "Troy: Lord of the Silver Bow" and the color is a homage to "The Great Green"."
"This piece started with Vue d'Esprit's atmosphere editor. I put together a great sky and then I worked to create a scene to go with it. First I tried an ocean scene, but later settled on a forest. The volumetric fog in this scene is quite expensive to render, so I am having a hard time producing a multi-screen render. I still run the multi-screen render on my alternate box when I have no other more pressing projects, but it is very slow going."
"I've always been fascinated with the workings of our brains and this is the latest in my series of "abstracts" to attempt to represent the pathways found there (see "Neuronet","Pathways", "Tendrils", "The Spark" and "Conglomerator").
I've posted a screen shot of the wireframe of this scene here if anyone is interested."
"I set out to update "The Comb" but took a detour somewhere and came up with this. The revision goes even further away from "The Comb", with the addition of some vertical columns.
The basic theme was very much inspired by "Giant's Causeway". I would like to do a natural version someday..."
I used to prefer the abstracts (a few years ago, when I first began seeing walls from this site on friends computers), but with your ever-increasing skills, the realistic scenes have become amazing and my new faves. But the best is when you somehow combine the two, e.g., Phraxis, which has been on my TV for over a month now.
"I wanted to do something for the Valentine's day holiday (it had been requested for years) but I didn't want anything too syrupy. My rule is always that I won't post something that I wouldn't put proudly on my own desktop, and this fits the bill (for me) for a Valentine's day wallpaper. I need to make a version with one gold (love), one lead (hate) arrow because that's how Cupid was traditionally armed.
"My second space image created using Apophysis fractals on 2D "plates" in Lightwave. By varying the luminosity and transparency of the different places and moving some in front of others it is possible to create the illusion of darker dust obscuring brighter plasma. Because the plates are 2D they are relatively fast to render.
Next I would like to try mixing the 2D fractals with 3D volumetrics. . ."
"This one actually started out as a Vue d'Esprit lesson with my son Ian.
While working on it with him I saw the possibilities as a wallpaper. I worked up my own version and Ian said I could post it as long as I told everyone the original inspiration was his. So here's our first "collaboration". I hope you like it!"