Friday, June 24, 2005

HDRI Image

I spent a little time messing around with HDRI and rendered out this image.

Monday, June 20, 2005


The other day I noticed that some of the photos I was using as reference for a model I was building were being reflected on to the models surface during render. It was just an accident but it got me thinking that it may be usefull for things like environment reflections on a vehicle. I did a quick experiment and came up with this image. It is sort of like a poor mans version of HDRI. I have been meaning to figure out HDRI for a while but find it a little intimidating. I think I will ask Erik to help me figure it out because he knows more about photography and computers than I do. By the way, the model I used for the image above is from 3D world Club, a fantastic site for getting models.

Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Meny Hilsenrad

I stumbled across Meny Hilsenrad's web page today, he does some really cool work. He also explains some of his techniques on his site.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

My Processor runs a little hot

I've been a dilequant with Maya as of late.... the PC that it's on is in our living room, which we've kind of sealed off for the summer because it's about 97 degrees in there. Third floor livin' is fantastic. We have AC, but not in that room due to the fire escape. Nothing moves the design process along like sitting in a puddle of your own sweat.

Thankfully the iBook comes out into the kitchen with me, where the AC is on full blast, so I'm at least connected to the outside world, but it's a wee bit underpowered (and, er, under-licensed) to be running Maya. Maybe if I could find a version of Maya 2.5 to play on, I'd be set.

Willard Scott has claimed a bit of coolness is coming our way this weekend, so maybe that will grant me a little time to work.

Jay you been working on robot wars at all?

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Deep Paint 2.0 Free Download

Deep Paint 3d (version 2.0), an interactive paint and texture tool from Right Hemisphere, is now available as a free download. I had looked into this tool a while ago as my teacher at RISD mentioned that it is very usefull tool but its cost was around $500.00. Seeing that it is now available for free I will definitely give it a shot. It appears the download version 2.0 is not increadibly limited when compared to the current version 2.2. My guess is that Z-Brush has been dominating the market for this type of paint and texture program forcing to Deep Paint 3D to try a new strategy. Maya has also added better compatibility with Photoshop making some of the features of these 3rd party programs obselete. To my knowledge they do not offer Deep Paint 3D for the Mac.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

More about Intel in Mac's, or how Steve Jobs got an iPod shuffle lodged in his brain

Here's the lowdown. Right now, IBM manufactures mosts of the processors used in Macs.... PowerPC G4's and G5's. I think Motorolla may still make a few. This isn't the first time Apple has switched it's processors... and it pisses off developers because they esentially have to write two different versions of the same program to accomidate old users and new users.


Apple's decision to switch to Intel, based on the hearsy and rumors I've created, is based on cost and availability. Intel processors are less expensive, and under constant development. IBM processors are more expensive, and are on a slower development scale. Right now IBM is swinging its efforts to develop the processors that will power the new Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo Revloution, leaving the G5 processer largely ignored. Not good if you're Steve Jobs promising 3.0ghz processors in your G5 Laptop (which don't exist, and probably never will). Intel is already at 3.0ghz, and soon to be at that speed in laptops (if not already).

Will you be able to put your Windows XP install CD in a Mac and have it work? Probably not. Will Alias save a boatload of development cost on the next version of its software? Possibily. Will they pass savings onto the users? Uh, no.

More here, at

I'm not sure how I feel about the whole thing. Intel is not in the best shape of its life, and Apple already pissed off a lot of people when it swiched from the older OS9 to OSX platforms. Eitherway, my iBook is still a pimp computer.

Intel in Mac's

Apple to use intel microprocessors in 2006. I am not going to pretend to understand the ramifications of this. Allthough I do know this, my pc at home uses an intel processor, my Macs at work don't (or at least they didn't).

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

Cool Walk Cycles

Check out this demo reel from my buddy Rich over at Group Six Design. Looking good.