Saturday, November 28, 2020

The Art Of Nature

 

 

The older I get the more I am inclined to get in tune with nature.

It possibly has something to do with the fact that I'm heading for the ground and nature wants to make sure I'm not full of junk so that I decompose nicely. Hopefully that won't happen for some time but in getting in tune with the natural world my path into that state of mind is numbers. My greatest fascination is random numbers, they're everywhere in nature but there seems to be (most of the time) some kind of controlled logic behind them. There is proof that humans are poor at trying to be random while nature just does it, and well. Maybe getting old and 'losing your marbles' is nature's way of telling you that order isn't such a great ambition after all.

Either way, I'm back making fractals. They are for all intents pure math but they are also found in nature. Mother earth likes repeating herself, regularly. Humans seem to get into that routine also, wars, pandemics etc. It shouldn't be something to worry too much about but our race, the human race, seems not to mind that we're deleting too much of nature and ourselves to have anything left to repeat. It's high time our repetition was of doing nothing. Taking some time out, on a loop, and letting everything recover.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

Going Forward In Reverse


 

I've just installed Windows 10 on to one of my laptops.

Unfortunately it's come to a stage where I needed a Windows computer of some kind to install updates to a few devices. While Linux has served me extremely well over the last decade it's unfortunate that manufacturers don't consider it an option. A lot of software works under Wine on Linux but not quite everything. This new installation will help me to configure a few pieces of equipment and that's about all it will do.

Having said that, it will allow me to explore a few things that have passed me by and to reconnect with a few pieces of software that I haven't used in years. Tech old and new will pushed to its full potential. I have been meaning to update the code plug for my digital transceiver for a couple of years now which also means I have to relearn how to write a code plug.

That project can stay on the back-burner for now.

Monday, August 03, 2020

Growing




It's been a long time since I've posted here.
There are as many reasons why I should have as to why I haven't. The main reason is that I'm busy and there are quite a few unfinished things that aren't worth blogging about really. I know it's quite fashionable to add every detail of a process but I'd rather just produce an end result and get the conversation tracking backwards and forwards from that point.
In short, I've been in the garden making it look nice, it sort of does. It's a nice place to be with a cold beer and no phone. I'm still learning the finer details of Blender and Inkscape but nothing much to show really. The hardware studio was finished then I changed my mind and I bought a couple of new things so it needs re-ordering and cables all need to be re-routed so no music from there yet. Once it's running properly I have a patten that's waiting to be turned into a track.
I've just decided to remix a friends track, that's just a project file at the moment.
So there you are, I'm doing lots but nothing is done.
I think I need another week off to get up to date.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

Time Enough




If only my real truck was this handsome.
I have once again spent more time than I should on trying to get a picture to work. This one sort of does so I'm leaving it there. I'm only doing this because I promised myself I would and now it's done.
My next little distraction is the same kind of thing but rendered in a comic style. I have dumb puns to make. The scenes will be set up in LeoCAD and then Toon rendered in Blender. This is where I want to be. It's a lot of effort but what else am I going to do until the next Bitwig Studio release. I really want to get my hands on the new arpeggiator.
Anyway, I'm off to bed, there's work tomorrow. Being a key worker is good but there's no time off for fun.
Until next weekend when it's a bank holiday.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

It's Toon Time



This weekend I have mostly been playing with "Toon" shaders in Blender.
The Toon shaders give a model a more comic look which is very different from the photorealistic render of the last blog post.
I followed a YouTube tutorial to create the above shading and I'm pleased with the results. It looks quite sketchy which is the kind of effect I'm after. I've always wanted to make my own comics. Just short 3 panel things that reflect short instances in my life. I have enough experience with LeoCAD to build scenes and put Lego MiniFigure people in them to represent people I know. I'm even considering taking photos of friends and creating vector representations of their faces to add to the MiniFigure heads, just so that people recognise themselves.
It's all down to building the scenes now which will be a lot of fun.
You never know, you might spot yourself in one of my comics.