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Cloud Kingdom

Sat, 16 Jul 2016 22:08:00 CST

Having some fun with World Machine here. My last few images have been somewhat on the dark side so I wanted to do something with a bit of sunlight. It's been dreadfully hot this week as well so I wanted to do something cool. I hope you enjoy it!




Bones of the Earth

Sun, 3 Jul 2016 23:11:00 CST

It's been a while since I've attempted a cave render and one of my fans recently shared some photos which inspired me to try my hand at it again.

The geometry was started in Lightwave and sculpted using Zbrush before importing into Vue.

I have future plans for this scene...:-)>triple-screen versions are also available. I hope you enjoy it!!




Beginnings

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 14:11:00 CST

Looking back through this year's renders I noticed that I had yet to do a single outer space scene. I sincerely apologize for this oversight on my part and offer "Beginnings" to rectify the matter. This piece attempts to (artistically) capture the moment a star ignites amidst the primordial dust.

Dual and triple-screen versions are also available. I hope you enjoy it!!




Bouquet

Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:15:00 CDT

I used to make this sort of abstract using "Xfrog", but I have to admit that "The Plant Factory" is a lot more powerful. The upside is that I can use this geometry as a plant in Lightwave if I so fancy (and I just might...).

Dual and triple-screen versions are also available. Don't be surprised if I post a few revisions in the days ahead as this one is still fluid :-)

I hope you enjoy it!




The Grid (2016)

Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:15:00 CDT

Given that "The Plant Factory" specializes in branching structures, I thought it would be interesting to see how it would handle creating a new version of "The Grid" from 2005(!).

I've gone with texture mapped models here (since the procedural shader I used before doesn't work with the 64-bit version of Lightwave) and I've added some little extra "nodes" here and there to break up all the right-angles.

Please note: Summer has always been my slowest time of the year! If you've ever thought about becoming a Member, renewing, or becoming a Lifetime Supporter NOW would be a great time!!

Let me know what you think!!

I hope you enjoy it!




Moon Worship

Wed, 25 May 2016 06:15:00 CDT

By popular request I've created a night-time companion piece to "Sun Worship" this afternoon. You might notice that I've given the lady on the rocks a friend with whom to enjoy the view :-)

Dual and triple-screen versions are available.

I've also been working to make DB look a bit better on mobile devices. Check me out on your phone or tablet and let me know that you think!

I hope you enjoy it!




Sun Worship

Wed, 25 May 2016 06:12:00 CDT

Nothing ultra-complicated here; just wanted to do a breezy, sunny, happy and quick wallpaper.

Dual and triple-screen versions are available.

I hope you enjoy it!




Halcyon (Glow)

Wed, 18 May 2016 06:12:00 CDT

Wanted to create a night version of "Halcyon" with glowing blooms. I changed the blooms to red because, quite frankly, there's been an abundance of purple in my gallery recently.

The volumetric fog made this one a 65hr render rather than a 3 hour render so let me know if it was worth it! The early version I've added to the Pickle Jar doesn't have the fog for comparison .

I hope you enjoy it!




Halcyon

Wed, 11 May 2016 06:12:00 CDT

I've spent the past week or so working through my backlog of multiscreen renders and I've finally had the chance to work on something new!

Now that I have figured out how to create flowering plants in "The Plant Factory" I am learning how to create hanging blooms. Eventually I would like to create a massive wisteria tree.

I must learn how to walk before I can fly however so consider this a baby step in the right direction.

I hope you enjoy it!




Purple Rain (Tribute to Prince)

Sun, 24 Apr 2016 06:12:00 CDT

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!




A La Carte Purchases Now Count Towards Memberships!

Tue, 12 Apr 2016 06:12:00 CDT

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.

Enter Your Email Address to Check Balance:

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



Lavender (Sunset)

Mon, 11 Apr 2016 06:12:00 CDT

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!




Lavender

Fri, 8 Apr 2016 09:12:00 CDT

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). Let me know what you think in the comments!




Castlemere

Tue, 15 Mar 2016 22:12:00 CDT

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.




Nemo's Garden

Mon, 22 Feb 2016 07:12:00 CST

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!




Painted Canyon (Night)

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:12:00 CST

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

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 09:11:00 CST

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.




Cicrumbinary

Wed, 3 Feb 2016 09:11:00 CST

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 ;-)




Starlight Woods

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 09:11:00 CST

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 :-)




Pomology

Wed, 27 Jan 2016 09:11:00 CST

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!




The Sunshine Tree

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 07:11:00 CST

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!




DB iOS App Updated! v2.1

Wed, 13 Jan 2016 07:05:00 CST

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!




Silent Night

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 15:11:00 CST

I had wanted to have this one finished last week but as I was getting ready to post it I felt like it needed a couple of updates.

In the past I might have just posted the first version and then the updated one later, but I've come to realize that you only have one chance to make a first impression. I wanted this one to be as perfect as possible when I posted it so I made my changes and hit the F9 key one more time.

Fortunately the render finished before Christmas! I had my doubts that it would finish on time with the mist that I added over the water and the higher resolution trees in the foreground.

I hope you enjoy it and that you all have a safe and happy Holiday!!




Boreal

Sat, 12 Dec 2015 12:11:00 CST

As promised, here's another view of my Lightwave gas giant. My goal here was to create something that I could render in under an hour (as opposed to "Above the Canopy" which took almost 2 days to complete). The triple 5K version renders in around 10 minutes in Shadowfax!

Speaking of "Above the Canopy", that render takes place on the moon to the left in this scene :-)




Above The Canopy

Thu, 3 Dec 2015 07:11:00 CST

This one started out as an attempt to create a gas giant planet using only Lightwave "procedural" textures. Procedurals create colors and patterns mathematically as opposed to something hand-painted or a photo of Jupiter.

The advantage being that you can render them at extremely high resolutions and they don't degrade. Some fractal textures create even more detail the higher the resolution.

So I wanted something that would fill an entire Vue sky with color. I posted such a version yesterday but I'm not sure the effect worked as well as I had hoped, but I do think the planet looks better scaled down a bit.

Don't be surprised if you see more than one view of this planet in a future wallpapers. Just like this piece, the planet is a work-in-progress too :-)

I have a couple of other wallpapers in development which should be showing up in the gallery soon. Stay tuned!!




Pyre (Christmas)

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 19:11:00 CST

"Pyre (Christmas)"

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Every so often I like to change the profile pic on my Facebook Page and about a week ago I decided to use "Pyre". One of my fans saw the post and suggested "adding some red into the mix" to give it a more Christmas look.

That gave me the idea to take it a step or two further. I've reworked the particle emitters to create a more festive effect :-)

I hope you like it! This is the first of a number of Christmas images that I have planned for the next month or so, in addition to working on some new space scenes. It should be a fun month ahead!




Cyber Monday Sales!

Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:11:00 CST

As some of you may already know, I have stopped offering discounts on Memberships. I was starting to feel like a carnival barker screaming out "30% off, no 40% off! Save Big Money!!". If you've been wanting one of the many excellent products are available featuring my artwork however, now is a great time to buy :-)

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Everything is 20% off from 1PM PST to Midnight PST 11/30. All of my tshirts will be $6 off on Tuesday Dec 1st and all "Home Decor" (Duvet Covers, Shower Curtains, Etc) will be 20% off on Wednesday.

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Winter Cliffs

Thu, 19 Nov 2015 22:11:00 CST

After setting up a winter version of "Autumn Revelation" I was all but obligated to pull the camera back and render a winter version of the "Autumn Cliffs" view. This one rendered in 55 hours at 7680 x 4320 on my Bucephalus workstation.

There are canvas and poster versions available too! I rendered this one for single-screen first and the multiscreen version is rendering now on Bucephalus.




Winter Revelation

Sun, 15 Nov 2015 22:11:00 CST

I know a lot of you aren't nearly ready for winter yet (I know I'm not) but, as the Starks have said, it's coming. My first snowy render of the year is the winter version of "Autumn Revelation". I was pretty happy with the cloud setup in the autumn version, but managed to tweak them a bit so they wouldn't look exactly the same (since this pic is supposed to be a whole new season). The evergreens have kept their needles but the colorful trees have dropped their leaves.




Visitation

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:11:00 CST

"A Sincere Pumpkin Patch" was my homage to Charles Schultz's classic. Of course part of the magic of the "The Great Pumpkin" is that he exists only in Linus' imagination. I thought it would be fun to render at least one "flight of fancy" that might have occured while he sat his vigil in the pumpkin-patch. Here is one such vision...

The jack-o-lantern was modeled using Zbrush (though most of the details ended up getting glared out). The vines were modeled using e-on's wonderful Plant Factory. Yes, I know it's a little over-the-top but Halloween only comes once per year.

Not sure if I will add more "tricks of the imagination". Let me know what you think!

Check out the rest of my Halloween here!




Autumn Revelation

Thu, 29 Oct 2015 08:05:00 CST

There are many advantages to being a 2D artist over a 3D artist. One of the major ones (that makes me jealous) is that there is really no limit to how complex your scenes/objects can be because you only have to draw one side of them. Setting up complex scenes in 3D requires a bit more work, but one advantage of 3D art is that once that work is done I am able to move my camera/lights around the scene and capture different views almost like Ansel Adams hiking through his own personal Yosemite.

That's what I've done with "Autumn Revelation". I've moved the camera closer to the shore and I've replaced the reddish tones in the atmosphere with blusish ones. I've also added some foreground mist and shorted the evergreen trees by half. I previewed my render to the folks in the Private Facebook Group and they almost unanimously demanded that it have a gallery spot of its own.

I hope you enjoy it! Multiscreen users check back in a day or so as I created this one (on my single-screen Bucephalus workstation) as a single-screen wallpaper first. Old habits die hard...




A Sincere Pumpkin Patch

Fri, 23 Oct 2015 17:11:00 CST

I've had this idea for a long time, but I didn't have a good way to make the necessary vines until I started using the Plant Factory. This piece is a nod to my favorite Halloween story growing up. I was a huge "Peanuts" fan and I still like to watch the "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" with my kids every Halloween.

I thought about visualizing "The Great Pumpkin" itself, but decided it fit better with Schultz's theme of innocent faith to let the viewer wait and wonder. Let me know what you think in the comments!

Check out the rest of my Halloween here!




Ghostlight Woods

Sun, 18 Oct 2015 11:11:00 CST

I've added "Ghostlight Woods" to the Members Gallery this morning. I started out with this one to create a spooky woods for a Halloween background. I don't quite have the Halloween foreground worked out yet, but I liked how the light worked here as a "fading Autumn" scene. I have a few ideas for additions so don't be surprised to see a new version appear in the days ahead.




Autumn Cliffs (Updated)

Wed, 7 Oct 2015 11:11:00 CST

I've added a new version of "Autumn Cliffs" this morning. The new version has a dedicated single-screen version which shows more sky and water than I was able to show in the multiscreens. I've also toned down the red and added more green to the mix. Let me know what you think of the update in the comments!

The first version will remain available in the Pickle Jar!




DB iOS App Now Available

Sat, 3 Oct 2015 06:11:00 CST

My iOS app is finally available!

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Thanks to DB Member Jeff Richards (who so kindly volunteered his time because he loves my artwork) there is finally a working DB iOS app available. It's free to download and offers mobile sized versions of my entire free gallery which can only be downloaded through the App. It doesn't have all the features that I would like yet (no commenting or rating of images for example) but you can browse my gallery, download images (everything if you are a Member) and, most importantly, your login info is stored so you don't have to enter it everytime you want to download something!

We will certainly be adding more features when Jeff returns from his 2-week family trip so please let me know which features are most important to you and what we can improve on!




Shades of Autumn

Fri, 2 Oct 2015 22:11:00 CST

"Shades of Autumn" is the third Fall themed image that I've been working on recently. I actually started this one first but the background took an awfully long time to render (even on Shadowfax!). You may remember the preview I posted on my Instagram account 3 weeks ago.

The basic idea was to take the techniques that I used to create "Red and Gold" and some of my more complex Vue d'Esprit tree objects and go the next step by using my Plant Factory to create even more detailed branches. I will leave it up to you to decide if I've made any improvements on the technique.

The background was created using World Machine and my work on that part of the scene ultimately lead to the "Autumn Cliffs" render that I posted earlier this week. They are, in fact, different mountains but the same techniques were used.

Will I do any more Autumn scenes this year? Maybe. Next I want to create some scary looking trees for Halloween...




Autumn Cliffs (2015)

Tue, 29 Sep 2015 22:11:00 CST

"Autumn Cliffs" is another Fall themed image that I've been working on. This one just finished rendering on Bucephalus this afternoon and, while I'm not entirely satisfied with it, I thought it looked nice enough to share while I consider what where to go with it next. I do know that I would like to tweak the foliage colors a bit in the next version (there's more red here than I would prefer).

I hope to have my another new Autumn render finished in a day or two so check back soon!