Shawn Driscoll's Computer Graphics Blog

Object modeling, texturing, lighting, rendering, etc.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Cloud Disturbance

Looking at cutting grooves into clouds, to see what sticks. Stretching and pulling fractal terrains that are made of cloud textures.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

3D-Coat 4.8 Released!

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Saturday, September 16, 2017


The same ship as before. It took awhile to find my Easter Island monoliths. They were on an old drive from nine years ago. I used 3D-Coat to give them a new paint job.

It's hard to tell, but the planet in the background is my Earth model. So this must be the Moon here.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Trying Out a Different Art Style

Modeled in Hexagon 1.21.
Painted in 3D-Coat 4.7.37.
Rendered in Vue 9.5 Infinite.
Postwork in CameraBag 2.8.01.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Discovery One in Orbit (a Revisit)

Thought I'd bring out my Discovery One model again for a sunset render. I still need to finish the back end of it. It was modeled in Hexagon 1.21, after first seeing if Amapi 7.51 Pro could do the job better or not. Since I needed to control better where polygons would line up on its surface for me to extrude from, Hexagon 1.21 became the perfect fit for doing this model.

I used Carrara 5.1 Pro for adding creases to some of the edges. Especially for the antenna. In older blog posts, you can see the amount of detail that I used on the antenna. It's a shame the render here has the antenna mostly hidden.

YouTube recently started spamming me with nonsense videos about the hidden meanings behind 2001: A space Odyssey. And that reminded me of my unfinished model.

I probably should finish it.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Amara Ships From Traveller RPG

How should computers see stars in the background? For me, it would depend on the art style one is going after. This background is a very basic one. No spinning galaxy background, such as Star Wars often uses.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Trying Out an Illustration Style

I dragged out my old Carrara 5.1 Pro with WireFrame Pro installed, and imported my Free Trader model to get this vintage illustration look. It's one of the reasons I still have Carrara.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mostly Finished

I'm finishing up my Free Trader model. Took about a week to build from scratch. Some of those days were spent thinking things through first. I will redo the back end one day, to give the engines more substance than just simple flaring.

Here's a video on some recent changes made.