Fractal Fun

 Bubbles into Infinity

Bubbles_Into_Infinity

I finally broke down and deleted my art site, it was so far out of date, full of broken links and outdated information. So I removed it, as it is so much easier to post things here, on the blog, than it is to format pages, etc on a site that no one ever visits.

The one thing I had forgotten, though, was that my site had all my old artwork up on it. Primarily fractals, but some other stuff too. So I decided why not just upload my favorites here? It makes sense to me. 🙂

I don’t know how much I will upload, how many each time, or how far I will take it. Perhaps I will create a few theme pages with several similar fractals each, or maybe I’ll just post a single fractal or other digital art from time to time. I really cannot predict my whims when it comes to blogging. But this is a good start.

Bubbles into Infinity is one of my early favorites. Anyway, here it is, and I hope it will become the start of something. Maybe, maybe not. I’m hoping that, if I start posting images here, it will get me back into using the program more often. I do enjoy it, I just don’t seem to make time for it. Like so many things in life. All I really need to do is pull my head out of the fog. Perhaps I will. If not, at least I do have some older fractals to share.

After all, they may be old to me, but they are new to you. 🙂

If you have created a fractal that seems to fit the theme of infinity or bubbles, feel free to leave a link in the reply box, I’d love to see it.

Keep it fun!  ~~Judee

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Freaky Zen Inspiration

One of my favorite sites for interesting artwork is revoltastateofzen and it is also one of the freakiest and fun blogs to read. It takes some getting used to, to pickup on the special state of mind and expression, but it’s worth it, at least for me.

And now, zen has posted a starter picture and offered it up to any who wish to play with it.

If you would like to play along, you can go to this page HERE and download the image and post your own work. I love inspiration like this, because I have been needing some inspiration lately. so here is what i made from this base picture – all of which is a blend of zen’s image and some Apophysis fractals I rendered. Enjoy!

Sunday Post – Expression

Thank you Jake for giving us so much freedom of expression in your Weekly Sunday Post themes. I like that it is open to however creative we want to get, whether with photography, digital art, poetry or prose. This week, I’m going creative, after all, isn’t that the best part of expression?

Those who want to see what it’s about, go check out jakesprinter’s Sunday Post and see what people are doing with it. While you’re there, why not try it out yourself?

This week’s theme: Expression

Poser portrait

Character Study - by Judee - Rendered in Poser

Facial expressions can tell you a lot about what a character is feeling – but sometimes, some expressions are not so easy to read. Quite often, what you see in something like this will be subjective, rather than objective.  What do you think she is feeling?

Vampire Regret - by Judee - Rendered in Daz Studio

Is there such a thing as a good vampire? What do you think he is feeling right now? Is she willing, or just resigned. You be the judge.

And on a lighter note:

In the Doghouse - by Judee - Rendered in Daz Studio

I love how these toons can show expressions. They are fun to play with and capable of all kinds of emotions. What do you think they are feeling right now? Can you sense a story behind this scene?

However we may choose to express ourselves, through words, pictures, cartoons, laughter or tears, one thing we all have in common – the need let it out, to communicate, to express who we are. It doesn’t matter how you do it, as long as you do it.

And so it is.   – Judee

Create 3d Digital Art for Free

Free for February AND MARCH!, 3 major programs from Daz 3d.

And no, I’m not talking about the kind of 3d with the funny glasses, I’m talking about the 3d digital art you see more and more in advertising, animations, and artistic renders. You may or may not have heard of programs like these, but if you think you might be interested, now is the time to check it out. This is legitimate software that I have used regularly, (see my header image) so I can vouch for it. You will need to create an account at Daz 3d in order to get these, so before you grab them, use the link above to the main page and find Create an Account along the top bar.

Daz Studio 4 Pro

Daz Studio 4 Pro

With this program you can create scenes, add characters, modify their appearance, change their clothes, pose them, move them about, light the scene for effect, and render your imagination visible. There are a lot of extras with the Pro version, but don’t let that scare you, the basic program itself is easy to learn. The Pro stuff will be there when you grow into it. Oh, and this Pro version also comes with a Bridge direct into Photoshop CS 4 for use with their 3d component.

Bryce 7 Pro

Bryce is a landscape creation program that allows you to create beautiful scenes, whether realistic or fantasy, or sci-fi, it’s all there for you to put together. You can also import content from Daz Studio using an internal bridge between the two programs.

Hexagon 2.5

Hexagon

One of the sweetest little modeling programs I know. Hexagon is for making objects to use in the rendering programs like Daz Studio and Bryce. It includes UV mapping and direct texturing, as well as many different tools for precision modeling work. Even if you don’t think you will ever model so much as a cube, it may still be a good idea to grab this while it’s free. you never know where inspiration might lead you…

A couple of sample images from an amateur (me):

Daz Studio back in version 1, a good example of what a relative beginner can do –

(click for larger view.)

Bryce, again an early render, in this one I used the bridge to mport the Unicorn from Daz Studio into Bryce.

I’ll be posting more about these programs at a later time, as they make up a big part of my digital art library, but for now, I just wanted to pass this on. Again the offer is only good for February. And no, I am not getting any kind of affiliate return on telling you about this, I just wanted to share the good news.

After all, free is free.

Okay you’re right, nothing is completely free, these programs rely largely on Content, so if you download them, you may find yourself wanting to buy content to use in them. Each program comes with a good sampling of content to get you started, so really, you don’t have to buy a thing. But of course, I know the people at Daz 3d are hoping that you’ll get so enthused about what you can do with it that you will want to purchase at their store. No hidden agenda, just good business sense.

And it works. Once you learn the programs, you will likely find yourself wanting more content.  I’m just saying, be forewarned…

A Twist on Digital Photography

The original intention for this particular blog of mine os for the exploration and expression of digital art, The weekly photos have given me a starting point, because photography, though not my skill set (if I have one) is all about creativity and art. But it’s time to move on with other things, and thanks to this photographic artist I found a link between photography and art that I would not have explored before. Her lovely post on Digital Art linked me to Tutorial from Digital Darkroom Techniques. It shows how to take a regular photo and turn it into a swirl of color and beauty. Here are my first attempts at what might become something fun to do on occasion.

My first attempt, from the picture of a conch shell on a wood surface:

digital twist 01

After that first try, I got experimental, so I’ll show you those results in 3 images. As far as I can tell, this blog theme doesn’t have a gallery post option, so for now, it all gets posted in large format for your viewing pleasure. 🙂

Oleander Trio:

First image – from a photo of an oleander bush in bloom:

I am new to Photoshop and all it can do, so I just clicked on Invert, thinking it would invert the image horizontally, but I discovered it had a different purpose. I liked the image that resulted, the softer tones, etc, so here it is:

Finally, I did find out how to flip the image, did so, and played with a few color filters. Isn’t it fun? A great way to explore options in a new program.

And for the Finale:

For this one, I want to show you the photograph from which it sprang – this photo is one I took outside my home – view from my computer room balcony at twilight.

and here is the “twister” result:

So there you have it, my first post exploring a digital art technique that is brand new to me. I love learning new things!  I look forward to learning new techniques, exploring old ones, and sharing it with you. There is nothing more personal than art, nothing more about sharing. What I create is an expression of who I am, what you see is an expression of who you are.

Above all, – Enjoy!

Judee

Creation, Expression, and getting a round tuit

Well, I’ve had a site for a while, but it has gotten so outdated that I decided to revamp it – but one problem, I felt like I wasn’t able to express myself properly in it. And right now, that’s what I am about – expression, writing, speaking my mind. Creativity is also very important for me, but it seems to be on hold for now, for various reasons. Then this morning I got a phone call…

It was from my credit card company, asking if I had made a charge to a certain web service. It was the web service that hosts my site, and it was for $1.00. Odd. The CC company said they had reason to believe my card was compromised – apparently a number of cards had that one small charge on them, like a testing charge, to see if the card is active. They told me that they were cutting off my card now, and would send me a new one.

I did, of course, call my own number for the company to be sure, and yes, my CC was indeed blocked for good, and a new one had been issued. Bottom line is, the company that was hosting my site got this charge checking on the service, so I am wondering if that company was the one that had the leak, if someone hacked into it and got a lot of card numbers. So now I am seriously wondering if I want to continue with that site at all. Oh, it’s good for having a place to upload files, etc, but still, it got me thinking. I had just started a dream blog here at WordPress, so why not a regular blog, too, one in which I can say anything I feel like, one in which I can upload artwork if I want. Who knows, maybe even one day put up my whole site again, but here.

So here I am. As for the tuit, well, I’m sure many of you have heard about it. “I didn’t finish that because I haven’t gotten around to it.” or “Updating my site? One of these days I’ll get around to it. Well, that’s what it’s all about  – get a round tuit, and you can do anything. My site domain is tuitzone.com, and my motto for years has been, “Anything is possible when you get a round tuit.”

Will I eventually transfer my whole site to WordPress? I don’t know, I have to learn to use the tools first, so what can I say? Hopefully, one day I will get a round tuit. 🙂

Judee