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Familiar Face

Familiar Face

I’ve been learning this 3D software and one of the companies came out with a new product.  Another user wrote them and asked why the familiar face.  He said it’s the same face we’ve been seeing on ALL their products.

Well, I’m not sure if that’s completely true, but there isn’t a lot of variation on some of them.  It’s like a painter.  If you look at any painting by Walter Raine you see many of the men look the same, or a variation.  Then, you look at him and you see why the familiar face… it’s his.


It’s true with many artists.  You get use to creating a face a certain way and things all start looking like that.  One of the 3D asset creators has a definite style.  Her women seem to have a very similar lip structure and cheek structure.

I come along and tweek how the faces look.  Someday someone will look at them and say, “All Brent’s faces look alike.”

Not all artists recreate their own face in their paintings like Raine.   However, many have a face they like and they go with that.  I remember the cartoons of the 1970s by Don Bluth.  You can tell his style.

There’s definitely a familiar face in any artist’s work.



There’s a realization that the flu did more to me than I initially thought.  3 weeks in bed, followed by weakness, and then the bacterial infection in my leg.  The doctor prescribed antibiotics and guess what… other ailments are clearing up too.

The realization is this… it is a good thing I saw the doctor when I did because now I realize might might have been on the verge of going septic.  I won’t go through all the symptoms that have disappeared after a week of being on the antibiotics, but it’s proof to me that had I not seen the doctor about my leg, things may have got worse.

3D Stuff

I dove head first in to this 3D stuff.  I’ve not invested about six weeks and probably close to $1,000 in digital assets.  The work is fun, but it is also frustrating since the software has some bugs.

I think I’ve got most of the issues ironed out, and now I’m itching to create stuff.  Last night I was thinking I of paintings I want to do.  While I know in my mind what I want, this software will help me visualize it so I can paint it.  (I’m lousy at painting from memory.  Some people can… I have a hard time doing it.)

Home Again

Home Again

We’re back home again.  It is becoming increasingly more difficult to update my blog while on the road.  But, I’m home again and here’s a re-capture of the last two weeks.

Software Issues

I’ve been dealing with software issues with a program by Smith Micro called Poser 11.  The software does what it does quite well — that is 3D rendering and animation.  What it doesn’t do well is file and data management.  I’d give them an A+ on the 3D stuff, but an F in file and data management.

With my expertise in the Windows file structure and data handling, for me to have issues with a software package does not speak very highly of that software package.  Again, they do the 3D stuff well, but their programmers could use some schooling on Software Quality Assurance, file handling, and data structures.

A summary of the issue is this…

You cannot create a Poser scene on computer A, save it to a USB drive, and then take it to computer B and open it.  The only way it will work is of Computer B looks just like Computer A in every aspect.

I’ve spent days on getting their software to find these files.

Utah Trip

We went to Utah for Rebecca’s wedding.  We got there on Friday, and spent most of the day helping her and Stephen pack the moving van.  We spent the evening with Amber and Jason and their friends.  I treated everyone to a huge ice cream feast after dinner.

Wedding Day

The wedding was at the Provo City Center Temple. It is quite beautiful.  I remember the night the Provo Tabernacle burned down.  Now, it is a lovely temple in the center of the city.

We had a bit of a break between the wedding and reception.  When we got to the reception we were all a bit surprised at the decorations.  Rebecca wanted to keep it very simple.  At least there wasn’t any drama during the wedding or reception.


We attended church with Amber and Jason.  After church we went to Sarah’s house and had a BBQ.  Natalie and Amber and their husbands and kids got to meet Sarah, Becky, and some of the nieces and nephews who live in Utah.


Monday was Amber’s day to do stuff with us.  Natalie joined us and we went to the Church History Museum and saw the interactive display I provided images for.  I thought it was going to be one on the Hill Cumorah.  Instead, they used pictures from Fayette and did a virtual tour of the log home there.


Amber was off for her IVF treatment, and Natalie and boys joined us for breakfast at Becky and Glenn’s.  After breakfast, Natalie, Brad and Mike and I went and got In and Out Burgers.

In the evening, we had dinner at Amber’s and celebrated Bethe’s birthday.  Jennifer arrived just a few minutes before we had to leave for the airport.


We had a wonderful trip and got to see all 5 of my daughters and their children!!!

Hobbit Movie

After attending a baptism this afternoon, Elizabethe and I went to see the new Hobbit movie. I’m not a real big fan of fantasy, but I did enjoy reading the Hobbit when I was in 9th grade. The images stuck in my mind, and so when I saw the movie, it was very interesting to see which parts of the movie matched my mental images.

The movie was pretty good, although I think our local theatre was showing us the 3D version without the 3D glasses. That part, was a bit annoying in parts.

It is a cliff hanger. Because it stops in a part of the story with no resolution, it does leave you feeling like the story is incomplete. Both Elizabethe and I felt that was disappointing.

I’m certain people will be anxiously waiting for the next installment of the story, but having read the book, I know how the story ends.