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3D Assets

3D Assets

I never thought I would get in to 3D modeling.  I never thought I would be using the term 3D assets.  Well, I now own a couple hundred dollars of 3D assets and I’m in to 3D modeling.

Most people use 3D modeling for video games and movies.  Not me, I’m using it for art.  It would cost me about $200 to hire a model for a day.  Now, for $200 I have several models, wardrobe, and more.

Granted, it is difficult to set a face for the right expression, but that’s part of the learning process.  I have to ask questions like, “What makes a person look surprised?”  Or, “What makes a person look like they adore someone?”

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Close-up of Expression

It’s pretty cool.  (I hope the above captured the expression of a shocked surprise.


Much of my day was spent organizing my 3D assets.  The way they install on the hard drive isn’t very intuitive when trying to find what you’re looking for.  Most of them are installed by the vendor’s name.  So, if I’m looking for a dress, seeing a folder named ADP, for example, doesn’t tell me it contains a dress.

As a result I have spent most of the day putting my assets in to folders that make sense to me.

PPSNYS Workshop 2014

PPSNYS Workshop 2014

PPSNYS Workshop 2014 starts today.  I’m studying with Richard Sturdevant (http://www.Sturdevantstudio.Com/) in a class about composite image creations.  This is a combination of photograph, image manipulation and painting.

Today’s class dealt mostly with gathering pieces for our image creation.  Richard supplied the main image, and it is up to us to gather the other parts to build our final image.

Here’s the image Richard supplied…


Starter Image for Workshop

Starter Image for Workshop

The idea is to take this image, build clothes on top of the model, create a background and believable scene and then paint it.

This will be interesting.

It’s hot and muggy here in Geneva, NY. Our class is at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. It’s a lovely campus located downtown Geneva.


Many of the students are staying here at the college.  I’m driving back and forth after class.  It is only about a 35 minute drive, but after the complaints I’ve heard about how bad the beds are and how uncomfortable the dorm rooms are.  So, why not get a good night’s sleep.  Sure, I miss the social stuff at night, but I can’t handle late-night activities.  After 8pm, I’m dead to the world mentally.

False Claims

False Claims

It is tiresome reading the false claims on social media, in particularly, Facebook.  One might say it is no different than back in the 70s of someone claiming that… oh, I don’t know… Alice Cooper was Mormon, or Frank Zappa was the kid on the Gerber Baby Food Bottle.  Ah, but yes it is.  Today, we have the Internet and can do research to validate the claims.

Oh, but wait… some of those Internet searches return bogus information too.


I’d say people should use common sense, but that doesn’t work either.  In fact, Elizabethe and I were talking about the dumbing-down of American and could it be related to poor nutrition related to GMO foods?  Pollution?  Lack of social responsibility to become educated?  Who knows.

Common sense tells you that smoke, from any source, is bad for your lungs, right?  Yet, there are postings on Facebook that claim smoking marijuana is good for you.  (Uh, huh.  Right.)

Common sense tells you if someone posts something about Congress, you can go the congress.gov and get the facts directly from their web site.  Yet, there are people who will read something quoting a bill (i.e. H.R. 1023 to make up a number) and they won’t take the time to go look up that bill and read what it actually says.

Face it, smoking, booze, coffee, etc., are bad for you no matter what someone claims to the contrary.  Congress and the Senate don’t pass secret bills, they get posted on government web sites.  (Thomas.gov being the official site.)  Claims about lots full of unsold cars, claims that you can unravel an orange and other stuff like that can be validated/invalidate with a little research… and common sense.

Wow…  I just made some claims.  Let’s hope someone doesn’t take my words for their face value.


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Working on Some Patrick Nagel Style Stuff

I’ve been working on some new styles.  This eventually (above) will be come a Patrick Nagel styled print.  I’m about 3 steps in to the process, but this is how it is looking thus far.  I have to do some detailed painting now that I’ve got the litho part worked out.  It should be fun.  I need something to snap me out of my artist’s slump.

Feels Like Saturday

Have you ever had one of those days when it felt like a different day of the week?

Today was one of those days.  I had to keep reminding myself, “It isn’t Saturday… tomorrow is.”

Crazy.  I’m not sure why, it just feels like a Saturday today, which is funny because I’m self-employed and I normally work Saturdays anyway.

I haven’t been wandering around with my camera because I’ve been letting my back heal.  I think I’ve been doing it more damage by pushing myself as soon as it starts to feel better, then I end up paying the price that night.  So, I’ve had to force myself to work for a short period, lay down and rest, and then repeat the cycle.  It’s been working.  I just hope I don’t do something stupid in the next few days that pulls on that muscle.

I’m concentrating on what to paint in the next year.  My plan is to paint for myself, and if someone wants to buy it, great.  If not, I’ve got a great painting for my home.  Oh, and Helen Yancy taught me how to track my time spent on a painting.  That way, when someone exclaims, “You want HOW MUCH for that painting!!?” I can come back and explain how many hours it took to create it.

People are funny…. They love great art, and many of them have no problem stealing it.  Yes, stealing it.  I’ve had one of my stolen.  I didn’t say anything about it as I’m sure they didn’t know they stole it.  In this case, they right-clicked on the image on the Internet and used it in a flyer without my permission.  Yes, that’s theft.  That’s why I’m trying to be more vigilant in watermarking stuff I place on the Internet.  Although I don’t consider as good as Greg Olsen, I’ve seen a lot of his work stolen too.  (No, it is not okay to print a picture from the Internet and use it in an art project in a church class.  It’s not even okay to do that and use it as a visual aid in a class, unless it is clearly stated that such use is okay.)

Oh, I digress…

Anyway, I guess what I’m trying to say is, respect the artist and the time they invest.


I subbed for a friend at the temple tonight.  It was enjoyable.  You always feel like you are surrounded by friends when in the temple.

Day 5 of Workshop 2013

Workshop came to an end today.  It was an intense week, but I learned a lot.  I’m glad I took Helen Yancy’s class.  She’s a remarkable artist.

I came home to discover some moron tried to take out a loan with me as a co-signer.  I put an end to that real quick.  What possesses people to make such moronic moves?  Drugs?  Who knows.

Day 4 of Workshop 2013

I really love Helen Yancy as an instructor.  She’s patient, and always has something good to say about what I’m working on.  I wish I would have taken one of her classes 40 years ago.

We worked on a landscape watercolor today.  Much easier and more relaxing that the likeness of a person.  You can take liberties in landscape work that if you took them in a portrait people would say, “That doesn’t look like her.”

We had our banquet after class.  I’m glad I took this class over the others.  When I saw the work from the other classes I had to yawn and say to myself, “Been there… done that.”  Instead, I was taught by one of the great portrait artists of our times.


Here are the pictures I painted during class (some weren’t completed)…

Portrait - Another Class Assignment

Portrait – Another Class Assignment

The Start of a Barn Watercolor

The Start of a Barn Watercolor

Photo Restoration Using Painting Techiques

Photo Restoration Using Painting Techiques

Watercolor Portrait

Watercolor Portrait

Cat - Our First Class Painting

Cat – Our First Class Painting

Day 3 of Workshop 2013

By the end of the day my brain was toast.  Painting is actually relaxing, but having to paint to keep up with the instructor is somewhat stressful and mentally exhausting.  There is something about hearing, “Okay, is everyone ready to go on to the next step,” that sends a surge of panic through the mind and body.

We worked on a water color of a little girl by a window.  Everything seemed to go well except the hair.  I’m sure had I been able to set it aside for another day and come back to it, it would have been okay.  Again, the stress of having to get-it-done took its toll.

Few people appreciate good art.  We live in this world where you can buy a $5 poster of an out-of-copyright piece at Michael’s, throw it in a $10 frame, hang it on the wall and think we’ve got a masterpiece.  There is something about an original that can never be treated as ‘cheap.’

I’m going to go home and crash.

Gearing Up for Art in the Yard

We are gearing up for our first ever Art in the Yard Sale, on July 20th. This will be a small art fair held in the front yard of the Beckwith Mansion. About a dozen artist will be displaying and selling their goods. Food will be available for purchase from Slogies BBQ. This will be a fun time.

Art in the Yard Sale

Art in the Yard Sale

The event starts at 10am and runs until 6pm. (Thus, people will still be able to go to see the Hill Cumorah Pageant.) Come enjoy some BBQ and buy some really cool art. There will be jewelry, postcards, greeting cards, wall art, and more.

Some of the artist came to the house tonight and we went over where booths will be set up, and that sort of stuff. Everyone is excited. This will be a fun time for everyone.

12-12-12 at 12:12pm

Well, I actually remembered to grab a shot at 12:12 today.  Here’s my friend Paul displaying his iPhone…

12-12-12 at 12:12pm

12-12-12 at 12:12pm

We wandered around the art district of Rochester.  It was interesting.  It’s kind of quiet.  It’s not like the art district in Berkeley, California, where there are hordes of people on the streets.   It almost seemed deserted in places.

Art and Burgers

Art and Burgers

Yeah, if you can’t make it as an artist in Rochester you can always flip burgers.  I’m not sure if this was a joke, or for real.

Santa had a presence there too…

Sing it, "Santa got ran over by a Chevy..."

Sing it, “Santa got ran over by a Chevy…”

Free Pictures with Santa

Free Pictures with Santa

I couldn’t convince Paul to climb on the reindeer.

Purple Christmas Tree?

Purple Christmas Tree?

No, those are the real colors.  No Photoshop effects on the above picture.  The home owners are just really into purple.

Paul, Paul, Paul

Paul, Paul, Paul

Brick, Mortar and Tile

Brick, Mortar and Tile

Telephone Conduit

Telephone Conduit

As you can tell, we had a fun photo walk through the streets of Rochester.

Stained Glass

Elizabethe and I took a tour of a stained glass studio in Rochester.  This company has been around for 100 years and they have made all sorts of church windows throughout Upstate New York.  The owner is the grand-niece of the company’s founder and has been in the business her whole life.


Scale Watercolor Painting


Stained Glass Details

They take the scale drawing, and then create a detailed full sized drawing.  A copy is made of it and cut up.  The cut up one serves as a pattern for cutting the glass.  The original as a pattern for laying it out.  This is all done on a sheet of plywood with nails holding things tight (like a pin-board).

I think I could get into the watercolor paints used to create these windows, but I could not handle cutting the glass, the lead, and laying it all out.  They lay these out and put the lead between the glass, solder it, and then apply a putty to seal the lead to the glass.  It definitely requires patience.