Archive for March, 2011
Another handy resources I’ve come across, 10 Ravens a site that provides a variety of products such as textures, 3D models and stock imagery they have a large number of free and royalty free images. At some point I intend to collate all the resources that I have together to make it easier for everyone. Link – http://www.10ravens.com/
Studford Ring is a very accessible site with access from both High Street where there is on road parking and as i did in this occasion from Ampelforth itself where there is plenty of free parking on the main street, where there can be found a rather nice pub, the White Horse. Which makes for a very civilised end to your walk.
The site of Studford Ring is a quadrangle earth work enclosure measuring some 54 yards across with an internal ditch approximately 12feet across and in places still 4 feet deep. The entrance is situated roughly along the south east edge and although threes and bushes now grow on three of the four back side the central area is free from any such vegetation and is grass covered with a number of mole hills. (more…)
For those of us who can’t afford all the gadgets, bells and whistles this is a nice little article with an accompanying video (8:22) which covers some cheaper alternatives to the more expensive kit out there. Article can be found here: Taking a Look Inside a Poor Man’s Camera Bag.
Lighting your 3D scenes can be a bit of a black art well here is a short article giving a few tips which you might find useful.
For those of you who would like to find out more about the art of lighting objects and scenes in 3D environment then here are a few books that I can recommend.
Digital Lighting and Rendering by Jeremy Birn (A lot of none platform specific information in this one).
Blender 2.5 Lighting and Rendering by A Powell.
Essential CG Lighting Techniques with 3DS Max by Darren Brooker (though the implementation is in 3DS Max the principles are the same across all platforms).
I’ve always been a fan of comic art ant the quality of fair on offer these day is better than ever and whether it’s for inspiration or just the enjoyment of looking at the artwork there’s no shortage. Just the other day through one of the many twitter feeds I follow came the link to this page which has a fine selection of comic artwork from both Marvel and DC comics there is plenty here to keep you going. The article is on tfbox which has a wide range of other resources for tip, tutorials and inspiration. Link to Page: Exceptional Comic Book Art Work For Your Inspiration
Something which is always a chore is finding the right image for your project especially in education where there often isn’t the money to pay for images or the time to get the person with the purse strings to pay for a stock image.
Stock.xchng is a nice online stock photography site which I came across the other day which has a large amount of free (both cost and royalty wise), I’ve certainly found myself using it for a number of projects which required a quick turnaround.
Stock.xchng can be found at http://www.sxc.hu/