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Browsing Archive: February, 2012

Can Blender do a glitter material? You know it can!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, In : Just for fun 
Today I spent most of the morning's work time on finding a way to replicate a glitter containing plastic (thought it would be cool if Blender could do that) and in the last tutorial, Procedural Textures - An Introduction, I showed an intro as to a possible method, but I was yet to fully give it a try and today I did and it looks fantastic.

You can see how it responds here. I rendered only a low res version that you can watch here, but this was just for fun, not work:
Glitter Material


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A world mapping tip.

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, February 29, 2012, In : Tutorials 
In the new Blender releases, there are a few bugs, one of which is a mapping issue in Blender Render, aka Blender Internal BI), that prevents any procedural textures (and possibly images), from sticking to the world. Global mapping responds exactly the same as View mapping, which means if your camera moves, your texture moves with it (not very realistic at all).

So as I was seeing the problem (knowing this error was in the tutorial), I had no clue as to what to do and HE gave me a brilliant so...
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Thank you's (^_^)

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, February 27, 2012, In : The Gospel 

(My aunt's birthday image for 2012)

This is just me thanking all the people who are adding to my life and who give me the chance to add to theirs'. I truly love and appreciate all of you! Too many to mention.
Especially YOU FATHER! YOU are always by my side and YOU've carried me through some pretty rough stuff and we're still standing, just like YOU promised in Matthew we would... YOU are the best!

The reason for this post: Joyce preached this morning (I listen to teaching sometimes when I work)...
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Brand New Free Tutorial!!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, February 24, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Heya peoples!!

Great news! I just finished a new free tutorial on Procedural Textures in Blender:
Procedural Textures - An Introduction

It features details on the cloud procedural texture as well as two tutorials on how you can apply them to create things you'd normally need to buy textures for or find online. This way, you can get smart, make your own and stand out. This is the cover:

Currently, it is only available through e-mail order due to it's size (~12 MB PDF), but absolutely worth it. You...

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Update on the business warrior project!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, In : wip 
Sorry I didn't update you guys on this project as often as I did the music room.

Here we go. After not being really active on this, I modeled a lot on one day (the shirt and the jacket or it was just the shirt, I don't recall). Anyway, but the next day I did the pants and posted that online, but the overall compositing didn't quite suite what I wanted the image to be like, but this is how it looked:

(Right-click > View Image for full size)

It was like the glow was just too much. I like the look ...
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A serious warning

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, February 20, 2012, In : The Gospel 
This is super exciting and scary at the same time! Send send send peoples!

You can find these for distribution here:

These are at full quality so you can save image as as well (they are higher quality than visible in this post).

Please spread!

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JESUS short-film in anime!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, February 20, 2012, In : JESUS Film anime 
This is by far the most accurate I've seen, apart from The Passion Of The CHRIST. So two thumbs way up on that. But the biggest and I mean biggest point of accuracy mostly missed is that of the cross. In this film the beam they had to carry is absolutely spot on! (I tend to focus a lot on the details, because it is the little foxes that spoil the vine).

This is a fantastic short and I would recommend it gladly. I am very very very pleased to have been proven wrong on my objections towar...
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A bit of an announcement

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : General 
It seems has a problem with the amount of images they are getting posted on the threads, so I'm forced to make this the main location for updates regarding progress on projects. That means, for the most info, check the threads and FB for notifications as to when I post or subscribe using the "Subscribe to this blog" widget on top of the page.

As a first update, I'd like to mention Cycles! The new render engine unique to and built into Blender. What makes it unique to Blender...
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Any service to GOD is not a burden, so don't say so.

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 16, 2012, In : The Gospel 
Recently, more and more I hear people say that they have a burden to do this or that from the LORD, but burden is not a synonym for call.

If you call HIM a burden HE will depart from you and cast you away from HIMSELF, because HE will not be a burden to anyone. If you serve HIM, it should be with gladness, yes, even when you get a spankin' for acting stupid and also when HE rewards you for doing good.

It is not a punishment to serve HIM at all!! It's great, tough at times, but great! I...
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Business Warrior update (landscape addition).

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, February 15, 2012, In : wip 
This is a rough post to show the overall composition in HD at 50% resolution. The clouds are gone, because of layer masking.

My brother (the one for who I'm doing this project) wanted me to add lightning so I watched Andrew Price's tutorial on lightning and here it is adapted for this project:

(the bolt is also cut on account of layer masking for the character sketch)

I have a problem with the lightning in the scene and I'm sure most of you will agree (feel free to comment via the Facebook page...
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Business Warrior landscape!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, February 13, 2012, In : wip 
Hey everyone!

I'm here with some updates on the last post of the Business Warrior project!

I've struggled working on a cloud method HE revealed to me a while back, because it's a very unpredictable way of cloud making, but if you get it right, it can look pretty amazing imo (in my opinion).

Now, before we can start working on the character, we need a place for him to be. So, we need a landscape to fill the background and in this case also foreground. To create or model landscapes is no easy feat...
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Linking and commenting issues

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, February 10, 2012, In : Yola Features!! 
I have comments enabled on all my posts, but for some reason it doesn't show or enable comments. I'm guessing it's still a bug their sorting out. I hope and believe it will be sorted soon.

On the upside I have found a solution to the linking issue. I've noticed when you try to make a word a link or add even a written out link, it doesn't get parsed, but if you go into Gmail and parse the links and things there and copy and paste it here, it works, so yey!

Hope that helps if any of you struggled...
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New project on at

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, February 10, 2012, In : wip 
My brother wanted me to portray him as some sort of business warrior. I asked HIM how that would look and these sketches was the result:

I've also done a few things including the sword:

This is not the final sword, because I edited it and added a handle. For more info check out in the Business Warrior thread.

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The Online Store

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, February 6, 2012, In : Yola Features!! 
Yola Support is incredible as usual. Took about two days or so to get a reply, but wow, stunning reply time!

Anyway, I had sent them an e-mail asking whether the Online Store widget supports digital download purchases, because just under R2500 a year for Yola alone is a big spend for me right now (that does not include the cost of having a local bank account, linked to PayPal and even taxes). Granted, I may be able to subtract some of it from taxes, but until such a time, I have to be able to ...
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It's time for a little faith sharing! (^^,)

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, February 4, 2012, In : The Gospel 
I know some of you reading this don't believe in JESUS and that's your choice, but I hope to help you see that you really do need HIM and that HE really does love you.

The Gospel in short is this: that JESUS is the SON of GOD, born a human being by virgin birth. HE lived a sinless life, having been tempted in every area to the extreme to identify with what you're going through, yet never slipping up once. HE was crucified as the only sacrifice that would ever be good enough to save anyone. HE ...
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Cartooning in Blender

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, February 3, 2012, In : wip 
I've seen some works by people on the threads and I was amazed at how much 3D models can look like cartoons if done right so I asked a friend there, bizla, if he knew anything about it. He did, thankfully and he told me where to find the settings for it and after fiddling with it a minute or so, I found out the following:

Your object's outline size is not gonna change if you increase the edge threshold. Increasing the threshold only makes it more sensitive to the mesh and if...
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Yes! Online shopping!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, February 2, 2012, In : Yola Features!! 
As most businesses in content provision, I would absolutely luv to expand to include international digital download sales of videos, models, images, music, etc. But this is quite a challenge when the only way to get your clients their items, is via e-mail. It doesn't look very professional, though still functional.

Recently, about a month ago, Yola asked for beta testers of a new Online Store feature. While I knew there were plans in the works for an online store, I didn't know about the testi...
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"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen."
Revelation 22:18-21

"Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."
Proverbs 30:6

King James Version, Public Domain

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