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Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, In : News 
Hey all!

Don't you just love that title?! Sounds so epic! It was from a concentration standpoint. Goodness! hahaha.

With all the work said and done, we have:

Normal and Bump Mapping

Works with averaging what is there with the map itself. Gives a nicely balanced result. Bump maps are also converted to normal maps, but purely based on a flattened version that is connected to all three axes.

Ambient Light

For this feature, I simply added an emission shader and fed it, based on circumstances, either th...

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Building a formula with nodes

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, In : News 
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Building a formula with nodes is not as hard as it seams, but it can certainly be harder than you think as well.

You have to take quite a few things into account and these make it confusing:
 - Order of operations (will affect result)
 - Vector math functions available
 - Vector math output appropriacy (which output from vector math to use and when)
 - Vector transforms required
 - Vector separation and joinings required (available math functions dependent)
 - Math node functionality
 - Math ...

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Blinn vs Phong

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, In : News 
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Believe it or not, the Blinn and Phong models are not all that different. The goal with Blinn is to have specularity that is similar to Phong, but without it's sensitivity to proximity. This give many advantages within NPR, because it gives yet another thing you can manipulate - the size of the specularity. Source links will be at the end of this post.

Let's look at their formulas (don't worry, this doesn't get very technical) and the variables.

R = Reflected direction to the light sour...

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Happy new shaders

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, January 3, 2018, In : News 
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Happy new year!! May GOD bless you in all you lay your hands to for HIS Name's sake!!

I have to say that 2017 certainly came with a lot of unexpected things. I was hoping to finish Exodus by June (haha, hilarious! haha). I was certainly not planning on working on toon shaders for Eevee and honestly, by this time I was expecting a finished Eevee (can someone say super unrealistic, hahaha).

On the plus side - the animation for Exodus has progressed to where chapter 7 is visually complete....

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Eevee and the coming render

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, March 25, 2017, In : News 
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Yesterday, there was a very very interesting blog post shared, concerning Blender's upcoming new realtime engine called Eevee. While the posts states that this is the nickname, I kinda like the sound of it. Kinda suits the idea, because to me it sounds quick and speedy, and fast, and prompt, haha, you get the point.

I read through it and I am super happy with what they are planning, to say the least. I was hoping that they would have it already done and functioning by now. While the PB...
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Unofficial Viewport Branch

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, In : News 
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I first heard of this project in February this year. I was quite surprised at it, I must say, but also, I expected this to come from the official build by this time (a bit hasty, I know, hahaha). Having said that, I am very impressed with what he has been enabled to do this far:

I played around with these a bit and honestly, I needed to re-watch the last video. Cycles' materials, imo, are more complicated than Blender Render's and he had to do some work-arounds. Very impressed nonethel...

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Mesh hair tutorials

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, January 21, 2016, In : News 
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A while ago, I saw a tutorial by a guy named Alimayo Arango on modelling a character. Specifically, the way he modeled hair was of interest to me. This was a two part tutorial, but felt lead to watch the second part first and guess what it started with?! Yes, modelling mesh hair. This has been such a struggle for me, because I always wanted to try and model the hair as tubes, because that is essentially what they look like in 2D animations. I was so excited!! I'm first showing you the...
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Vintage tutorials and palm update

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, December 12, 2015, In : News 
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Today's post is a bit nostalgic with something a little new as well! :D
Quite a while back (like start and middle 2014), I made two tutorials on using unwrapping to your advantage when texturing. Both of those, GOD did not permit me to upload to YouTube back then, but today I felt lead to upload both of them and here they are:

And the new part of today's post is an update on the palm tree I posted on the 9th:

(Tropical storms are regular around these trees, that's why it doesn't seem pha...

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GOD is awesome!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, December 5, 2015, In : News 
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While that may be like stating the obvious, I have to say, I am amazed that GOD uses me every day to reach out to the CG industry with educational material in the form of tutorials. I never run out of material, because GOD never stops teaching me and I need to learn so much!! Wow!

Anyway, this post is about being grateful for this - a feature on BlenderNation!!

I could just freak out and scream from excitement!! Not because I think it's such a wonderful website (which it is), but becaus...

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Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, November 25, 2015, In : News 
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There is a website out there that markets independent (aka, unsigned) Christian Artists of various trades in multi-media. It's called IndySpotlight. The lady who is the steward thereof, posted in Christian Animators (a facebook group) on Sunday about this website, but I basically glanced over it. Later that night, I felt GOD wanted me to share this video on that same group:

So I did, under internal protest, because I hate, for lack of better term, to shove my work down people's throats...

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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

About Me

Marius Oberholster Hey! I've been doing this full-time since July of 2011. It has been an incredible learning experience, not only learning how Blender works (still learning), but also about Open-Source and the incredible software available. ----------- This Blog will be a way to stay up to date on all things Panther Dynamics as well as some personal stuff as well.

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