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Interpreting A Tutorial [Blender]

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, February 20, 2019, In : Learning 
Hey all!

Yay, third video of 2019!! GOD is so good!

Here it is:
GOD is so good!!!

The aim of this video is really to get you into the frame of mind to learn what it takes to take any tutorial that might prove useful to you and use it in any engine in Blender (to some extent obviously). Since all engines are not the same, results will vary between engines, but you can still get a lot of value out of old tutorials while you switch to 2.8! It'll get you over that educational learning curve and not o...

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Toon Shading - Cycles Caustics

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, March 30, 2017, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

Super glad to be able to get this video done. I have quite a story behind this one that I know you are gonna luv reading, so to prevent the temptation of watching first, the tutorial is at the bottom of the post.

Why cover caustics in Cycles when it was done in Blender Render already?
   A fairly obvious question to those who use Cycles, but not to everyone. Cycles is a newer engine in Blender and is built for realism. This makes things like toon-style NPR extremely difficult. Styles li...
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Cycles toon shading tips

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, In : Tips 
Hey all!

What a busy few days!! Goodness! I am so thankful that GOD gave me the efficiency to be able to produce so many videos so quickly!! :D

I received a comment on the Camp Fire tutorial from a Cycles user and that he had a fair idea on how to produce it in Cycles and I kinda of felt a little tug from GOD that I need to do a little bit more towards the Cycles side of thing and I couldn't shake the sense to do it and felt lead to start doing more towards toon shading in Cycles, so this is th...
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Unofficial Viewport Branch

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, April 19, 2016, In : News 
Hey all!

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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Advanced Cycles Toon Shading

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, December 28, 2015, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

Last week, GOD had me on Cycles toon shading. I tell you, I was looking for a reason to use Cycles for the sake of faster renders. I have a huge project I want to complete and crunching the render numbers do not look promising, hahaha, that is, apart from a render farm, but that's not an option atm.

Anyway, I've found that despite all the turn offs and corners cut in Cycles, Blender Render, at least on my PC, is still faster on CPU than Cycles is on GPU and I can get a more complex res...
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A little progress report

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, In : wip 
Hey everyone!!

Today I get to share a little progress shot from something I'm currently working on:


Currently, this looks more like a caustics study, but actually the scene as it sits is exactly that! It's part of prep work. The ocean floor is right (in terms of distance and possibly color) and so is a lot of the compositing. It has an old-style photo feel that I am really really liking so far.

Now, when I post something, I want it to benefit you, so I want to give you some sort of help. Today, ...

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New competition and some news

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, February 10, 2014, In : Blender News 
Hey all!!

There are a few topics for today's post:
- New Blender Guru Competition
- Texture Baking
- Content call (BlenderArt Magazine)


 - New BlenderGuru Competition
Now, it's been a while since my last post and it feels like months, even though it's only been like a week, haha. Anywho, firstly, there is a new competition from Andrew; Characters! Oooh! I would absolutely luv to participate in this one and I hope you will. I haven't been able to for the last few, for various reasons, but this one i...
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UV solution

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, January 10, 2014, In : Tips 
Hey all!

Recently I was working on a tile example and I found something weird (this is in Cycles). I'm very used to Blender unwrapping well and having no problems with it's unwrapping, but there is one:

When your shape is too simple, with originally too few coordinates,
your unwrapping will not stretch or distort your textures along the unwrapping.


What I did find, very thankfully from above, is that if you subdivide it a bit, at least once, Blender has more points of reference and your UV will n...

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Caves, how are they made

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, November 23, 2013, In : General 
Hey all!

I watched and did (for a change) one of Andrew's tutorials yesterday and it was a blast. I struggle intensely in getting the crystal how I wanted, but through a lot of leading, it is how I want it and, I hope you give it a try as well. Naturally, I just finished a book on Procedural Textures, very appropriately named, Procedural textures, and so I was not about to download the textures. Instead, I did the whole thing, from displacement to color, etc, all procedural textures in Cycles....
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A little bright I would say

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, September 24, 2013, In : General 
That is, to stare into the sun, haha.

Hey everyone,

Today I get to share a little sun glare I've been working on last night. It's not exactly what I wanted to achieve, but very close and I am very happy with this as a sun glare (what I wanted would fit a shiney metal glare, not the sun)!


(Click image to see this in action, fast and slow)

This was quite a challenge to make, though I was shown the basic idea quite a while back. Only yesterday HE showed me how to do it properly. I am very very happy...

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Rain can splash

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, September 23, 2013, In : Quick Blog Tutorial 
Hey all!

I was given this assignment and I did not know how to approach this. I had an idea of how I would've like to do it, but that didn't workout at all the way I wanted it to. What am I talking about? Check this out first and I'll tell you:


(Click image to see animation; opens to new tab in FireFox)

That's right!! You can make rain drops have a splash in Blender without having reactor particles. How? Dynamic paint!
Unfortunately, this is a feature that is a bit much for an easy QBT, so for th...
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Some tips for added realism

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, September 16, 2013, In : Tips 
Hey all!

I'm not someone who specializes in realism, but I have noticed some features in Blender Render that I have been very happy with in getting me closer to realism and I'd like to share some of them with you. Remember, most of these apply to Cycles as well and also to traditional arts!

- Ambient Occlusion (AO)
A strange corner shadow phenomenon I've never really seen much of in real life on the intensity that Blender can produce, though it is a fantastic boost, even on a low setting, set on...
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Multiple unwraps

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, September 13, 2013, In : Quick Blog Tutorial 
Hey everyone!

Comin' at ya with another Quick Blog Tutorial, or QBT :).

I've been sharing a little on the compositor, but this one is part of texturing, so you don't need the node editor to test this one out! Feel free to, but you don't need to.

Here's just a little example that it works (a plane with 5 faces):



I don't know if you knew this or not, but you can have more than one active UV on a single object in Blender Render too. I didn't know it and I'm sure most of you didn't think it impossibl...
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Texture baking, basically

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, September 5, 2013, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

Today I am enabled to bring you yet another tutorial! Who's as excited as I am? lol

I'm gonna let the image intro this one:


That's right! Basic Texture Baking!

Texture baking, what's that?! Simple, in Blender, you have what is known as procedural textures, node textures and a feature called texture painting. These features all have one thing in common; Blender. I can't export a model to another 3D program, unless I bake my textures or make them externally. While texture painting is easil...
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Glossy Black

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, July 1, 2013, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

A very much requested material (not requested from me, but definitely requested a lot) is a glossy black. And here is how you can make it in Blender Render as well as Cycles Render.

On Cycles Render, it is the easiest thing! Just add a new material to an object or area you want a glossy black and apply this to it:


(Thanx to Bizla from BA and other people who suggested the Mix node)



Blender Render is a bit more complex, since it is not as physically accurate as Cycles. So, I want you to c...
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The difference

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, March 12, 2013, In : Tips 
Hey peoples!

During a tutorial I found that in some cases, it is actually better (and faster) to use physical detail than it is to use textures.

It works a bit like this:
____________________________________________________
small object------>------>------>------>------>------>---Big object
physical>physical>physical<mix>texture>texture>texture

So when you are doing something like trees or bushes, try physical detail first and see if that works for you.

Here is a mix of physical detail and textures:...
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Hey there, long time no see

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, March 5, 2013, In : Tutorials 
Hey everyone!

Missed posting and really thought about the blog a lot, but I finally have the time to get back to the book again.

Had some big projects unrelated to Blender or visual stuff and it has really taken up a huge amount of time, but the last project was wedding pictures for a friend of mine. I was not the official wedding photographer and I would really like to say thank you to him and his team for a smashing job of directing them. Without their hard work, my pictures would probably ha...
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Hello from 2013!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, January 1, 2013, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas time and a great new year. I wish everyone a very blessed and happy 2013 and even beyond!

Getting back to work has not been hard. In fact, thankfully, I am almost finished with another part of the book. I am really hoping to get it done before my birthday this year. That would rock!!

As a sneak peak, I screen-capped this little low-poly log I made as decor for the section mentioned above. While I don't explain in the book how to make the log (I lea...
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A rendering tip that can save you hours

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, December 15, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

I sent this tip to a friend a few days ago and posted it on his page called The Blender Hot Spot.

So, here it is again, using a screen capture from my Christmas competition entry blend, because it is a fitting project.

You can set each render layer to have it's own sample count. In the render options, under layers, above the passes it will render (such as Z, Vector and Ambient Occlusion, etc), there is a sample count. When set to 0, it uses the number you put in for the render above the...
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The main animation has finished!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

Firstly, let me say that there is a new Blender Guru competition running this month; Christmas!! This marks a solid year of Blender Guru entries for me! So cool!! Already have a concept, but for those of you interested in participating this year, check it out!

Back to business though. Originally, I rendered the animation without having added a misty effect that you find underwater; the further you look, the more solid blue it becomes, so that needed to be added. It looks like the fish ...
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A little progress

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, November 30, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

Remember yesterday's post? Well, this is taking yesterday's work just that step further:


I really like it, but I have to admit that it could've used some grasses, stones, possibly even a tree (oh yes, there are underwater trees and underwater lakes). Eitherway, it came out cool.

For this image, I actually used the motion blur in Cycles. On my GPU mode it seems to support motion blur, but since my CPU is stronger, it's a waste trying to render with the GPU. Now, both working together, th...
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Always learnin'

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 29, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

I just adore that HE has given me the chance to work in 3D and to be able to watch tutorials. Today I watched two in particular:
Sparks and motion blur in Cycles
Boid particles in Blender

Absolutely fantastic, but I didn't finish watching the one on the boid particles. Reason: he showed me what I wanted to know in that moment, but I do want to finish watching it tomorrow, if HE allows.

I definitely recommend both of these tutorials, especially the one on the sparks, because Andrew put tog...
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Getting it to not look generated

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, November 28, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

The title is easier said than done, especially with bad reference, but, I used what was at my disposal and it came out quite well:



If you know trees, you may (hopefully) recognize what I was aiming for here. While I do like the result as a sketch, so to speak, it is by no means a satisfactory result for a tutorial. It still looks too fake, although it does look very stylized.

Hope you like it!

Thank YOU!!!!!!!

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Been busy, but here's an update

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, November 26, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

It's been a while since my last post, but I am glad to reveal an update on the next tutorial. Hope you all like it!!:


This is not a very complicated scene, but it is one that has enough detail imo to show what the trees will look like in a scene.

There is no tree focal point. In fact, before adding another in the middle, the sky was the focal point; not good. Now, it begs the viewer to look for a spot. Sort of like you would when going to a park. Hopefully that's the effect here, lol.

An...
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A little prep

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, November 19, 2012, In : General 
Hey all!

As you all know, before you go ahead and do any kind of project, especially an art one, it is vitally important to do some research and do some practice runs (in the case of tutorials). They enable your project to not only be more creative and convincing, but of a much higher standard.

This is today's prep for another tutorial I am working on:


Not quite where I want them and still working out the kinks, but really happy with the overall result (the one on the far right needs a bit extra...

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Update

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, November 15, 2012, In : General 
Hey all!

So far, the book is around 230 pages! Fantastic!! I am super excited about it and I really hope to finish it as soon as possible. Due to unforeseen circumstances that will still come (means I can't predict the future, lol), I can't give a release date, but I can continue to show you the progress as I work.

Looking forward to the other tutorials to be added to the book and tonight (it's just turned 22:44 as I am writing this post), I would like to just leave you with a very well done wa...
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Finished ruin!!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, In : General 
Heya!!

Here is an 8 image summary from start to finish on this project:

Right after modeling, this was the first look (obviously, this was pre-unwrapping)


Post unwrapping and finishing of the basic bricks, I added some dust. This dust was later edited and became close to invisible.


Of course, what ruin would be complete without run-off stains and muddy bases and so on? None. This was even after displacement was added (and before I knew of the texture bug in Cycles).


The ivies have finally been add...
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Progress render!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, November 13, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

Really jazzed to get this one out today!



The entire list of things has changed a bit, as you can see, but, the main points remain, the most important of which was to get the ruin as the focal point.

The coordinates system is still a bit buggy with the ruin's textures (as you can see the floor's bump-mapping is gone and there are some black bricks), but the rest of the scene I am really jazzed about (though it's still not complete).

The background, makes it look as though there is DOF (de...
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First full render

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, November 12, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

Happy to share this one with you!
It is only rendered at 50 samples, which isn't much, but apparently more than enough for this scene, so yey! Here's the render, followed by things that need to change:



 - Currently, there is no focal point, because everything is practically evenly lit. So for that I want to use light to set focus on the ruin itself.
 - The texturing is a problem, because sometimes Cycles renders it right, sometimes it doesn't (bug they need to fix). So the goal is not to...
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The first tree, sort of, lol

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, In : wip 
Heya!

Today is a mystery post; the first tree made with procedural textures. While I personally think it doesn't qualify yet as one, since it's just the trunk (it's to add some space to the image and fill the gap in the composition on the left (plus it'll look extra cool once I add more shading and so on):



Soon enough I'll be making more and I hope you like them too and that they are not too stick-figure-like. Here's to making cool, low memory trees (^^,)! lol

Thank YOU!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bricks now aged with recap

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, October 31, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

Can finally move on to something other than bricks, haha, sort of:



This is where I am leaving it alone from this point and moving on to the blocks' insides themselves, because as you can see, they are still as white as the day they were modeled, if not more so, hahaha.

Let's recap on how this went on (remember, all procedural textures, not even texture painting):

This was the firstly applying the bricks. It was a scale test before unwrapping the whole thing and separating the two section...
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Run-off stains on the floor

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

I took some time today to specifically look at some buildings and I saw that when there is a place that water flows down regularly, where it hits the ground or drips for a long time, there forms stains too, so I added some staining on the floor as part of the floor's aging, but I ran into some difficulties, because I wanted to do it my way, instead of listening to HIS way, but thankfully, it didn't take nearly as long as before for me to relent and do it HIS way.

This is the result of ...
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Run-off streaks more rough

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, October 29, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

This is all for today, because I had some other work and it took a while to write and explain how to do it, but I am still very jazzed with the final result, so here is the old one and the new one:


left side = old run-off with displacement
right side = new run-off with displacement



Overall, I like it, but as you can see, the floor remains pretty much untouched since the last post. Will keep you updated!

Have a great one!

Thank YOU!!!!!!!!

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Some run-off streaks

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 25, 2012, In : wip 
Heya!

Worked late a night to get some more done and while I did get some work finished, it was more like a testing time than it was really writing. I needed to see if I could get the streaks I wanted in Cycles and I wasn't sure if I'd be able to, but HE insisted on HIS method for it being used (HE helped me last week with a theory on how to do it) and so I did and as usually it worked out well, giving this result after adding a bit to make them more convincing:

Remember that it's all procedural...
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Working on its age

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, October 24, 2012, In : wip 
Heya!

Been working on a basic mask for the floor. This shows how it is progressing, from a top view (which you need to use while doing this, otherwise you don't have a clue as to what is where):



Basically, you can use gradient textures to make basic masks and I really do recommend them. I will also add though, that you will face some difficulty when it comes to coloring or boosting the brightness of the mask, without ruining it completely. I recommend adding a Brightness/Contrast one to make th...
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Adding some cracks

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, In : wip 
Heya everybody!

Been working on the tutorial and, oh snap, is it taking a while, hahaha. Personally, I've learned a ton during the writing of the book and people's reaction to it when I show them what it's about and what they would be able to do with it is really a confirmation that this is truly an anointed (means favored and chosen by GOD) project. Thank you for all the support!

Today's work followed on the tip from yesterday, which is grouping everything into node groups making the whole set...
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Progress on the tutorial

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, October 19, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

I want to show you a little something more from the tutorial. A factor image. This is what I use to define what goes where when I texture, to find it what it designates, you'll have to wait, but I can tell you that I used add here, instead of subtract, because I am going for something a bit more dramatic.

Remember, the image here is not the image that will be seen. It is a stencil or a mask if you will that tells Blender that this input goes here and this one goes there, aka Factor ima...
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A bit of what's going on with the book!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 18, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

I really enjoy seeing views on the website and I particularly enjoy it when I know that what you find here is interesting and educational to you at the same time, so thank you for your support. Feel free to tell your friends about this blog and the upcoming book on procedural textures (^^,)!

Back to the post. Today I started working on the ruin + ivy scene. I want to, through this tutorial show you that you can achieve some extremely complex things you may not even have dreamed possibl...
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An update on the book

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, October 15, 2012, In : General 
Hey all!

Working hard to get it finished as soon as possible! The next section will be tutorials and after that a few more things and it should be ready for release! So looking forward to having it completed and I have really learned a huge amount in the writing of it!

Today was a continuation of the displacement feature for Cycles. After getting this result, it was very important to find out how to fix it:

(the texture is not supposed to be a lot of thin blu stripes over a square sun's surface,...

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Cycles can displace complex texture setups!!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

Today I felt that the Cycles section just fell short ito features and length (that it would depend on the tutorials to fill it out), but I went looking and HE helped me find a bit of a surprise that you may not know about.

Before today I thought that Cycles could only use the displacement modifier to create bumps and other stuff on the surface when using procedural textures to define those bumps and dents. While that does work, it only supports a single texture at a time and not a whol...
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Free tip today: Factor versus Color

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, October 8, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!

In the node editor, you will find that when you have something like a Mix node, that there is a Factor input. This input can be altered in varying ways, by using a texture. But, every texture has both a Color and a Factor output, both of which have an effect on the Factor of that Mix node or other node having a Factor input.

The big thing here is to remember that the Factor and Color output is not always the same and can produce very different results:


(Left = with Color,  Right = with ...

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Some book time!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, October 4, 2012, In : General 
Hey all,

Today I got to work on the book again (can anyone say yey!), lol.

I am currently in the section that describes how you can layer them to get various effects and so on and this little image, is from that chapter. This one, specifically, deals with layering using procedural textures to mask, if you will, other textures:

(Cube with emission shader to show the texture/material exactly as it is)

For now, the Cycles part is more about the principle of what you do and how you do it, but not goi...

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Making leather (^^,)!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, October 3, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!

Since I've made wood and snow and so on, I really felt lead to do something different for the Cycles section. While writing yesterday, it came in the form of leather. I thought it would be a relatively easy thing to do, lol, my mistake.

Anywho, I worked and worked and got nothing. I worked and worked some more and got a cave floor:


(looks more like a dry planet's surface, maybe useful in a later project c'',) )


After working some more I got sand:

(sort of looks like a field of small dunes...

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Free wallpaper today, yey!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, September 28, 2012, In : Just for fun 
Hey all!

Didn't get any requests for this one, but I believe HE wants it shared. So, here it is. I had to modify it a bit, because the single mountain landscape, just didn't cut it. I added a few more and some mist as well as a few other things, but I really wanted to add as much photographic qualities as I possibly could to just give it that bit of a boost, including a vignette (it is that bright spot in the middle of most photos). Because this is a very bright scene, the appearance thereof w...
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Another Cycles tip!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, September 19, 2012, In : General 
Hey all!

HE had me try something today and, to be honest with you, I really didn't think it was gonna work, lol. You know that when you view your scene in rendered view, you see a live render of your objects and so on, as you would in solid view, only more polished.
Now, following that principle it had originally, I thought that when you render (by pressing F12), it would follow the same pattern, but that is not the case. To speed up rendering (or at least I think it speeds it up), they added t...
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Caustics in Cycles

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, In : General 
Who knows what caustics are?
Well, as simply put as I can:
It's the light pattern you see after light has passed through a transparent medium, such as glass. Great examples are of course the following:
 - Light stripes at the bottom of the pool
 - Rainbow lights when light shines through cut crystal
 - That focus point you can get with a magnifying glass
 - And naturally this:

(Photo I took earlier this year that I wanted to maybe do as an exercise in Cycles)

Those white light spots you see that come...
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Slowly toasted for too long

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, September 17, 2012, In : General 
Heya!

Finished the toast today. What a work-out with Cycles!
Here is the final toast:

Only rendered at 100 samples
(click for full-res version in new tab)

I have to say, I really enjoyed this project and I have learned quite a bit on Cycles. Particularly how to layer procedural textures. It was a blast. For the toasted color I think it is too black, but I tried getting it lighter (didn't wanna budge). Oh well. Would still look good as a prop for a scene's background, so in that sense I believe it ...
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Just a quick update

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Saturday, September 15, 2012, In : General 
Hey all!

Yesterday I wanted to make a proper render with full global illumination and so on, and after about 2.5 hours, it reached 900+ passes and I stopped it there. When I wanted to print screen, I pressed F12 instead; bam!! There goes 2.5 hours, hahaha.

Oh well. This morning I rendered again and stopped it at 896 passes. Here it is:


(For those of you wondering what that target is in the middle of the image: it's the 3D cursor)

Have a great day everyone! Still plenty to do on this and hopefully...

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Digital bread; the only type that does not go stail, lol.

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, September 14, 2012, In : wip 
Hey all!!

Here is an update on the toast!
Knocking it back a level from yesterday's color problems, I found it wisdom to make normal brown bread first and then add the toasting to it afterwards (that's what it looks like in real life; the one over the other).

So as a bonus in this update, I included what the node system for this one looks like: a ship (isn't HE the coolest with such surprises!!!!!!!)

Anyway, here's the update:


Looks a lot better than this, doesn't it:


The top image has much less co...

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Toast post (and just in time, lol)

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Thursday, September 13, 2012, In : wip 
Hey people!!

I have been working hard today on this piece of toast and although I am happy with the texture of the flat surface, it can still use some adjusting (as you can see). I also still need to work on the coloring of the bread and the toast itself. I've noticed that brown bread is somewhat grey-ish and the toasted parts are almost a chocolate brown leaning into orange. Quite a stark contrast that I don't want people looking at going: "did he even use reference?!". The answer would be ye...
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Dry toast (^^,)

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Wednesday, September 12, 2012, In : General 
Hey all!!

Today I wanted to make a few pieces of toast to show you what procedural textures are capable of in Cycles, but I got a bit side-tracked with other work, so that is the plan for tomorrow!!

Keep your eyes on this space for some toast (^^,)!!

Have a great night everyone!!
Thank YOU!!!!!!!

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A little something just thrown together

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, September 11, 2012, In : General 
Hey people!!

Today I wanted to take my first shot at wood with Cycles and did some water, sky and so on, and this was the result:



The render was done at 10 samples. Not bad considering the low amount. Here is a free tip. While working with the render view, it is much much faster to set it to a single sample, Direct light and while layering textures to use an emission shader. It means that you don't have to wait nearly as long for a preview and you pretty much get to see a live result on your ob...
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Cycles part started!!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Monday, September 10, 2012, In : Tutorials 
Hey all!!

I've been a bit quiet lately, because I've been finishing up the Blender Render section of the book and today I started with the Cycles Render section!!! Yey!!

The main focus for today I wanted to be caustics at one point, but then I realized it's more important to find out how in the world you can layer the textures like in Blender Render and HE helped me by reminding me of a tutorial Andrew did. His introduction to Cycles tutorial to be precise. Anyway, the details on the how is for...
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3D Portfolio section!

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, July 6, 2012, In : General 
I recently applied for a job and needed a proper portfolio of my 3D work (and I made sure I added only what HE wanted in) and you can check it out using the navigation at the top (far right).

Obviously, they will not remain the best works and will be replaced by other pieces as I learn and grow in skill, but I like the work so far!

Hope you enjoy scrolling through it!

Oh, about the feature pic. I did a comparison a while back between Cycles Render and Blender Render for the book I'm still workin...
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Quick Tip: A cloud texture with a cell noise basis

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Tuesday, April 17, 2012, In : Tutorials 
This image is a custom colored version of a cloud procedural texture with a cell noise basis. What that means is that the procedural texture is made and written mainly for creating clouds or texturing them, either by deformation of a shape or just using color, or both. The basis is how the texture will be made, or put together. There are many options in Blender regarding basis, but this one is cool for a few reasons.
   I've been a fan of this kind of pattern for a long time, but I've always h...
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Blender Render VS Cycles Render

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, March 9, 2012, In : General 
I can see a massive difference between the two, but I don't want to call one better than the other, because one is more developed and the other works different. So I'll say this: I personally still prefer Blender Render (BI)

Here's why I do.
I've used the same project, creating first a Cycles Render version and then a Blender Render version. Out of the two I like the overall look of the Cycles Render one more, but the capabilities in procedural textures in Blender Render overshadows the quality...
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A bit of an announcement

Posted by Marius Oberholster on Friday, February 17, 2012, In : General 
It seems BlenderArtists.org 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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