Wormwood – Making a caterpillar bend

Wormwood - closeup of caterpillar

Wormwood was to be a….worm. Well, he ended up a caterpillar. So maybe he’s a caterpillar in a bigger world called Wormwood. Yeah, that sounds good.

My intent with this character was to create an armature so that I could move and pose him. Initially he was modeled in a straight line. In the images below, I had grabbed and lifted his head (Disclaimer: No digital caterpillars were injured during this process.) and his body followed by bending at each section.

Getting the “bends”:

Wormwood - caterpillar side view
Wormwood - catepillar with texture

And Rabbits…..Oh My!

Modeled Rabbit

In one of my animation classes, we were required to use Animation Master. The software came with a pre-modeled rabbit. But I wanted to try my hand at re-modeling the rabbit in Blender.

So I took screen shots from various angles of the wireframe of the rabbit, and brought them in as backgrounds in Blender. Then I modeled the rabbit from scratch. Below is the result.

Modeled Rabbit

And he looked pretty close to the original in Animation Master.

Creating a 3D image of moulding

Extruded Moulding

In my senior year in college, I had a project to work with a moulding company to create a web site for them. They needed a way to show their products online.

The first thing I noticed was that all their images were profiles (simple outlines) of the shape of each piece of moulding. That made it extremely difficult for a customer to see what it would actually look like.

So I used the extrusion feature in Blender 3D. I traced the outlines of the profiles in Blender with the image as a background. Then set the camera off at an angle, extruded my lines, and added a wood texture. Now you could visualize what the moulding actually looked like.

Below are some of the profile images and their extruded versions:

Profile of Moulding
Extruded Moulding
Profile of Moulding
Extruded Moulding
Profile of Moulding
Extruded Moulding
Profile of Moulding
Extruded Moulding

Stained Glass – Window Sculptures

I started out in stained glass as a hobby. In the beginning I used pre-made patterns to learn the craft. Then the artist in me struck out into more abstract and flowing shapes. There were many pieces that I never took photos of before they were sold or given away, but the two below can give you an idea of the type of work I did.


This piece represents a flower under the night sky. I combined agate slices with glass and wire. It is very representative of a lot of the work I did.

Night Garden - stained glass sculpture


I liked combining ideas and cultures into glass and giving it different textures. This one was inspired by the top of a native american medicine staff.

Medicine Staff - stained glass sculpture


While at Gulf Coast Community College I built everything from a 2-1/2 foot tall hand-built coil pot, to wheel-thrown miniatures. This one is about 6-7 inches high and was glaze fired.

Ceramic Bowl that has been glaze fired

Kick Wheels:

I had a chance to throw on a kick wheel and I fell in love with it! I couldn’t believe how high I could pull the walls of a pot as the wheel slowed down in between kicks. And it was so relaxing (unlike an electric wheel). You sat and kicked a few times, then stood and worked with your clay as the wheel slowly lost its momentum. Then you sat again and kicked, repeating the process.

A View From Above

We spend the majority of our time with our feet firmly planted on ground. And for some of us, our feet have never risen much higher than that. I mean, who wants to leave the safety of terra firma?

Some photographers decide that maybe we need to lift our perspective a little higher, or perhaps a LOT higher, and look down on this planet we live on in a way most of us never see.

Take a look at these aerial photographs.