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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
This drawing is named “Christina” and was drawn from a picture on the front of a video catalog. I left the easel up in front of our glass doors and would work on it for an hour or more at a time.
Do you love minions? (nods vigorously) Do you like Pharrell Williams? (uh huh!)
Well, put on the headphones and crank it up!
Dancing in your chair at the office is totally permitted! If your office mates feel left out, pull the plug on the headset and crank up the speakers!
Happy – Pharrell Williams (video)
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.
I’m not a vegan, but I like the efforts of Madde and the website she created. So simple, I’m even tempted to try her recipes!
The Collegiate Vegan
True artists reach far beyond the expected, the norm. This artist lays technology aside and creates low-polygon illustrations totally by hand. Why? As he explains it, our brains do it best, and our hearts give it “soul.”
Underwater Life: a Low-Poly Illustration Research
Did you know the man could sing? Before seeing this video, I had no idea.
Many actors and actresses have talents they not always known for. Robert Downey Jr. is an amazing singer, as seen in this video.
Driven to Tears – Robert Downey Jr. singing with Sting (video)
These majestic walking trees slowly move through the crowds of people, passing on the wisdom of ancient trees.
Walking Tree of Life