January 19th, 2007

Cowboy

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For the second month in a row I've bought a digital art magazine that contains a full tutorial with a sequence of logical steps. As I've mentioned previously they have a tendency to playster the cover with "Model and texture this amazing image!!" while step #1 on the inside is "Load the model from the cover disk" and step #2 goes along the lines of "Then load the texture" so this is a fairly big deal for me - educationally speaking. This time it covers the software I used for the first of the images, the desert one and its already shown me where I could do things a lot better. Incidentally it has a copy of Bryce 5.0 on it and I already have a legitimate license for version 6 so if anyone wants the key, holler. Alternatively the magazine is ImagineFX if you just want to buy it, its a great gamer/fantasy/sci-fi geek magazine even if you don't fancy like 3D since it covers all kinds of digital work.
Cowboy

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Behind the cut is the third of the twenty six images I plan on doing this year. This one came out *exactly* how I planned.
Tools used this time were entirely free. Terragen was used to generate the landscape, sun, sky any most of the picture. Apophysis is a fractal generator and was used to generate the swirls and coronas around the sun and permeating the atmosphere. The GIMP and the GIMPshop extension (because I prefer the emulated photoshop interface to the default GIMP one) were used to composite the images together to get the end result. Due to the limitations of the software in its free state the end image was 800x600 at best but that seems plenty big enough. The entire image took about an hour (half of which was rendering time) including research.

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