Free 3D Art Software Program: Sculptris

Free 3D Art Software Program: Sculptris

While I am a total newb to 3D programs I have searched many times for a way that I can begin to create the imaginative creatures, people, cityscapes and landscapes in my minds eye sans photo painting.

A few years back photo manipulation was one way I was able to get that done but I was always looking for other ways to add to photshop and Corel chops in that area.

Last week Dr Eddie, a new acquaintance and teacher at Digital Art Academy sent me a post that talked about a free 3D program called Sculptris. As I mentioned I have not delved to much into Poser, Zbrush, Blender, Maya etc. The price is one thing but the learning curve is huge-much tougher than Photoshop or Painter….so, I have always bagged off.

That being said I played with Sculptris a bit and have found it to have a learning curve that I might actually be able to handle. Anywayif you have interest in that area, give it a shot and let me know what you think.

Here is the link again: Art Software Sculptris

Ancient Heritage Relevant to Digital Art

What does a 425 year old business have to do with Digital Art?

As a digital art geek I still use fine art techniques and fine-art tools. Many digital artist use art software and combine digital paint with traditional media tools much like I do. How many companies worldwide get to celebrate a centennial anniversary?  In the business world since I was a kid over 90% of the businesses don’t reach their 5th year. Very few families even can trace their own heritage back 300 years.  One of the papers I use for my digital art is Hahnemuhle’s Torchon. Hahnemuhle was founded in 1584! They are celebrating a birthday of 425 years. How cool is that?

Below are some historical facts about Hahnemuhle’s  fabulous history and heritage, this is referenced from there website and press release. If you love history or art history this is very cool.

425th Hahnemühle Anniversary – Historical Facts about the Papermill

Owner’s history

At February 27 th, 1584 the Herzog of Braunschweig granted the right to build a papermill to Merten Spieß. In the following time the “Reylingehäusische Papiermühle” -the first papermill in the surroundings of the mid mountains “Solling”- arose. The papermill was owned by the descendants of Merten Spieß for 185 years until August 1769. Then the mill was sold to the Andrae family, which owned it until 1884.

In 1884 the mill was bought by L. Heinemann, who sold it only to years later in 1886 to Carl Hahne. Carl Hahne renamed the mill into “Büttenpapierfabrik Hahnemühle”. In 1902 Hahnemühle was converted into a limited company (GmbH) and merged with Schleicher & Schuell, a company from Düren. In 1927 Schleicher & Schuell became the sole owner of Hahnemühle. At July 1st 2002 Hahnemühle was renamed as Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH. In 2004 Hahnmühle was demerged from Schleicher &Schuell and operates independently since then.

Product’s history

Up to the end of the 19.century Hahnemühle existed as a small manufacturer with less than 15 employees. The main products were finest handmade writing and foolscap papers. Under the leadership of Carl Hahne the production of high purity filter paper began and the mill grew up. In the 1920th there were more than 120 employees. Also the production of artist papers became more and more.

The first paper machine was a mould made paper machine, installed in the early 1920th. A Fourdrinier machine follows. Although the production became more and more mechanized, until the 1960th some of the papers were made completely by hand. In the 1970th Hahnemühle developed the first acid free and achivable machine made paper. In the late 1990 the first Fine Art Inkjet papers were developed based on traditional artist papers. Today Hahnemühle is one of the last paper mills which produced high quality artist’s papers and high purity filter papers for various purposes. Hahnemühle’s Digital FineArt Collection is the world market leader in the high quality inkjet paper segment. It’s a unique that Hahnemühle produces its paper at the same place for 425 years.

I know for me I am going to make sure I can get a tour when I am in Europe next. It would be well worth it.

Digital Art Virtual Paintout Idea from Traditional Media Artist

A Virtual Paintout for Digital Artist’s

As an artist one has to choose a specific genre to even have a chance at getting a piece of the market.  At least that is my opinion, rarely does one find an artist equally talented with landscape paintings in oil and portraits in watercolor or pastel also. That doesn’t mean we turn our backs on other media or subject matter, it just means the bulk of our time is spent with the subject matter and media that we like best.

I love social media marketing and internet tools almost as much as I love being an artist that produces digital art. I came across Kentucky artist Bill Guffey several months ago and am just now getting back to writing about his awesome project that involves media tools.  Bill is a traditional media artist using some internet tools. Thanks goes out to Charlie Parker from lines and colors for his post a few days ago that reminded me of  Bill Guffey.

Bill came up with an awesome idea for a virtual paintout using google maps street views. We are mimicking the virtual paintout using digital art tools for our group project on digital paint magazine blog. So cudo’s to Bill for the inspiration and setting the stage. You can see a really nice article about it here at lines and colors as well as read about it on Bills blog.

Demonstration Using Free Art and Painting Software

Digital Art demonstration with free art software

We have been going on about SEO and Art marketing stuff for a while now. There is still much to come about keywords, backlinks, site structure and why a CMS (content management system) like WordPress or Joomla will out perform a website most of the time.  All of the time if, like me, you are a mere mortal and don’t want to take the time to be a webmaster and learn coding and all of that mess. Wrong side of the brain for me.

So, that being said here is a cool video from David Revoy. What I like is that this is produced from open source (read free) art software. We will be looking at some of these in the near future. The other thing I particularly like is the process in which David works. I learned digital painting from a variety of master painters and still am learning more chops each day. One of the things in my work-flow a bit different than some is I use what I call chaos, (Andrew Jones coined it…I think) Very similar to the “muck-up” phase of painting just a tic different. David Revoy employs chaos here as well. Don’t worry if you are not a free hand artist, you can still employ chaos in the workflow of painting from photo reference. Enjoy.

Digital painting time-lapse : Lezard from David REVOY on Vimeo.