Finn from Adventure Time – 3D ZBrush & Blender Sculpt

What’s this all about I hear you ask.

Well, while trying to learn some Zbrush, I thought I would work on a competition over at Sketchfab. I chose to recreate Finn from Adventure Time in 3D.

I had never used ZBrush, or Sketchfab before, so it was a great chance to learn.

Mac Gets VR, But I don’t… Yet

Excited about the new and improved focus on high-end pro-level Macs and VR in general. As a lover of 3D, the graphics card has always been a bit of a drawback in the Mac, especially when it isn’t really user upgradable. The idea of Thunderbolt eGPU’s has actually got me pretty excited. PixelMaker cover the whole thing, including links to Apple where you can buy an eGPU from Sonnet if you are a developer.

I can’t wait to get some form of VR, but I haven’t yet decided what it should be. The entry level PSVR is a nice price, but I know the experience and higher framerate and resolution will be desired if not needed. It’s tough, especially as there really hasn’t been a piece of software that really defines VR as a “must have”. It needs its Halo, Call of Duty or Destiny.

Emergency Plumber Custom 404 Page Tutorial

This is a little bit of fun… I thought it would be nice to add a little custom 404 page, to pay them back for some awesome work, for their Emergency Plumber 365 website. Great guys from Harrow, so I thought it would be fun to make a little 3D, but retro mario in EP365 colours.

Mario style plumber 3D 404 page
Mario style plumber 3D 404 page

How do you add a custom 404 page?

That has to do with your .htaccess file, so go hunt that down. This is for linux based, Apache hosting, so it will be slightly different for other hosting types. The file will be in the root directory of your website hosting.

Set up a page, make sure it’s pretty small in file size (there used to be a limit to the size the page could be before it would simply default to the browser’s (not bowsers) own 404 page). People don’t really like to wait to then be told they are in the wrong place.

This page can be called anything, but stick to the basics, like 404.html or new404.html… something original like that. Or 404doh.html. For this tutorial, I will assume our new file is called new404.html

Then add this little bit of code to your .htaccess file:

ErrorDocument 404 /new404.html

So now the browser knows that if you visit a page that doesn’t exist, it should show you new404.html. Simple.

Revisiting the Train with Materials in Blender Cycles

This is a small update about the train that I had made before. I found it pretty fun to work on all the aspects of the train – I do enjoy a bit of steam punk for sure. But then as I started working on the detail it became more and more laborious. I am not a plumber, engineer or train aficionado. I had to reference the mechanics of the steam engine and the way the wheels are driven by the steam engine itself.

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Blender Cycles Ice Material Test

I have been wondering how cycles would handle a material or object within another object. There was no real reason it wouldn’t work, but I always found the process to be a pain in the a$%* with blender internal.

I wanted an ice/glass/gemstone type material with two objects within it. One was another simple material and one was an emission object so that it would have an internal glow. Happily it is really easy. Cycles doesn’t have many hoops you have to jump through as it would work in a real world object so it works here. I kept tweaking other aspects of the shader so that it ended up looking a little more like a rough gritty ice. This is still a basic material, so I could add wear to the edges or peaks of the ice so that is more white and opaque. But for a first test I think this is fine.

I will try and incorporate this Blender Cycles ice material into something fun soon.

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