Dance With Me

August 3rd, 2020



Dance With Me

A rather old companion piece to my Calista Square artwork. Decided to have a little more fun with the scene I’ve put together since a lot of work went into creating the scene. So basically a just for fun little thing. Two flyers having fun and performing kind of a dance in the sky. If I would live in that world and own an air/spacecraft like this… I would enjoy the hell out of it.

6500×3306 – Vue – Photoshop – Lightroom

The artwork on:
DeviantartArtstationCGSociety

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Chill Your Base II

May 24th, 2020



Chill Your Base II

I liked that room I created for my “Chill Your Base” piece so much that I decided to do another scene with it. Contrary to the nature background of the first scene I wanted to settle the new scene in a city environment above the clouds. A futuristic penthouse of dreams. Then a new topic/theme for the Aurora artgroup came up and I decided to submit it. Not before I did additional fine tuning to a number of elements. Overall I’m fairly happy with the result.

8000×3652 – Vue – Photoshop – Lightroom – World Machine – Cinema 4d – DAZ Studio

Part of the AURORA: GREEN exhibit

The artwork on:
DeviantartArtstationCGSociety

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A Voyagers End

May 5th, 2020



A Voyagers End

Since I’ve heard of it the first time, the concept of the in 1977 launched Voyager space probes always fascinated me. Its original objectives included flying by planets and moons of our solar system. Studying and collecting all kinds of scientific details about them and sending them back to Earth. Later I watched Star Trek The Motion Picture and the ideas in that film blew my mind. What these probes have seen and may see at some point really triggers my imagination.

I was watching a webinar by Scappin Matteo about Mandelbulb3d. I got inspired and started to play with the tool. I already did use it in the past but my results were mostly luck. This time I tried to tackle it with more knowledge and control and found something that I wanted to work with. After rendering the scene I moved into Photoshop and combined several passes. While taking a bath I had the idea to add planets. That should end up in an interesting visual you probably don’t see very often. I liked how it turned out and naturally was thinking about adding a space ship. I even already built and rendered one via Vue. After implementing it into the scene it just didn’t work for me though. I couldn’t figure out a good balance between the ship and the environment. Ultimately the ship took a lot of the depth that I didn’t want to miss. Then I had the idea adding something less big. A probe maybe? What about one of the Voyager probes? Heavily inspired by the 1979 Star Trek movie.

The probe solved my storytelling issues and managed to keep a good balance for the mentioned depth. Now, what could that place be? A giant alien megastructure that’s big enough to capture planets. Something that would surely blow me away if I could see that for real!

8000×3652 – Mandelbulb3D – Vue – Photoshop

Part of the AURORA: GREEN exhibit

The artwork on:
DeviantartArtstationCGSociety
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Aurora – Exhibit V – Green

May 2nd, 2020

Project Aurora - Exhibit V

The Luminarium & The Cosmosys Collective and others joined forces to invite you to a trip and boost your imagination and inspiration! Members of the various artgroups sat down and decided to do a crossover artgroup… which by now should be seen as a fully formed standalone group. Represented is art created with all kinds of techniques within all kinds of fields. Again a ‘healthy variety’… how I would call it. We also got some new members which is even cooler! I’m included with three pieces. The exhibit has the extension GREEN. At first I was worried that Green isn’t exactly my colour. I soon found out that it wasn’t a big deal at all. So the artworks have a main overall colour theme going on. Still, overall the exhibit can be considered freestyle. We’ve got some great results and so I want to thank everyone involved and especially the people who did the organisational stuff in the background!

Go check it out and sharing is caring!

Project Aurora Project Aurora Website
The Exhibit on Behance

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Skyhigh II

April 1st, 2020



Skyhigh II

Just for fun piece done with the Kitbash3D Utopia set for #BrightArtDarkTimes. No big story behind it. Just having fun, playing with the models and setting up a neat scene. Thanks to #Kitbash3D for making this set available for free!

6000×4000 – Vue – Photoshop – Lightroom

The artwork on:
DeviantartArtstationCGSociety

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Heretic

March 19th, 2020



Heretic

Started this one quite a while ago, just to play with VDB clouds in Vue. Support for them was just added back then (late 2018) and I felt the urge to play with it. As things go, parts fell into place and I had a neat little project on my hands. Tried a lot of different things, especially with the flying monument. Or whatever it is. I’m not really sure what it is. All I know is that our lady there seems to be not so happy. Summoning all her powers for (maybe?) an attack. There are many ways to read this scene. Technically it was a pure training piece with a satisfying result. Hope you like it too!

7500×5000 – Vue – Photoshop – Lightroom – The Plant Factory – Cinema 4d – DAZ Studio

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Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker – Movie Review

February 21st, 2020

movie reviewLet’s start with the fact that I really liked what they did with The Force Awakens. I wouldn’t call it too clever but it’s a well made “soft reboot”. The film managed to find the right strings to play and sparked the imagination of all fans. JJ Abrams did a fine enough job. The Last Jedi, the follow up film, written and directed by Rian Johnson was very polarizing to say the least. I guess the task he was given was to cut ties with most of the familiar Star Wars elements and give the franchise a new direction by subverting expectations. I completely understand the motivation for that step and in some parts the movie actually did fine. But other parts got me angry. Especially how they treated the character of Luke Skywalker. It wasn’t so much the place and state of mind he was in. It was the presentation of him and certain actions I would never expect Luke to do. So the ultimate message of that film was to leave everything behind for something new. It did not work too well. Especially that chase plot throughout the film. Nothing really happens in that 2 hour film. Now we have JJ Abrams back with The Rise Of Skywalker. The film to bring all the threads together and find a satisfying end to the most popular scifi series, in the making since 1977.

After the backlash we’ve seen for The Last Jedi it was quite a challenge to please the fans with this last film of a nine movie series. My hope for this film was a longer break in the timeline. The ending of The Last Jedi was very dark. The Rebellion/Resistance was pretty much defeated. So why not start the next film a couple of years later? Leave some room for speculations for the fans. It would also detach this new film a little better from The Last Jedi and what happened there (not too much… but still!). Instead of giving it time we start what seems like almost immediately after the last film.

There will be spoilers in this discussion.

The film starts and not much has changed from where we left off at the end of the last film. The First Order is still wreaking havoc in the galaxy and our heroes lick their wounds and hide on a jungle planet (too familiar? yes!). The Emperor, through his almighty force powers he did let the galaxy know that he’s not dead and preparing a comeback. Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) manages to obtain a Sith Wayfinder that leads him to Emperor Palpatine’s (Ian McDiarmid) hideout. It’s well hidden, outside the known regions of the galaxy. When Kylo meets Palpatine we get our first load of “trying to fix what Last Jedi did”. And these fixes are sprinkled in throughout the film. Rey (Daisy Ridley) in the meantime is trained by Leia (Carrie Fisher) to complete her Jedi training. Of course our heroes start their journey soon too. There is a second Wayfinder to be found! We get to see a load of new places and characters. The film leaves no breathing room and jumps from one setpiece to another. It’s all spectacle and no room for character development. There is only one real personal character scene in this film. A confrontation between Kylo and Rey in the middle of the film. This part was executed really well. Only these two characters and their struggles embedded in a nifty lightsaber fight. We get another fight between them later and it’s alright too but by far not as good as the first confrontation. Throughout the film we see our protagonists hunt objects that lead to another object that eventually leads to Palpatines hideout. On that journey we get a lot of scenes that have an Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi vibe. Much like The Force Awakens we have a lot of familiar stuff sprinkled in. It kind of does and doesn’t work at the same time. If there is a second movie like Last Jedi that tries to cut ties and does something new… we should follow that up in the third film. Now it feels as if the second film doesn’t really exists. You could play The Force Awakens and Rise Of Skywalker back to back and you wouldn’t miss the Last Jedi at all. Which leads to the unfortunate conclusion that Disney had no plan at all for these three films. Especially this last one feels very rushed when it comes to its plot. And beside Kylo and Rey all the other characters (that are very likeable throughout the films) fall completely flat. Adam Driver acts the crap out of his Kylo Ren character and for me he’s the only thing holding the films together. Rey is a nice character too but by far not as conflicted as Kylo. The bad guy, as usual, is far more interesting. Ultimately, as a long long long time fan it’s frustrating to see this story unfold. So many wasted oportunities in favour of plain and flat spectacle. Oh, and the final space battle is one of the worst choreographed space battles I’ve ever seen in a scifi film.

After an Indiana Jones like hunt for places and objects we get said final space battle of course. Along with the confrontation of Palpatine. And while most of the things that happened before could be shrugged off, a lot of things start to make seriously no sense anymore in this third act. A lot of “How did he…?” and “How is it possible…?” questions pop up. And there are no answers. And while watching the film you don’t have much time thinking because it moves so fast from one thing to the next thing to the next thing. Almost deliberately. Just don’t make the audience think too much while watching the film! Keep them busy at all costs! And when the credits start to roll it’s almost a waking up moment.

I saw this film relatively late. Went into it without big expectations. Avoided spoilers as much as possible. I admit it, Last Jedi left a mark on me. Immediately after the film was done I felt a hole in my stomach. That waking up moment. “So that’s it now?”, I asked myself. Growing up with all the Extended Universe novels (that are not part of the Star Wars canon anymore), I expected something so much grander. Especially when it comes to how they treated our beloved characters. Now this new trilogy definitely has its moments and a lot of entertainment. And that’s what these films are reduced to, “moments” and “entertainment”. There is almost no depth. It feels shallow. After seeing all three films it seems that The Last Jedi, the movie everyone hated so much, is probably the best one! Because itat least ‘tried’.

Now I would still place this trilogy above the prequel trilogy but the original trilogy still is on top. By far. Should Disney attempt a new movie series (and they will), it needs to be planned out and not be done on a movie by movie basis. The good thing is that they are forced to do something new now. Sure, you can sprinkle in some references here and there I’m sure… but overall it needs a new story and new characters. I’ll be there and watch it. I’m too much of a Star Wars nut to miss it. Did the prequels and the sequels ruin the original trilogy for me? Absolutely not. Still, I expected more heart and depth from these new films.

My conclusion: Star Wars desperately needs a new identity.

A 6.8/10 for me.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker on IMDb

1917 – Movie Review

January 29th, 2020

movie reviewIt makes me wonder why this film didn’t come out in 2017. You know, a perfect fit… a round 100 years. That pointless analysis aside, I often wonder why most of us gravitate towards war movies so much. Is it the battles, emotions, horrors? I guess it comes down to reminding us how bleak and hopeless the world can be. While early war movies tended to be more about the spectacle and heroics than the single person and the impact it all has on the soul or how a single person in that war machinery doesn’t make a big difference. In the past 40 years we started to look at this topic with more critical eyes. War is a beast. You can’t tame it. It’s unpredictable. While it brings out the courage in some of us, it turns other human beings into the worst creatures you can think of. That said, WW1 didn’t get much attention on the big screen yet. Paths of Glory (1957), All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) come to mind. Both very strong movies. I hoped for the 100th anniversary of WW1 to get some movies that cover that war a little more closely. Nothing happened. Until now with 1917.

We follow Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman) and Lance Corporal Schofield (George MacKay). Ordinary soldiers, just taking a break. Their well deserved break ends soon when they receive the order to cross dangerous territory to the front line and deliver an important order to stop a planned attack on the germans. Thousands will run into a trap if they fail. One of them is Blake’s older brother. So right there Blake has a special motivation to get the job done. We follow them through the trenches and on their journey through the field and the difficulties that the circumstances put on them.

The cinematography makes the audience discover the world along with the characters. They chose a very immersive way of putting us right into this world. By filming everything in the style of a single continuous shot. Of course they used every trick in the book to put in their cuts but it’s all pretty much hidden and invisible. Very long takes that require some fantastic acting and a lot of discipline, which both actors (and everyone else involved) deliver nicely. We get to see the horrors of that war and the immediate reaction of our characters. In fact, stylistically some sequences could actually be straight out of a horror movie. In times where it seems to be the easiest thing to deliver a message it’s a valuable shift of perspective to see how difficult it can be or how difficult is was only 100 years ago.

The film is not trying to be about the big battles with all the familiar noises of a battlefield. It’s not “Saving Private Ryan” and a comparison would be rather unfair I think. It’s a rather quiet film that focusses on the protagonists and how they deal with their task, their reactions, their fight for survival, emotions and how the whole sitation affects them. We follow them to a variety of locations and the camera work makes sure you notice everything they notice. There are a couple of situations and locations that almost make that world feel unreal. Which kind of works since I imagine war itself as a rather unreal experience. An experience I don’t want to make.

The overall experience worked great. The acting, photography, sound and music gel so well that you are right in that world and discover it with the characters in the film. It’s almost necessary to see this film on a big screen with good sound. Especially that one night sequence with it’s lighting, music and composition. Roger Deakins was the perfect director of photography for this film. It is an experience.

A 8.4/10 for me.

1917 on IMDb

Myriada – Terrain Asset Resource

January 11th, 2020

Myriada 8k Mountain Heightfield Package

This is the fourth heightfield resource/asset I created. For $11,99 the contents of this package are intended for personal and commercial projects. Beside the main terrain (8192×8192, 16bit) itself, this package contains a collection of masks (16bit) and colormaps (8bit) that allow you to go into very fine detail when giving the terrain character by adding textures and materials. As usual I have also added some custom made material, I had fun with while creating the terrain, as well. It’s best used with landscape centered tools like Vue or Terragen but can also be used with any other sophisticated 3d package that’s out there. I also included a Vue scene file with an example setup of the terrain. Vue might ask you to reload the materials when you load the scene. Please check the included readme.txt for more info about the contents. Have fun with it! :)

Find it here:

Myriada on Artstation

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Chill Your Base

December 25th, 2019



Chill Your Base

Last one for 2019, with the right message! Three and a half years I’m having this on my drive now. Waiting. For what? I don’t know. Maybe for that one tick that tells me to let it go. There’s nothing else/more to do on it. That’s what I feel now. I started this project to learn a little more about texturing. UV mapping and all that. Learned a lot, that’s for sure. Composition wise it’s not a bullseye but for every down there’s an up. And that up is the lighting, with which I’m faily happy with. Who wouldn’t want to live there and chill out every once in a while?

8000×3652 – Vue – Photoshop – Lightroom – World Machine – Cinema 4d – DAZ Studio

The artwork on:
DeviantartArtstationCGSociety

wallpapers available

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