VR sculpting for Ship ideation using SculptrVR on PSVR.

General / 05 April 2019

SculptrVR is a PSVR app that is cheap to buy and simple to use. Although it can`t compete with some of the more complex pro level apps for PC based headsets I decided to give it a go and see what I could come up with. I also only have PSVR at the moment which lucky for me was given to me by a friend. So I am motivated to see what it can do.

Below are the ships exported from the PS4 via USB stick and rendered in Octane render with a simple material assigned to highlight some edges and add a bit of noise for texture . Unfortunately the exports from SculptrVR are pretty ruff and ugly but totally suitable to sketch over top of and create new ideas quickly. Each one took 15-20 miniutes to complete.






Once I had all my renders completed I moved into Photoshop converted them to grey scale and started drawing over top.  At first I went for a clean line approach and really failed hard.  In the end keeping it rough and sketchy got me where I wanted to be in around 20-40 mins each I felt that this was the smartest way to work.  In the end I went back and threw in some quick backdrops to make them more presentable. This was more of a test to see how many ships I could come up with quickly so they are pretty sketchy.




  





In the middle of doing these concepts I also developed one ship design into a final color concept. Perhaps this one might go on to become a 3D modelling project in Blender at a later date.

To conclude if you have a PSVR Headset and motion controllers I say check out SculptrVR it is amazing for the price.  It`s so simple and fun to use.   I am Very excited  that VR is becoming more affordable and mainstream.  Exciting times to be a creative person.

Troll sketches

General / 24 January 2019





Had the urge the other night to design some trolls heads. Wanted to See what variations I could come up with just as an exercise in itself.  I did these along with another piece I just created called Quiet place. I will link to it below.

https://artstn.co/p/9eBv3a


The Last City work process

General / 18 January 2019

I like to start with some really loose sketches just to force myself to come up variations even if I know I am committed to the very first sketch.   Some times a better design comes along if you just sketch away.

 


From here I did two more studies just to mess around a bit. a little over the top with all the brush work  but It`s a personal project so I allowed myself all the sandbox time I need.   I think I was procrastinating a little to be honest. 




  


This is where the real fun starts for me.  I am still pretty new to Blender so I am trying to make each personal project  a chance to learn more about 3D workflows.  I built the tower  using  group instances to make the repeating tower sections very quickly and used some Mirror modifiers for the bottom parts. quick and dirty.

The foreground buildings are from the Free Kit Bash3D  Warzone sample pack.  The crowds gave me a chance to use Blender Particles for the first time. Amazing what you can do with particles really.


Here are my Render passes ready for Photoshop. The ID pass looks funky but comes in handy when making layers in Photoshop.



ClownPass

AO Pass

Shadow Pass




This is when I add in the environment  and atmosphere. It would have been fun to do that in 3D but for now its much faster for me to just paint it in 2D.  Overall I decided to go with a more natural palette to make the tower city look more wonderland like.  Maybe a scene like this would tend to be less colorful and more tonal but not this time.

iPAD Pro Plein air sketches 2018

General / 15 January 2019

Last summer  while on a camping trip I decided  to attempt  some paintings on my iPad Pro to see how close I could mimic sketching in Oils. Much to my surprise it was actually  really fun.  While it can never replace real oil painting there are allot of benefits to working in Digital. In this case I was using the Procreate App and the iPad Pro which I bring with me on most trips anyways regardless of wether I plan to draw or paint.  With no mess you are free to make adjustments with the changing light and save older versions in layers. I found not setting up in the direct sun helped allot with viewing the screen and for longer trips off grid a portable battery pack helped top up the battery after sessions. 


The Last Sketch was done over the Winter holidays while up north at a cabin we rent ( in doors of course do to the cold.) This one was about 15- 20  mins max since the light was changing very very fast.