Lunar Solar Department

 Posted by on June 12, 2018
Jun 122018
 

Over the past few weeks, I took part in a virtual reality sculpting contest held by MasterpieceVR, sponsored by Microsoft and Samsung. The theme was to imagine a city of the future, sustainable and high-tech, which I feel is a truly important subject in today’s world… I created a few different pieces for the contest including the “Communal Smart Farm” (a robot-run field that produces food for multiple families), the “Cloud Irrigation Drone” (a flying device that creates rainclouds to save lands in drought), and even “Tech Town” (a group of residential and business buildings with a playful architectural design that looks like a circuit board).

Today I attended a virtual awards ceremony. The other artist’s work was simply amazing. Although I did not win, I was pleased to see that one of my entries, the “Lunar Solar Department” (a multi-country development project to build a solar panel grid on the moon, providing the entire planet with free energy), was added to the sky of the conceptual city we all built together. What a great positive contest by Masterpiece.

Virtual Graffiti

 Posted by on June 5, 2018
Jun 052018
 

While exploring the creative side of virtual reality, I stumbled upon a program called KingSpray. This is not really my kind of style but I must admit it is brilliantly developed software and incredibly life-like… I put on my VR and I was suddenly on the rooftop in a city. In my hand is a can of spray paint (which even makes the clinking sound when I shake it). You can cycle through various colors, nozzles, and pressures, then walk up to a wall and start spraying. The details are amazing! The paint sprays out like vapor, goes on shiny and wet, then dries. This in combination with the texture of the wall, and the detailed surroundings is just breathtaking… So for fun, I painted this little tribute to old-school gaming.

Sight

 Posted by on May 16, 2018
May 162018
 

I tend to go through waves where creativity comes easily, and then suddenly I struggle in emptiness. I have been working on this series of black and white self-portraits for about 18 months now, but just recently I am finding it harder and harder to create. Perhaps I need a break? Perhaps other activities got in the way? Perhaps this means the body of work is finally complete?

This is a simple idea I had and struggled to shoot. It is a man blindfolded, but more surreal than just that. Clearly, it was difficult to photograph myself while not having any sight, but the hard part was more in my facial expression. I spent days in the studio shooting this idea over and over. Finally, this single exposure had just the right look.

Circuit Board Sculpt

 Posted by on May 8, 2018
May 082018
 

This is my latest virtual reality sculpting project… I have absolutely no idea how electronics work, but I find beauty in their aesthetics. As an artist, when I open up a computer (or other electronic device) and see a circuit board with various components, all connected by parallel lines – I see it as a work of art.

I sculpted various components separately (integrated circuits, capacitors, resistors, transistors, LEDs, inductors) and then pieced them all together to create a fake circuit board. I then painted lines connecting them all at random. I wonder what it does?

Photoshop Action Keyboard

 Posted by on May 2, 2018
May 022018
 

Photoshop is my job and my hobby, so I bought a gaming keyboard with tons of extra programmable keys so that I could speed up my workflow. The problem is that I kept forgetting what the 24 custom keys do. Today I designed these label cards to help me remember what actions and tools are available. I even put in little icons for ease… Sometimes I feel like I am playing a piano solo while working through an image!

New Lens, New You

 Posted by on April 17, 2018
Apr 172018
 

When a photographer gets a new lens it’s almost as if they got a completely new camera. As a creative, it’s really exciting to have a perceptual shift like that – a new window to peer out into the world. I grabbed your standard fast 50mm f/1.8 and WOW do I love this shallow depth of field. I have always been more of a wide angle guy with my 35mm f/1.8, and so viewing the world through a 50mm is a whole new thing… In testing it out, I shot this quick image of some flowers on my windowsill. On a side note, I strongly believe everyone should have a budget for biweekly fresh flowers. They just make life happier.

My Age Is An LP Record

 Posted by on April 14, 2018
Apr 142018
 

I am exactly this old right now. Stay tuned for future vinyl related posts when I turn 45 and then 78… On my birthday back in December, I wanted to say I was the same age as the rotations per minute of an LP, but that wasn’t true. I still had to wait another 1/3 of a year. Finally, I can say that my age is exactly that of an LP record… Someone had told me that they never heard anyone else describe their age in such a way, and so I felt this idea had something to do with art.

Giant Pacific Octopus

 Posted by on April 2, 2018
Apr 022018
 

I have been enjoying sculpting in virtual reality (using MasterpieceVR) but always made things from my imagination. I wanted to try to make something complex by looking at reference images. I downloaded a bunch of photographs of octopi and went to work… Here is my first attempt at sculpting, coloring, and texturing in virtual reality while using reference photos. Masterpiece VR is such an intuitive and powerful creation tool, it’s blowing my mind! This is the Giant Pacific Octopus, the largest and longest living of all octopi. Some can be over 30 feet long! That’s crazy!

Claw-Bot 3000

 Posted by on March 11, 2018
Mar 112018
 

This 3D model was sculpted and painted entirely in Virtual Reality using MasterpieceVR. His name is “Claw-Bot” and although he is very useful and full of skill, he is also quite depressed in contemplating his state of being.

I used to do some 3D modeling years ago, but I felt there was a huge disconnect in working on a three-dimensional sculpture on a 2D screen with only a mouse and keyboard. This all changed with Virtual Reality… Now I am able to create a box right in front of me, move it around with my hands, subtract from it, paint areas, and then walk around it as if it is a real object in my room. I worked on this silly robot for a while, then made him as large as me and walked around my creation.

Evil Mushrooms

 Posted by on March 8, 2018
Mar 082018
 

I bought a program called MasterpieceVR, which is basically a modeling/sculpting tool that allows artists to create objects in virtual reality. It’s an amazing application, with tons of tools and options, and a lot of future potential… As my first real sculpt, I made this cluster of strange looking mushrooms. They feel evil to me, so don’t eat them, and keep your distance!

It was a really fun and amazing experience being able to add, subtract, texture, and even paint an object in VR. I have unlimited clay and no worries about messing up because I can always go back in time. I am not sure what this might lead to professionally (if anything), however, I already know it is something I plan to practice and learn a lot more about.

The Dreaming State