Friday, August 12, 2011

Last Post

I will no longer be posting on this blog. I started it with the purpose of sharing with you my artwork, but a blog isn't the best format for that. Therefore, I have started a new website, which is set up better for displaying pictures. Here's the link:

http://www.wix.com/james1verse5/joshuas-gallery

I know, I get irritated by long URLs too, but I just don't feel like paying 99$ a year to get my own domain.

Thank you to all my faithful readers ( if I had any! ).

Joshua™

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Splashscreen Entry

After nearly two years of waiting, we are finally coming very close to the first stable release of Blender 2.5.  As with most version releases, There is a splashscreen contest that anyone can enter.  Considering that this version has been the most eagerly anticipated, I thought I would try my hand at entering.  This picture took me two weeks to make, and was harder than I expected.  The reason for the white bar on top is that this is a .PNG image, and that top part needs to be transparent.  I don't expect to win, but it is fun to participate!  Be sure to leave a comment and tell me what you think.

Monday, July 12, 2010

US Debt Clock

Want to see how much debt the United States is in? Take a look at this website:

http://www.usdebtclock.org/

It is a clock showing in real time how deep America is sinking onto debt. The National Debt is growing at an incredible rate!

This goes to show you what all the government's spending is doing to us.

-Joshua™

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Goodbye MeMaw

My Grandma went to be with God on June 17th. Our family is both sad and happy at the same time. We are sad because she was a very big part of our lives, and she isn't with us anymore, but we are also very happy for her. She has no more suffering or pain. She is with her husband again and in the presence of Jesus. Thinking of the immense joy she is experiencing brings us joy.

When she became a Christian, MeMaw (that's what us kids called her), heard how the butterfly is an object lesson of salvation. When we become saved, we are a new creation, like when the caterpillar turns into a butterfly. Ever since then, MeMaw loved butterflies. There were butterfly decorations all over her house.

Mom put me in charge of creating a slide show for her funeral. I decided that I would try to make a little swarm of butterflies moving across the screen be the transition from picture to picture. My plan was to make the slide show on Windows Movie Maker with a simple wipe across the screen for a transition, like this:

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I then animated some butterflies in Blender like this:

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I then overlapped the two videos at the point of transition for the finished result:

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This project was quite a challenge for me, mainly because I didn't know much about overlapping videos in Blender. Also, in order for all this to work, the butterfly video had to have a transparent background, which I had no idea how to make. I did figure out how to do it though, and just in case there are some beginners like me who read my blog, I'll explain how I did it.

When you are in the render panel (F10), and you are selecting how you want your video saved, select Quick Time. A window box full of settings will then pull up. In the Depth drop down menu choose "Millions of Colors+". That "+" stands for transparency. Also be sure to press the "key", and "RGBA" buttons also in the render panel. If you've done all that, then you will have a transparent background to your animation! There is probably other ways of doing it, but that the only way I know of.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Psalm 19:1


I really like this verse, and I have been wanting to make an Illustrated Verse like this for a long time, but I've had problems making realistic space gasses and more realistic stars. I used a halo texture to make the glowing effect around the text. I think this is my favorite Illustrated Verse I've made so far (at least, I think it is one of the most realistic looking).

-Joshua™

Friday, April 2, 2010

An April Fools Trick

Does anyone like to pull harmless pranks on April Fools Day? Well Yesterday, I played a trick on my sister Bethany that was pretty good. She recently got a new laptop(a Dell running Windows 7). So while her and Mom were away, I took this picture:
and did a full screen view of it on her computer. So when she would see it, she would think that something was wrong with her new laptop! The trick worked perfectly. That was the only prank I pulled yesterday. Did anyone else do anything on April Fools Day?

Monday, March 29, 2010

A Better Mario

There was a lot of things I didn't like about the previous Mario I modeled. So I've made a much more detailed Mario over the past few months. This time, I wanted it to look just like the pictures I've seen, and even model things that you normally don't see (like his hair). Anyway, here's the picture!
There are only two things that I still need to do to him sometime. I should rig him up for animations, and I probably need to find better textures. I also rendered a 360° spin of him for you to see. Sorry about the poor video quality.



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I've also been working on another form of Illustrated Verses I call: "Word of Truth Pictures". I'll show some of that after I finish working out some minor details.

Sorry I haven't posted in a very long time, but for a while I wasn't doing anything in Blender. Sometimes I find it hard to get an idea for a good project. I recently got an idea for another Illustrated Verse, so I'll probably start working on that next.


By the way, has anyone downloaded the latest version of Blender (2.5 Alpha 2)? I decided to wait until the final version comes out, since the current version is rather unstable. I may get to impatient and download an alpha version anyway!

I hope you all have a great day!

-Joshua™