Our TEXTURE MAGIC COLLECTION of bitmaps works really well, allowing us to achieve a whole lot of fancy and creative textures in a hurry. But many have asked me to work up more woodgrains for the next collection which will be released soon. I’m all ears. But I also wanted to take things a whole lot further to make the textures do much, much more. It is exciting to watch the new collection come together.
Our next big project looks to be a fun one. We’ve been asked to build two forty-foot long viking ships which will go to Dubai. It’s a challenge as they will have to be built in sections to fit inside shipping containers. And the assembly has to be simple enough for someone else to do the install. Our job will end when the pieces are loaded into the truck on our property.
Even if you aren’t a fan of Disney theme parks I would highly recommend a visit. You don’t have to ride the rides – just bring a camera to record endless inspiration at every turn. You even get to claim the trip as a business expense! We like to attend at least one Disney park every year. So far we’ve been to Florida’s Disney World (four theme parks), California’s Disneyland (two theme parks), Disneyland Tokyo (two theme parks), Disneyland Paris (two theme parks – although I’ve only seen one) plus there’s one theme park in Hong Kong and a new one in China that opens in mid-June. (Those last two are still on my list) Add in all of the themed resorts and restaurants plus the water parks in Disney World and there is enough inspiration to last a lifetime
The recent plasma cut gates have been given an initial sports of mild acid and set outside to start their patina. Once they are in place we’ll further chemically add different value colours (subtle shades of brown) to the different layers to further differentiate them from each other. In only a couple of days outside the rust colour evened out on the metal and it now looks vastly different than when we pulled them from the shop.
We also took some studio pictures of the Sign Odyssey piece for your enjoyment. I sure am looking forward to seeing fourteen of these crazy creations lined up in a row in Orlando at the ISA show in a few short months!
We’ve now taken proper pictures of Peter’s Artistic Android. It is an amazing piece and when we take away the background clutter and add proper lighting the piece really comes alive in glorious detail. What is more amazing is that Peter used this piece to learn the ins and outs of EnRoute to create both the routing and plasma cutter. This was also the first time he operated both the MultiCam router and plasma cutter.
I learn a great deal of what I know by looking at pictures (and real projects by others). I love to see step by steps too of course. Two of the projects of late are now complete and I thought readers would enjoy seeing how they turned out when all painted up. When we last saw the Hornswaggler’s sign and the food boat they were just at the end stages of the sculpting process
The trade show booth is now complete. I carry a small pocket point and shoot camera for the pictures I take several times each day. With the small point and shoot camera handy in my holster on my hip it is easy to whip it out to grab the shots I need to illustrate the blogs and magazine articles I write. Although I used to use an expensive digital SLR camera in the past it just wasn’t practical in the dirty shop environment.
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