This is a bit of a drive-by posting. (Look at it this way: “Oh, goodie: more pictures!”)
I confess part of my distraction these days is being caught up playing with POV-Ray (which I’ve described quite a bit recently). Boy with a toy, I guess, but it’s just so much fun! It does open some great doors for blog illustrations down the road, so it’s worth building some degree of skill. (Plus, did I mention the fun?)
So just to keep my hand in posting-wise (it is so easy to get out of the habit), here are some pictures of what I’ve been working on while I’ve been ignoring you.
Bonus points if you know the post’s title reference!
A friend of mine gave me a cool gift, so I made a nice “Thank You” … um … thing. (With all these photo, you can click them for a big version.)
It gave me the idea that I can make personalized 3D “cards” for friends. It takes a good day or so to make something even this simple from scratch (once I have an idea), so it makes a “gift of time” to go with a (hopefully) nice image.
I also started working on a “Happy Birthday” one for the next birthday person.
The last time I played with POV-Ray (back in 2006) I started mucking about with its ability to wrap images around objects. For instance, if you have a good (cylindrical map) image of planet Earth, it’s trivial to wrap it around a sphere.
Or you can wrap a map of the moon! Or any planet you can find a map for! And it turns out you can find a whole lot of cylindrical maps (which is what you need) for solar objects!
Some of those aren’t actually planet maps. POV-Ray has some amazing capabilities for using textures to create “planets” and “clouds” from scratch, so some of the above are the beginnings of that. The one in the box is my first experiment!
So I started a simple scene to explore how you can use a gradient to make a “sun” and it turned into … something else:
The original intent once I began vamping was to recreate that huge indoor power tube thing were Luke and Vader had their, “Father?!” battle. I always liked that sci fi image of the infinitely deep power tube the heroes have to cross. The walkway and central tube you see above were the start of that. But it turned into a space station of some kind.
And this evening I’ve been working on something that some of you will recognize. It suddenly struck me that it wouldn’t be that hard to create (lots of boxes). This is a work in progress, but not bad for a few hours work!
No doubt you’ll see this again!