This is issue #124 of the Dogwaffler of the Moment, a sporadic, artsy newsletter for and about users of Project Dogwaffle.
2016 Labor Day Special
here is another update from the "Dogwaffler of the Moment", our sporadic newsletter about digital painting and animation as well as visual effects and exploring 3D creativity with Project Dogwaffle. If you want to catch up on recent or prior issues of our newsletters and announcements, start here:
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Labor Day Sale - 50% off
We're continuing the sale from last month. It's no longer 66% off, but it starts now at 50% off. Every other day or so, the discount will be shrinking a little more. So don't delay: if you want to upgrade to v10, do it now.
To learn more, start here: http://www.thebest3d.com/vcf
If you already own PD Howler 9.6 or PD Artist 9.6, your discount is 51% - use your discount coupon. Contact is if you need a new one. Use the discount coupon to upgrade or sidegrade (from PD Artist to PD Howler), or the other way if you don't need animation/video tools and wish to downgrade on the features but still move up to v10.)
Haven't heard of v10 yet? Check the PD Howler description or the PD Artist description.
Tiff's Tutes - and the Art of Tiffanie Gray
Tiffanie has been a longtime user of Project Dogwaffle. See her DOTM page here.
I started a new channel in response to a number of people on the Carrara Forum on the DAZ3D site. They said that there were tons of tutorials out there, which was great, but that they couldn't figure out which ones had the basic info and which ones were too old or still applied, it was just a bit overwhelming!
So, as I was already intending to do Howler videos one day, and do tutorials on DAZ3D, and some traditional media, I decided to try to put together a channel for it.
Immortal Moments Art
This is a beginner's art tutorial repository. Featuring primarily PD Howler, the videos seek to start at the very basics of using the program, such as navigating the Interface, finding brushes and understanding the brush-centric angle of PD Howler and it's sister programs, PD Artist and PD Particles. It is intended to cover how they can be used to complement programs for 3D modeling and texturing such as Carrara, Poser, DAZ Studio and others, as well as creating original art both in the digital and traditional style.
It will also feature beginning tutorials and projects in traditional media from time to time, as well as occasional tutorials on software programs such as DAZ Studio, Hexagon, Curvy 3D and so on.
It can be found on YouTube, here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCokbGIIM9CTT35_B2erkjIg
Here are two examples - but there are more and even more to come, so be sure to bookmark and re-visit often or follow the YouTube channel:
PDHowler Basics - Project 1- Using Basic Brushes and Particles
PDHowler Basics4 - Brushes 3
A companion Website is under construction for complimentary HTML and pdf tutorials focusing more on the traditional side of art, but not exclusively so. http://www.immortalmomentsart.com - thanks for your patience on that one ;-)
Tiffanie @ Immortal Moments Art
Even More New Tutorials and Videos!
There are new videos and tutorials in our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/pdhowler
New Tutorials for PD Particles 9 - from the Playlist:
- working with brushes - picking up the leaves
- working with brushes - alternating sides, and controlling the size along the brush stroke
PD Howler Tutorials
PD Artist tutorials
The Last Draw (pun intended)
Here's one more thing. In one of the videos mentioned above, Turbulent Gas Planet Rising..." we used a displacement map and controlled its reach with a set of bands in the selection mask. Something like this:
Basic cloud pattern:
The result of displacing one by the other is interesting enough by itself, but if you also vary the amount of the displacement effect based on ocation, such as in parallel bands, it comes even closer to mimicking the look of a gas giant like Jupiter, short of the Great Red Spot.
Here's an example of an image you can use to load into the alpha channel. (showing in the stored 'Store Alpha' panel)
Note that this one is well behaved, and you could add further realism by creating a displacement of this map too. Such as the Twirl effect filter to make it look like the clouds are moving in around the eye of a hurricane.
Watch the video, and keep an eye for upcoming tutorials on this and similar techniques.
Here's one more animation, all done in PD Howler. https://youtu.be/4dMGNluRcK0
Notice how the cloud patterns are changing on the gas planet. Oh, and those 3 Moons (yes there are 3), they're all the same, just slight variations in size, orientation, saturation and hue and/or brightness.
Close Encounter of the (potentially) Disastreous Kind - the Third Moon marks the spot.... Hat Trick! (or rather, Splat trick)
That's it, for now. Thanks for waffling and howling!
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