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Thoughts, experiments, and [over]sharing
Making Art From a Free Table
I found a free wooden table sitting on the side of the road while I was walking my dog. Now, it’s no longer a table. It’s a big ol’ carving of a lion’s head.”
3D Printed Carving Mount
I’ve been carving a lot more, both with the bent wood rings that I make, but also in general. For carving the rings, though, I need a stable mount to do that detailed carving work. Engravers have something like this, but they’re expensive and quite overkill for my needs. So I went about designing and 3D printing my own…
I Made Merch!
A few folks have suggested make the “It’s Vertex Not Vertice” shirt available for sale. To that I say… OK!
Social Media for Creative Curmudgeons---Part 3: What if I Hate People?
I’ve gotten a bit of feedback on the previous two parts in this series. One of the things that’s been brought up is just how much of a “rabbit hole” various social media platforms can be. It’s to unwittingly get sucked down into it. Hours pass while you’re scrolling through posts and you suddenly wonder where all that time went. You’ve got work to do, so you want to avoid letting that happen…
Social Media for Creative Curmudgeons---Part 2: Facebook
Yup. Facebook is just about ubiquitous now. It almost doesn’t even matter what thing it is that you do. Whether you’re looking to find an audience or build one, if you want to be in front of eyeballs, Facebook is a critically (and, on some level, disappointingly) big piece of that puzzle. Just about everyone and their mother has a Facebook account these days… often to the embarrassment of both those people and their mothers. As a person interested in gaining exposure for your creative work and skills, I’d advise that you be on Facebook, too. It is, after all, where the people are…
Social Media for Creative Curmudgeons---Part 1: Set Your Mind

You’re doing creative work and you’re interested in actually making a buck or two off of it. It could be that you’re looking to make enough to actually afford a cup of coffee at that little cafe you’re at all the time. Or maybe you’re really ambitious and you’re aiming to make enough to buy a new house. Whatever your goal, the result is going to be zero unless you get your work in front of some eyeballs. This is true whether you’re selling your own original works or just showing off a portfolio so you’ll get hired for commissions. You need to go where the people are.

People are on social media…

Analog Art: Wooden Rings
So I’ve found myself another fun and interesting distraction. Bent wood rings…
So here’s the premise: For scenes that take around a minute or less to render, performance is actually worse if you render on all of the cards with a single instance of Blender. This is because (AFAIK) there’s a bit of additional time necessary to collect the render results from each card and stitch them together. That time is a fixed short duration, so it’s negligible on larger/longer render jobs. However, on shorter render jobs, the ‘stitch time’ has a much more significant impact…