Art Notes

GothBlocks Spinafores

GothBlocks Spinafores by Ann Stretton
GothBlocks Spinafores by Ann Stretton

GothBlocks Tetrascopes

GothBlocks Tetrascopes by Ann Stretton
GothBlocks Tetrascopes by Ann Stretton

Woodblocks Two

Woodblocks Two by Ann Stretton
Woodblocks Two by Ann Stretton

Strange Bug/Feature in Bryce 7.1

I can barely see this morning. Not enough sleep as of late. Pardon any typos. I left a Bryce render overnight because it was on the anti-aliasing scan. Somewhere I read that you have to let the anti-aliasing run its course and not to stop it, because if you do, it will start over either at the last pass (the pre-anti-aliasing pass), or from scratch…I forgot which. All I know is that I had problems years ago with Bryce 4 or 5…it wouldn’t resume a render properly if stopped, especially if stopped, quit and restarted. Also, I noticed that if I pause a render and then restart it, once it gets to the Anti-Alias, it won’t give a percentage of completion. It will just stay stuck at 0%, even though you can see the scan line move down the screen.

Not wanting to wait for hours and hours for it to rerender, I just let it run overnight. I sort of dread doing that to my computer. I woke up at 3 am, went to check on it and it was still antialiasing a part of the image that had some annoying reflective textures (I’m not using that texture again).

Then, just a few minutes ago, I accidentally paused the image by clicking on the bryce screen instead of clicking on the bryce icon in the dock. I stopped the antialias! I could kick myself. I saved the image and then resumed render. And you know what? It didn’t mess up! In fact, it picked up anti-aliasing right at the spot I left off, AND now it is giving me a percentage! In fact, i’t’s 99% now!

Not the one I did last night, but something similar:

Amber and Pearl Transformer by Ann Stretton
Amber and Pearl Transformer by Ann Stretton

And now it’s done!

A Fibonacci Sequence Would Take Too Much Render Time in Bryce

But nonetheless, Photoshop and Bryce should automatically come with a built-in Fibonacci effect. Otherwise, trying to calculate it mentally/manually would be much too complicated. It’s hard enough calculating the rate of the spiral replicate of the cactus knob things below. What are they called, Stan? Yes, I know, it’s not an anatomically correct cactus. That’s not the point.

Actually, KPT Scatter does some great Fibonacci radial effects. Maybe I’ll post some later. And there’s a filter in FilterForge, “Sunflower” by Sjeiti that must use some actual fibonacci equations because it’s included in the description tags. It is one cool filter.

I probably wrote about this before, but somewhere I read that someone had an art prof that says never to use kaleidoscopes or spirals in art. The guy probably paints with his own bodily fluids (“it’s really hard to get blue tones”) and his favorite subject is probably himself. Supposedly these things are never found in nature. I laugh. Guy probably never gardens. What an idiot. First of all to state that one must only paint shapes that are derivative of something “natural” is ludicrous and antiquated. It’s so antiquated that it’s not even relevant to discuss in this time, let alone in the early 20th century. Second of all, those things *are* found in nature. He’s wrong on both points.

Glass Cactus Trinket with Funhouse Mirrors by Ann Stretton
Glass Cactus Trinket with Funhouse Mirrors by Ann Stretton

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