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Mariner's Storm
A picture of venus, from flyby or orbit, in close imitation of an iconic image taken by Mariner 10. This time with a storm flashing in the south.

Created in Blender 2.78 with Cycles, using an intricate technique to procedurally create the impression of Coriolis effect in the clouds. A point-density controlled volume scatter material creates the haze of upper atmosphere, while a traditional bitmap texture controls mixing to add the lightning storm in the southern hemisphere.
Chocky's home
As a child of the eighties, with a dad who was keen to introduce me to the works of John Wyndham, I watched the ITV/Thames television adaptation of Chocky until it was firmly imprinted on my retinas. I was entranced and enamoured with the whole concept. One thing that particularly stuck in my mind was the painting of Chocky's home, as painted by Chocky through Matthew Gore. The alien landscape and confusion of colours had quite an impact and probably explain something of my later taste in art.

I decided that I wanted my own copy of the painting, my own Chocky landscape. Of course, it's not like there's a lot of merchandise from that old series and no captured image of the old standard definition, analogue taped broadcast would do justice to the original. So I decided that I'd have to make my own.

Here, after a long but casual effort, is the raw render of that scene as modelled by me in Blender, based on a single screencap from Chocky. The geometry is my best interpretation of the painting, and the textures are my approximation of the original style with cycles procedural textures. There are two light sources, used on separate render layers with the results combined; this is to replicate the inconsistent shadows from the original image.

I might yet try some post processing to give a more hand-painted look, but I've never tried that before so I decided to post the render as-is.
Drake space probe 2
A few years ago I posted the "Drake space probe" which was one of the first things that I'd made in Blender. A while later, having gained more skill, I completely recreated the model. That was four years ago and apparently I never got around to posting a render.

So here it is! Version two of the Drake space probe.

Modelled in Blender, rendered with Cycles. Almost four years ago.

Blame relativistic time dilation.

(I still haven't made the film.)
Ever since my teens, at least, I have had an interest in sculpture. From time to time ideas, images, designs pop fully formed into my mind.  Some want stone, others metal, but I have the skill, time and money for neither material.  When I was learning to plaster walls it struck me that plaster that's going off would be an interesting material to sculpt with, but never acted upon it.  I have tried air drying clay, which I am forced to dislike.  In my childhood I tried Fimo, but I've always found it crumbly and hard to use.

Recently I decided to try Sculpey, as a medium for a series of miniature busts of characters that have formed in my mind.  Once I started working Sculpey III I was astonished at how pliant it was, as well as how well the pictures in my head translated to it.  I haven't (yet?) posted pictures of my first Sculpey piece, which is a 3D version of the character depicted in Plague Engineer.  It was made with nothing but polymer clay and my fingers, with a little paint thereafter.  Oh, and some aluminium foil inside.  I'm pleased with it, but it's not quite right for general viewing.

My second is Peter, Plague Doctor.  Sculpted with fingers and a couple of tools from a nail kit, then painted.  I am thrilled at how it turned out!  It is the image in my head, with a couple of changes made as I went to better depict the character.  I was quite happy to post the pictures, because I feel that this is one of the best things I've ever done that could be considered art.

But I never expected people to favourite it.  Certainly not so many! As I type, nine people have added Peter to their favourites. NINE! It's so nice, not only because people like it, but because one of my first ventures into really deliberate sculpture has gone so well!

This could be the start of a beautiful relationship with polymer clay.


Matthew Ayres
Artist | Hobbyist | Varied
United Kingdom
Favourite style of art: Surrealism / Art Deco
Operating System: openSuSE GNU/Linux
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Shell of choice: Bash
Wallpaper of choice: Varied, sometimes a slideshow


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unusualsuspex Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:iconthxwatchplz: Hope I can live up to your expectations I salute you!
CATtheMinion Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012   General Artist
thanks for the :iconfavoriteplz: on [link]!
LadyDracos Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thanx for the Fave
vladimm Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012   Digital Artist
Thank you for adding "Jack" to your collection :)
VaerepireStudios Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for the :+fav: Much appreciated.
Crispeycrunchey Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the fav! ^^
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SheerHeart Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012
Thank you for the fav!=)
AnnaroseNaomi Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for the favourite :]
podtech115 Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011
Thank you for the big fav.
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