Jeff is reclaiming his unique digital identity with a sense of clarity.

Archive for June, 2010

scanning…

Working on scanning some more sketchbook stuff. I’ve started scanning a whole bunch of pages at a time since I can fit 5 to a scan if I position them right. Later, I’ll do the cropping and rotating to get them all out to where they need to be. One thing that was slowing me down earlier was that I was scanning each little image individually. That just takes too darn long for the number of scans I’m taking. Hopefully this new way of doing things will speed the process up a bit.


imodeler template

Imodeler – http://www.imodeller.com/en/ is a progam that uses photogrammetry to build a 3d model out of a series of digital photos.

Dsculptor is another program that does this too.

I have an old copy of the version 1 of Dsculptor that I got off of a magazine cd a long time ago, and have a copy of Imodeler that I purchased a few years back…

Up until now, I’ve know it was easy to blow up the D-sculptor template since the version 1 template was basically a sqaure that was bisected a couple of times, but I had lots of problems trying to figure out how to blow up the imodeler template.

Well, now that’s no longer the case. I have been emailing the developer of Imodeler, and they gave me the dimensions. Since it’s simply a “list” it should be ok to post here as far as copyright/trademark stuff goes. Also, they should be thanking me since their site does not list these dimensions exactly outright, so it’s hard for me and a lot of others to blow this thing up to get models of cars, people, etc. up til now…

Here’s the dimensions for the template according to the email (part of the reason I’m posting this out here instead of just keeping the email is that the email may get deleted on accident someday?…)

The points are all 1 “unit” wide and at the following positions (in the same units – be it cm or inches):
23, 1
26, 1
26, 4

23, 18
26, 18
26, 15
26, 12

1, 18
4, 18
7, 18
1, 15
1, 12

1, 4
1, 1
4, 1
7, 1

First number is along the axis pointing towards right, second up.

We had people scanning forklifts with this pattern, so bigger objects are definitely possible.

Have a good time trying to build that template! I’m so glad that this info is out here now. It would have been so very handy many years ago when I first got in to this stuff..


drivers are a pain!

I’ve been playing around with swapping operating systems, dual booting and stuff lately. Here’s a tip – find some forums with knowledegable people. Some folks think they know what they are talking about and others really do know. Ask around multiple places if you ever run in to problems. Also, remember the ol’ saying, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got.”… on other words sometimes just changing one little thing can sometimes change everything. I have been trying to install a sound driver for the last few days, and kept hitting a roadblock. Turns out that instead of picking the folder for Windows to search in, I had to actually tell Windows to not search and that I’d pick the right driver, even though it was the same blasted place that the search was looking in and not finding… Can’t tell you how many times I hit that roadblock and kept coming back to it, doing the same thing over and over… sometimes things are MUCH SIMPLER then we think they should be.


Categories/Tags for Stock Photos and 3d…

http://docs.google.com/document/pub?id=1J9ovugJkezH1X4V480fnq3GqiihCSmpdc5RT9jf2Zso – KEYWORDS LINK… posting it over in google instead of here since I don’t want this blog to become a spammy, overloaded keyword magnet.


worked on cleaing a bit…

Worked on cleaning up the basement a bit over the weekend. It still has a long ways to go, but I did manage to free up some floor room that can become the beginnings of a painting studio again, and also might work out as a dance floor/workout place for using workout videos. I’m thinking it’ll be smarter to do that sort of stuff down in the basement where the floors are concrete…


Dictionary of Imaginary Places

The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic
is one of the BEST books on fictional places. Lots of interesting maps and various descriptions. If you like fantasy, fiction, or role playing, this is a must have. I used this book a lot back in college when role playing and also for just plain entertaining reading. Love it.


Walnut oil any good for oil painting?

I posted a couple of delicious links about walnut oil – it’ll be visible at
http://www.mastermesh.wordpress.com within 24 hours or so. I’m thinking about starting to get in to oil painting again, but am looking for a healthier way of doing it then the typcial way since the area that would be the studio does not have a lot of ventilation, actually NO VENTILATION unless I open a door and turn on a box fan. If Walnut oil is safer then oderless turpentine, or other types of oils, I think I might have to look in to using it… I don’t necessarily like shiny paintings, which is why I used to never put damar varnish or any varnish on top of paintings, so that they kept the matte look to them… or mixed the matte look with shiney look via use of oil in certain locations on the picture plane. However, if it’s safer to go shiney with stuff like walnut oil, I might have to try it out. I’m not sure how the heck I’ll scan or photograph the stuff since the glare will be awful in the mirrored surface reflections, but it might work out?!?… Anyone out there tried to oil paint with Walnut Oil yet? I’d love to hear how it worked for you.