Thursday, April 27, 2017

My first ever Tiltbrush creation

Created this at a Tiltbrush and Vive event organised by Sandeep Nayak and Dr Ritesh Reddy at ICS Fight Club - Institute of Combat Studies http://www.combatstudies.com/





And below are the ones created by other people

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wacom Intuos 3d & Zbrush Core

So Sketchfab, that favorite site for hosting 3d models, sent me a Wacom Intuos 3d & Zbrush Core bundle!!

The Tablet:
Now granted its got only 1000 levels of sensitivity, compared to the 2000+ levels that my intuos pro has, its still pretty neat, and actually useful... since I really can't seem to notice any difference in the sensitivity.. at least not with any of my painting/sculpting techniques.

The bottom line is that I don't need to lug the intuos pro around with my laptop anymore. Also the wireless kit that came with the Intuos Pro is compatible with this, so I plugged it in here and made it even more handy :) 

The Zbrush Core licence:
Obviously I've tried Zbrush before, but since I couldn't afford it, and stopped using pirated software years back, I just never gave it much of my time, and almost immediately took to Sculptris and Blender's sculpt mode(with dynamic topography).

So now that I have a full blown unlocked version of Zbrush Core (full feature comparison with Zbrush here)

I started hacking away at it.
Heres the first thing I sculpted with the zbrushcore+wacom bundle from Sketchfab..





... now will slow down and watch some tutorials. 

Monday, March 27, 2017

Voxel Planetoid

Decided to take part in a Sketchfab contest after a long time.. this time thought I'd try something I hadnt done before - Voxel art!

In case you want to take part as well, the contest page is here - https://blog.sketchfab.com/sketchfab-voxel-challenge-ideal-planet/
this is the 2nd thing i ever created on Magic Voxel, was so much fun :)

I wanted to create an odd planetoid with a micro ecosystem and weird geological anomalies.. due to low gravity




thanks to @elbriga for the excellent tutorial on the Magicvoxel-sketchfab workflow - https://blog.sketchfab.com/complete-guide-importing-magicavoxel-sketchfab/

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Photospheres from NGEF

NGEF (New Government Electrical Factory) of Karnataka in India was an ISO 9001 certified company with German collaborators and known for technology.[1] It is taken as an example of an Indian company that declined.[1]
-source wikipedia
Here are some pics from a visit to the New Government Electric Factory's sale.. (liquidation of assets)
bascially a huge graveyard of office furniture.. desks.. tables.. closets..


Heres one of the many abandoned factory floors on the massive property.


Update April 4 2017 : 
Went back to look for desks.. found this one factoryfloor that we had skipped the last time.. here they had been sorting all kinds of metal treasures.. everything from drill bits to typewriters!


Wednesday, March 22, 2017

How to get a year of Adobe CC for half price.

This is not a hack. (well maybe its a lifehack) 
This is not me being a smarty pants. (if Adobe fixes this bug, I'll be fine with it) 
This is me just working with a broken system.. and then realising that I shouldn't complain.. coz.. I'm sort of winning at the end of the day!

So in December 2016 I decided to stop using my Credit card. I had struggled with Credit Card debt and decided it was time to get smart.
So after a year of paying for my Adobe CC licence with my credit card, I switched the payment method to Debit Card.

The first payment went through.. and then the following month it failed! 
So suddenly I found myself switched over to a one month trial of Adobe CC . Until that expired. Then I payed for the next month with the same debit card.. and sure enough at the next month's payment date.. the payment failed again.. and I was back on the One month trial ..

Again once the trial was over I had to manually pay for the next month with my debit card.

Frustrating right? I tried my best to get Adobe to see that there was some kind of glitch.. But they didn't . or rather their customer care system is not equipped to solve a problem like this.

So I told myself that the issue must be with my bank- HDFC Bank. They proved even less helpful... or er helpless is a better word. And so I switched banks. I was now a proud account holder at Yes Bank.

Did this solve my issue.. nope. the same loop has started again.

This time Adobe actually got on the phone with me! And they still refused to accept that it was something they could fix on their side.. They wanted me to go tell my bank that they should allow Adobe to charge them..

So I was going to call my bank.. when..
EUREKA!
I just realized.. that instead of paying for Adobe CC every month.. 
I'm now only paying every alternate month. 

Why the heck am I complaining about that?

Rocinante phone doodle


The corvette class Rocinante, formerly Tachi

Finger painted on my phone using a reference image

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Shark Trooper vs Hammerhead Shark Trooper..

Phone doodles with Sketchbook Pro on a Lenovo P2 Android phone.