Tuesday, 31 October 2017

New Painting: Matt and Arnold from Steel Town Music in Consett



Here's a painting I did of Matt who works at local music shop Steeltown Music (where I have bought all sorts of musical things with his late dog Arnold who died a couple of months back.  You can visit their website here: https://www.steeltownmusic.co.uk/

Matt and the guys were over the moon with it.


Friday, 1 September 2017

Unemployed again





I've already mentioned this on Facebook and Twitter but felt I should expand on things a bit here.  On Wednesday I was laid off from Chaos Group. I've spent the last two years (maybe slightly longer...I really haven't counted to be fair) working as an external contractor on the documentation for them on V-Ray for 3Ds Max, Maya, Modo and Nuke.

Its a job I've enjoyed greatly and there are no hard feelings about losing my job from either me or them.  In fact I rank them as joint best people I've ever worked for (with the other place being Screen Scene in Dublin).   The job meant I got to see features well before they made it to the public eye and will always remember the 1st time I tried out the Denoiser and the Cryptomatte among other things.

The job meant I also got to work from home (which is important in this point in my life as I don't really want to be working away on the other side of the world with two children, a fiance and two elderly parents who are not in the best of health.)  I'd recommend them as employers to anyone.

So if you were reading this blog post expecting me to be angry, upset or basically just stir some shit, your dead wrong. sorry to disappoint you. :)

Time allowing I may well also record a YouTube video before I head out this evening clarifying things for those who only watch my videos on that platform.  So it means at the time of writing I am without a job, without an income and as such looking for as 'corporate types' would say 'my next challenge'.  Luckily after well over 20 years in 3D with vast experience and a somewhat extensive skill set I am hoping that I wont be sitting on my backside jobless for too long.  Keep your fingers crossed for me.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Wayne Reviews Natron Part 2 (Wayne loses the plot)






Wayne loses track of reality and pipes 208 median nodes one after another into Natron
to try and kill it in a head to head test with Nuke.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Nuke For 3D Artists Episode 22 - Multiple camera projection in Nuke







In Episode 22 in Nuke for 3D Artists I show how you can set-up a multiple camera projection in NUKE , Although this video also shows 3Ds Max as part of the initial setup, any other similar application can be used in exactly the same way.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Nuke For 3D Artists Episode 21 - Generating a Simple Clean Plate in Nuke





In Episode 21 in Nuke for 3D Artists I show how you can use NUKE to generate a simple clean plate for a locked off camera shot (Using some very old footage from 2010 I shot on a Canon 550D back where I used to live at the time, with a huge blue dude.)

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Nuke For 3D Artists Episode 20 - Adding Motion Blur in Nuke






In Episode 20 in Nuke for 3D Artists I show how you can use NUKE to add motion blur in post (which is a far faster way to do things giving a greater element of control).

Monday, 8 May 2017

Nuke For 3D Artists Episode 19 - Wayne's TOP SECRET Lighting Set-up Tip






In Episode 19 in Nuke for 3D Artists I show one of my personal top tricks.  It shows who you can use NUKE to setup the lighting in your 3D app in a VERY short time.  Although I show the setup in 3Ds Max and V-Ray in this video, its so simple it can be done in any 3D app with any render engine with ease.  This is a massive time saver!

AMD FirePro W9100 32GB Review - Day 9





This is the last of 3 reviews of the AMD FirePro W9100 32 GB graphics card where I give my overall opinion of it and also of the Radeon WX7100 8GB card.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

AMD FirePro W9100 32GB Review - Day 6







This is the 2nd of 3 reviews of this card, with the first one being on day one and the last one at the end of the week to give you a good idea of how far this card can be pushed and what its capabilities are.



Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Nuke For 3D Artists Episode 18 - Relighting in Nuke using the ReLight node






Episode 18 in Nuke for 3D Artists shows how to set up a render and use the passes we set-up with the ReLight node in Nuke to relight a scene without having to jump back into your 3D application for lighting changes.  Unlike in a previous video where we changed the lighting using relighting with light select passes this uses lights native to Nuke only and no lighting from the 3D application that you rendered it out in.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Nuke For 3DArtists Episode 17 - Generating a Point Cloud In Nuke






Episode 17 in Nuke for 3D Artists shows an easy way to generate a point cloud to help with relighting (covered in full in the next episode) in Nuke.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

AMD FirePro W9100 32GB Review - Day 1





Big thanks to AMD and Jamie Gwilliam for sending this graphics card and the Radeon WX7100.

This is one powerful graphics card! there are points in this video where I am literally lost for words.

This is the 1st of 3 reviews of this card, with the first one being on day one and the last one at the end of the week to give you a good idea of how far this card can be pushed and what its capabilities are.

AMD Radeon WX7100 Review Day 7





This is the 3rd of 3 reviews of this card, with the first one being on day one and the last one at the end of the week of testing to give you a good idea of how far this card can be pushed and what its capabilities are.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

AMD Radeon WX7100 Review Day 5





This is the 2nd of 3 reviews of this card, with the first pone being on day one and the last one at the end of the week to give you a good idea of how far this card can be pushed and what its capabilities are.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Nuke For 3DArtists Episode 16 - Nuke HDRI Editing Workflow




Episode 16 in Nuke for 3D Artists shows a very easy way to edit HDRI's whether taken by yourself with a Ricoh Theta S (or similar cameras) or taken by someone else by using only two types of nodes.