2022 (14)


It was inevitable.

After many (many) years I have decided to move on from my trusty little Dell desktop that I run 3D Max on to a state-of-the-art system. There are a fair number of tools out there now that I would like to use / explore but require a modern GPU to use. So I am looking at a minimum of 16GB system memory / 8GB video memory.

I’ll consolidate from my antiquated desktop and an aging laptop to the one system.

This means no more 3D Max. It’s too expensive to update (along with the laptop cost) and also maintain license. Adobe is too shortsighted to offer a reasonable hobby version. I already use Wings3D for modelling (free) and will likely switch to Photoshop free alternatives and Blender.

I hate change.

I’ve also become very enamored with AI text to image tools. I’ve played with all the ‘trial’ versions using some variation of Stable Diffusion and Midjourney. I found Midjourney to be the best overall for me and have taken the plunge and subscribed after quickly burning through my ‘beta trial’.

So, for the foreseeable future, expect to see more AI work reflected here. I hope to be able to return to modelling sometime early next year.

Meanwhile, here are a few of my Midjourney pieces. I try not to just speed generate to get something that looks good. I spend a lot of time considering and crafting prompts to get images that are fun or thoughtful. I also tend to do some level of post (in Photoshop) on a fair number to clean and or improve the image. The three below are all very different approaches – Sniper had a lot of Photoshop work done on it, the Leaf Dragon had a small amount and Spores had none.

Hope you enjoy.

Sniper
Sniper
Leaf Dragon
Spores
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~ by cp40guy on December 7, 2022.

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