Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Monday, February 23, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

macs don't crash....

...Speaking of old computers I had an interesting experience with one this morning. I brought in my old
512k mac (that my mom sent down to CT last week) to show the office geeks. Actually, we are all geeks, so everyone was like oooh, ahhhh, wow, 25 years old, 512k memory - switch it on! So I plugged the thing in, and hey, instant boot up, with the glorious 640x480 pixel Black and White screen asking for a diskette. (there is no hard drive). As I rummaged around looking for a mac program on a floppy disk, everyone is like "quick, smoke! Switch it off!!!! pull out the plug!!! I managed to unplug it, but alas, the damage was done. In my haste to show off I had plugged 220V of domestic Eskom ekecticity into a 110V, US spec, Vintage Apple Computer. Fried electronic component smell wafted through the office. Blast, I had wanted to sell it on ebay - you can get $200-$400 dollars for those things. Anyway, everyone applauded and said it it was a wonderful show and what are you gonna bring tomorrow, J?
I have some pencil flares which will probably go down a treat, I might as well keep the pyrotechnics theme going...

macs don't crash...but they sure can burn!

My 512k Apple, post-fire (the smoke came out of the well-placed air vents at the top)

If you wan't buy some of my left-over, non fire-damaged mac stuff , please follow these links:

mac 512k mouse

mac 512k keyboard

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Grass meadow tutorial

Peter Guthrie has the beginnings of a kick ass tutorial on how to make a grass meadow, using VRayProxy objects and VRayScatter. VRayScatter is a plugin that you can get here or here
The tutorial is here

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

3D crap!

I made this image with V-Ray and 3ds max. I got the material (Stool Sample_by_Mark_Noland8771) from , which is a great site because it's free to join and it's got loads of free V-Ray materials, such as the ones below:

You can get the model here
Enjoy ;)

Thursday, February 5, 2009

VRay the complete guide

There is an awesome book on V-Ray available from
It's got 1000 pages, 2300 images and a DVD with 32 explanatory animations on it! It sound great, I hope to get a copy of it so I can do an in-depth review... Check it out here
Buy it here

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

V-Ray for SketchUp 7

You can get V-Ray for SketchUp7 here I'm looking forward to trying this out!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

How to create a wireframe material with V-Ray

Welcome to this tutorial on making a wireframe material with V-Ray. To complete this tutorial you will need 3DS Max with V-Ray.

Step 1
The fist thing we need to do is create an object that we will apply our wireframe material to, in my case I made a simple teapot. Add a camera to the scene too.

Step 2
Create a normal V-Ray material. (Open up the material editor and change the first material in the material editor to a VrayMtl). Rename this material "wireframe"

Step 3
Add a map to the diffuse channel of the material (by clicking the little square box next to the diffuse colour swatch). Choose the VRayEdgesTex map.

Step 4
You will notice that the default colour for the VRayEdgesTex map is white. (This means the wires of the wireframe material will be white. You can change it to any colour you like, but let us leave it as white for now. Notice too that you can change the thickness/units of the VRayEdgesTex map and that you can choose to show the hidden edges too. (triangular faces as opposed to rectangles)

Step 5
Assign the "wireframe" material to your teapot/3d object. (you can just drag and drop it from the material editor onto the teapot). Now render the camera view. (Press F10 on the keyboard).

Step 6
Lets modfy the "wireframe" so that it is transparent, with just the white "wires" visible. To do this copy the VRayEdgesTex map from the diffuse channel to the opacity channel in the maps rollout of our "wireframe" material.

This map in the opacity section works just like an alpha channel - If it is white, the wires are 100% visible. If it is black the wires are invisible. If it is grey, the wires are semi-transparent.

Lets reset the colour of both VRayEdgesTex maps to white, and render our camera view again.

There you go - you've completed the tutorial and know you know how to create a wireframe material with V-Ray!

JG3D has moved and is now at

We pulled into the Rustlers Valley Music festival in Karl's Opel Astra 200ts. That was THE yuppiemobile to have South Africa in 1996, but it looked a little out of place amongst the ageing VW kombis and landrovers parked in the fertile grasslands. Tye-dye t-shirts and hippies everywhere. Karl, turned around and said to us: "remember, fussy doesn't fuck." And so we ventured forth into the unknown...

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