| Angkor Wat – Cambodia | Black & White Photography |
| Original Murder Mystery | Disney Dinner Party| Party Decor | Costumes |
“Welcome one and all, to Cinderella’s castle, for the biggest party of the year Twenty PHE (post Happily Ever-after- Cinderella standard calculation). Since occurrences which you may have seen in the official royal backstory films, created by the famous director Disney to educate young kingdom children on their heritage, everyone got married and started ruling their respective kingdoms. Peace has flourished, and even the villains have found a way to fit in.
The discovery of the portals and sea routes between different Disneyverse kingdoms has opened up trade and communication between the kingdoms, and Cinderella has regularly been hosting a traditional blue moon gala- as a way to strengthen bonds between the kingdoms. A blue moon is considered a special magical time, and a time of reflection. Guests are invited to put a wish, goal or resolution into the wishing well, and it is thought that the concentration of magical beings on this special night gives a little extra support as the participants then go back into their lives trying to fulfil what they wrote down.”
Created by Tegan, this was easily the most enjoyable and interactive murder mystery I have attended. Apart from the usual scripted clues, the dinner featured some “Make-a-wish” cards, and an extra skit. No need for CDs or tape players – all you needed was in the booklet. Following the final clues, our group of Disney-themed adventurers contemplated answers for two final questions to the mystery. A fantastic story, and well-played by all!
Finally, let’s meet our dinner guests (minus Aurora since she was sleeping for the shoot)!
Thank you Tegan, for your creativity and stories! If anyone would like to play and unravel the mystery themselves, let us know. No spoilers here, but you are welcome to host your own version of Tegan’s Disney Murder Mystery!
| What Mum Wore | Blue Striped Dress | Desk to Dinner |
Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a full length old photo of mum in this skirt. However, we did find a lovely family photo, and now that skirt has been refashioned into an off-the-shoulder dress all ready for the (hopefully) warmer weather!
| Ephesians 6 | Spiritual Armour | Illustrated Word | Pen and Paper |
| Digital Art | Illustrated Word | 2 Timothy 3:16-17 |
| 3D Animation | Blender Manual | Lemuel’s Light (Blender Animation)
Project completed – our first 3D animation, done on Blender 2.78!
As I discovered, there is much much more to 3D animation that taking an object and making it move. It basically involves learning a new language, and there is so much to prepare before even starting the animation process! Really enjoyed making this short animation (accidentally animated in 5 fps, instead of the recommended 24 fps … but I guess on the plus side, it did render the scenes very quickly :P) I made lots of mistakes and it isn’t perfect, but it was a good introduction to the possibilities of 3D animation.
So, let’s take a look at what needs to happen for a 3D animation to take form. I have attached my notes on using Blender/some of the tutorials I used to create the animation here. It was very useful to have the shortcuts off screen to refer to, especially as it was my first time using Blender.
To begin, I created Lemuel the Flying Elephant. He was a somewhat accidental creation as I was quite unfamiliar with the use of mesh, joining or parenting different bits and pieces, sculpting etc. He ended up looking like this (those black lines are the armature – which we will talk about later).
I tried UV mapping for the eyeball which worked quite well. However, it you wanted something really simple, it would be easier to just circle select and apply materials for the iris and pupil directly. You need to select the object you want to colour and click apply for it to transfer. There are also a number of different viewing windows you can utilise to check how it will render, or fit with the rest of the scene.
Setting up the armature is basically like setting up a skeleton. It can be manipulated in “pose mode” to create different actions or poses. The eyes were a bit tricky. I tried a few things that didn’t work and in the end, opted for a very simple armature to just control rotation of both eyes simultaneously.
This involved making the scene – ocean, land, trees, grass, mist and the like. You could set up different skies so I had the morning scene, and the night scene. I had to duplicate everything to save and use both, however. My favourite part was creating the ocean and stars 🙂
The ocean, grass and particles would animate over a time period (eg. from frame 0-200), depending on when you set the beginning and end keyframes. The trees just self animated after I set the wind speed. Everything else required a set location/rotation/scale keyframe once a new pose and camera angle had been finalised.
When I thought I was ready to animate, I discovered I needed to learn yet another “language” – the Blender Video Editor. It was so satisfying to finally see things coming together, and to be able to export the final product! Just be aware that you might need to export in different formats depending on whether you have a Mac or Windows, and which audio plug-ins you have installed.
So there was my very brief, beginner’s overview of what I learnt using Blender. Have a look at the more incredible discovery I had of God’s nature here. He is the best Creator 😀
| Digital Art | Illustrated Word | Isaiah 40:31 |
Boy on the Bike | Woodland Highway (Digital, 2017)
My dad’s birthday just passed and I thought it was about time for another “Boy on the Bike” adventure. This scene is inspired by [Matthew 7:14] which speaks about the narrow road.
Do we take the road that just seems right, or do we take the narrow road and trust that God will guide our steps. The first step is the decision to follow Christ in obedience, the decision to first step onto this narrow road. From there, we can trust Him to help us navigate every stone and furrow, every high and low point, every hard decision, and every fall. Our God is faithful. Our God is worthy. Our God has the highest place.
“Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life,
and there are few who find it.” [Matthew 7:14]
Floral “Bless“, “For You” and “Rejoice” cards are now available.
[Psalm 118:24] – “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”