Lemuel’s Light: Behind the Scenes

| 3D Animation | Blender Manual | Lemuel’s Light (Blender Animation)Β 

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Lemuel’s Light (Psalm 119:105) – Blender Animation:
Β https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcZPXo2j4NE Β 

 

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.

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1. Character Design (Mesh and Parenting)

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).

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2. Materials and Textures

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.

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3. Β Rigging (Armature)

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.

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4. World Settings

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 πŸ™‚

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5. Animation (Key Frames)

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.

 

6. Video Editing

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.

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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 πŸ˜€

 

God’s Storyboard:
https://lostnowfoundk.wordpress.com/2017/08/06/gods-storyboard/

Jeremiah

| Baby Photoshoot | Jeremiah @ 4 Weeks |

Welcome to the world Jeremiah! May God bless you and guide you always πŸ™‚
Thank you mum and dad for letting me photograph him (and for your behind-the-scenes assistance)!

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Boy on the Bike – Woodland Highway

Boy on the Bike | Woodland Highway (Digital, 2017)

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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.Β 

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]

Silhouettes of Melbourne

| Photography | Travel | Black and White |

 

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––––––––– Van Gogh Exhibition: National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

 

Myer Music Bowl

––––––––– The Sydney Myer Music Bowl

 

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––––––––– Waterwall, National Gallery of Victoria (NGV)

 

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––––––––– King’s Domain Parklands

 

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––––––––– Shadow Monsters, Australian Centre for the Moving Image (ACMI)

 

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––––––––– State Library of Victoria

 

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––––––––– Chadstone Shopping Centre

Psalm 104:33

| Illustrated Psalms | Digital |

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Jesus, I will love you all my life.
I will declare your praises every day,
And sing songs of thanksgiving to You;
Songs of Your beauty and majesty throughout the years.

Let me never lose my wonder,
But awaken my heart with Your revelation day after day,
So that in youth and in ageing, I will give You glory.
Have my life, my love, and my worship.

Amen.

The Second Keyboard

| Digital Art | Worship | Testimony | Devotional |

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The Lord has taught me so much through playing second keys at church, and I wanted to visualise the journey. Music is powerful, worship is powerful, and it is not all about words. God sees our heart; He hears the prayers we tell Him silently, and the ones we play out on our instrument. When I play the keyboard, whether or not I am singing, I imagine myself playing out praise to God, and declaring His light in the congregation and into the world. I can sing out praise and encouragement, but I can also play it out.

“Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;
Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.
Sing to the Lord with the harp,
With the harp and the sound of a psalm,
With trumpets and the sound of a horn;
Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.”
[Psalm 98:4-6]Β 

We can worship God in so many different ways – Β at any time, in every place, with everything and with anything we have. So, let us submit our lives fully to Him, and give Him the glory in all that we do. Let us wield the weapon of worship, and see the world transformed by the kingdom of God.

Wedding Whites

| Original Fashion Pieces | Wedding Dresses | Formal WearΒ | Recyclables | Devotional |

Curtain, earring (singular), tablecloth, carpet.
Essentials for a wedding dress?

A touch of Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo (and a bit of sewing) will see them all transformed.
Special thanks to Tegan and Ebony for modelling two of these dresses;
To Mrs Barlow for the lilies; and to Dad who lent me his Canon EOS 600D camera!

 

~ Β  T E G A N Β  w e a r sΒ  Β H O M E Β  C U R T A I N Β  ~

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When my husband and I first bought our house, we inherited a bunch of spare lace curtains. Here they are, repurposed as a below-knee lace dress. The flower crown is from Quorn; a souvenir from my 6th year surgical electiveΒ in Port Augusta. Quorn was a daytrip with some friends, and I found the crown while lunching at Emily’s Bistro.

 

~ E B O N Y Β  w e a r sΒ  Β E N G A G E M E N T Β  C A R P E T ~

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Oh, and by the way these photos were all taken in Ebony’s new home! Her partner’s old couch also features (though it may soon be replaced). The “carpet” is actually the material my now-husband purchased for a walk to candle-lit table spelling “Will you marry me?” I said yes, and now the “carpet” is a wedding dress. AΒ left-behind earring adds a touch of sparkle to the neckline of this dress (I lost one of the pair at work) and my mother’s old sash gives an added touch of elegance to the outfit. The flower hairpiece is from my wedding. Ebony was a bridesmaid, and we all had one of these silk flowers in our hair; created by Blush Blooms and Events.

 

~ K R I S T E N Β  w e a r s Β  O P – S H O P Β  C U R T A I N ~

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The Anglican church next to my workplace has an op-shop (Opportunity Shop, Church of the Resurrection) which I visited early in my first year of General Practice. The idea of this dress, created from op-shop curtain, is that the top can be re-used post wedding day. It is a two piece outfit with sash attached to the skirt portion. The top can then be worn separately and features an overhang lace section.

 

~ B E H I N D Β  t h e Β  S C E N E S ~

Just a couple of candid snapshots to finish. Ebony’s home lamps came in useful, those dumplings were delicious, and here you can see the engagement carpet and curtain before they became dresses. Hope you enjoyed the photos and designs! #bylilyvalleysk

 

T H E Β  Β W e d d i n g Β  Β D a y Β :
The Bible speaks about another wedding day to come; the wedding of the Lamb to His Bride, the Church.

[Revelation 19:7-8] says, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His wife has made herself ready. And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

We can be part of this wedding day through the blood of Christ at the cross. His blood covers us, washes us and makes us holy to stand in the presence of the Father. What can we do to make ourselves ready for this wedding day? We can work out our salvation by pressing into Jesus, loving Him more and submitting to God, who always works in us to do what is pleasing to Him [Philippians 2:12-13]. Our salvation is by grace, because we are loved by God and created to be with Him in eternity.

Will you love Him, and let Him direct your life?

Gethsemane

| Digital Art | Face of Jesus | Gethsemane |

2017 Gethsemane Lighter

“O righteous Father! The world has not known You,
but I have known You; and these have known that You sent Me.
And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it,
that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
[John 17:25-26]