2 Timothy 3:16-17 (Illustrated Word)

| Digital Art | Illustrated Word | 2 Timothy 3:16-17 |

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Lemuel’s Light: Behind the Scenes

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

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

 

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.  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 🙂

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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 😀

 

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

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. 

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]

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] 

We can worship God in so many different ways –  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.

Gethsemane

| Digital Art | Face of Jesus | Gethsemane |

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“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]

Spirit of Sturt

| Digital Art | Australia Day | Discovery |

A number of Australian themes, icons and references are incorporated into this artwork. Can you find them? Scroll down for the answers!

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  1. The Sturt Desert Pea (Swainsona formosa) – this is the floral emblem of South Australia
  2. Aboriginal symbols for “emu” and “kangaroo” – making up the leaf markings, these are also arranged to form the Australian Coat of Arms 
  3. Dot Painting – a traditional Aboriginal art technique
  4. The Southern Cross – a star constellation which is also featured on the Australian Flag, and is a reminder that this is the “Great Southland of the Holy Spirit”