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Now You Too Can Make Art - Digitally!

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If you've been frustrated trying to find the right outlet for 
your visual creativity, give some thought to the new hobby of 
personal Computer Graphics.

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Now You Too Can Make Art - Digitally!
Copyright © 2006 Jim Coe
Art Head Start

If you've been frustrated trying to find the right outlet for 
your visual creativity, give some thought to the new hobby of 
personal Computer Graphics.

Maybe you're one of the many creative people who don't have the 
time or the manual dexterity to learn traditional art tools - 
brushes, paints and all that. The good news is that you no 
longer need those to make compelling visual artworks!


You've seen what the Computer Graphics (CG) industry has done for
Hollywood special effects and the cartoon business. But you might 
not know that most of those stunning 3D graphics tools have 
already seeped down to the consumer and personal computer level!

Yes, the Web, rapid expansion in PC power and volume pricing 
of software has combined to launch a new wave of popular 
do-it-yourself art. This revolution is much like the one when 
photography was invented. Suddenly anyone with a camera could 
make interesting images, whatever their painting or drawing 


Web sites like <a 
href="";>Rendersosity</a>, the young 
granddaddy of this new digital art hobby, are the hang-outs of 
the 3D computer art crowd. Their free online galleries are the 
hobbyist's new showplace.

Their public forums come in flavors representing all the brands 
of 3D graphics tools. The discussions range from digital art 
criticism, to free contributions of tools and materials made by 
members, to troubleshooting software bugs and the problems of 
stuck novices.

You'll even find online stores with these galleries, where CG 
artists do a brisk business selling their 3D creations to others 
who don't want to make everything from scratch. Like much of the 
Web, there's an international flavor to the membership and the 
art and many friendships are formed across many borders.


Do a Web search on "3d galleries" and you'll see everything 
from salty amateur soft porn to work that's sweeter than Norman 
Rockwell's. Science Fiction and Fantasy themes are fashionable 

But this is basically popular art, and other than the minimum 
online limits on nudity, sex and violence, anything goes and 
there are no controls on image quality. So don't be surprised to 
find lots of images that - well, let's just say they could use 
some more work. Invest a bit of time though and you'll find many 
outstanding works. You'll discover some online artists that will 
thrill and inspire you time and again.


Most personal 3D digital artists want to make photo-realistic 
images with human figures in them. You'll find this requires a 
minimum of two software tools and a fairly new computer -one 
with lots of memory, 1GB at least, and plenty of storage space. 
Both Mac and Windows systems will work for you, but as usual, 
the Windows world has more available software and far more 

You'll need a program that creates 3D poseable human figures and 
animals (think 3D dolls). The most popular is Poser 6 <a 
by e-frontier, for about $250. But you're in luck, because 
another company, <a href="";>DAZ</a> is giving away their 
fine new DAZ Studio, 
in order to gain market share for this new product.

And you'll also need a software tool that's something like a 
stage, where you assemble, light and render images of your 
3D actors, along with your props and environments to create 
complete scenes.

A favorite tool for this is the top-of-the-line Vue 5 Infinite, 
from e-on Software <a 
href="";>Vue 5 
Infinite</a>, which has atmospheres, 
vegetation, water, various types of lights, editors where you 
can apply or create materials, and much more. You can even 
animate your scenes and produce high quality short, movies! 
Check the Vue 5 Infinite demo reel link for examples.

As Set Designer and Director, you build up your scene's 
environment, for example including forests with thousands of 
trees, or highways packed with cars. Then you become Lighting 
Director and add dramatic lighting. Finally, you're the Camera 
Operator, locating your virtual camera for the perfect shot. 
Then you render your camerawork as a 2D image or a movie clip.

But all this creative scene power will set you back almost $600. 
However, e-on Software, has recently released Vue 5 Easel, for 
less than $100, to get people started. Naturally it won't do 
everything their top product can. No massive forests or 
battalions of marching robots in their light weight product.

With just those two software tools and a broadband connection 
to the Internet, you can launch your digital art hobby and start 
uploading your artworks to the online galleries.

For even more creative power, you may eventually want to buy and 
learn a 3D modeling program, so you can sculpt your own unique 3D 
objects from scratch. But there's no rush to accept that rather 
formidable challenge, since you can buy most of the clothing, 
hairstyles, props and other objects you'll need at the gallery 
stores. And the two basic programs come with many free objects 
and materials to get you started.

A 2D image processing program is also a handy addition. The pros 
use Adobe Photoshop, a $650 tool. But Adobe Photoshop Elements 
<a href="";>Photoshop versions</a>, 
under $100, will cover 90% or your 
2D editing needs.


Just how difficult is it? If you can spend, say one or two hours 
a day, you can probably master the most important features of 
those two tools in one to three months. You certainly don't have 
to be a CG expert or a software engineer. Many thousands of last 
year's novices are producing near professional results today.


The best way to find out what it's all about is to sign up for 
a free memberships on a few of the online 3D art galleries, like 
Renderosity, or e-on software's Cornucopia 3D <a 
href="";>Cornucopia</a>. And 
be sure to ask lots of questions - the digital art forums are 
very friendly places.

Here's hoping to see your work online soon!

© jim coe 2006

Jim Coe is a 3D artist, photographer, writer and former 
art college instructor. His web site, Art Head Start 
( ), features his new 
'Art Head Start' ebook for learning both art and digital 
art skills. The site also offers free Vue 5 3D tutorials, 
models, textures and articles.



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