Weird Sh!t, 3D Artist, Blender Cloud & Thank You!

So while it's been pretty silent over on the blog here, most of the action has been happening on my YouTube channel. I recently started a series of video called "Weird Sh!t" where I discuss certain techniques I use and discover while creating a lot of my artwork. These aren't meant as paint-by-numbers tutorials but more breakdown of how I work. There's only two episodes at the time of this blog entry, but more are sure to come in the future. Be sure to head over and check them out!

Aside from the aforementioned series, I've also been posting what I call "Workflow Logs". These are basically raw screen captures of unedited workflow and as such are a few hours long usually and without comment. The reason for these is that I don't always have time to record full tutorial-type content. I don't expect anyone to sit through them entirely, but they might be helpful to some, which is why I put them up on YouTube.

Recently, I've also been creating some Blender content for 3D Artist magazine, which you can find in issues 99 & 101, with the tutorial in issue 99 focusing on how to create your own superhero movie titles. It's been a pleasure working with them and let's hope for a lot more content in the future! From my point of view, it's really cool to see stuff I've created showing up on my doorstep in a printed magazine. And the added learning curve of not just creating video tutorials, but also trying to fit them in a print format has been a lot of fun to discover.

Additionally, I had a chance to speak about my work and my experience switching to Blender over the last two years at the 2016 Blender Conference Open Stage. Check out the full video here, and my bit starting at around 40 minutes in. Meeting with some of the team working hard on developing Blender and other artists using it has been an absolute blast. They've also added some of my artwork on the Blender Cloud recently which you can download and tinker with for free!

And last but not least, I've been focusing a lot on Instagram as a platform for posting work. All the feedback over the last few months has been awesome and I wanted to say thank you to everyone who's been supportive! 'Tis the season after all. ;)

Some folks have asked me why I'm not doing anything like a Patreon page and for me the reason is simple. When I started all this a little over 2 years ago, my goal was giving the knowledge that I gather from everywhere back to the community. I keep all of this stuff updated in my free time, and I don't want any money involved in any of it, as that just tends to complicate things. If you do wish to support me however, I have prints for sale, which give me a small kickback. I prefer doing this because you actually get a physical product for it. I'm also always available for freelance work or commissioned pieces for those interested.

With all of that said and done, 2016 was great and 2017 is looking to be an even more productive year already. I can't wait to meet and connect with everyone I'll cross paths with in the future.

Thanks again for everything! :)

M.