I’m just going to leave this video here because it’s so helpful. Thanks, Mike.

 

Adjusting the focus of the camera’s diopter has always been a pretty big bugaboo of mine. It sounds dumb to say because it’s almost a no-brainer but I find that this little adjustment knob is easy to bump without realizing it. I have done this many times and it always takes me forever to pinpoint the issue. I always assume I’m just blind or my glasses are dirty.

 

-Alex

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Hi there,

I just finished creating my first material pack for Octane inside Cinema 4D now available on my gumroad store HERE.

Let me share with you some of the preview images I rendered out for each of the materials in this pack. I photographed each image texture and created each material in C4D from scratch. Each material tiles with an image texture at 1000-3000ish pixels square depending on the material. I’ve set the displacement amount very low on materials that use displacement so you can turn it up to your liking. I’ve also included my Octane Material Preview scene with all the textures from pack already loaded. So if you have any issues you can manually copy the materials and tex folder from that project to your working project file and everything will copy over! For this material pack there aren’t any Octane Mix materials so everything should load normally from the included LIB4D preset file once you copy it over to your content browser folder. Let me know if you have any questions please message me on Gumroad or on Twitter at @Alexhawkphoto.

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As a followup to my post about Gumroad I think it’s fitting to make a blogpost sharing some of the stock image websites I’ve found useful recently.

I made a running list of websites for free stock images here on my website that I’ll update as I find more websites but I’ll also put them here in this post for now.

Again, if you have a website that you like that’s not listed here then let me know and I’ll check it out.

 

Stock Images- some of my favorite resources for photobashing/digital art.

http://www.photobash.org/

https://gumroad.com/noahbradley

https://gumroad.com/joost

https://gumroad.com/wootha

https://gumroad.com/stijnwindig

https://gumroad.com/tomlopez

https://gumroad.com/jacekpilarski

https://gumroad.com/lyraina

https://gumroad.com/l/fLwyr

https://gumroad.com/guymandude

https://gumroad.com/samguayart

Emily Chen- Alaska

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tjframe/sets/72157605581901392/

https://reidsouthen.selz.com/

http://fotoscopy.com/

http://www.textures.com/

https://www.pexels.com/

http://fancycrave.com/

http://www.texturemate.com/

http://www.texturex.com/

http://freetextures.3dtotal.com/

http://www.splitshire.com/

https://stocksnap.io/

https://visualhunt.com/

http://getrefe.com/

http://barnimages.com/

 

Photo Reference- more geared towards drawing/art reference than for use in photomanipulations/photobashing

Old Master Artists collection by Dylan Safford

https://www.3d.sk/

http://mjranum-stock.deviantart.com/gallery/

http://hardsurface.tumblr.com/

https://www.pinterest.com/bryanwynia/

https://www.pinterest.com/katiepf/

https://www.pinterest.com/characterdesigh

I’m very excited to officially announce the launch of my new digital online store through Gumroad. There are so many options for digital store platforms now it was kind of difficult to choose one over another but I was really just looking for something to help me share content with other artists. I haven’t planned out exactly what I want the store to be but I know I have a lot to offer. To start I’ve uploaded a few packs of images I’ve shot- skies, rocks, smoke- that hopefully other artists will find helpful in their own projects.

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I’d like to take a second to put some emphasis on image quality. I’ve found a lot of good stock image websites (which I’ll make a post about later) but there’s nothing better than shooting something myself. I hate it when I find a stock image I like but the resolution is too low or the image quality is poor because the photographer has no idea what they’re doing. Honestly, I find that there’s still too many low-quality images on the web to choose from and I’d like to change that. However, I don’t feel like I need to completely reinvent the wheel here, there isn’t much I’m offering yet that’s really unique to my store other than all the images are shot by me personally so you can rest assured they’re not garbage. Right now, I’d just like to try and use my new online store to increase the number high-quality images available on the web for artists to use. If you can find something that works for you in my store, great, if not then I’m still sad to see you go. Bear in mind that I just started this store and I’ll be adding new content as regularly as possible.

My point is that I want to live in a world where image quality and resolution is a nonfactor when deciding what images or digital products to download and use. I’d like to raise the image quality level of artists’ work to a higher standard. I’m sick of seeing new artists online create a cool concept that falls apart because low-quality images were used and I want to help make a difference there if I can.

Again, I’m not sure exactly what the future of the store will be but I’ll gladly take suggestions. Check it out HERE.

-Alex

Hi again, it’s been a while. I’ve added some new content to my website you might be interested in viewing. I created a retouching page to feature some of the editing work I’ve been doing the past few months.

Check it out here: http://www.alexhawkphotography.com/retouching

The format of this page is different from the others on my website because I wanted it to be more interactive. Each image on the page has a slider in the middle of it that you can drag back and forth to see the image before my editing and after.

There’s also a small description above each image where I talk a little bit about what needed to be done to each image that should help you to understand what you’re looking at in terms of edits and changes. Let me know what you think! I’ll be adding more content there as it gets completed.

I found this artist just the other day and I already forget how I came across her work but I love it. I think I had followed a concept artist on Twitter and Piper’s Twitter page came up on the related profiles to follow.

Piper is a freelance character designer/illustrator/artist that has worked for Nickelodeon, Dream Works and Intel.

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I love how fleshed out her style is already. It’s easy to forget how many different styles of art there are within just one medium. For example, Piper’s work is very different from Pascal’s work even though they both use similar drawing and painting tools in Photoshop to represent 3D objects in a 2D space.

If you’d like to support Piper you can do so on her Patreon Page and also give her a follow on social media: DeviantART Tumblr Twitter Instagram
-Alex

I’ve been following Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York project for a while now but I had not made an Artists & Inspiration post on it yet. Instead of talking about Humans of New York and writing out a big block of text I have found an equally interesting Chase Jarvis Live video interview you can check out.

Chase Jarvis does occasional CJLive broadcasts featuring other creatives and he had Brandon on for an interview not too long ago.

I’ll leave you with the video available for viewing here: