Saturday, March 16, 2019

Computers and Art

Once again, its been awhile since my last post.  Some things do stay the same.  Between then and now, I changed computers, and more drastically changed from Apple to PC.  I thought long and hard about this, agonized a bit really.  I have had an Apple since the mid 90s, and was very comfortable with the familiar platform.  But, things change and I needed a stronger GPU.  I switched after deciding that a tool is just a tool, and I could buy 3 pcs for the price of one regular imac, not even the pro.  I chose a gaming pc, the Acer Predator 500, a 17" laptop (the portability was a factor this time), chosing it for the power that Blender needs for good rendering.  It is fast!  I'm impressed. And, I will get used to Windows again.  Luckily, I have a wonderful friend who has guided me a bit in configuring it to my needs.  That saved me so much research and fumbling time!

So, now that I have a wacky fast computer again, I've been playing with Blender, testing render times, and how the pc handles it, and continuing to learn about lighting.  Here is a wip, as an example:

Mr. Gray in a cafe.
This took about 20 minutes to render an 8x10 at 500 samples.  It took my old gpu around 3 hours, for just the character alone.  And because this laptop isn't thin(its big and hefty and I could probably gain some muscle tone by lifting it up and down like a barbell) there was no heating up.  So, that's fun!  I can create more and save time, and start exploring Blender 2.8's eevee.