Snow, Photogrammetry

It started snowing last Wednesday and didn’t stop until Friday, which has delayed my Unlocking Potential Course. In the meantime, I’ve been trying my hand at Photogrammetry (A technique for building 3d meshes and textures from a series of photographs) using the free trial of 3DF Zephyr from 3DFlow.

This is my first successful photogrammetric model, a small owl sculpture I whittled with a knife one afternoon from a scrap of basswood.

It’s a composite of 50 photographs, the limit for the trial version. You may notice a green tinge, which is a reflection from a piece of greenscreen fabric I used as a high contrast background, but I don’t think it was necessary in the end.

And here is an earlier attempt, which went horribly wrong due to poor lighting and rushed camera handling, so it still takes some effort and knowledge of basic photographic technique.

My overall impression of Zephyr is very good. I found it easy to use even though I skipped the essential step of RTFM. The trial imposes some limits but I didn’t encounter a problem with them, and it exports .OBJ and .JPEG files which can be opened in other 3D software packages for editing. I was even able to upload directly to Sketchfab using my API Token.

10/10 Would Owl Again.

Unlocking Potential course and other goings-on

Employability Course

I’ve taken a bit of a break from self-study to attend the Stand Out From The Crowd course run by the Unlocking Potential team from Cornwall College.

It focusses on improving application and interview technique as well as improving general interpersonal communication skills.

I actually attended the same course after I graduated in 2012. I got a lot of value from the course back then, but it’s been a few years and it’s interesting to see what’s stuck with me and how much I’ve forgotten.

I’ve retained a lot of the CV and application skills, though I discovered my interview technique has suffered over time. I will work on that.

Drivers and Type  Dynamics Indicators

We did some exercises on personal drivers and type dynamics indicators during using the Myers Briggs Type Indicator system.

Wikipedia, 2018

I self-assessed as ISTP (Surveyor), while my Profiling For Success test result reported INFP (Idealist). These results are very similar to my original results in 2012 which is … interesting and a bit of fun, but not much more than that.

While reading the summaries for all 16 psychological types in the Myers Briggs system I found I identified with every single one. A friend recommended I try The Big Five Personality Test if I was interested in an industry standard personality test for business, which I may be eventually but for now I’ve had enough of paid-for quizzes.

I feel more optimistic and driven than I have in a long time and I’ve got a couple of ideas for film projects that I want to storyboard.

Sports and Injuries.

I used to be an avid runner. Never the fastest or the furthest, but I enjoyed it. In late 2013 I crashed my car (Graphic description of injury hidden.) ramming my left patella through my femur like a pirate closing a telescope. To save my leg, the surgeon shortened my femur by about two inches resulting in a mild physical disability known as an LLD or Limb Length Discrepancy. But that’s all in the past and I’ve returned to the sport, full of titanium pins and plates and an asymmetrical gait. I’m building back up slowly.

I might talk about other sports or disability stuff on this blog but haven’t decided yet. I’m trying to stick mainly to my work. But anyway, running is a thing I’m up to at the moment.

Replacing Stock Images

This site is intended to keep track of what I’m up to and act as a portfolio, so while WordPress’s themes have allowed me to get up and running quickly, it’s counter-intuitive to use the provided imagery. I’ll be replacing stock images with my own work, piece by piece.

MEL generated hardback book

This model was generated using the following script, it is an example script from chapter 3 of the MEL Companion book.

-width 2.2
-height 0.4
-depth 3.2
-axis 0 1 0
-constructionHistory off
-name book ;
-replace book.f[0] book.f[2] book.f[4];
-constructionHistory off
-keepFacesTogether on
-localScale 1 0.782538 1 ;
-constructionHistory off
-keepFacesTogether on
book.f[0] book.f[2] book.f[4] ;
0 0 -0.0434924
book.f[0] ;
-0.0434924 0 0
book.f[4] ;
0 0 0.0434924
book.f[2] ;
book.f[16] book.f[19] ;
0.0434924 0 0 ;
-angle 0
-constructionHistory 0
book.e[0:43] ;
select -clear ;”


I’m trying to learn things and I intend to post updates about my progress here.


Learning ZBrush is like trying to roll a mountain up the side of a boulder but I’m sticking with it. I’ve got a background in 3D modelling software but ZBrush plays by its own rules. I’m following Introducing ZBrush Third Edition by Eric Keller.


Life would be easier if could write my own MEL scripts. This is something new for me so I’m following The MEL Companion: Maya Scripting for 3d Artists By David Stripinis.