Welcome to the new PixelsOrAtoms

I’m glad and happy to introduce the new version of my site.

The previous one has been powered by WordPress for the full first year. It’s time to say good bye to it, welcome to my own personal blog engine. It’s developed with CakePHP and MySQL, using Eclipse and PDT.

CakePHP Power !

In a very Web2.0 fashion, I consider the site as beta. I would be very happy to heard of any bug you can encounter here. Please also don’t hesitate to report me any idea / suggestion you can get.

I hope the next year will show as much as progress for my skills as the previous one.

Thanks for reading !

Lego modeling in Blender & rendering with Yafray

As a break from real cars projects, I tried a few weeks ago to model some Lego assemblies. Here are some of the pictures I produced :

Lego render 011 Lego render 001

Lego render 004 Lego render 005

These pictures show the progress from page 1 to 11 of the book for the model #8448. I found scan for this model on a wonderful site about this topic : http://www.hccamsterdam.nl/brickfactory/theme/index.htm (see in Technic #3)

Here is the topic I opened on SMCars.net to show model avancement.

I will post a short Howto to explain the way I did it, if anyone is interested.

Thanks to Blender autosave

I just experienced the need for an autosave in Blender (yes I didn’t save after almost 2 plenty hours of work, too dumb I am…).

And thanks to the team behind it, there is already one !

When looking in my ~/.blender directory, I find several .blend files, with names like 34521 or 6318. I assume these numbers are PID for the several Blender processes which have runned on my station. These are usual .blend files, which can be opened with Blender. Looking as the most recent one, I found almost last state of my work (well, about 5 minutes before the X server crashed making me kill it from another host)

This is default behaviour for Blender, so make sure to check in ~/.blender (for Linux hosts, I don’t know for other OSes) when you need it.

Enzo blueprint

Last blueprint I’m using for a work in progress : the Enzo. As always, they’re the best I found around the net.

I don’t know who deserves credits for the blueprint. The author may introduce himself/herself in a comment.

Enzo blueprint

A bigger resolution is available (something around 15Mpixels). You can find it on www.smcars.net.

Alfa GT blueprints

I forgot to post the blueprint I’m using for the Alfa GT. As always, they’re the best I found around the net.

I don’t know who deserves credits for the blueprint. The author may introduce himself/herself in a comment.

Alfa Romeo GT blueprints