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New Year and lots of New…

The new year is bringing lots of new things and ideas… So stay tuned.



I have been using the Reality Plug-in by preta3d to learn how this great utility works.  This plug-in which uses the luxrender engine to render the image is fantastic.  It creates images that are more lifelike and have a truly realistic light quality to them.

I will continue to learn how to use this wonderful tool to create future scenes and again push creativity and realism to new levels.  Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoy this image.


2011 Year of Learning, Patience, Quality and Growth

This new year which is now almost two months old, for me is going to be a year of change.  I am going to try and make “ART” this year, yep I said that I am going to try and make ART.

I have been posting my art on deviantART for 2 years, but now I want to really stretch myself and create “complete” art.  I started posting fractal art (apophysis, and others), and then I started using Vue, and Daz Studio.  I have even combined all three of these forms in many of my submissions to see what I could do with all of them.  I use to just slap a scene together in a matter of minutes, tweak it, render it, and post it on dA.  These usually only took me an hour or two to put together, and then wait anywhere from a few minutes to 12 hours for the scene to render.  I learned a great deal about these programs and myself over the past two years by doing this.  The biggest takeaway from this learning was I still don’t know nearly enough to accomplish all I want to create.

So gone are the days of trying to just create image after image after image.  Now I will be taking art through steps or stages until I have what is in my mind the final image.  I truly don’t believe that art is ever finished, but it does come to an endpoint.

I am going to be very patient this year until I find my endpoint, and not turn out art submissions like fast food.  I also am going to invest more time learning from others via tutorials, or just asking for some help or advice.  I am going to learn Hexagon this year and try my hand at modeling some things to use in my renders. I am going to reinvest some energy in to Vue and dig deeper in to what I can do with that wonderful program.  I want to get back in to making fractals with apophysis and learn mandlebulb 3d as well, since it looks so very intriguing.  I will be doing more website design work as well, which reminds me I need to give my website a complete renovation…

I am also doing some commercial work this year by making logos and creating print art for those who are looking for something new.  I can be contacted for this by using the contact me page.  I will even create you an avatar if you need one…

For those of you who follow me and those of you who may follow me in the future, I hope you enjoy my journey this year and stick around for the ride.  This is going to be a great year!!!  Maybe this year you’ll find my work in a magazine somewhere, who knows…

I want to thank all of my friends everywhere for all of your kind words and support so…
Thank You!!! 🙂

The most special thank you goes to my wife…  Heather, you have no idea how much you inspire me!!!

Bikers and the After Hours…

I have been working on these images for most of the last month.  The idea for the images was simply a group of people outside of a bar in a dark alley somewhere in the city.  After completing the first image I began working on the “After Hours” scene.  This scene involves 3 of the characters hanging out in a loft apartment after a long night.  I wanted the textures of the apartment to be soft yet bold in their appearance.

I have used numerous lights and other techniques to hopefully bring a sense of realism and believability to both of the images.  As for how the story plays out that is entirely left to your imagination…  These scenes unlike a majority of my past works took a very long time to complete, and I wanted to create the scene in a way that you could believe it to be real.  Yes, I know that these are not my usual science fiction type scenes and are possibly a little hardcore for some.  No, there is no nudity, but the characters are harder than I would usually do.  I hope you enjoy these scenes and thank you for looking.  I also want to thank “karibous-boutique” at deviantART for all of her help with the lighting techniques and the patience to teach me about them.  Thank you!

The Bikers

After Hours

Some Great reads to spark the imagination

I, like everybody else need a break from everything going on.  One of the best ways for me to relax and spark my imagination is to read a great book.  “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series by Stieg Larsson did just that.  Check out the NEWS page for a quick review of this trilogy.  You can also see a quick little image I put together in tribute to these great books.

“corridor” poster now available

The poster version of “corridor” is now available at zazzle.  You can find out more and see a preview in the News page


EXPOSÉ 9 is asking for entries

Ballistic Publishing is proud to announce EXPOSÉ 9, the ninth edition of the premier annual artbook celebrating the creative talents of digital artists worldwide. EXPOSÉ is the digital art industry’s premier annual publication, featuring the finest digital artwork the world has ever seen.

More details here


The latest image by dgl fractal art and design.  I was inspired by the movie TRON and wanted to create something similar in style, but with my own imagination.  The concept took 4 days to create with texturing and shaders for all the hard surfaces.  The render took only 3 hours to complete and I was pleasantly suprised with the results.  After the render completed I decided not to any postwork to the image and publish it as is.  I will be making this in to a print and will be available soon at my zazzle store.  Thanks for viewing and I hope you enjoy the image as much as I did in creating it.

This image was created using Daz Studio and Corel PSP for the borders.