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May 2020 update for Blender Poster. Suzanne is wearing her best trendy breathing mask.

New update for Blender Poster, 24/03/2020 release. Covid-19 quarantine is really having strong (good) consequences in learning Blender. Quarantine is having the counterstrike in giving us so much time learning and experimenting with Blender. I hope it will be the right time for everyone to rise up the learning curve; it's indeed much better than the sad stats of sicks and deaths from newsreports.

New update for Blender Poster, following the latest 2.82 release. Finally I found time to update the infographic, collateral consequeces of the damned Covid-19 emergency.

You'll find graphic improvements and some useful shortcutes/notes added.

For example I discovered the awesome "viewport render" which allow to export the render of any view without setting any camera. Very useful especially working with Eevee or 2d drawing mode. I really needed it for a while, and I'm not sure since when appered in Blender.

If you hate this poster you will hate more than ever; because its getting much more details and level depths. But that's how I like it. Always remember to filter reading by element size: important things are bigger than the others.

So what's new?  I Revisited a large part of the layout with a massive restyle. I found much more coherent and useful to focus the central part of the poster with the tab modes pie menu. And lots of surrounding sections around the tab ring.

Cosa, meglio di un pianeta rovesciato per raccontare il disagio ecologico e ambientale al centro delle discussioni dell'attualità. Terra Compromessa è un progetto al quale ho partecipato realizzando il materiale visivo.

Si tratta di una ciclo di conferenze e discussioni, numerosi panel tenuti da personalità scientifiche ed economiche, un evento aperto al pubblico e un invito alla discussione e sensibilizzazione sul tema ambientale. Forum AMBITA: Terra Compromessa, Conferenze e approfondimenti per affrontare e capire: Il Cambio Climatico, quale impatto sul territorio e, in particolare, sulla Maremma.

Dalla terra Maremma, al paese Italia, al pianeta Terra, una discussione dal micro al macro.

You asked so much for the 2.8 update. And maybe even more you demanded for a landscape version of this map.

I really rushed to obtain the first update of the poster for blender 2.8 before mid summer. Here it is, so let's see what are the best improvements, more than... it's for 2.8!

Etruschi, equivoci, enigmi, esoterismo è il terzo libro di Lidia Orlandini edito da Innocenti Editore. Ne ho curato le illustrazioni e la copertina. Le illustrazioni più interessanti, quelle che più mi hanno affascinato, lavorandoci, sono Tuchulcha, Phersipnei e la tomba dei rilievi.

Il pugno di scimmia è sempre stato il mio nodo preferito. Uno dei più difficili da realizzare, ci misi un'estate intera degli anni '90 per riuscire a realizzarlo uno decente. Con una palla di carta al centro, o meglio ancora una palletta di piombo. Già perchè il pugno di scimmia, una sfera quasi perfetta di colli che si stringono assomigliando a forti dita sottili, oltre che belo era anche un nodo utile: serviva come peso da lancio, in banchina, per le cime di ormeggio.

Finalmente un nuovo aggiornamento alla mappa poster "vuoi fare vela?". Tante migliorie grafiche e tante aggiunte.

E' pronta la versione di agosto 2018 del poster "tutta la vela in un'unica mappa".

Il giorno in cui perfezionavo le illustrazioni della sezione meteo visuale, e in particolare la massa nuvolosa del cumulonembo, è successo che la sera stessa ne ho incontrato uno reale in mare che sembrava esattamente uscito dalla mia mappa infografica.

Ed ho sperimentato il meteo da essa promesso: poco dopo si scatenava una tempesta di lampi e acqua esattamente come previsto e scritto nella mappa. La colonna minacciosa a forma di fungo del cumulonembo non lascia speranze: nei dintorni sono probabili fulmini e fenomeni estremi.

A new version for "Learn blender with a poster", 1.73 for Blender 2.79. As today, the Blender infographic poster has been downloaded more than 110.000 times, and I'm so glad. Developers, teachers and designers are really loving this giant shortcut map and I'm encouraged to update. Thanks for all the suggestions and hints about it.

As it is evolving now with so dense and complex diagrams (I'm also getting many complaints about it) it's not only a list of shortcuts. It's basically my reference mind map of functions in blender. I'm including every note or tip I risk to forget in time and I use it to plan my workflow on every modeling project.

Blender 2.8 is arriving soon and I will evolve the map following the new UI and new functions coming.

What's new in the blender poster?

1. Did you ever needed to extend a slooping roof over the wall perimeter? Custom orientation is a killer tip in Blender mesh modeling. I was looking for it for a long time and probably did not discover it as soon as I could. With that you can extend and align anything relatively to vertexes, edges or faces. It's so useful when basics orientation are not efficent anymore; for example when your item is unaligned to main axes. Basically, custom orientation is aligned with the normals of selected items.

2. Another tip I added is group instances. That's another awesome feature when you need to duplicate instances and modify all of them at once. Even in this case, for a long time I was looking for a way to manage complex multi-objects without merging its meshes. And this is probably the best way to do it.

Go to the Learn Blender with a Poster page.


Dalla carta, all'ottone, alla carta di nuovo. Il lungo percorso di questo progetto grafico, attraverso tanti  materiali diversi: carta, pixel, ottone, lamina d'oro, e infine, di nuovo sulla carta. Poi sul prodotto finito, una bottiglia color smeraldo piena di Olio Biologico Extravergine d'Oliva.

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All about sailing in a poster updated! A new piece of sailing history is in the illustrated timeline: roman galea with its typical rostrum and bow eye. I added a block and connected with the figure eight knot, making the bottom right frame even more appealing. Some improvements in lettering and on some details on various graphics elements.

Take a look at the new 1.38 version!

From hand drawing to the cgi still-life

This image is a preview for a label design concept. Advanced printing techniques involve typographic expansive techniques and materials, like specific papers, resins and golden foils. The cost for a single test print can be high. That's why I pre-visualizzed these drafts before the final approval. That's the best way to present the design work in the way I want, especially for shining materials and other effects.

After the final artwork, I love to manipulate things. In this case I really like both the variations, made on the "Roman ionic desk" illustration. The black & white version really turns it into the highest level of photo realism: a bit of overexposure, depth of field, film grain, dust and particles really obliterate the CGI technique transforming it into something so real.

To the opposite, wireframe version in the second shot tells so much about mesh geometry structure and 3d model quality. And, in this case remeshing process was quite a long work.

The final "Romain Ionic Desk" artwork is in the design CGI illustration section


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