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If I write it, I learn it! That's the reason why I feel to write about it

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.

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custom repeatable fields in joomla

I really cant understand why frontend templates in joomla always miss the last step. Basic standard templates never show the potential under the hood.

My previous article explained how to assign and call custom fields in your template layout. When the awesome "repeatable custom fields" came out with 3.9 I believed it was going to work the same exact way. I was wrong. When you call your custom field var contianing the sub repeated fields you get an ugly useless unordered list. So I had to find a way to extract them...

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tallship sail names

The August 2018 version of the "all the sail in a single map" poster is ready.

The day when I was drawing the illustrations in the weather section, and the cumulonimbus specifically, it happened the same evening that I met a real one, as it could have taken out exactly from my infographic map.

Shortly thereafter, a storm of lightning and raining happened just as the weather visual forecasts promises. The menacing mushroom-shaped column of the cumulonimbus leaves no hope: nearby lightning and extreme weather are probable, just as written on the map.

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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.


joomla custom fields

The latest version of Joomla 3.7 has finally brought native custom fields. This is an outstanding creative feature with which you can add 15 different type of integrated fields on your articles, and apply them to different groups of fields to different categories. So you can have for example page products sections, events sections, multiple featured images. Let's see how to integrate custom fields with our overriding code and print them in a more sophisticated way than the native "automatic display".

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graphic design label

From the paper, to the brass, to the paper again. The long path of this label graphic design, across different materials to the final label work: paper, pixels, brass, golden lamina, and finally, the paper again. And then on a glass bottle filled with Bio Extravirgin Olive Oil.

Everything started with a hand draw engraving illustration; it was digitalized and refined with digital tablet. Then sent to the typography which made a mirrored brass replica. This wonderful shining plate, is needed to impress the golden lamina on the laid paper, with an incredible level of detail.

The master brass cliché is a great piece of jewel, maybe even better than the final label itself.


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roman galea drawing
Roman Galea with rostrum and Opthalmoi

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!

label design and still-life

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.

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Roman ionic capital sculpting workshop

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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The version 1.6 of Learn Blender with a Poster introduce some of the new functions from Blender 2.78. New mustload add-ons: Carves, Archimesh, Measure It. Edit mode select region (ctrl+shift+RC). Driver inputs (ctrl+d), very useful to sync transformations on different axis. More connections between nodes, I'm really trying to tie functions and techniques. Minor fixes and graphic improvements.

I still didn't try - and I can't wait - the new freehand curve function, a feature I was waiting for years. My first attempt to migrate from other 3d softwares to Blender was initally discouraged by this lack: I did not find the shape vector drawing I was expecting; now the gap is to be covered. I'm sure it will be a huge evolution.

Go to the Learn Blender with a Poster page.

All about sailing in a poster infographic updated to version 1.37!

Adding terms is getting more and more difficult everytime. Because I'm trying to connect and integrate with the existing elements, more than expanding.

Induced wind by yacht speed and the resultant apparent wind, with vectors has been added to the Sailing Rose, in the core of the infographic map. Minor fixes added; some tweaks made to the lettering typography.

Take a look at the new 1.37 version!

Blender infographic
Print detail of the Blender Poster

03/09/2016 Update: Minor fixes; ALT+S shrink-fatten function added in edit mode section; Modeling icons added for extrude, click extrude, knife, spin.

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Update 28/08/2016, ver. 1.36

Added some nautical terms and minor fixes on the english version. I removed the previous generic oar boat and drew dinghy boat with a mast. Islands directions are bigger and added to the legenda as "local informations". And most important, the illustrations now covers over the margins. On the left the new Dinghy illustration included in the poster.

Main article post about this work

"All about sailing in a Map" is available on Learn with a Poster store.

Blender infographic
Print detail of the Blender Poster

Blender infographic poster as previously announced, is evolving: not only shortcuts but an entire mind map with the blender knowledge.

Many of you are already scared by complexity, others are suggesting to add a lot more shortcuts: but my goal is not to simply list EVERYTHING. I just want to map as much as I can choosing the most useful functions and killer tips.

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