Jul 012020

I’ve lived near to Cannock Chase since I was 7 years old. It’s a small, but perfectly formed Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I must admit, I thought it scary at first, as we came to live here in 1967, just after the “Cannock Chase Murders”, but soon realised that it was a beautful place. Wide open spaces, ancient forests, deer, lakes, streams and so much more.

I’ve been walking up there for over 50 years now – preferring the less popular, quieter places. We particularly like the areas around Brocton Coppice and Sherbrook Valley. Some days we can walk for miles and not see another soul, other than the local wildlife.

It’s also a place that I get much of my inspiration from for both plant creation and my artwork.

However, there are plans to close off access to some parts, including Brocton. There are reports of many car parks and lay-bys being closed off and those remaining will be mainly paid parking.

If you’re local and would like more information on the situation, and maybe even help keep our countryside open and free, please pop over to Save Cannock Chase group on Facebook. As with many FB groups, you’ll be asked to answer a couple of questions, so please make sure that you do complete them 🙂

Even if you’re not a “local”, you may find some interesting reading and information about Cannock Chase on Wiki HERE or Discover Britain HERE

Mar 152019

There’s a page that I follow on Facebook – Welsh Photographs, , that not only gives me pleasure seeing the wonderful photos of a beautiful country, but also gives me a lot of inspiration for creating landscapes in Vue.

Last week, I saw a photograph taken at Blackpool Mill in Pembrokeshire. Instantly, I knew that I wanted to recreate this beautiful scenery. BUT there was a problem. The Mill. So, I Googled images of the building and after gathering a few reference pics, I began to create the model.

The beginning

The finished model

Now with textures

So, now I have the Mill building…..all that remains is to put it where it belongs 🙂 Ironically, there won’t be very much of this building visible in the scene, but I shall do subsequent scenes that WILL be showing more of the building 🙂

So….an update. Took a while, but I got the scene in Vue pretty much replocating the photo that initially inspired me. Started the final render using settings that will give a nice, smooth result. Will be waiting a while then…..

Another update – 2 days later (I don’t leave my PC running overnight), we are now at 91% with 2h54′ left. You never know, I might just get it finished, postworked and uploaded to this post sometime over the weekend LOL!

Finally finished! Just a little Photoshop magic to be done

Blackpool Mill – the final image.

I predict that there will be more to come – we haven’t seen the last of Blackpool Mill. My thanks to Alan Ewart of Welsh Photographs for the numerous photos taken basically every single day. Never fails to impress and give me so many ideas for my 3D artwork.

…..A few days later – another render from a different perspective. I think I may like this one better 🙂

Blackpool Mill - Digital art by Gill Brooks
Feb 292016

I captured this beautiful halo around the sun one Winter’s day travelling on the A5, on the bridge that crosses the England/Wales border

Sun Halo

Sun Halo