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While it's true I was able to previsualize and execute this workflow I'm actually surprised it worked. In fact, it barely worked, as you'll see when you watch the video. Many of the noise function inputs are strangely ignored by Maya. So here is a glimpse at 'The Maya that Could Be'

I first noticed this issue right when Maya was first introduced. I didn't discover it by accident. I assumed Maya would work this way, and I was extremely disappointed when it didn't.

I tried to discuss it with them, but I could never get past junior level people who just kept trying to 'solve my problem' with alternative workflows, as if my main goal was to have a crater texture with ripples.

Custom Procedural Maya 3D Shader

Revisiting something I first did using slightly different methods 9 years ago.
Make some waves with this custom Maya shader which uses a MEL script to generate concentric spherical waves of animated light and darkness. It's a 3D texture, so it will flow over any objects you create. The waves emanate from a Maya locator.

Watch in 1080p on youtube.


I'm experimenting with the new Topaz Impression Photoshop plugin. Normally what that software does is turn photos into paintings or line drawings. In this example I am using it to make a Maxwell Render displacement map. I'm starting with a simple blurry circle and running it through Topaz Impression in order to make this painterly texture of overlapping brush strokes which in turn makes a very convincing layered, flaking hole.


Topaz Labs Topaz Impression as a means of making animated motion graphics. Because the GUI sliders more or less of a parameter in a coherent way it's possible to animate the effect.


Topaz Impression to Enhance Simple Textures


Topaz Impression from Topaz Labs is meant to transform photographs into traditional art media, such as oil paint or charcoal drawings. It comes with a repertoire of image processing methods tucked behind a simple and interactive GUI that's easy to play with, so I'm trying to see what kinds of more sophisticated patterns and textures I can create with it by supplying simpler patterns as input. These enhanced patterns could in turn be used as backgrounds, or even 3D CG displacements or material masks. (previously)

Topaz Impression for Typography


Topaz Impression is primarily intended to turn photographs into faux paintings and sketches. Whenever I see programs of this kind I like to think about possible other applications. What would this software do to typography, for example? Or 3D CG texture maps? (previously)







The software parameters seem to 'animate' coherently when the GUI sliders are moved, so it would be possible to produce at least rudimentary motion graphics in which the effect 'evolves.'

Pretty Little Shoppers


Some photography for actress and style blogger Lisa Valerie Morgan at Pretty Little Shoppers.

Keeping Cool at the Los Angeles Farmers Market

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