Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

Happy New Year everyone! Below is a wallpaper created especially for the occasion.

Fire Rose

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That this is post number 1000! Reaching this milestone on Old Year's Eve is a bonus.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Rising Cog

Its like a rising sun, only the "sun" in question is now a spiral cog.

Rising Cog

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That I no longer itch all the time. About a week ago, something decided I was lunch. And dinner. And breakfast. By the end of the "bug" feast, was left with 68 itchy red spots. Happily they are healing nicely and whatever it was that bit me has either died or moved on. The culprit remains a mystery. The bites look like flea bites but I don't have any dogs / cats in my life and the hunt for beg bugs came up empty. The worst part of the experience was not knowing what was eating me / how to get rid of it.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Blue Spiral Cog

Made with the same params as "rising cog". Thanks to John over at the fracfan forum for the inspiration.

Blue Spiral Cog

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A new Sudoku book. It cost $2 for 126 puzzles and has relatively good quality paper - important for when you need to erase errors.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Textured Blue Moon

This one gives new meaning to the word "text-ured" :)

Textured Blue Moon

The large version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the reference photos I took a few days ago on my work were not a waste of time :) I've managed to generate some vectors from them in illustrator. Its easy (but time consuming) when you know how.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Fire Wing

Its either a close up of a butterfly or a tiger. You get to decide.

Fire Wing

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: An afternoon nap! Holidays are good for that sort of thing.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Event Horizon

Was inspired to play with that "3D Hack" a while ago. Playing is good :)

Event Horizon

The wallpaper version can be seen at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Solving my very first, *very hard* Sudoku puzzle. Turns out that once you have the strategies, its quite doable. Sometimes takes a while to "see" the solution thought.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Sun Path

Dedicated to all those of you who simply love scorching hot weather!

Sun Path

The wallpaper version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That the "Silly Season" is officially over in this part of the world and we can all start getting back to normal again!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

If the festive season has not yet reached as far as your desktop, its not too late! This image is ironic for two reasons, first I don't celebrate Christmas and second, its the middle of summer over here in New Zealand.

Christmas Eve

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That making digital snowflakes is actually a very simple affair.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Drunken Peacock

The colours reminded me of peacock feathers, hence the name.

Drunken Peacock

The wallpaper version can be seen at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Insecticide and "bite" cream. The back of my left leg was "lunch" for something - happily the "bite" cream does wonders for the itching. Hopefully the insecticide will take care of whatever was using me as a tasty snack.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Windmill Wallpaper

This one is for my friend who was born in Holland! Hope you like it.

Windmill Wallpaper

The wallpaper version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Having plenty to do during my holidays. Between books to read, graphics to create and puzzles to do, there's no time to be bored.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Melancholy Blooms

The purple flowers were made in Illustrator. It was surprisingly easy to create them.

Melancholy Blooms

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A great day on Shutterstock. I love seeing a high number of downloads in the stats area.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Ocean Rush

If you can't take your computer to the beach, why not take the beach to your computer :)

Ocean Rush

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Holidays! It means not having to get up too early to go walking. And doing puzzles :) I love puzzles.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Shadow Play

Took forever to get his one to this stage. Its been one of "those" sessions.

Shadow Play

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A brilliant "last dance" session, and the fact that we will be restarting earlier rather than later next year.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Which Way is Up?

This is my latest "3D Hack" experiment. The horizon is all thanks to playing with that nifty "perspective" feature.

Which Way is Up?

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finding a penny! Last week I found a dime. This would be nothing special except for the fact that this money was found in Auckland, New Zealand. I think there's an American on the loose over here, and he's leaking small change. Finding foreign currency is always good for a laugh.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Hooked on Apo

I wonder what Dante would have thought of this image.

Hooked on Apo

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Scorched almonds, covered with minty stuff and smothered in dark chocolate. These are a "special edition" offering and they are very, very good.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Pink Crescent

Made with the same params as "Hooked on Apo". Its amazing what a gradient change and a bit of tweaking can do.

Pink Crescent

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My latest batch of vector images got accepted at Shutterstock :) Now lets hope they get downloaded.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Star Lace

Too pink for me, but not ugly enough to "bin".

Star Lace

The wallpaper version can be seen at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: The gift I needed to organise for later in the week is ready to go and it looks great!

Friday, December 14, 2007

Dew Weave

Another "3D Hack" wallpaper. The "bubbles" on this one turned out quite well.

Dew Weave

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Gift exchange certificates. Basically you buy someone a gift and ask for an exchange certificate. This acts as proof of purchase without giving away how much the gift cost. Then if the gift is not quite "right", the person who receives it can switch it for something they prefer. In short, it means not having to worry that the recipient won't like the gift you got them, because they can exchange it if its not quite right.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Blocky Road

Everyone has heard of "Rocky Road" ice cream. This is the fractal / cube variety.

Blocky Road

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Getting a part time contract for work next year. Its at my favorite school and will allow me to do some University papers (in Statistics) at the same time.

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Bee Line

OK, so its closer to a curve than a line but I thought some artistic license was in order.

Bee Line

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: That my mom prays for me every night. I love you Mom :)

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Gold Mosaic

This one started off as an image in Apophysis. Then it got post processed *a lot* in Paint shop Pro. The trick here is to stop when it looks good.

Gold Mosaic

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Being able to do "hard" Sudoku puzzles. I don't think the "hard" ones are all that difficult but its nice to able to do them. Weird thing is that the "hard" ones in my book, are not nearly as tough as the ones in the newspaper, which bear the same description (can't do those - yet).

Monday, December 10, 2007

Blocky Ball

This one reminds me a bit of that huge silver monstrosity over at EPCOT centre - except this version is prettier :)

Blocky Ball

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Video tutorials! Especially the ones for Illustrator (CS3). They are really easy to follow.

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Pink Bubble Weave

This one seemed like a good idea at the time. Now I'm not so sure.

Pink Bubble Weave

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Pita, falafel and donuts at the library today! I was really well behaved and abstained from the donuts - even though they looked fantastic. Turns out that donuts are part and parcel of celebrating Chanukah.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Star Fantasy

Don't quite know what to make of this one! Its falls into that "interesting" category.

Star Fantasy

The wallpaper can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Finally finishing the book I was reading. It was called "Jewish Stories", but unlike previous collections, this one did not really hold my attention. Many of the stories were just too weird / strange. I stuck with it in the hope that the stories would improve, sadly they did not.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Dreidel Play

File this one under "fun things to do on your own". Of course its more fun to play the game in a group, especially when you're winning!

Dreidel Play

The large version is at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: A new web design client. It might be nothing, but it might be something. Ironically, I have time now to create new sites. Most people are "flat out", but with school finished for the year, I'm looking for stuff to do.

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Chanuka - 3 Candles

If you're wondering what the four Hebrew letters on these Dreidels stand for, take a look at this Wikipedia article.

Four Dreidels

The large version can be seen at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Learning how to create scalable abstract designs using Illustrator which look quite good. Said designs will, of course feature here in due course.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Two Dreidels

Tonight is second night Chanukah. Below is the image that featured on the cover of "Kesher" this past quarter. The graphic was made using Blender.

Two Dreidels

The large version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Salt water. Its wonderful for getting rid of snails. Simply make quite a concentrated solution of salt water and then add live snails. The snails do not remain alive for very long! Before you all tell me how terrible it is to do this, let me just say that the snails wreak havoc on the garden if they are not controlled and salt water is a lot more environmentally friendly than some other methods out there.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Chanuka Sameach

Presenting my officialChanukah graphic for this year.

Chanukah 5768

The large version is available at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: My artwork made it onto the front cover of our community magazine (Kesher) for the second time in a row. The image which "made it" will be posted here in due course.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Floral Optimist

This is the ultimate wallpaper for the optimistic female geek! Enjoy.

Floral Optimist

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Spring cleaning! Had a "clean out" today and was amazed at the amount of stuff that I'd managed to accumulate. It felt really good to get rid of all my clutter. Did not take too long either.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Package Deal

You get the spheres, box and ribbon all for the price of one wallpaper.

Package Deal

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Lame "knock knock" jokes. These only make you laugh if you have an eight year old child to share them with. Happily, our youngest volunteer at the library is at that perfect age :)

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Golden Heart Wallpaper

Its very different from my usual offering, but I liked the background design. Having said that, its too strong to be a wallpaper on its own. The idea behind the "To Do" area is that one can stick electronic "post its" there, or place files which need to be worked on in that area. What do you think?

Golden Heart Wallpaper

The wallpaper version can be downloaded at the preceding link.

Today's Gratitude Item: Sticky buns :) I don't really have to explain this one!