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Some day I'll get some nice outdoors time for more than a couple of days, and forget about my computer and work, and it'll be great, and...a man can dream...

Meanwhile, in the real world...

Day 2 of my hair tutorial was published a while back, it can be found here:
http://cg.tutsplus.com/tutorials/3d-art/create-incredible-looking-hair-effects-with-particles-in-blender-day-2/

Also, I've done a quick sketch this past weekend with Gimp and the great presets from Gimp Paint Studio.


Finally, I've been testing 2.5 for a while now, and, even though there are some things that I don't like about it (I just have to get used to them though), there are a lot of new features that have put a smile in my face since I've first tried them. It happened with colour management, then with the new sculpting improvements, and now, indirect diffuse lighting. :)



I've done this on Saturday (I've taken the idea from a friend's wallpaper), and only used AAO and indirect lighting in that scene, no lamps. I can only grin when I look at that image and think about what it would have taken to do that in 2.49. yay!

Incidentally, I'm doing a quick/small overview of current 2.5 for cgtuts, so, if any of you would like to see anything mentioned in it, feel free to leave a comment.

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