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Starbucks coffee cup engine
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Over the past few days I’ve been tinkering with some of the new texture mapping tools in FormZ, and I’ve got to say that having the ability to place textures “live” in a 3d viewport is a huge help when it comes to composing a scene. In FormZ 6, the texture mapping tool was completely separate from the modeling windows and testing placements meant running test renders over and over again until the image map was positioned correctly. It was a very time-consuming and clumsy process, so I ended up placing textures in Photoshop more often than not. Maya (my other favorite modeling software) is much better when it comes to texture mapping, but the process is a lot more complex and not as intuitive as doing the same thing in FormZ 8.

For testing purposes, I built a simple 3d model of a white coffee cup and played with different ways of placing the Starbucks logo on it live in the modeling windows. No, these aren’t the most exciting renderings I’ve ever done, but that wasn’t the point – I consider this set of Starbucks logo renderings to be more of a test than anything else. Perhaps I’ll create a full set of images with 3d Starbucks logos in the future if there seems to be enough demand, but for now, this is it.

starbucks coffee cup with pills spilling out

Starbucks Addiction

handcuffs and starbucks coffee cup

Protecting the Coffee

magnifying glass and starbucks coffee cup

Searching for Starbucks

starbucks coffee cup and lifesaver

Starbucks to the rescue!

screenshot of formZ modeling window placing textures

Having the ability to place textures “live” in the modeling window is one of my favorite things about the new version of FormZ. The map can be repositioned in any axis in real-time, eliminating the need for endless test renders.

Exactly why I chose to do this experiment with the Starbucks logo is interesting, as I’m not a coffee drinker at all. I do like the smell of it (quite a lot actually) but I just can’t stand the taste. My wife, on the other hand, can’t get enough and I’m convinced that she alone is keeping that company in business. Anyway, our refrigerator and kitchen is overflowing in white paper cups from Peet’s Coffee and Starbucks, so I thought it would be fun to create some illustrations that depict her crazy addiction to coffee.

BMW M logo with engine pistons
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Some of you guys might already know that cars and airplanes are two of my biggest passions in life, and if I didn’t have to worry about being practical and trying to make a living I would probably spend my days just drawing airplanes and cars just like I did when I was a little boy. A 30-second stroll though my airliner art gallery exposes my obsession with airplanes pretty clearly, but I don’t have very much automotive art to display here on my blog (yet). Of course there are the Lamborghini, Ferrari, and BMW logos – but those are just examples of 3d logo art that isn’t much different than the other 3d renderings I’ve been doing in my professional day job for years.

My ultimate goal is to be a master at hand-drawn car illustrations. It’s something I’ve been working on privately in my spare time, and I’ll start revealing that work here when the time is right. I don’t feel like any of my car sketches are worthy of posting here at the moment, so that means that I’m relegated to continuing with the 3d logo stuff until I become the automotive artist that I want to be.

And that leads me to my latest set of automotive-based 3d renderings: the BMW “M” logo. For those of you who don’t follow the car scene, BMW designates performance versions of it’s cars as M models (M3, M4, M5, etc). And just so you know, I’m an M3 kind of guy myself. As a matter of fact, I’m doing everything within my power to refrain from browsing for old e36 M3’s on Craigslist. I want one as a project car really bad, never mind the fact that I don’t currently have extra garage space (nor the mechanical know-how to keep an older car like this running smoothly).

The need to scratch that M3 itch is what led to this set of 3d BMW M logos. I didn’t have the time to create a full set of renderings, but since it’s a simple enough logo to begin with, I thought it would be fun to model it up and arrange it with a few performance-related objects. This is what I came up with:

BMW M logo with wrench and screwdriver

BMW M Tuning

BMW M logo with precision calipers

BMW M Precision

BMW M logo 3d addiction

BMW M Addiction

So, I’ll bet you’re dying to know if this little project satisfied my craving for that M3. The answer is a big fat “NO”, and I think this actually might have backfired on me. I’ve already been to Craigslist twice today eyeing a nice little 1999 white coupe with low miles and need for a good home. If it wasn’t tax season and we weren’t in the middle of some major home renovations right now, I’m not sure I’d be able to resist…

android developer
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Following up on my last post, here is another set of orphaned 3d illustrations that haven’t been uploaded anywhere else as stand-alone stock illustrations. This set is a series of Android logos (the typography-based version – not the robot) rendered in a variety of different settings. The bulk of the set consists of transparent glass Android logos over a gray background, which are very simple and should allow you to modify them however you like.

All of my other Android logo illustration sets (which can be found here, here, here, here, and here) were all based around that iconic green robot in some form or another, so that makes this set a bit unique. It’s funny though – whenever I think “Android logo”, it’s only the robot that I think of. Never the text version. That reason alone may be why these images never made it to this blog or my store – but another reason could be that I personally don’t think these are as visually interesting as my other sets. Either way, I thought that they aren’t doing any good sitting unused in my personal archives, so I am releasing them out into the wild right here and now.

Just like all the other images on my blog, you are free to use these however you wish for your own personal projects. The only thing I ask is that you do not redistribute them yourself. Thanks for your support!

glass Android logo

3D illustration of a transparent glass Android logo hovering over a smartphone over a reflective pastel background

Android logo over a light gray background

3d illustration of a transparent glass Android logo over a light gray background

Android Help

3d illustration of a transparent glass Android logo with a red and white lifesaver in place of the O over a light gray background

android logo and keys

3d illustration of a transparent glass Android logo with two large silver keys lying in front of it over a light gray background

Android logo with a red SALE tag attached to it

3d illustration of a transparent glass Android logo with a red SALE tag attached to it

Android logo sitting on large red SALE tag

3d illustration of a transparent glass Android logo sitting on large red SALE tag over a light gray reflective surface

Android logo with a large magnifying glass

3d illustration of a transparent glass Android logo with a large magnifying glass hovering over top of it