This is issue #165 of the Dogwaffler of the Moment, our sporadic newsletter about Project Dogwaffle.
December: Bye-bye 2020 ? nah, just kidding
This edition and other issues of the newsletter can be found here with more content:
So what's all the fuzz with 2020?
2020 - a symbol of perfect vision when spelled this way: 20/20
2020 - the year coming up next. A leap year. February 29 is coming soon.
2020 - the year of the Summer Olympics in Japan. Exciting!
2020 - the Project Dogwaffle saga continues... :-)
So, it's not bye-bye Howler 2020.... It's more like Bye-Bye-2019. Not HOWLER 2019 either, that version remains still available if you're strapped for a few bucks and Santa didn't think you were nice enough this past year. .... No, it's bye-bye to the YEAR 2019. And welcome 2020. And welcome to Howler 2020, which we started shipping a few months ago, and in fact continued releasing with new features, bug fixes and enhancements. We're about to call it "2020.1" in fact - Stay tuned.
Thanks for waffling and howling, and we wish you all very merry peaceful holidays and a prosperous Happy New Year.
The Community Webinar at Digital Art Live?
Yay we had another successful webinar hosted by Paul Bussey at https://www.DigitalArtLive.com - and we highly recommend you check his upcoming calendar, with more interesting things for lots of 2D and 3D art solutions and tools.
Our focus on this most recent webinar with PD Howler 2020, which was held December 8, was indeed focused on animation techniques and animation tools found in PD Howler. Examples of what we discussed and presented:
- Workflow basics: storing an image, a brush, a selection, an animation
- hand drawn animation and the light table, and the frame painter
- combining, displacing, compositing... workign with stored animations as animated swap
- many fun filters with animation, such as Tunnel
- animation in Puppy Ray to fly across a landscape or do panoramic sweeps.
- and lots more
Of course we ran out of time to cover everything, since there is so much, there are so many features in PD Howler. It doesn't do everything imaginable, of course, but it does pack quite a punch.
We might want to do another webinar, perhaps on topics such as the Particle Modeler to create and animate volumetric clouds. You may remember this? This one was before it was released, a sneak preview.
and here was an initial walk-through by Dan Ritchie, announcing it with Howler 9.5:
Anyway, we hope you enjoyed the webinar.
Dogwaffler of the Moment
The Warp Hole - by Faith Jones
PDHowler is epic, I first started using it in 2015, and watched some of the tutorials.
Here's my Instagram, a lot of my VFX utilise 3D landscapes created in part with PDHowler:
These make great live wallpapers for my phone.
I've found the software unlike any other, it feels like a lot of the smoke and dagger has been taken out unlike other software packages.
This one is my favourite: Tunnel with artistic Graphic Pen filter. To me it evokes a horror aesthetic, like Manga by Junji Ito (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Junji_Ito) https://www.instagram.com/p/BreJoGegwhf/
See more examples from thewarphole here:
New Features / New Build of PD HowlerWe've recently made new builds, and one is coming soon. It will be called build 2020.1
Here are some recent enhancements.
More might be added as we discover it.
- frame number text in Frame Painter was wrong color
- Brush Keyframer did not accept mouse click without mouse move.
- Enhancements to light diffusion filter for bloom effects
- CTRL + ALT to scale brush
- ALT + Mouse-Wheel to scale brush
- Numerous bug fixes
- Media history (up to 8 most recently used)
- Undo Browser shows undos in the preview in realtime as you hover across the stack of undos
- New medias
If you have Howler 2020, this is a free update.
New Tutorials & Videos
Check the Youtube channel for recently posted tutorials and sample videos:
We've posted a few new tutorials and videos, be sure to check them out. Here are a few:
Blue Sky tutorial
Brush size tutorial
And here's a slideshow of recently rendered landscapes by Dan
Dan's Gulch Renderings
Year-end promotion? Howler on Sale!
We're continuing this promotion for all, in the spirit of giving, whether you are a current user or just want to take advantage of the season. Want treat yourself or do you have a budding artist in the family? Now you can do so more easily. Or simply help another fellow artist - please pass it around in your social media:
Discount code: MMXXL
50% discount on PD Howler 2020 or Artist 2020
Howler 2020 - regular $79 - on sale for $39.50
Artist 2020 - regular $47 - on sale for $23.40
Order at https://www.thebest3d.com/sales and select the version you want. When you see the order form (hosted securely by BMTmicro) be sure to enter your discount code and click outside the text box to see the discount price.
A Chance to win in the Digital Art Competition: FAIRY WORLD
Hosted by Pixarra: quick reminder that this one closes in a few days, December 20.
Lots of Great Prizes Valued at over $1400 from Pixarra and our Sponsors: Akvis, TheBest3D, Renderosity, Spirit, Flying Meat, Nevercenter and BeLight Software.
It's Free to Enter.
Submissions are accepted from November 6 to December 20.
All fantasy creatures, fairy tale characters and magic are welcome!
Enter here: http://www.pixarra.com/competition.html
You could win PD Howler 2020!
There are other competitions from recent past:
Reminder - Read the Adventures of Silver Squirrel
Looking for a gift to give? How about a book?
Here's a word from the creator of PD Howler's Project Dogwaffle, and writer of the adventures of Silver Squirrel. If you like to read, read this:
I would also like to take this opportunity to announce my latest book, Silver Squirrel and the Princedome of the Hill, in which Silver Squirrel is chosen to save a castle-like city built by deer, which is now under siege by a pack of wolves. If you like a good read in the vein of Watership Down, and Narnia, every purchase helps keep Howler development going. Visit Silver Squirrel at http://squirreldome.com/Silver.htmsquirreldome.comAs always, thanks for Howling, and please let others know about us. Don't keep us a secret anymore. Your help really... helps... a lot!
And was we said before, every order keeps Howler development going, so it's a win-win! Silver Squirrel is a hero who solves his problems with love and forgiveness, and changes the world in his own unique, rodenty way.
These are the Silver Squirrel Ebooks that are currently available for sale:
- Crucible of Silver
- Uneasy Pieces
- Court of Animal
- Sky Full of Rabbits
- Princedom of the Hill
(illustration painted in PD Howler: )
With the holidays around the corner, these make great gifts.
Visit Silver Squirrel at http://squirreldome.com/Silver.htm
And that's it, for now.
Thanks again for waffling and howling! Team Dogwaffle
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