Art: Human effort to imitate, supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty, specifically the production of the beautiful in a graphic or plastic medium. Also, the study of these activities, or the product of these activities.

Conceptual Determination and discovery are primary ingredients to any successful arts venture... be those arts visual, performing, musical, or some other collaboration. Just about anything can be art; but in order for it to be art, it must have a determined concept to be explored. The exploration, both for the artist and the audience, is what makes art live.

Exploration of new techniques and tools is the ultimate in creative expression. Enrolled in Computer Science 3710 (Computer Graphics) in Spring 2004, the challenge to express in a new medium is at the forefront. (Full course list available) Typifying this is the raytracing project we undertook. The task? To create two images: the (in)famous "Lethbridge Teapot" and a Southern Alberta landmark. The challenge and exploration? To do so using new and unfamiliar tools: POV-Ray, Moray or modelling software such as Blender or 3D Studio Max. Oh, and did I mention we had to learn how to do it all on our own?

Below are a series of links that I either developed or found useful during the creation process. Enjoy.


Results, Renderings and Reports
  Designer Blog (Teapot) Designer Blog (Waterfall)
Tools of the Trade (Links to downloadable software, denoted by*)
  POV-Ray 3.5* Moray 3.5*
Arbaro 0.8* Leveller 2.3*
Adobe Photoshop 7 The Gimp 3.1b*
NVU 0.1* Dreamweaver 4, MX


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