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Here's a new 1024x768 version of the Dragonfly Top View image in the Bryce Gallery. One of you requested it, and I thank that person. There's also a high-bandwidth version (zero compression) for the detail-minded.

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The same model with a different background, also raised up so there's no shadow within the view. This was actually rendered at the same time as the previous version, but has not been shown until recently. Didn't want to bore you. (Now I do.)

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My son Andy and I did this together in Amorphium and Bryce 4. It was tough pulling him away from his Nintendo. He's almost 8.

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The same ship with different textures. This one reminds me of Darth you-know-who. Andy designed the ship's shape. I added the glass-like components in Bryce 4 as he went back to his Nintendo. Wow, talk about dedication!

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A test ship made in Amorphium, rendered in Bryce 4, and post-processed in Photo-Paint 9. I liked the perspective (as in point of view) of this shot, and the clouds' texture (Photo-Paint's "Elephant Skin") gives the scene an almost iridescent quality. These are a bit bright, and will be toned down later.

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"The Tinker: Top View". I originally rendered this because I liked the lighting and composition. But then came the arms and head of a Poser character, and it spawned the other images below.

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"The Tinker 4". I noticed this sort of looked like me at play.  (Just sort of!) So it became a series of mock self-portraits. I thought it was a good portrayal of that child-like glee I feel when playing in Bryce.

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"The Tinker 5". A close-up of a QTVR Gallery (actually what this scene was originally about).  It shows 10 space ships modeled in Amorphium.  You'll be able to download them soon.  They'll also be available in Metastream format.

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"The Tinker 6". This one got rendered because I liked the overall composition. The glassy-eyed look is due to endless hours in front of the computer, of course.

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"The Tinker's Revenge".  My first toying with the new Poser 4, meant to (possibly) replace the above Poser 3 figure. It's also a friendly jab at the paranoid.

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"The Tinker's Revenge Revisited". Another view, showing the extended eyes. Also please note the tight abs. Remember, this is supposed to be what I look like now. Only two years ago I looked like this.

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I'd like to thank Webdancer Donna D'Amelio for choosing me as her "Featured Artist" for today, June 6.  Donna featured two images (see below) on her site, and also wrote a lovely poem associated with one of the images.  Donna's site is a treasure-trove of her own beautiful art and soul-searching poetry, with links to all the amazing artists she has featured in the past. Thank you for the honor, Donna!

A new (more detailed) version of the Dragonfly image in the Bryce Gallery.  This is one of the images featured by Webdancer (above).

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The 2nd image featured by Webdancer. It's in Gallery 6 of her Poetry section. This is called "Surprise", and is a top view of the new Galactic Worlds QTVR (QuickTime Virtual Reality) Gallery, version 50.

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Version 57 of the QTVR Gallery. Each sphere is 500 feet wide, and contains 5 galleries displaying 10 3D models or 2D images in each. The entire gallery can display 250 items.

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A fractal done in KPT 5 FraxPlorer, then textured in Corel PhotoPaint 8. Still in progress. The original is 3200 x 3200 pixels.

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A close-up shot of the above, for those who like detail. You know who you are...
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This was my first "doodle" with KPT 5, only 640x480. It led to the larger version, above.
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Another fractal from KPT 5. This one is the bright version, sort of a fine brushed aluminum texture! The original is 1600 x 1200.
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The same as above, but textured to soften the impact. This is my favorite of the 3 texture versions here.
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This is the third texture version, more muted. This 640x480 image is the one that was previously displayed at the top of this page.
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A specially cropped version of the 2nd image in this series, at 100% zoom. This shows off the detail of the texture. Check it out!
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A specially cropped version of the 3rd image in this series, at 100% zoom. It's the original muted texture, a bit too "muddy" for my taste.
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This was inspired while lying in a dentist's chair. There was a beautiful poster of a snow scene stapled to the ceiling.
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The 1024x768 "Heart of Stone" image is available in a high-quality version (540k) that is almost as good as the original. All sizes have been enhanced.
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"Reflections Within" has been changed to a rectangular format instead of square, allowing it to be used as wallpaper. A large version is available too, and all versions have been enhanced.
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The same notes as above apply to "Reflections Within 2" as well. New animation formats are available too.   640x480   800x600   1024x768
MPG Anim (1.4 MB)


What's been happening?

Updated on 11-12-2001 by Peter St.Clair.

Welcome!  This is the original version of the Galactic Worlds site (created for browser versions 3.x and earlier). It will soon be updated to incorporate new capabilities available in the 4.x through 6.x versions of MS Internet Explorer and Netscape, along with many new features developed over the past few years.

Much has happened since the Galactic Worlds site was first established. The site was originally created in 1997 as a gallery for my early photographic efforts, and for more recent experiments in digital 2D and 3D art. As time has passed, I've become more focused on 3D art and modeling, as well as web design and web application programming.

Although the design and graphics for the new site (mentioned below) were completed more than two years ago, it has taken me that long to learn the programming technologies (advanced concepts in ASP, DHTML, VBScript, Javascript and other languages) necessary to implement the design of the new site.  And while the learning phase is certainly not over yet, I now have enough server-side programming knowledge (and requisite software authoring tools) to accomplish wonders, limited only by my imagination. I'm thrilled now to announce the new site's scheduled unveiling date of January 1, 2002.  I trust that you will come back then to enjoy the new automated gallery systems and the artwork within.  In addition to programming, I've also been very busy creating unique sets of new 3D models, and some new Bryce artwork (vers. 4 & 5) as well.

I'm also very pleased to announce new "partnerships" with Linda Fortunato (an excellent artist and my partner in life), Garland Hopkins (with whose superb artwork many of you are already familiar), and Robin Mattern of InetPurchasing.com (our excellent hosts).  Robin has also contributed a great deal of behind-the-scenes programming expertise and support.  I will always be gratefully in his debt.  We are also adding another member to the Galactic Worlds team, Mark Fisher.  Mark will not only be serving as our financial officer, but will also be working closely with Robin and me in a new e-commerce venture.

The new Galactic Worlds Galleries will be not only a showcase for my own 3D artwork and 3D models, but for other "guest" artist's work as well.  In addition, the site will feature a state-of-the-art Online Mall from whence you'll be able to purchase prints of our artwork, custom 3D models to use in your own 3D artwork, and MANY other products.

Finally, I would like to thank those of you (mostly artists) who have maintained links on your sites to GalacticWorlds.com.  Your efforts and consideration have provided a comfortable flow of about 20 visitors each day for the past several years while I was off learning what I needed to learn for the next phase.  I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping to share this site with others.

3D DESIGN LINKEES:  To my knowledge, the following people and/or sites have current links to GalacticWorlds.com (please let me know if I have missed anyone).  The first group consists of sites whose content is relevant to the content of Galactic Worlds.  In many cases, I have become close friends with these people over the past 4 or 5 years of interacting with various Bryce-oriented newsgroups.  In most cases, I would highly recommend visiting these sites due to their artistic merit alone:

Mastery Multimedia (Barb de la Hunty)
Moyra's Web Jewels (Delightful designs, with heart!)
RainGod.com (Angus McIntyre - Beautiful Art with Wit!)
Slawek Wojto_blankwicz (Awsome collection of art!)
Tharkun's Den (A good friend & man of "noble" character)
The Araminta Station (Awsome! A MUST-see!)
The Gate to Antares (Bryce & Poser Resources)
The Widow's Web (Mary Broussard)
Visual Redemption (Michael Knight)
WebDancer (Donna D'Amelio's beautiful work!)

WEB DESIGN LINKEES:  On Karen Chauncey's Design Help page you will find an excellent collection of links related to web Design, including some of my favorite designers. She obviously has excellent taste. <g>

Time Explorers Design Help (Karen Chancey - Great Links!)

OTHER LINKEES:  This next group of sites are not related to 3D art or web design, but have linked up for various other reasons.  While I'm not necessarily recommending these sites for their (relevant) artistic merit, I'm reciprocating their links as a courtesy, and you may still find content that is worth the visit:

The Art of Leon Engelen (Traditional Oil Paintings & Tutorials)
ANAM - Art and Creativity Links (Joe Mullally - Dowsing, Shamanism)

And here's a little Spotlight of my own for you... Steven Stahlberg is an incredibly talented artist whose 3D fantasy models are simply amazing!  I highly recommend stopping by for some serious study of his modeling and rendering techniques... at Android Blues.

Who else should I mention?  Although the full list of links I've collected over the years will be available on the new site, there is one artist who is SO prolific, and SO talented, that her site should be visited at least once each week.  She has also been a good friend to me over the years, and has helped me beta-test many of the 3D models I'll soon be making available as downloads.  She is also very active in the Corel community and others, and has freely offered more online help to people than anyone else I know.  So please, if you haven't already done so within the last few days, do yourself a favor by visiting The Cricket Cage by Sylvia Lutnes.

Enjoy,
Peter




New Images!

Updated Aug. 23, 1999

Hi, folks! This is probably the last update before switching over to the new site design. But I've become fond of the old site (this one), and I think a few others might like to see it again once in a while as well. So it will still be available, like an old relic, but will not be kept up to date.

As for today's update... Below are 11 new renderings, most of which were recently posted on the KPT List. (There's also a photo of me, hidden in the text of Tinker's Revenge Revisited.) Please enjoy them all, and come back again to see the new site. There will be a new QTVR Gallery built to house the new fleet of space ships I've been modeling in Amorphium.  Many will be available for free download. Today's new images, by the way, are the ones between this paragraph and Webdancer's logo below.

Also, please be sure to read the License Agreement if you wish to download any of the images or other files on this site.

Bye now,
Peter St.Clair


Now Using Dreamweaver 2:

March 7, 1999

It had to happen sooner or later. After years of laboriously writing HTML code by hand in HTML text editors, I've made the switch to a "wysiwyg" editor. From now on the pages on this site will be made with both Dreamweaver 2 and HomeSite 4. This is a powerful combination. It will allow me to spend more time on the important stuff, like filling the galleries with new artwork.


Thanks for your letters!

Feb. 24, 1999

To my delight, all of the email I've received has been very positive and complimentary. I'll put up a page for the comments sometime soon, but in the meantime I'd like to share one in particular with you. It's from Debbie Mandel, and is reprinted here with her permission. I chose this message because the words echo my own feelings about what I hoped some of the images here would convey. Specifically, color and movement. Here's her note:

"I love your work! Your art is so fluid. The lines move so wonderfully, and the color blending, I see movement in all of the scenes. Keep up the good work. (Snip-snip.)
Debbie Mandel"

Now, that's how to get on my good side! The last sentence was deleted due to over-blushing. Comments like that are very encouraging during those moments of doubt. My deepest thanks to all of you who have written. I can't begin to say how happy it makes me!

Enjoy,
Peter St.Clair


A Practical Note about Linking:

Feb. 23, 1999

Many of you wonderful visitors have placed links to THIS page on your sites. But please remember that ALL of the pages on this site will be relocated soon, and in any case are subject to renaming or relocation at any time. So, THE ONLY URL that you should link to is http://www.galacticworlds.com/. I'm very grateful to all of you who liked the stuff here enough to send other folks, but in order to avoid broken links on your links pages, please link ONLY to the root site address, without including an actual HTML file name. Same thing with Bookmarks. Sorry if it sounds inconvenient, but remember, the site isn't formally open yet, and this sort of thing is one reason why. (The subject is covered in detail in the License Agreement, but some folks apparently haven't read it yet. Please do!) Thank you for bearing with these galactic growing pains and the accompanying changes...

Also, if you DO link up to Galactic Worlds, I'd really appreciate a brief email letting me know. It will put a big smile on my face, and it will also give me a chance to visit your site, enjoy your work, and check to make sure that the link information is correct. I've been discovering most of these links from the site's statistics files, and upon checking, have discovered that most of the links have incorrect spellings or link to the wrong pages. So please do let me know, and I'll double-check your link. Thanks.


Dynamic HTML in Action:

Feb. 16, 1999

Folks, you've got to see Jeff Rouyer's animated site!! The new Galactic Worlds site will eventually use similar animation techniques, phased in gradually. Fun stuff!


Updated Heart of Stone image:

Feb. 2, 1999

My dear earthlings... the Heart of Stone images in the Bryce 3D Gallery have been revamped, and are of better quality than the previous versions. If you're one of the folks who previously grabbed a copy of either the 640x480 or the 800x600 JPGs, please feel free to update your copies. As for the 1024x768 version that many folks have been asking for, here are two links for direct viewing (since I haven't made a gallery page for that size image yet). The first image is a JPG with a compression level of 20 (on a scale of 100), which has a few minor perturbations of color as a result of the compression. That file is only 142k, and can be viewed here. A much better quality version (also 1024x768) is also available, with ZERO compression. It's a big 540k, but the quality is very close to the original BMP file, and worth the download time. Your choice. If you'd like an even larger version, please let me know, and I'll post that size as well.

Another subject that needed attention... the holiday pic is finally gone, as my new friend Moyra of Moyra's Web Jewels had the courage to say something! Until I can put it in the Bryce 3D gallery, here's a direct link to the 640x480 version. Or for the stout-hearted and swift of modem, here are some 800x600 and 1024x768 versions as well.

And now for a little treat... I'm so excited about the new look of this site that I can't resist offering you a preview. Click here to see what a new version of the Fractal Gallery might look like. Neat, huh? I call this one the Blue Suede look, but in earthen tones, of course, it would have to be called the Brown Suede look. So let's just call it Suede...

Stay tuned for more news, and thanks for stopping by!
Peter St.Clair


WOW, Folks!

January 31, 1999, Midnight PST

Metacreations made Heart of Stone its Image Of The Day (IOTD) today, and as a result I've received so many requests for that particular image that I decided to touch up the Heart of Stone images that are here now. It's something I've been meaning to get around to, but since so many people are looking at it already, now would seem to be a good time. If you like the stuff here, and would like to stay current (I'm working on a killer new interface that will knock the socks off this one), please let me know, and I'll send you a brief email once in a while when noteworthy things are happening. My sincerest thanks to all the folks who've expressed so much enthusiasm about the site! If you like this, you'll probably love what's next! I'm working on a new fairy scene, thanks to the new Poser 3. Other goodies too... A whole new look!

My sincere thanks also go to the folks at Metacreations for letting you all see the Heart of Stone, and for that matter, creating the software that allowed me make it. Metacreations (the maker of Bryce 3D) is far and away my most beloved software company. As thanks, I'll just try to make some pretty pictures with their toys. For a link to the Metacreations site and more about my work with Bryce 3D, just press the INFO button from anywhere in the Bryce Gallery. Oh, one other note... Stay tuned for some new work with KPT 5. I'm sure it will have its own gallery. (Come back to this page to stay updated.)

This is all Ollie's fault. (For those of you who don't know, he's the muscle [and heart] behind the perfect behavior of everyone on the KPT List, Metacreations' discussion list dedicated to their products. Anyway, a few days ago Ollie announced on the list that lately there hadn't been many submittals for Image Of The Day, and requested that we please get off our duffs. It took about two days before I realized I had a few that might qualify. So I submitted the first two of my images (see the Bryce 3D gallery), and they picked this one (Heart of Stone) surprisingly fast! Guess they must've really been desperate... [grin]   THANKS, Ollie! Your suggestion was directly responsible for about 600 hits to this page since just THIS MORNING, and lots of new friends to play with! And I don't think we're done yet. Normal traffic flow averages only about 5 or 6 hits per day (1/100 of today's traffic), since the site hasn't been formally announced. This was a fun day!
All for now...  Peter.


Season's Greetings, and Happy New Year!

December, 1998

My name is Peter St.Clair, and I wish you a wonderful new year in 1999, filled with beauty of all kinds. Although this site won't be formally opened to the public until early 1999, I've invited a few of my friends (including all the KPT/Bryce list members) to stop by and take a look at some of the artwork here. I hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will benefit in some small way from what you find here. Please feel free to email me with any comments or questions that you may have. I'd love to hear from you!


There is still some construction going on, but the galleries are all functional. I'd recommend starting with the Bryce 3D gallery, followed by the Fractal Gallery, and finally, the Texture Galleries. When you visit the Texture Galleries, be sure to click on some of the thumbnail images to see them as tiled backgrounds. There are 120 pages that you can browse, each showing a different tiled background. There's also a special treat on the first page of the Texture Gallery, using David Griffiths' HawkRay Java applet. This little gem shows the texture as a "Fly-by" 3D animation. You can see it here. (If the little window is blank, try reloading or refreshing the page once or twice. That's a common problem with this particular Java applet, but I've used it anyway because I like it so much.)

Three sections and one page are still under construction: The
Downloads, Services and Online Store sections, as well as the Fractal Info page. The secure Online Store will be especially nice, with a custom interface created using the Miva Merchant scripting language. You will be able to purchase digital prints of selected artwork, as well as CDs containing collections of the original artwork (uncompressed), and 3D models and textures for use in your own 3D projects.

In the meantime, if you would like to purchase prints of the artwork, you can order them by contacting me via email. Prints are available in almost any size (limited to 34 inches for the shorter dimension), so please specify the desired size and whether you are interested in mounting and framing options as well.

I hope you enjoy your visit!

Peter St.Clair




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