This is issue #115 of the Dogwaffler of the Moment, a sporadic, artsy newsletter for and about users of Project Dogwaffle.
Announcing Project Dogwaffle 10 - Howler edition
here is another update from the "Dogwaffler of the Moment", our sporadic newsletter about digital painting and animation as well as visual effects and exploring 3D creativity with Project Dogwaffle: PD Howler, PD Artist and PD Particles. You can see and learn more about the newsletter in prior, recent online editions, with added images and links to related videos, tutorials, free content and ideas, tips and tricks, and lots more. Start reading here to see all past newsletters:
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Mission accomplished, we have released Howler 10.
When she's a 10, you know she's a keeper!
PD Howler 10 - What is it, and what's new?
To learn more about this newest version of Project Dogwaffle, start here
What is PD Howler 10?
PD Howler is the top edition of Project Dogwaffle, which is software created by an artist, and made for artists. Project Dogwaffle runs on PCs and tablets with Microsoft Windows, and is made for digital painting AND animating. You'll find many predefined brushes, and many more ways to customize or make your own, from simple brushes with single image stamps to multi-frame animated brushes, particle brushes, bristle brushes and exotic foliage brushes, to name a few.
You can load a video clip or image sequence into the brush, and paint it across the frames of another video. PD Howler also supports various tools for compositing multiple video clips, adding slow-motion with motion estimation, and applying lots of filters and special effects to still images or animations. There are also a number of great 3D capabilities, such as to create realistic landscape, mountains and valleys, which you might use as a basis to paint over them as well. It's a great tool to discover your inner artist. It's useful for content creation in games, videos, illustrations and other types of graphic works, or just to dibble dabble away and spend some time with colors and pixels, to marvel at the beautiful side of technology. It's come a long way. Dogwaffle uses the GPU, GDI+, SSE2, multi-threading...
But let's not forget: In the end, it's just a tool. How you use it, that's what ultimately turns it into an artist's tool.
What is new in version 10.0?
What follows below is just a short summary. We are still working on the presentation of PD Howler 10: what is it, and what's new or improved in it? New samples and artwork are being added to the online edition of the newsletter, and of course to the main presentation itself.
New media browser:
All new code. Adds previews for media types that weren't previously supported including particles/bristles/orbicles/foliage. Large or small icons. Thumbtack is remembered between instances. Various refinements and fixes.
New color picker:
Integrated color themes and pigment profiles. New options, plus copy and paste.
New undo system:
Uses compression to save memory. Exists in memory or on disc. Discover the new Undo browser. The undo system handles a stage as an object, and you can snap back to it.
Foliage painting comes into its own with big improvements. There are also new presets, including some with continuous i.e. 'perpetual' mode painting. Well, it's almost perpetual. It fades away after a while if you hold the mouse button long enough, but the trick is good enough to create a dense bouquet of flowery shrubs in a spot or all over the lawn.
Fix a missing or bad block(s) of frames in a video using interpolation, with motion estimation(!) - this can be useful if you accidentally modified a frame or a few frames and can't find a way to undo back to the original image. And interpolated frame may do just fine and be much better than a messed up one. It also is a useful tool when compressed video left you with a few replicated frames every once in a while.)
More memory efficient
Animation operations that use the swap disc are 25% faster and more memory efficient. Undo memory is reduced using our new compression API. Undos can be saved to disc to allow thus more memory for animation)
Big improvements inspired by the redesigned PD Particle 9 released a few months earlier. Plus there are new mini-icon shortcuts for common tasks in the upper right corner area.
Automatically saves your work once a minute with the options to recover if a crash occurs. Did you ever paint and render on a laptop, thinking you had 1-2 hours of battery life left, only to see the sudden black screen of death after 10-15 minutes? In the past, the next sound that your neighbors would hear was "What the....?!?! NOOOOOOOOHHHHHHH!!!!". Now they might hear you chant a sigh of relief: YES!
Simulate the look of color film stock from the 1920's-1940's based on a 2 color die process
Simplified brush size
“Allow brush transforms” for custom brushes is automatically turned on if you change a brushes size. No more headaches.
The Quicker Color Picker gets even quicker
You can now navigate and switch brushes from it, and still store 4 favorites. Plus, you can adjust the size of the current brush right there. Very convenient!
To learn more over the coming days, read here: http://www.thebest3d.com/howler/10
PD Howler 10 on Sale through End of January
If you're newto Project Dogwaffle, enjoy an automatic 25% off.
If you have an earlier version to upgrade from, enjoy up to 55% off the regular full price, depending on which version you have.
Let us know if you need a discount coupon, and which version you have and where you bought it (such as BMTmicro online store, or Dan's Paypal direct sales, Daz3D, Renderosity or Steam, to name a few.
Read here for details: http://www.thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/sales
Update: Michael McDonald's Pop Art
Michael is a pop artist based in Omaha, Nebraska. You may remember his DOTM page at
Recently, he's been showing new artwork on his Facebook page. Some are very high definition, for large prints. 5000 pixels wide, 6000, even 8000!
Fantasy Landscape2015Michael McDonald
Inspired by popular culture, this peaceful setting aims to invoke a feeling of prosperity and calmnessacross the landscape.
Jordan V22015Michael McDonald
Another installment in the Pop Art Portrait Prints Series,showing the results of using interesting colors in unconventional ways.
A painterly sky and vivid colors in a romanticized portrait of this wonder of the world.
Emergence2015Michael McDonaldBright sun and cold waters. The surrealistic realization things might be warming up...
Market 42Michael McDonald2015
A detailed drawing of a village market in the third world.
The Infernal MachineMichael McDonald2016
In the dark shadows of the cellar, the mad scientist has created his infernal machine...
See more at http://thebest3d.com/dogwaffle/dotm/MichaelMcDonald/index.html
and remember that Mike offers large prints of some of his art at http://www.artpal.com/ArtByMike/
New Tutorials & Videos
There are many tutorials added to our YouTube channel. See http://www.youtube.com/pdhowler for the latest.
Over the coming weeks and months, we'll be focusing even more on new tools and techniques. If you would like to see something in particular, don't hesitate to ask us.
Howler 10 Playlist
We try to mark new videos as belonging to a group or category. Here's a playlist for videos relating to Howler 10. This is a good place to start discovering new capabilities.
Here's a very recent one, helping you to get started with customizing the interface:
Configuration options --- first steps with Howler 10https://youtu.be/USXXzzJZ3FM?list=PLBqbdhU5umbfGtZjWM2mgC7V8MBmD9cxg
And that's it, for now.
Thanks for waffling and howling! And a Happy New Year!
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