I’m not going to lie… this is not my first rodeo.
As a matter of fact, I’ve had a semi-active blog on the Internet for quite some time. My sister Families Across Time site drew some attention but fell to the wayside when I transferred duty stations in 2017. Its focus was family history and genealogy.
By the way, I was active duty Coast Guard for more than 35 years. I recently retired just in time for my first pandemic. Yay.
Anyway, I’ve had a creative side but rarely used it thanks to focusing on the Coast Guard mission. That said, I’ve tried just above everything. I’ve done a little painting, a little sewing (I have an Etsy site although it’s a bit lean at present), a little crafting, some writing, drawing, and a tad bit of guitar playing (although I suck at it). The fact of the matter is that I’m not that great in any of them.
Still, I love to be creative.
Recently I decided to download and install Blender, the open source (free) graphics application.
If you’re not familiar with it, that’s okay. In a nutshell, it’s a computer software that runs on either Windows or Mac that allows you to create photorealistic objects, characters, movies (or whatever) just like those high-end visual effects you see at the movies.
Yes, it’s that good.
I created this in Blender after only a few weeks of watching YouTube tutorials and trial and error:
The point of bringing this up is because it was the genesis of resurrecting Captain Coastie, the namesake of this URL and the blog site.
I won’t get into the history of Captain Coastie at present, but suffice it to say he’s been in my life for the past 15 years. Blender allowed me to bring him back from brink and animate him into my “experimental” Captain Coastie movie (which is now available on YouTube).
So, in conclusion… The focus of this blog will be the good Captain as well as my experiences with creativity, 3D software, Blender, and some of the neat things YOU can do if you want. As time goes on, I’d like to produce some tutorial YouTube videos as well.
That’s providing I can get a haircut. I look like Shaggy from Scooby Doo…