I'm Bruce, I am retired and have been into computer graphics as a hobby for quite a few years now having cut my teeth on old DOS based graphics programs in the mid 80s.
I am a retired LEO (primarily Desk / Corrections Officer) in my mid 50s from Upper Michigan. I am married to a wonderful lady named Mel (Melody) and we now have our 15th grandchild as of 2010.
I have an extensive photography background having worked as a Freelance in my earlier life as well as News Photog, Police & Military Photog. Due to my health, I am now somewhat homebound a lot, but I still shoot close to several thousand photos a year - nowadays albeit mostly family photos or backgrounds for my artwork and my current camera of choice is an Olympus C8080; although I cut my teeth in my earlier photography primarily with 35mm Canon equipment as well as larger formats upto 4x5 press cameras. My love for photography also extended into filmmaking which I considered as a career at one time. Looking back, I have about 20 years in being a bit of a computer geek since the old DOS days of the early to mid 80s. I also enjoy writing and am the public information coordinator for our County Office of Emergency Management.
In my graphic creations, I primarily have specialized in images for desktop wallpapers of around 800x600. These images are usually of a Scenic or SCI-FI type image. We recently moved to a new home, so I am now starting work on higher resolution images for framed wall displays and have invested in a tabloid size printer for that purpose. I have used Photoshop, but prefer Paint Shop Pro 9 which I use extensivly & have used PSP of one version or another for over 10 years now. I also use VistaPro, Terragen, Vue Easel, Hexagon, DAZStudio and Bryce for the majority of my projects although I must admit to being still somewhat a newbie with regards to 3D.
For those into Bryce, I have a number of freebie OBP files as well as some OBJ files available for anyone interested and the links to them on my input page. The 3D models I make are made primarily in Bryce and HEX. Many of my models can also be found at my ShareCG gallery: http://sharecg.com/pf/full_uploads.php?pf_user_name=goshtac All models I post there are free for unrestricted use as long as you don't try to sell the models or claim them as your own.
Sept 12 2010 - Update, It has been awhile since I have been doing much in the way of my Art. Finally getting back to it a bit and set up my own web site with photos and artwork at: http://www.goshtac.com/
I am enjoying getting back into the artistic groove and currently working on a series of images for a poster on behalf of an old friend of mine. The poster is to be in honor of our Vets and when completed will be donated to the local VA Hospital. I hope to post some of these images in my gallery here soon. Being ex-Military (Army) and also having had 3 kids serve - One currently in Kuwait, this poster project is a true labor of love for me. For any of our military folks here, current or vets - thank you for your service. If anyone here served in HHC 57th Signal back in the 73 to 76 time frame, please drop me a note as always great to hear from prior unit members...
I Welcome comments, good or bad on any of my creations and look forward to getting to know many of the community here. Thanks for taking the time to stop by and lets all keep on creating...