Project Dogwaffle Howler 9.5
The latest version of the painting and animation app has some very neat features
TCompany TheBest3D Web www.thebest3d.com here are so many inexpensive options for digital painters nowadays that choosing a piece of software can be a hard task. One application that stands out though – and not just because of its bizarre name – is Project Dogwaffle Howler. The brainchild of artist and developer Dan Ritchie, PD has grown to become a tool aimed at those creating art for the visual effects industry. And it has some great features.
Of course, there are the standard natural media tools here, with a raft of brushes on offer (just hitting the Browse Media button gives you an idea of the scope of the brushes available) and the ability to create your own from your artwork. Undoubtedly great options, but that’s pretty standard, familiar stuff really.
PD is also an animation tool, with useful tools such as a Timeline and Exposure Sheet, and the ability to load up video files and frame sequences. There are also some excellent – and rather fun tools – such as the Foliage brushes that enable you to quickly and
Contact email@example.com interactively paint trees and bushes from presets (there are new presets in version 9.5 as well).
Where PD stands apart from its budget rivals is in the rather interesting 3D functionality. The 3D designer filter makes it possible to quickly create 3D models based on your sketches (which works very well for terrain), while a new, rather accomplished Particle Modeler brings a 3D-like interface to the application, enabling you to create some very cool particle effects with little brush effort (think clouds and the like).
The fact that PD Howler is constantly being developed and updated is exciting. And with every new release Dan Ritchie seems to bring something cool to the mix. Version 9.5 brings numerous tweaks and updates to PD’s already extensive toolset, while adding some cool new effect-generation features. The interface and some of the workflow may feel a little unfamiliar if you’re used to Photoshop clones. But otherwise there’s no doubting that PD Howler is an excellent and highly original art-creation application.
The Foliage tool in Project Dogwaffle Howler 9.5 is excellent, enabling you to generate realistic trees and bushes in no time at all.