Shawn Olson Creative Arts

Art, Poetry, Photography, Writing and 3D

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Greetings Earthling. Welcome to my creative portal. My name is Shawn Olson. I'm a creative jack-of-all trades who has years of experience in 3ds Max, web development, journalism, photography, graphics and parenting. You may know me as a technical artist for Black Mesa or as the developer of Wall Worm if you came here as a game developer.

If you need help with any of these things, then I'm your guy:

  • Problem Solving
  • 3D Environments
  • 3D Assets
  • 3ds Max pipelines
  • Game Design
  • Documentation
  • Journalistic Coverage
  • Application Education
  • Web Application Development

If you must know more about me, feel free to read A Short Biography. But more importantly, enjoy the various photos, poems, editorials and scripts across the site.

I always enjoy feedback from visitors. Feel free to send me an email with any comments, ideas, praise, criticism or corrections. Of course you can always interact with me on the Wall Worm forums or other 3D forums where I haunt.

Latest Articles

Desktops are not extinct

Posted on Mar 8, 2012 | Last Updated Mar 8, 2012

Editorial discussing the notion that the time of the desktop is over. I argue that the advent of smart phones, tablets and mobile devices do not preclude the value of the desktop.

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computer, productivity, mobile device, ipad

Hiding in the Cracks

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 | Last Updated Feb 28, 2012

A poem about the illusion of discontinuity; questioning the static.

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Amazing Challenge VI

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 | Last Updated Dec 19, 2011

Find your way through this challenging maze.

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maze, challenge, puzzle

Creating a Tileable Texture from a Photo

Posted on Dec 7, 2011 | Last Updated Dec 7, 2011

Steps on making a tileable texture from a photo inside 3ds Max. Includes step-by-step instructions along with a video tutorial.

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tile, tileable, seamless, texture, photo, bitmap, 3ds max, viewport canvas

Creatures in 2011

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 | Last Updated Dec 5, 2011
Blanchard's Cricket FrogLarge Blue DragonflyDead Assassin BugFly on BranchSpider in Web with fangsSwamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle

Photos of various creatures I took in 2011, including the Swamp Milkweed Leaf Beetle, flies, a dragonfly and the Blanchard's Cricket Frog.

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insects, animals, frog, wildlife, photos, blanchard's cricket frog, dragonfly

Images of Wild Things

Posted on Dec 5, 2011 | Last Updated Jul 29, 2013

A series of photos of wild creatures.

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Cringefest 2003

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 | Last Updated Jul 29, 2013

Cringefest was a large show in 2003 showing off the talents of many popular bands in Central Ohio, including Cringe, Liquid 6teen, Eightdaze, Soma and more.

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MisCon 25

My Adventure with Onkel Sven.
Posted on Jun 5, 2011 | Last Updated Jun 15, 2017
John Dalmas and childJohn Dalmas and LadiesJohn Dalmas and William WarrenDalmas in the HoodRobert Lovely and John DalmasJohn Dalmas Giving ToastJohn and BrookeBill WarrenJohn the Story Teller

I traveled to Missoula, Montana with John Dalmas to participate in MisCon 25. I met several interesting characters including William Warren Jr, James Burk, Jim Glass and others.

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miscon, missoula, montana, sci-fi, scifi, science fiction convention, john dalmas

January, 2011 Newsletter

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 | Last Updated Jul 27, 2013
Brain MazeSanta's Meal to Slay For

Newsletter from Shawn Olson on January 10, 2011.

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Wall Worm plugins and scripts for 3ds Max

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