Thursday, December 11, 2008

Dark Crystal Skeksis Castle

Hey everyone! So I have the first version of my Dark Crystal castle model. I have a turntable animation here below are some stills. This is the first iteration and is a work in progess. Any comments welcome

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Digital drawing project

Done in Photoshop, inspired by 18th century artist John Martin.

Friday, October 31, 2008

New drawing

Hand sketched then brought into Photoshop and sketched on more.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Mystic character from movie The Dark Crystal

I've started a new large project and have new images to show. I'm going to be recreating several characters and environments from the movie "The Dark Crystal". This movie has had a huge impact on my life and Brian Froud, the illustrator behind the look of the film, is a true master. So, the first character I'm doing is one of the "good" characters in the film called uR ru or Mystic. I'm doing base modeling in Maya and detail work in Zbrush. Below are images from the my WIP of the head. There will be TONS more to come on this project as things progress. Any comments welcome.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Swoop Stars Wars Speeder Bike

Here are some renderings from a model I built in Maya with NURBS. The concept is based off a vehicle from the Star Wars universe. The enviroment is based off a Stars Wars Factory in Ep.1

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Friday, June 20, 2008

Some Oil paintings

Here some oil paintings I did 2nd semester this year. Both are oil on canvas.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

2008 CCAD Student Show Open

I did this years CCAD Student Show Open sequence. It was all shot at CCAD. I did the 3D work in Maya, and compositing in After Effects.


Saturday, May 24, 2008

Cinema 4D Experiments

So it's summertime! Well, at least summer break. During summer break I'm planning on doing some experimentation among other things. Things to look forward to on this blog

- 3D Parametric animation experiments
- Digital matte sketches
- More Maya work.

Here's the first animation showing some work done in Cinema 4D

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Expulsion Project Final

Here is the final animation for the Expulsion project. I learned alot doing this project and I think it turned out pretty well. It didn't meet my expectations but I had very high expectations for it. All in all I learned a lot of what to do and not to do working on an image like this. Here are some specs for it.

Software used:

Maya 7
Vue 6
After Effects CS3

Other information:
All pieces were rendered in 3d, nothing was painted. Particles done in Maya and Particle Illusion. Compositing done in After Effects in over 50 layers.

Here is a link to a hi-res Quicktime of the animation.


Below is a small res version

Any comments are welcome.

Here's the original painting

Friday, May 2, 2008

Electronic Illustration - Concept Art Part 2

Painted in Photoshop, 3d done in Lightwave

Sunday, April 27, 2008

foreground plates

here are some more updates, most foreground elements are done. Crunch time, working on the gate and surronding elements....still need to find models for adam and eve. Due in one week!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

more renders for middle ground

here are a few more renders for the middle ground Eden(right side) parts of the animation....working on more trees/vegetation for the middleground/foreground. Trees take a REALLY long time to render...but pushing on....

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

more trees and light

tree light testing

doing some testing on backlighting trees for the forest on the right side of the image. Looks pretty good, took some time trying to simulate rim lighting with the's getting there. Having issues with creating soft shadows with raytracing in Vue, but I think it's coming along....

Music video project for Video I

music video I did for video I class. Done in After Effects with some 3D done in Maya.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

all background plates done

So here are the rest of the background mountain plates. The will be much smaller in the final composition.

Monday, March 31, 2008

Background mountain plate

Alrighty, starting to work on the backgrounds for the Expulsion project. I now have 5 weeks to finish the project so my production schedule goes like this.

Week of March 31: Right side background/middle ground plates
Week of April 7: Left side background/middle ground plates
April 14- 28: All foreground elements and animation
April 28 - May 05: Finishing/compositing. Sometime in there I have to shoot the live action Adam/Eve

So that's the low down folks. Here is an image of a element i finished today. The first image shows you the element in the painting, the second is the element I made. This will be the format from here on.

One final note: Instructors please post comments. Any suggestions at all are helpful!

Monday, March 10, 2008

tree animation

Switching gears from particles to something else. I'm doing some tests on animation of the trees across the bridge. Done using Paint FX. I think the tree needs to have more weight so i'm working around that. I still need to figure out how to have particles be emitted from the tree itself, which I think might have to be done in After Effects.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Monday, February 25, 2008

volcano cloud light

This is a volume cloud test for the portion of clouds above the volcano in the expulsion images(see previous post).

Sunday, February 24, 2008

cloud fluid test

Maya cloud test, fluid example still working out lighting

Sunday, January 27, 2008

water test

Waterfall test using particle illusion

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Cat painting WIP

Painting i'm doing in Painter X. It's in progress!