Archive for December, 2007

New Sketches

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

Well not much new works this week. My drawing hand has been rather lethargic this week. Only did some wolf studies to prepare for a painting I am doing for Farlandworld. The wolf studies is from photo referenecs. The picture i am doing is about a creature called wolf-spider, hence the studies. The one at the bottom is the sketch of the wolf spider which has a wolf head with spider body and eyes. Hope to have more pictures this coming week :)

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Venture into Houdini

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

For the last week, I have been exploring Sidefx Houdini. I have to say, I am hooked onto it. I am usually not a fanboy for any software but this piece of software is really a beauty by itself. The way it handles the process of creating 3D images is very distinct and unique, very differerent from rest of the other 3D software which more or less have similar functionality, just having different interfaces. Houdini is totally based on procedural paradigm. It is not just simply a node based software but it is like an operating system for 3D. They provide you with all the building blocks and you can create anything with them, much like playing with Lego. What is so fantastic is that each block can communicate and reference another block from any network. (Houdini have networks which are like a universe where you can construct stuff and keep your building block in a neat way) This really means there are limitless possibilities that you can connect your blocks and give them behaviors and rules.

Within this first week, I learned quite abit about Houdini but I feel I only touch the tip, no the first atom of the tip of the iceberg. I hope to use Houdini possibly in my demo reel. (depending whether I will go into visual effects or not) The good thing is Sidefx recently announced the Apprentice HD version which cost only 99 dollars. The only restriction is that you can only use it for non-commercial purposes and the max size for batch rendering is HD size, which in my opinion is good enough for a demo reel.  Well, i see whether I can buy one license and use it in my demo reel.

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A Good Artist Link Site

Saturday, December 22nd, 2007

I found a link site today which provide connection to alot of awesome artists. I am not sure of the origin of the site but it is a good collection of inspiration. It mainly deals with the field of concept art though it does have a category for 3D and traditional art. If any time you are short of inspiration, a trip to any of the artist showcased here will surely bring ur sugar level up.


Term 1 Update

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

Term 1 has just swept by in a blink of an eye. Within in 2 months we covered quite a bit of materials and i learned tremendously. From life drawing to character design, modeling to texturing. I feel I learn more stuff in this 2 months than in my last year of self learning. Anyway, here are some of my stuff.

First up, modeling. This is the last assignment for 3D modeling and we are supposed to do up some biorobotic character. I design a dinorobot thingy which have robotic arms and legs. Its central torso is also robotic and it houses a few fighter pods which gatling gun mounted on it. Dont mind the ridiculous pose it is in :P

Next up is composition. Majority of the compositional works are done on paper. Only the last one is done digitally. Here the teacher pass us a paragraph from a novel and we are supposed to pick a scene and do up a composition on it. I still find it difficult to apply color to my drawing as shown. I am still not proficient in shading digitally and I find my work have a sense of incompleteness to it. Well more practice !


Next up is sculpture. This one is pretty exciting for me because this is my first time at it. We are supposed to do up any thing we desire as long it is half body. I basically design a alien looking character which some sort of tentacles at his head. I must say, the process of sculpting is so involved and hands on that it feels pretty good doing it. You have a great sense of directness but of cos a great deal of control is needed. I believe i did a good job considering it is my first try. Anyway the color you see on the picture is done digitally. I am still in the process of coloring it with acrylic (with little success though).

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All right. This last one (above right picture) is not part of the school stuff. It is just a picture i did for someone who is designing a d20 game setting called Farland. This particular picture is for their bestiary page, and for a creature called Aldran Giant. Interesting project and I guess I will continue doing more picture for him. It is good practice for me.

A Shannara Movie !!

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

I just heard from my brother that there will be a Shannara movie in the making. It got me quite excited. I like Terry Brook’s Shannara series and has always hoped for his books to be make into movies. Finally, the filmmaker has seen the potential in his story and make my dream come true. For all those non-fantasy book reader, Shannara is a on-going series of books written by Terry Brooks based in a fantasy world setting called Shannara. There has been many stories based in the world, spanning many generations of characters. This world is sort of a post-apocalyptic world where Man’s dabbling in Science has brought about a world catastrophe that wiped out most traces of science. Man are left with virtually no technological advancement. However at the same time, magic, which has faded off when Man began to be more scientific-going, started to surface again. This is a short summary of the setting of these books. Well the book being made into the movie is Brook’s second book, Elfstone of Shannara, which is one of my favourite book. Anyway, here is the link to an interview with the scriptwriter.


New Assignments Updates

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

Here are some of my assignments I have done in the last few weeks. First up is a 3D model of a unicorn I did for 3D modeling lesson. I will not touch it for now but I intend to use it as my next project to learn mudbox. I will sculpt it and define more details in mudbox.


The next two images are digital painting I did for two different lessons. The landscape one is for a photoshop lesson where the lecturer ask us to practice digital painting. I randomly found a landscape picture from google and tried to paint it in photoshop. I can say it is my first time jumping into colour in digital painting and I find it so much more difficult than painting in grayscale. When I try to pick a color which i think is the correct value, I would realise that I am so wrong when i lay it down. The effect that color has all its neighbouring color is something I need to learn to see and take note of. I also encounter difficulty creating correct edge relationship to make the landscape look real and interesting.

The other one is a painting I did for History of Animation. My lecturer ask us to design what we think Mickey Mouse should look like in our own style. Me, being a lover of realist art, went for a more realistic style. In the end, it look like a character from the Redwall books.

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