I spotted my render of Marvin the Paranoid Android in this episode of PBS idea channel. As a big fan of their videos I thought it was pretty cool and worth a share.
Marvin appears at 0:14 and if you missed him here he is:
This months 3D Artist magazine is a Blender special issue, featuring lots of blender related tutorials and articles. I had the pleasure of working on an image for the cover of the magazine, that is also featured in a 17-step tutorial inside. In the tutorial I go through modeling and textuing the jet, creating materials for rendering in cycles, and creating a final scene using linked libraries and multiple scenes with smoke and explosions.
You can also find a full-page review of blender master class as well as a small Q&A section about Gecko Animation in the magazine. There’s also a bunch of other cool content and tutorials, including tips and tricks from the Tears of Steel crew, and a load of textures and resources on the disc that comes with the magazine.
I’m back from the blender conference, and I had a brilliant time. This time round Jonathan (@Laxy) and I gave a talk on some VFX work we did last year, on adding CGI makeup – in this case scars and bruises, to live action footage. You can watch the stream from the conference below.
You can find the other talks on the the blender foundation youtube channel. I particularly recommend Andrew Price’s talk on photorealism, and Hjalti’s talk on Animating the Iceland Express commercials he worked on.
Thanks to all the organisers, and to all those who came for making it a great conference. Thanks in particular to Ton, who spent saturday evening introducing us to a whole bunch of cool and talented people at the conference dinner. See you all next year!
Things have been pretty quiet around here recently, as my new position at Gecko Animation has been pretty demanding of my time. Hopefully I’ll be able to show off some of our work sometime soon, but in the meantime I wanted to keep the blog alive with something. Since I haven’t got anything of my own to post I thought I’d put up some links to some arty folks/stuff I think are awesome. Thankyou to those of you who take the time to read my site regularly enough to wonder whether I’m still around. Enjoy!
Benoit Paille (photographer) My favourite photographer, I love the amount of texture and colour he brings out in his portraits, and the beautiful simplicity of his work. He does some fantastic post-processing to bring out such amazing colours from his photos and whenever I’m working on a character render I look to his work for inspiration. The best places to ogle his work (depending on how you like to follow people) are DeviantArt and Flickr. You can also follow him on twitter.
James Gurney – Artist James Gurney is the fantastic painter behind the Dinotopia Books, who also writes about art in books and on his blog – Gurney Jouney. His blog in particular is a favourite of mine, as it combines some fantastic tips on art theory and various bits of Gurney’s work with a frankly inhuman frequency of updates. His watercolour sketches are always a joy to look at.
Selwy – Sculptor One of my favourite sculptors, and one who often posts some great resources on his site. In particular I recommend you check out his post and time-lapse video for his sculpt titled “Disunion” (pictured). It’s a fantastic thing to watch. he also has a great skull you can download from the downloads page of his site.
Look at his drawings. LOOK AT THEM. He has a blog and stuff that you should read.
Aaron Diaz (Author, Dresden Codak)
Aside from producing my favourite (through until lately frustratingly slow to update) webcomic, Dresden Codak, Diaz also writes a fantastic blog on comic book art theory and character design that is always a great read. His superhero redesigns in particular shine out as an example of genuinely well thought out character design. Well worth a read.
So some friends of mine from BlenderArtists.org and I decided to get together and make a little art-blog type thing. We post some WIP images, finished stuff, hopefully some timelapses in future too. Go check it out at MountainOf Minutes.Wordpress.com
- Old gentleman by Brandon Phoenix