Monday, September 23, 2013

Summer was cool

We're full on into the Fall term of 2013. I'm pretty beat already. Working a lot, saving money... Getting ready for the real world next year. Hoping I'm ready to... BE.. something.

Here's my sound design work that I liked.
I guess you have to do it yourself since blogger wont let me embed it.

A water color I did for an animal drawing class.

I'm animating in flash and in Maya this term. Keep an eye out for that stuff!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Spring 2013 COMPRETE!


 Winston T. Weatherbottom
Yugo Wrestler

 Digital Environments

 Static shots of my digital environment.

 Illustration Media

Water Color

     Hey guys... So that's my stuff. That's what I did. Lots of fucking learning. Lots of, "OH SHIT, I'M GOING TO FAIL!" Lots of, "Holy fuck... I'm never going to be good enough..." 
But look at the stuff I did. I mean. I think I can do stuff relatively well in 3D. I know that my Winston character wouldn't cut it in the industry. But Yugo... Everything I could do right is on that model. All my mistakes are on Winston. It's kind of how I wanted it to be though. I valued Yugo a lot more because in my mind he was the coolest character.
My environment stuff was pretty much just trying to compete with the seniors in my class, who were really fucking good at what they were doing. I just hope I matched their level of skill.
I wish I would have waited to take that class so that way I would have had more 3D experience. But you know what? I think I did a pretty damn good job. It was like running a marathon as an overweight guy and finishing.
So in media... Lots of learning. Lots of techniques I can apply to my animation. I'm just trying to be as good as the illustration majors in the class. I hope that I can keep working with some of the mediums. I find water color to be very relaxing. Just really hard for me to get started... I had 4 or 5 attempts on this sea turtle before I got this last one.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

The final stretch of Spring 2013!

Wow... It's all I can say.
I mean. I know that I've said in the past that I've learned a lot. But this term.. I just keep stacking and stacking more and more on top of the stuff stored in my brain. This school thing is pretty intense!
What's more insane is that hopefully this time next year I will be graduating. It looks like I can even complete my minor in illustration as well!
Seems as though my hard work the first two years of school has paid off and has allowed me to focus heavily on my senior classes with no interruption.

So as far as things have been:
I've been working on two character models, very slowly. The way we had to do it was come up with our concept drawings and get a design with much appeal. Then do orthographic views for them and work them a bit more. We then learned how to proxy model. After the proxy was made we tweaked our drawings a bit more to help with the modeling process. We then learned how to do basic box modeling to create a simple human mesh. From there we've learned a lot about topology and how to get forms to look great, as well as keeping them ready to animate so the riggers don't have such a hard time. We also learned a lot about UV mapping these types of characters.

     Winston T. Weatherbottom
A clown who is depressed. He's mentally challenged with the goal of finding his parents, who gave him up as a child. He became a clown in a traveling circus to help him get around to find them.
He doesn't like it very much. The only thing he loves is his teddy bear, Wuggles.


A bear from Russia. His main desire in life is to be the world champion wrestler. He goes along with the circus to challenge anyone who dares. He is trying to further his career by challenging everyone where the circus may end up.

Digital Environments
In this class we were given a theme: Romani Caravan
We had to do a lot of research to find out what it meant. We put ourselves in their shoes and tried to imagine life like a Gypsy. We agreed on an era, the mid 1800's, and all came up with an archetype we liked from fiction / non fiction.
I chose my hero.. Samus Aran. This made things interesting because at first I was trying to put her from the future into the past, and imagining all the tech she had and making it old. Which was cool. But I got carried away. I then just focused on the archetype she was and worked around that, which spawned a lot of great ideas for props and inspired the design of her caravan a lot.
I learned a lot and I'm sure I wish, to this day, that I would have taken this class later in my education because there was just so much to learn that stressed me out A LOT while trying to get things done.

Illustration Media
In this class I learned a lot about techniques that involved a lot of different media.

We did a scratch board piece.

A color theory piece.

A pastel piece.

A color pencil piece

And our final is a watercolor piece.

So keep an eye out for what my caravan looks like finished. I've been working with lighting. It's already different than those pictures I just posted. There will be a link to it on youtube, I'm sure, so that way I can show off what I did.
I will update what Winston and Yugo look like with colors and textures as well as I'll show you what my illustration final will be.
Thanks for taking time to check it out.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Nothin' to it but to do it.

So I guess I was pretty down on myself lately because of the amount of dedication a few of my peers applied to this project.
The stuff I had modeled previously looked like shit compared to theirs. So I had to step my game up. Here's what I'm now bringing to the table.
I just need to texture the crap out of this stuff and we'll be golden.
I'm still working out issues I have with the cannon on my Caravan. It's modeled and it looks cool to me, just gotta figure out how to incorporate it into my caravan. I'll have the trap door that's on the top be near the base of the cannon for quick ammo replenishment.
Just gotta model some books and put in my bottles and beakers, oh and finish my blunderbuss and I'm done with modeling for that project.
Now to make time for my two characters I have to model and a lousy presentation...