Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Alien Model (with collisions?)

Lately, I've been wanting to do more extensive rigging. So, heres a model I'm almost finished that I've been working on and off on for the past few days.

Why is its tentacles up you might be axin'. Well I'll tell ya: I'm not sure how I'm going to rig them yet. Its a choice of either IK/FK controls or dynamics and hair/fur systems. I can always set something up to switch between the two (four) options, but I'll have to figure out how to do that. Heres the character model sheet I drew up

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Dog Rig Speed Demo

This is the full dog rig. My new demo just shows hi-lights of the rig but this shows all of the controls including IK/FK switching and blend shapes. Once again, I'll point out that the initial model was done by Trevor Ko, I just added a mouth to it before I rigged it.

New Reel for October 2010

Like I said, the modeling of the dog in the 'dog rig' wasn't entirely done by me; it was started by a co-worker/friend of mine (Trevor Ko) and tweaked to have a mouth and eyes by me before I rigged it. Going into this kind of rigging was pretty fun, and I plan on doing some more full character rigs and hopefully teaching myself some new stuff too

NOTE: cause the video here gets cut at the side from bloggers superb layout, check my demo blog to see a better sized video or just go to youtube directly

Wednesday, October 20, 2010


Recently, I was working for IMAX on the upcoming Harry Potter movie. We were up-converting it from 2D to 3D until we ran out of time. But enough of that, heres a fancy rig I did while I had some free time there!!

And of course I'll chuck this into my reel.
More to come

NOTE: I did NOT do the modeling for this. A co-worker friend of mine, Trevor Ko did the modeling and I took over from there.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

World of Infinite Curiosity Flyer

I finally managed to get my hands on some of the material I worked on while at C.O.R.E. So, here is the Flyer for the video game trailer of 'The World of Infinite Curiosity'.

Obviously I don't own any of this material, its all property of Chocolate Liberation Front. I did, however, do all of the modeling, rigging and texturing of the Flyer. This is a screen cap of the video footage I received and I'm currently putting together a new demo reel with this in it. It will be up on my demo reel blog:

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Subaru WRX

A car I've wanted for a while, but obviously don't have the skrilla for

May it be the last car I ever render, aside from something from the future!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

One Ship, Two Ship. Red Ship, Blue Ship

More, More, MORE!!

A Speeder, simple enough. Although its not very practical

A Non-Symmetrical Fighter Ship

And a quick Cruiser Ship I spent a few days on.

Looks slightly like the Transport Ships from Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back, but based off a quick design I drew up

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Another Ship

Another ship I've been working away on. This time, a smaller, fighter class



Friday, June 18, 2010

Hallway Series: Picture 01

What I've been working away on for the last tw weeks:

From Rough

To Cleaned up (which I've come to realize is a bit of a waste of time)

To a full rendering. I managed to pull off some new techniques and it turned out pretty well.
All of this was very Ron Cobb/John Eaves inspired (and I guess Syd Mead)

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Nebula test

My job these days doesn't allow for much time, so I just whipped together a quick Nebula Marker/render test. I'm trying to incorporate one into another piece I've been working away at.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

New Demo Reel

Finally... the Robo-Ball rendering is complete and I've put together a new Demo Reel that includes the Robo-Ball as well as some 2-D work that has been on here.

Of course, there's the ussual bit about how I don't own rights to any music, or the design for the Romulan Valdore-Class B.O.P and that I DID NOT design the Robo-Ball or all of the Dex Hamilton BG's. Everything else, was tackled solely by me.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Robo Ball Update

The Robo Ball got a 'new hat'!

More to come

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Tattoo Design

A friend recently approached me to create a tattoo design based off a Romulan Valdore-Class Bird of Prey from the Star Trek TNG movie: Nemesis. I was originally going to do the whole thing traditionally and just do some minor changes in photoshit, but I decided to do all the painting digitally instead; its slightly easier, even if my computer loses plenty of respect from the workload.

Turned out pretty well, although I would like to do a traditional marker render of it. For obvious reasons I guess I should state that I don't own any rights to the design, all I did was just change the angle of some of the designs found online, did my own line-art and coloured it.

Update: My computer DID infact crash on me last week; the HD stopped engaging. I've sinse had a new one installed, along with the OS and all the programs I need for now. I'm continuing to render the Roboball before I do much else system wise. I may be able to recover the files that were on the old HD, although there may be a large price attached to that.

2nd Update: Did a final Classic Render for the friend who 'commissioned' this piece to me.
Here it is

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Fleet expansion, a picture for Opeth and Human Cordiceps

For the past few days, I have been doing some conference work at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Its terribly boring work for the most part, but it gave me plenty of drawing/seeping time.

Here are some designs for a previous alien race's fleet. I included the roughs which have some explanation of what the designs include. I'm not an astrophysicist by any means, so these diagrams may mean absolute bub-kiss. Then again, who knows

Onto the more obscure; I started this drawing quite a while ago and finally sat down to fully render the whole page. It didnt turn out quite as well as I'd hoped after it was scanned. Still looks good on paper.

Note: I really fudged the design for the 'Opeth' insignia.

Lastly, an idea ive been muddling around; human cordiceps. In an episode of the BBC series 'Planet Earth' (or as called in America, 'Oprah Winfrey Presents: Life') they take a journey to the Amazon Rainforest. In it, there exists a kind of fungus known by the genus cordiceps. Basically, they are a kind of fungus that attack insects, rendering them under the fungus' spores control. The zombified insect then acts rather peculiarly untill it reaches its destined goal, now assigned by the fungal spores. Once there, it shuts down and a new fungal growth sprouts from the insects body.

Awsome, morbid stuff.

One really neat thing to note is that it attacks very specific types of insects, and there is a different cordicep for each species. Some ants will even carry off the infected to a remote area once symptoms of the cordiceps have been detected to avoid the entire colony becoming infected.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Lighting, Rendering, Glowing and Shaders

Not finalized, and certainly not the final environment I'll use for this, but its coming along

Friday, April 9, 2010

Robo-ball render tests

'Nuff said, although I'm trying out glow effects with the shader networks. Its giving off a rather nice effect.
With the advice of a fellow artist, I'm trying to be much more critical with this. More to come

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Canoe Paddle Blade Designs

Recently, my father finished work on whats called a 'Deep Water' canoe paddle. He then "comissioned" me to create some designs for the blade. I had originally thought of something that would have a fairly strong eqyptian theme tied in with whatever other influences he wanted. In the end, the pieces were more influenced by Native American artwork. They work well with the paddle and with each other.

Unfortunetaly, those shots are a little blurry. To clarify, here are the original designs done in ink and marker. Some of the designs are extra ones that I considered, or variations on the final designs.

Monday, March 15, 2010

Second and final Space Battle Composition

Another battle lost to the Alien/Human Infected Attackers!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Space Battle Composition 01 Final

This is the final photoshopped composition for the first Space Battle Picture I recently did. From Line art to photoshop post-FX, all was done by myself.

The next Space Battle will be coming soon

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Devin Townsend

I haven't posted any café sketches for a while because I stopped seeing the point as they seemed really unfinished. I'm making an exception in this case because its a drawing of Devin Townsend. I got the chance to meet with him last night after his show with (in order of who played) Scale The Summit (who I had never heard before, but enjoyed), The Devin Townsend Project (I'm assuming thats the name they're going with these days), Cynic and Between the Buried and Me. His set was great and his stage performance was... well, very present. Its just great to see performers of any artistic industry who can have alot of fun, especially while maintaining their integrity in that field. Bottom line, the guys bloody entertaining. So, heres the drawing complete with his (and my) signature. I told him that I'd let him have a copy so I figured I'd sign it as well, incase it ends up being worth something one day.

Now, to figure out Twitter as thats how he preferred to be contacted.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New Layouts and a Bust for a friend

First up, a few new layouts I recently completed as part of another possible ongoing 3-D layout.

This first image was the first concept I thought up and I used one of the ships as a quick photoshop paint test. This is the final composition with more humanoid characters.

The second layout consists of an alien protagonist as well as other humanoid and alien antagonists. The beings attacking both the human and alien Protagonist is meant to be parasitic. In this case, the humans and the aliens are both fighting off the parasite that attacks, infects and takes control of the host body.

Up next are a few shots of a bust of the 90's cartoon Batman I did for a friend. It was sculpted out of wire, aluminum foil and Super Sculpy.

Then, it was baked, sanded down and finally painted.

I guess for legal reasons I should state that I obviously don't own any rights to Batman, nor do I plan on making any money on this, its a bloody birthday present. Some fat-cats in the US own all that stuff