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