Friday, March 28, 2008

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


I'm in the transitional phase of moving into a new home. Pretty exciting and depressing at the same time. It's only depressing because I'll be out of my comfort zone, in respect to having a dedicated work space, for a while until everything can settle back into place. My trusty powerbook and boombox will serve me well over the next few days, like R2D2 and C3PO.

Keith Ikeda-Barry's '30 Days' thing will be starting on the 1st, which also happens to be my dad's birthday. I want to get him that book "The God Machine". It's about the history of helicopters. Pretty brilliant.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Satyr's head

Continuing the odyssey which is painting in PS. I was gonna name this "Black Moses" after the misinterpretation of Exodus 34:29-35, that fostered the depiction of Moses with horns. Unfortunately I had already given him Spock ears so I just said screw it and painted.

More fun with Photoshop

I'm starting to get the "feel" and texture I want out of PS. Here is a doodle I did last night just before bedtime.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Eva 01 modeling

It's 5am and I'm sitting here working on my Eva. I haven't posted any 3D stuff that I do because I'm still a bit wet behind the ears at it. I thought I should post my progress on this newest project though, just to have a visual record.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Modeling spheres

I'm doing some modeling exercises right now as part of my continuing process of mastering PS. Here are some spheres. The first one shows the full light (diffuse color), half-light (transition), shadow (form shadow), and reflected light as clearly delineated regions in order to help me clearly see my topology. The next version is the same sphere only that the regions are now blended to create a more 3-dimensional feel.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Tonal study

This is a tonal study I did based off of a Resident Evil poster featuring the lovely Milla Jovovich, just a random google image search for faces. After desaturating the image I created a nine tone grayscale (not including pure white) and then used those tones for the initial blocking. Then I just putzed and putzed till I thought I should stop. Not a horrible end result, but I think I coulda taken more time to get her facial proportions right in the rough sketch, which I took all of 10 minutes to do.

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Weekly Challenge_02

Well the weekly challenge theme this week was "A boy and his dog" after the Harlan Ellison story of the same name. We could interpret it as loosely as we liked. Unfortunately I didn't get very far at all, as you can see.

Still Life_orange

I just got back from seeing Satoshi Kon's 'Paprika'. What an amazing film. After a bit you forget your watching an animated movie. It's so overwhelming.

Here is another still life. An orange. Rendering an orange is difficult I discovered for two reasons. One is obvious, the texture. Even after you've modeled the form decently you have to do all the little "hatching" to make the surface read as an orange. Otherwise it just looks like a balloon. The second difficulty is the color. Orange is so powerful that it was hard for me to see the red-oranges in the shadows and the subtle pinks in the reflected light. A great challenge if you want to really force yourself to see.

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Still Life_blue plate

I've started doing studies to improve my PS painting process. Right now I'm participating in a painting thread on The whole point is observation and efficiency in execution. I did this little toy ceramic plate that was sitting on my desk. I will be doing more still lifes in the future.