Thursday, November 1, 2012

prelimary motion tracking head-rig

Yes, it looks goofy, but this is essentially a much less expensive version of the facial-motion tracking rig used for capturing facial motion in Avatar. I'll be developing a more robust rig when I can get the necessary hardware and I'll post updates along with my updates of my motion tracking. The previous post was a test done using this rig.

facial motion capture tests

Preliminary motion tracking tests: Video @ 640x480 @ 30fps

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

tinman WIP

work in progress - this has a long way to go still before it's a portfolio piece, but I've learned a ton on it.

Monday, October 8, 2012

rendering tests! WahOOOOOooo

I've never actually rendered anything with great results, so I put myself to work last night - I haven't slept in the last 20 hours or so. These tests are the fruits of my labor - they don't look like much, but I've learned a ton. More to come soon!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Tinman sketches and WIP design ideas

 These were som preliminary designs for the head - I'm still liking some of the things I've got going on here - even with the rough body sketch.
 I'm pretty happy with how this is turning out. I didn't really sketch this out beforehand and so it's not as well designed as I'd like it to be. I really want this to feel like it was built by the best engineers of Oz for the tinman. I feel like the Oz theme should push the design to a sleeker, more graceful shape while having a more crazy mechanical/steampunk element to it.
 I'm debating on whether I'll keep the furnace-belly. I like the idea of it, but I may decide on scrapping it as I redesign the overall look.
 I'm liking the blue/green hue in the metal - I think I'll be keeping it, but maybe adding more of an oil-stained look
I'm planning on moving away from this design a bit and trying to get more of a darker, grittier look to the overall design. Here his shapes are a little too clean I feel.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Another head

Here's another head - I've decided to set myself a goal to draw 100 heads as per a challenge I saw on a great video found here:

I'll try and post all drawings here as I go.

I don't think I'll be counting any of the heads I've posted since none we're drawn from life, but I'll let you know when I begin... I'll have to set myself a timeline too.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

time for a scanner...

Just some head sketches I've done in the past week. I should probably start drawing from life and not my head. I realize after taking a step back that these look a little wacky...