Thursday, December 30, 2010

Here's a low poly samurai character I modeled last night. I still have to make it look like he's wearing more armor. My goal is to have it rigged and textured before school starts up again.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

So this is a work in progress with a long way to go, but I've found this Christmas-break project to be a great learning opportunity. I'm very happy with how the hammer and sickle are coming out, but I may just add a little few tweaks. I mainly need to focus on finishing the broad strokes on the coat's arms, and the gas mask. 
This is the drawing that I'm basing this model off of. I've made some slight changes--mainly to the positioning of the sickle-head on the neck (or lack thereof). The head was just too far forward in the drawing. I may set up a second model to see how it looks with the forward-placed head later.

Just some reference images I'm loosely following.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

A fun, yet stressful project

This is my latest project. It was a commissioned Illustration. The client wanted me to tell the story of a mythical creature. This creature was so beautiful that it was worshipped by the native people who in turn fed the race so much that they just got too fat to move and eventually died.

You've served me well...

There comes a time in an artist's life when he finally does work that pencil down to an unworkable nib, or that pen to a dry, desolate carcass. That time has come for this artist and his pencil.
Sure she's still got some good lines in her, but soon she'll go the way of all the Earth and find herself in my trash. All that will remain of her are these pictures. Let it be known that she was good to me and I to her. That is all

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Final Project in Maya class - THE EPIC INSECT!

Here's the image I referenced the nest from
Here's  the final render

Here's the Occlusion pass (I just thought it looked cool, so I thought I'd add it)
I wanted to have a mix of rhino beetle and wasp... I'm not entirely happy with how it came out, but I learned a ton from this project.

Mate Anyone? - Second project for Maya class

my teapot was a little neglected, but I think I pulled off a fairly descent mate...

Sam Flynn - In LEGO!... AKA, my first project in Maya class

This project was mainly to get us comfortable modeling, but eventually I'd like to see this guy rigged and animated.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Flight and Walk cycle Animation

These are the two animations that I applied to my major with. Both were done traditionally. The both of them were done on a mix of ones and twos

I'm not sure what happened to the walk-cycle quality, but at least you can make out the motion.

Flour Sack Animation

This animation I did for my Intro to Animation class at BYU. I had just tried out for American Ninja Warrior a few months prior, so I thought this would be fun.

Glass Shatter (Keyframes only)

This again was done in the same week as the other two - its pretty rough since it's only on keyframes, but I was happy with it once I finally got the images strung together

Gunshot (AKA: my second attempt at traditional animation)

I wasn't working, so I had a lot of free time to experiment - this was done a couple of days after I finished the ball bounce (posted underneath this)

My first hand drawn animation (Mid 2009)

So, this technically is not my first hand-drawn animation since I did tend to draw flipbook animations on post-it-notes when I was a wee lad, but I like to think of this as my first.

sihouette study

Finished Cake Topper for my Sister's Wedding!

I roughly modeled the outfits off of what they'd be wearing (My sister wore a short-sleeved jacket for example), but I made some stylistic choices as well. It's hard to tell in the photos, but from above the bottom of the dress looks like a heart. Height: 4.25"

Friday, November 12, 2010

3-Point Perspective: "This is a place of Evil..."

Farmer Taylor couldn't help but notice that his long time friend and neighbor, Billy Porter, was late in harvesting his crops. The eerie silhouette of the Porter's barn drew Taylor near. With each footstep closer, Farmer Taylor could make out a little clearer the masses of spider silk covering the silo and walls of the barn.

3-point drawn on 14'x17' marker paper - inked with micron tech pens. Value is 100% prismacolor - I didn't get the level of blending that I was hoping for in the sky, but one day I'll probably redo it all inphotoshop. This was more of an experiment for testing the paper's reaction to the marker

Sunday, November 7, 2010

2-point Perspective: Street Sweeper

This was a 2-Point perspective project in which we had to draw a utility vehicle. I chose a street sweeper just because I find them to be such interesting pieces of machinery. This one started to look like a sad little puppy or a little pig to me, so I ran with it and tried to accentuate that characteristic.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Insect Concept - Modeling

The results so far for my insect concept, modeled in Maya and Mudbox. I'll be cloning the leg and the wing once I've finished the detail on them.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Vinyl Toy Design Redo. Theme: Soviet

Vinyl Toy Design. Theme: Disturbed Circus

"I'm a firestarter, twisted firestarter!"

Imaginary Friend

Composition project for drawing for animation class. Little Matt never got much sleep at night, and his parents could never quite figure out why...

Tree Crabs of the Lonesome Forest

a design project for drawing for animation class. These massive, solitary creatures lead entirely monotonous lives. They hardly move, much less interact with one another (except to breed); however, they act as home for hundreds of other high-altitude creatures.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Enterprise E build: Underside of primary hull

 Here we've started production on a 7' Enterprise-E. This will be the underside of the primary hull.
 Here it's been assembled and primed.

Enterprise D (movie version) build: Final shots

 It's beautiful to see something you've worked on come together... You can eve see the stand I built in this photo as well!

 Look closely and you can see the stand.

Enterprise D (movie version) build: Paint prep

 Placing down stencils for color seperation

Enterprise D (movie version) build: Custom nacelle modification 3

 Here are the finished engines ready to be placed on the model. They've been painted by my co-worker Kurt

Enterprise D (movie version) build: Custom nacelle modification 2

Here I've prepared all the internal lighting of the engines, otherwise known as nacelles. Wiring and fiber optics have been considered for optimal accessibility. Fiber optics have been given guide tubes to aid in running the fiber.  All corruptible electronics are placed on removable electronic tray which is attached to the back of the engine's nose (painted black in this photo)

Enterprise D (movie version) build: Custom nacelle modification

These nacelles were originally modeled after the "Next Generation" version of the Enterprise-D. We needed to build a Movie version of the Enterprise-D which called for some small adjustments to be made. Here I have cut a rectangular hole in the back of the nacelle which is now backed by a recessed plate. I also scratch built these detail pieces which fit on top of the recession.