Wednesday, July 29, 2009

More concepts

So I spent this morning making a few more web page concepts based on the lighthouse silhouette. I think I am going to try and come up with a few more concepts not based on that piece just to see what I can come up with.



Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Web Site

Its been a while since I posted, but I really haven't had much to put up. I have been experimenting a lot with painting and have to say I still need some practice, but overall I am happy with how much I am learning and how each different piece seems to get better and better.

I have also been trying to come up with some new concepts for my web page. It's been really hard with no one to ask opinions from and to bounce ideas off of, but I guess that's just what happens when you leave that art school environment. I have mostly decided to go with the lighthouse theme, it's just setting up the page the way I want and coming up with a look for it. So you might be seeing a few posts of my ideas for that coming up a lot as I brainstorm over it.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Bubbleing Fish

My big hard drive was fixed after it stopped working, that's a relief. So now I can still continue with my lighthouse piece.

I have been watching a lot of tutorials on flash but I can't seem to find any beginners ones on animation, or at least on the things I can't seem to figure out. A lot of the basic beginners tutorials out there have to be payed for. So I have been doing a lot of self teaching and a whole lot of scratching my head in frustration. That fish scene might take longer then I thought it would unless I can figure out how to merge my separate animated images into one scene. If it comes down to it I will just have to animate everything in the one file....but that will be annoying if I want to do any resizing or moving in the final picture. I know it can be done, I have done it before in my flash class...but I seem to have forgotten.

Ahh well, here is a simple looping animation of the fish bubbler.



video

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Fishtank

The job search is taking a it longer then I want, mostly because there is a lack of studios in my area to apply to. So I decided I need to revamp my portfolio and web page and fast. I want to make a generalist 3D reel and add a graphic design page to my site. Actually I want to redesign my site entirely to something a bit more simplistic.

I also started working on an idea for a small flash project I want to do. Its just an image with a small looping animation. Hopefully I can get it done before this weekend. The 3D clock pendulum scene has run into a few problems with the volume fog and the chain rigging. I am going to have to play with that a bit more before I get it right.

Anywho, here are some concepts I did for the flash picture, I hope it comes out as cute as I see it in my head.


Sunday, July 5, 2009

Chains

I finally graduated and got home. Unfortunately it has been a bit hectic with moving back and getting a new car. Not to mention all the family get together for the 4th of July. Hopefully it is now all over so I can get back to getting some work done.

I got this idea for a simple piece that could show off some good lighting skills. Its just a pendulum from a clock chained to the ground, sort of a 'stopped time' concept. One of the first things besides sketching out the concepts that I needed to do was find a good tutorial for making chains. I did manage to find one and as I figured there is a very easy way of making them. The tutorial even shows how to rig them for easy posing. I am going to have to play around with the chains a bit to see what is the easiest way to pose them and wrap them around objects, but all and all it seems my scene is going to be simple to model. Its just the lighting that is going to really be difficult.

The tutorial is by Mike Nuts and can be found at 3dvalley.com.