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Orbus: A Character Sketch

Monday, September 27th, 2010

Orbus: Character Sketches

I have been attempting character modelling thanks to the 3D classes I have been taking. It’s tough translation the vision in my head onto paper with pencil and then into polygons in Cinema4D. The more detailed the character is, the more interesting and greater personality it has. But the added detail creates exponential complexities. When I first envisioned a War Of The Worlds inspired mechanoid, I expected the hard-body, rigid structural nature of the thing to be easier to model than a soft-bodied organic object like a humanoid like Leonarto. The real trick is getting all the tiny nuanced details modelled, textured and positioned to create a greater level of authenticity.

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Leonarto : A 3D Character Sketch

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Leonarto: Natural Pose

I have been attempting character modeling for the first time thanks to the 3D class I have been taking. It’s a fun process to learn, and character design is obviously really challenging but quite rewarding at the same time. I love to sketch out my ideas on paper first, almost all my work starts that way. The real work begins trying to translate my loose pencil work into polygons and pixels. It’s a tremendous way to learn to model and get a deeper understanding of my 3D app of choice Cinema4D. It also gives me a massive appreciation for the folks at Dreamworks, Pixar, WETA etc. that make their characters so rich and detailed and believable.

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Now On DeviantART

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

As you can imagine, as a commercial artist, my work is somewhat limited to fit within my clients vision. It has to fit within ‘brand guidelines’ and ‘corporate style guides’. Quite often there is little that could be considered ‘artistic’ about commercial art. As an artist, this is the internal conflict I struggle with.

Anyway, I have my business website for showing my corporate portfolio. And I have this blog for ramblings and research and other related artworks. But what I have not had was a place to host the initial roughs, the raw sketches from which the finished projects are hewn. Or not. Some sketches never lead to anything. And that’s the beautiful thing about keeping a sketchbook. It’s an outlet for me, creatively. And great for building a library of ideas and techniques.

Thus I found myself needing an online sketchpad, a place to host my rough pencil sketches and experiments. Hopefully it will encourage me to sketch often and scan, upload and post them here.

Welcome to the pre-show.

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

The curtains will raise shortly.

Greetings if you are reading this. I am finally getting to create the inaugural post to my “professional” blog. Well bloody heck mate it took you long enough. Indeed. Once I get going, and establish some kind of rhythm, I hope to keep this a much more regular thing.

So, what’s it all about, this blog thing. Well, the bandwagon hove into town, and lo I had to jump on it. I have always liked writing. When I was a wee nipper, but the height of a grasshoppers knee, I wrote short stories created from the vivid imagination only a spry young lad could posess. My favourite character was a chap I called the Chubby Ghost. He got up to all kinds of antics, none of which I can recall. This was over 35 years ago, what can I say. My point is, even then, and throughout my life, I have enjoyed the art of storytelling, creative writing and semi-journalistic written communication.

And now, with the aid of modern technology, I can join the throngs of blog-crazed scribes, and practice my affection for the written word once again. I’m late to the party I know. Should have done this months, years ago. But best intentions have a tendency to take a back seat when you are raising an infant, and now a toddler. Spare time just never seemed to be in any kind of supply, short or otherwise. But now it is finally time. Get off thine lazy arse and just do it. As Rollins said/yelled; don’t think about it, do it…

Thus, this tiny crack on the dark side of the internet shall be mine. Here I hope to pick up somewhat from the newsletter I used to publish (albeit briefly). Any new projects, experiments or schoolwork I create will be previewed here. Any good tutorials I find on the great web I’ll link to here. Hot current media creators, musicians, artists I come across shall be linked to from here. Movie, book, magazine and music reviews. And of course, any crappy time-waste YouTube videos worth spreading, I’ll dump on here too.

Of course, it remains to be seen whether I acheive any of that. If I’m slacking or fading, leave comments or drop an email chiding me and slap me back onto the rails. No better motivation than knowing you have an audience. That being said, welcome to the Man In Fluxx, a source of inspiration for media artists. Potentially. Right.

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