Monday, April 27, 2009

Lion round...

Ah, if only I was. Instead I'm breaking my sleeping habits in so many different ways I didn't even know about.

I'm still on a bit of a buzz from 8:30ish Saturday morning with a 5 hour sleep from 6:30am till 11:30am Sunday.
It is now well past midnight on Tuesday.
Not good.

On a positive note, all these caffeinated beverages circulating in my system have given me the energy and motivation to polish off just about 50% of the work I need to do for this pre-production assignment.

So here's a lion. And variations.

...yes, he is wearing a kilt...

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Brushed up unbrushed character design

Ladies and gentlemen, I'd like you to meet my first finished character for this assignment:

Now available in silhouette and final render!

...and limited crazy-as-shit not-related-to-the-assignment-at-all special edition.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Building a Forest

An idea and progress for the forest the lion inhabits. I have a desire to do something like this again, but instead of towering pines, perhaps a bamboo forest.


Original sketch. Got blurry because I left it too long before scanning it, but I remembered the gist of it.

Blocking shapes. Colours more for the sake of differentiation between major elements than actual colour scheme.
Basic textures and early value painting.
Desaturation and some lighting going in.
And the final with some colour variations.
In blue...Yellow...
...and Green.

Monday, April 13, 2009

Somewhere over the rainbow

A rainbow portal-funnel. Incorporating the twister from the classic tale, and somehow working "somewhere over the rainbow" from the movie into the mix. As you can see, I took rainbow quite literally.

Dorothy is whisked away from her little shack out of Kansas (or I was thinking... Can's Ass? Like the rear end of the toilet?) by an experiment gone wrong on behalf of our lost Wizard (who is an astronaut from Dorothy's dimension that wound up in Oz by cosmic... uh... ask me later).

So hopefully this'll do well for a 'story beat' for our book, which is due waaay too soon. I can safely drop this one now and get on to something else tomorrow.

3D perspective reference...
Colour sploosh & background...
More elements for a dash of movement and balance...
Lighting tweaks...
... and finished, with any luck!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Ten Foot Tower of Tin

So here's a developed idea for a Tin Man. I may yet try another development from a different silhouette, or try this one again and take it further. Or maybe try a rendering technique that better matches the style of Codehunters?

Sketch to silhouette to flat shade to rough render.

Elastic Lights

For all of you who had to sit through my low res version yesterday, this is my higher resolution, nicely rendered and slightly revised lamp and ball interaction thingy.

And even though this is a free rig, I should probably cover by saying something about copyright and Pixar. But we all knew that, right?

Sunday, April 5, 2009

A long one

Some witch ideas. Thumbnails and costumes, and some developments from when I found some of the highlights flew off in funny directions and made some funky shapes.

A final rendering will have some funky techno-junk on it, but in the meanwhile I'm just looking for some shapes that work.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Just for something different

There's some strange fascination animation teachers have with bouncing balls. I am really surprised that we are still getting the bouncing ball embedded in our skulls 2nd year into uni.

So here's some balls from 3D class.

And just in case that wasn't enough bouncing for them, they want us to make a lamp jump! Just for something different I guess. Luxo Jr. model from the gods at Pixar.