Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Life Drawing [2.12.2015]

Its been a long time. I was certainly feeling rusty. But walking into a session with a shed load of kit and the goal to experiment I finished happy with the results. 
Can't wait to practise some more and really get those proportions correct!

Iffy start, and trying something different with watercolours

Trialling white gel pen on black paper and cross hatching 

Used and ink pen and (mostly) continuous line

Lounging with cross hatching white pens and pastels

More continuous line with a black rollerball

First real attempt at a portrait.
 Discovered a Conte crayon doesn't like being overlaid on top of watercolour pencil. Too waxy.

Foreshortening. (Need to make the sizes more extreme next time)

My favourite experiment!!!!
Using dark paper with pastel and white and black pens. 
Winning combo as it turns out. And maybe a little of the 'less is more'

Sunday, 30 August 2015

'Morrigan'- The Directors Cut!

Well its been a  while since I posted. But I'm back now! Please welcome my cringe-worthy onscreen debut, for a directors cut of Morrigan! With audio visual commentary!!!

Contains just a few of my trials and tribulations and break downs of certain scenes for anyone who might find it interesting.

Friday, 10 July 2015

Speed Paint Challenge- The Masque of the Red Death

No idea how long this one took me. Too many distractions today! Even so my cover art for Edgar Allan Poes 'The Masque of the Red Death'

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Speed Paint Challenge- The Island of Doctor Moreau

Pretty sure this one took about an hour. I kept getting distracted when looking for reference material! The plan is to get faster as the challenges go on. In the meantime, I present H.G. Wells 'The Island of Doctor Moreau' book cover art.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Speed Paint Challenge- Day of the Triffids

I was a bit slow on the uptake... and I wasn't all that speedy. I was having too much fun with it! I'm pretty sure I was over an hour on this one. But what the heck eh! My Day of the Triffids Book cover design!

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Packages!- My Art of Morrigan Book and Business Cards!

Today marks the arrival of my New Designers hard copies! My 'Blurb' book 'The Art of Morrigan' arrived today alongside my '' business cards. Very pleased with the products to say the least!
Now there's finally a tangible way to show some of my CG art work! (Please excuse the bed covers. I was too excited to photograph them that I didn't try to sort out the best backdrop or lighting)

Friday, 19 June 2015

Business Card Designs

Using renders from several different projects I've pieced together the business cards below. I hope to get all five designs printed with duplicates of the rear information panel across all of them.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Morrigan Animation- The Latest Edit... SO CLOSE

There's ALWAYS room for improvement. I've been titivating the animation some more, correcting some annoying bits and pieces. New vignette, sound adjustments, some new fight scene shots and corrective renders. The animations a wee bit longer now, but feeling more complete than ever before. Hopefully there's time for a few more changes. I'll keep you all posted on that! But for now....

The Art of Morrigan

I now have a condensed PDF book entailing the art and development behind my animated short 'Morrigan'. I have had the work made into a hardback book by Below however is an embedded link to the entire PDF document on the Blurb reader.


Sunday, 14 June 2015

Preparing the Artwork

This weekend has predominantly consisted of creating a layout for 'The Art of Morrigan.' Soon to be a bound book with any luck! Here are some of the page layouts in preview.

Plodding Onward!

So I've been revisiting some scenes in need of further tweaking. The hags cloak in her final scene now behaves more normally. A little less flipping out. And of late some additional abstract fight scenes have been coming to light! Sharp angles and stark silhouettes prove to be bold! I can't wait to cut these scenes together with my existing fight scenes!

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

'Morrigan'- The latest version!

Here is the latest version of my animated short 'Morrigan'. There's still room for tweaking and there will be much of it, right up until New Designers. Additional sounds, some tweaks to various scenes a little more emotion a slightly different camera angle. -- Its all coming together!

Thursday, 4 June 2015

Re-Animating- The Transformation Scene

Just trying to complete the scene leading up to 'The Fall'. So upon realizing how little the Warrior knew about the woman he loved, he has mistakenly back away right up to the cliff edge.... where he slips. Now we descend into slower motion as the Warrior meets his inevitable doom.

I've made a few shock/react shots of both the warrior and Morrigan to ease into the final tragic shot.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Blast from the Past- Lucy Upgraded

I've worked into Lucy a little more. Now she has a slightly different pose and there have been a few changes to her dress texture. Subtle ones. Additionally there were hairbands to hold up those  bunches.

Finally there were some additional hair changes and a little highlight on her eye that just complete her look!

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Blast From the Past- Lucy!! the Upgrade

Shes back again and in need of some more tweaking. The dodgy hair is fixed and now for some experiment in her skin. This kid is undergoing all kinds of skin treatment! I've been introduced to a new material in Maya called 'Mila' it makes for an easier to control and in some cases more effective material for subsurface scattering. She's instantly looking more lifelike. (Having been through delicate porcelain doll, to spooky waxwork.)

From anaemic to tanned!

I am still working on her skin. The above changes were through revisiting my original texture. Since then a few alterations such as adding a light to combat the harsh dark shadow beneath her jaw have really lifted things. Her ear no longer glows like there's a candle behind it! And her hair was darkened for a nicer contrast to her dress. 

Light hair/Dark Hair

Next I applied the miracle Mila shader to the arms and legs. And then I gave her shiny shoes! Next step is to fix her elbows and try to sort textures that were added to her dress. AND add those illusive ribbons to her hair!

Monday, 1 June 2015

Re-Animating- The Transformation Scene

This is the part of the animation in which my original submission was a let-down. The animation was not complete, let alone rendered. As it turns out the whole scene needed revisiting and breaking down into a series of shorter clips. Having had some great discussions really emphasizing character acting I've managed to figure out the following sequence and playblasted them.

At this point in the story the Barbarian the Warrior had been fighting has been forced over the edge of the Ravine by Morrigan and her crows. Now the Warrior finds himself facing a Hag, who is in fact his love, Morrigan, in disguise.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Extended Showreel- Private View

Here is a culmination of my work from the Computer Animation Arts degree for the graduation show. It features work from both second year and third year. Featuring the projects...

Narrative- Dolls in the Dark
Adaptation B- A Light in the Attic 
Minor/Major Project- Morrigan

The music is 'Basique' by Little People.

Friday, 22 May 2015

Campfire Animation and Environment Changes

I've been adjusting the camp fire opening animation. Im cutting out all of the swinging camera work. Morrigan walks in, spots the fire AND the warrior sat beside it, who remains oblivious to her presence. Below is one the latest playblasts of animation. I also created a rendered version to check the piping on Morrigan in particular. You'll have to forgive her lacking face! I forgot to double check her facial render stats before. However the look isn't that far off!

Following that particular scene I revisited the campfire from a different perspective and made a few more changes. Firstly the fire itself which was made more orange, I ensured the shadows casting across the floor were evenly spread. I also revisited the matte painting background, bringing it up in ambient colour before creating some blue light shafts to try and indicate a forest with more depth,