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Sunday, April 22, 2007

upload : more 2d material

I've finished editing and uploading the balance of my old 2d material.
These were all created as part a series of classes taken at the Illinois
Institute of Art - Chicago.

There are 6 entries:

firefly :: lunchbox animation, pencil studies of a firefly

storyboards ::
animatic created on lunchbox system, a series of 3 projects
for a storyboarding and animatics class (a scene from 'ghostworld,'
a scene from a documentary on unusual homes and a commercial for
an 'unsellable' product)

mechanical cycle ::
lunchbox animation, pencil, mechanical cycle of a fictitious
piece of equipment

dhara pencil tests - motion study ::
lunchbox animation; studies of an amphibious character,
'dhara' - motion study

dhara pencil tests - lip synch ::
lunchbox animation; studies of an amphibious character,
'dhara' - lip synch

'bad day' pencil test ::
lunchbox animation; my riff on a class assignment : given a
common character, situation and environment, develop a story.
here it was a rodent comes home, crosses a room, sets a bottle
on a table and goes to sit in a chair

Friday, April 20, 2007

upload : 'bad day' pencil test

I'm in the process of digitizing and cleaning up some old 2d hand animation projects I've had stored on VHS.

The first is, 'bad day'

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

lighthouse exterior - early morning

First quick test render to rough out the lighting scheme. Equivalently, this would be somewhere around pre-dawn hours.
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texture reference

Since I've collected a good number of texture references I'm going to spread the wealth and make them available online.

The gallery can be accessed here.

And will also be a link off this site.
Once it gets warmer I'm going to make every effort to expand the series.

Monday, April 09, 2007

interior lighthouse - early morning (2)

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lighthouse interior - early morning

First round of experimentation with interior night time lighting of the lighthouse.
This particular time would be sometime just before dawn. Or late twilight.
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Sunday, April 08, 2007

new look

test-driving a new format

added links to external galleries including my demo reel and my portfolio site (

Friday, April 06, 2007

new image galleries

I've opened up a couple of new temporary image galleries until I get them integrated into fuguMedia

freelance work

rendered image gallery

Thursday, April 05, 2007

lighthouse interior closeup

The detail is greatly enhanced with the higher ambient light levels. The lighting scheme matches those of the recent few posts. I want to add some additional character to the window sill and steps next.
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lighthouse interior

Couldn't help but tweak the interior archway slightly. Reality is always a good touchstone; I made it look like the door frames in my apartment.

As for the overall lighting scheme, this shot matches the light during the previous post.
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photobucket :: animation gallery

Here's a link to a number of short animation pieces.

The resolution isn't perfect, but photobucket's conversion process is significantly better than youTube's.
It's definitely the way to go.

lighthouse interior

Here is the first (of hopefully several) exploration(s) into changing up the times of day for the scene.
The light here is a bit fuller, more directional. A feeling of early morning/late afternoon.
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lighthouse interior

[I'm still feeling out the idiosyncrasies of blogger, so please bear with me as I work towards a consistent presentation method.]

Now that I have the first floor of the Lighthouse set I've been exploring a few different textures and times of day.
As mentioned previously, I'd still like to weather a few more surfaces (introduce some cracks to the plaster, rough the
counter tops,etc.) but I've settled into the final look and feel for the piece.

I like the new wood texture on the door over the old, it's more vibrant and consistent with the coloration of the wood in that
section of the foyer. It also draws the eye through the scene in that particular shot. An advantage over the previous version
where that corner was somewhat murky because of the darker tones of the wood.

On a more technical side, I've introduced a number of additional photon sources to give me more flexibility with the
lighting scheme so that I can move forward with exploring different times of day.

I'm not entirely certain how day vs. night works in this partiuclar universe, but I'd really love to do a night scene.
And with that build out the atmospherics. Clouds and fog would be an interesting addition.
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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

lighthouse render

tweaked the texture in the foyer area of the lighthouse
the warmth of the light is greatly enhanced in this particular shot

one of the photos on the wall is a shot from 'intrepid penguin'
for those following along at home
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Sunday, April 01, 2007

all fugu all the time

It's been a long road, but I'm now a graduate.
With school and portfolio show behind me I can turn my full attention
to my site and a whole list of side projects that have been on the back burner for

The web site is now live, complete with links to my demo reel.

Check it out at