Wednesday, 19 July 2017

CGI Landscape for Teaching Maya 2016 Part II: Simple Cartoon Textures

In an effort to entice traditional 2D animation students to see the potential and flexibility of CGI I have been using simple cartoon-style textures and alphas to show them not all CGI has detailed photo-based texturing.

I started with the 3D paint tool to mark up the general look and positioning, created a limited palette to work from...


...then bashed out some quick textures in Photoshop.
Tree Foliage
Tree Bark

Grass tufts Alpha texture

Big Grass tufts Alpha texture

Foreground texture

BG Rocks texture
Given more time the textures can be refined, but they should retain the simple style with large areas of flat colour.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Animation test scene ready.

Got a nice scene ready to go with the Bruce Lee-esque generic character and one robot (hidden). 

This will involve the two characters interacting on a reactive surface made up of nearly 100 octagonal pillars that move vertically when something lands on them (or they will when I animate them).

Why? Been watching too much Max Cooper / Nick Cobby... 

Just dropping in...

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Bernie Wrightson in close-up

Time to GO LARGE on Bernie Wrightson, one of the most influential and inspiring artists to many comic, graphic novel and illustration types for many years.

This is one genius artist that just makes you think 'How the hell did he do that'. What we have is a mixture of images that have depth, sensitivity and mood; echoing equally the etchings of Gustave Dore, Piranesi, and the modern comic work of Kevin O'Neil and John Hicklenton.


  It really amazing what you can achieve armed with a pen! The subject matter, though often grotesque, is also highly emotive and exposes the humanity of the most inhuman characters.

This mans work will continue to have a profound effect on its audience for a very very long time.

Bernie Wrightson 1948 - 2017

What follows is a close-up look at some classic artwork by Bernie Wrightson.


Rest in Peace Bernie!