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Thursday, July 5, 2012

New Stuff

Back from another extended absence from the blog, but this time I've got more goodies.  Things have been crazy in the transition from the end of my school career to living in the real world and searching for means of employment... Anyway, I've fought back the tides long enough to stop for a quick update post.

Progress on my CCAD thesis project stagnated due to crazy render issues, as seen here:

Resolving the issue took up all of my allotted time for screw-ups, and the resultant solution doubled my render times.  So, until I get my hands on a more powerful computer to finish my renders on, I put up a playblast preview of the animated scenes.

In the end, I was unable to overcome the problem before graduating, but I graduated nevertheless, and am working toward the future.

And speaking of the future, I'm working on a few freelance projects now, some of which can be seen on my website's new project pages. Check it out, it's in 3D!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

State of the Union

Well, it's happened.  I've finally graduated, and now I'm an officially certified artist.  So let's take a look at what I've been doing over the last couple months in the mad rush to finish.

Yup. That's me riding a unicycle across the stage to accept my diploma.

I produced three new animations for my reel alongside the work I was doing for school so that I could re-edit my demo reel to make a NEW DEMO REEL for the end of school and the career fair I attended(which went quite well).

In my classes I was hard at work with my friends producing an animated informational promo for the Columbus local, Insight Bank.

Of course I've also been working fiercely on my thesis project, but that will have to wait for another post.

Monday, March 19, 2012

I'm back!

Let me start by apologizing for my extended absence from the internet by showing you what I've been working on in my absence.

1) my new website

I'm now the proud owner of

It's still a work in progress, but it's online and it works.  In the next few weeks I'll be moving some of my blog's functions to the new page and working to integrate them into one system.

2) my thesis project, AKA the BIG project

The creature is now fully rigged for animation. I was playing around with it to see what kind of posing I could get out of it and did a couple quick renders.  I'm currently working on building the environment, a rocky chasm in the desert, which the creature will be wandering through in the final animation.  This is my first major project using Z-brush and I'm really enjoying the program.  I'd never get these results this fast without it.

3) demo reel recut and new work

Here's a sneak preview of my latest project, combining 2D and 3D animation and fluid simulation for my new branding.

I'm also recutting my reel to focus more on my 3D work and more recent projects.

Don't expect a slew of new posts anytime soon, but hopefully I will be posting a little more often in the future.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christmas Painting Series

Last year around Christmas time, I had a terrible itch to do some painting. I was finally getting some spare time for the winter break and needed to come up with some gifts for my family, so I decided to do a series of watercolor paintings.

I'm trying to get pictures of the paintings as I visit my family, but it's taking a while. Here're the ones I've got now.

It ended up being a lot of fun and my family loved their paintings.  So, this year I decided to expand my operation and work in a couple new mediums and techniques I'd been hoping to play with, such as gold paint and acrylics, and painting on drafting velum.

I'll update with the rest of the paintings as soon as I get pictures of them.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Isn't He Cute!

And I've been working on Lizzy, my fairy princess too.
I'll be finishing her in the next few days and moving on to Frankie, the last of the trick or treaters and then the bully.  From there its on to shaders and line-work.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

More Character Stuff + Modeling

Boyd (the bully)


Wilson (the fat kid)
And that's about it for now.  Damnable deliscious food intervened in my productivity this week.  But I got to spend some time with the family, so it's not so bad.