Thursday, August 16, 2007

Puppet Cart (part 3)

So I have pretty much completed the modeling part of this project. I have gone through procedure and did all the poly clean up checklist. I still need to lay out the uv's. I am pretty happy with this. I am sure if I took a break from it for awhile I could find things to fix or change.

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Shadow PuppetCart (WIP)

This is still a work in progress. I am trying to keep this piece mainly quads with as few tris as possible. So far its going well. The block that you see in one of the images is about the average size of an elephant that would be pulling this cart. This was so that I could build this to scale.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Puppet Cart

So I haven't just been working on speed paintings this summer, but also been modeling in Maya a bit. Since I have had some free time I went back to past projects from BFA last semester and chose this one to turn into a model. (I will also be working on others such as the golf course). I chose this one first because it is a different style than that of what I have in my portfolio right now. this is still a work in progress, but I thought I would share.

1hr Speed paint

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Back into the swing of things

So I have taken a little break from this blog. I have been busy with work and graduation festivities. Now that things have kind of wound down I am trying to get back into my own personal projects and little exercises such as speed paintings. Here are twso that I have done ranging from 30 min-1hr. Hopefully, I will be posting more in the next couple of days or so.

original (below)

original (below)

Friday, April 27, 2007

Shadow Puppet Project

We have started a new project in BFA. The assignment is to design a shadow puppet master, his cart and beast of burden. This is a pretty interesting culture in itself. Along with that we are suppose to be designing our style like that of Enrique Fernadez. He is an amazing artist and you should all check out his work.
So I came up with a story about conjoined twins that have competing shadow puppet shows. The one brother is very traditional is his method of performance down to making the puppets out of cow hide. The other brother is more of the rock n' roller. When he performs he gets so in to it sometimes, well most of the times the puppets break. The one brother gets so tired of this he finally snaps and they end up brawling. Many shadow puppet masters have assistants and these conjoined twins have a litte person as theirs who is constantly trying to keep them apart and from fighting, but you could see how he has some difficulties with this. When coming up with this story I was highly influenced by the circus people.
I haven't yet fully designed the twins and but I thought I would share with you my cart ideations and first pass at my inHouse of the cart and elephant. I wanted the cart to be a bit quirky and assymetrical to reflect their characters and the story.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

New Maquette

These are images of my latest maquette. It is not done, but almost there. Its based off one of my ghost hunters that I talked about in a previous post. I will probably do another maquette of her in the her original pose because that sells her character more. Anyways feel free to leave comments and I should have more work soon.

Monday, April 2, 2007


Hey there! So this semester we were given the opportunity to take a maquette class. When I heard of this I quickly jumped to the opportunity of taking the class. Anyways, this is our second project. There was a character in a Roald Dahl story inspired me, where it was about a pelican, monkey and a giraffe that were a window washing company. The pelican’s job because of his large beak was to carry the water. He is a goofy and somewhat clumsy character that has a hard time landing and stopping, hence the helmet. I am possibly going to paint him.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Week 3: Speed paintings

So this week was tougher. We were given twenty minutes for each image. I think it went alright, you could really just go in there and block in the main shapes. Anywho, hope you enjoy.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Victorian Ghost Hunters

These are characters that are part of our new project that we are doing in our bfa class. We were given 5 discriptions to use on 4 of the would be characters that live in Paris, France and were ghost hunters. We had have a blind person, scholar/historian, female, asian and one that was aaffraid of ghosts.
These still need to be touched up with a couple more passes but I thought I would share.

Fitwilliam is the leader of the group. He is a bit quirky of a character. He has always been interested in ghosts. As a child he had the ability to see ghosts, but as he got older he lost some of that innocence that let him see and communicate with them. Now he uses his education from college and his studies to invent and find ways to capture and help ghosts. He is the one that found and brought this group together.

It is said that children because of their innocence can see ghosts, Alexandrea has this ability. She is an orphan that was taken in by the group. She doesn't quite understand her abilities and therefore is affraid of what she is seeing. She wears oversized hand me down clothes to help hide herself from them. She is mainly partnered up with Fitzwilliam since he understands her the most.

This is Charles Brandon-he is my blind character that is also an amputee. He suffers from phantom limb syndrome. The ghosts are pretty friendly with him cause they see him as one of them. He uses his dogs to carry their supplies but also to be his eyes. ( I am still currently working on designing a way to draw his arm, which he still can pick things up with)

Chiyoko is the strong silent type. She is the spiritual leader of the group. With her fans she is able to turn the spirits into butterflies that will take them up to heaven.

I hope you enjoyed them. . . I am planning on still revising them and then hopefully post the revisions soon.

Speed Paintings

Each week in our BFA Saturday class we are doing 3 one hour each speed paintings. I am really glad we are doing these since my painting skills in photoshop is a bit rough to say the least. Painting textures is a bit different than painting a picture. Anywho, I just thought I would share these.

Saturday, March 3, 2007

New Post: Miniature Golf Hole

Its been awhile since I posted so I thought I would share my first assignment of the new semester. It was to design a hole for a miniature golf course that would be the centerpiece to a Las Vegas type hotel or an amusement park.

I wanted my golf course to be a place where kids could come to and be taken to another world and where adults could go to remember how it is to be a youth. With that said I went for the theme of Roald Dahl. I thought it lent it self to many different fun opportunities. Each hole would be based off of a different story of his.

This one is based off of his Enormous Crocodile short story. Incase you aren't familiar with the story: There is this crocodile that wants to eat children, even though he has never had one before he thinks they would taste wonderful. He tries many different ways to capture and eat them but is always stopped by his friends in the jungle (the elephant, hippo and monkey).

That is the basic premise of the story.

Monday, February 12, 2007

Portfolio Pages

Here are some models that I worked on during my first semester of my senior seminar class. They are props for a film that a group of us were working on.
The following pages are from my sketchbook.