Saturday, June 18, 2011

Traditional meets Digital

Monkey in T pose

three quater view

Rough Sculpt before texture and polypaint

rough sculpt2


Z Brush is a program that draws from all that I have learned over the years as a traditional illustrator. Working with this program involves not only computer knowledge, but the ability to draw , paint , and sculpt. During my undergraduate studies I was lucky enough to do quite a bit of clay sculpture with a great teacher, and friend Peter Bonadies. It is fascinating to me to see how this has carried over to Z Brush. Although you are sculpting on a computer screen it is the closest thing to the real thing, but does not require the space, and time you would need to produce actual clay sculptures. Plus it is all highly editable with a click of a button.As you can see the model is sculpted out according to my drawings in a rough clay like texture, and then later textured and painted.

As a 2 D artist this also opens a lot of doors. These clay models can be posed in any position and used as reference for paintings. This particular model is gong to be used in a short animation I am working on. This hi resolution sculpt will be transferred as a low resolution model into Maya , rigged and animated..

Tuesday, June 14, 2011


This is a short walk to run cycle with the Ganesh character model that I created during the Intro to Maya class that I attended this past spring. The Characters actions are a bit jerky, and need to be smoothed out a bit. But in the meantime I am remodeling the character in Z Brush and will plan to create a more refined animation with it.

I had some issues uploading this for some reason here, and i guess that is why the color is all wonky in the beginning..?????Either way it is a lot of fun to see two dimensional artwork come to life in a three dimensional space. Can't wait to begin to fine tune the techniques and build upon what I have learned with this. As for now here is my super simple animation..

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Model sheets,Key Frames, and Character Designs

Monkey from Humanality Pencil Test

Climber Key Frames

Climber Turn Around

Saloon Character Key Frame

Saloon Character Key Frame

Guanteen model sheet

Here are some model sheets, character designs, and key frame drawings from various projects I have been working on recently. The top most monkey in this post, as well as the climber where drawings used in creating the Humanality pencil test in which I posted previously. The Saloon Character key frames are scans of actual frames from the Saloon character animation I posted earlier. The Last Guanteen model sheet is a refined character design of Guanteen the Monkey, a character in a 3d animation I am working on.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Z Brush Sculpts


Monkey Island

Over the past week or so I started to learn the program Z Brush. I have to say it is one of the most amazing tools I have ever used. I can also say that it is also one of the most confusing and frustrating as well..... At ant rate here are my first two sculptures I created using Z Brush. These are assets from the pencil test I posted earlier, but rendered in 3D. These will become the basis for a fully animated short. Versions of these will be simplified, brought into Maya, rigged,light , and later animated.

The monkey model will be recycled for both the Ganesh project, as well as the Humanality short.