This image, or at least one like it has been in my mind for literally years now. Probably inspired by a couple of NASA’s space colony concepts of the 70’s, definitely by Ben Bova’s novel ‘Colony’, and obviously to an extent by Greg Bear’s ‘Eon and Clarke’s ‘Rama’ series! At any rate, after getting the newest version of Cinema 4D, with render instances, and speeded up sub poly displacent, I did a couple of tests with large amounts of trees, and then started to put this idea to the test.
My current project – 3DWorld asked me to create a tutorial on animating a spider for a future issue… I was given the option to simply find a suitable ready made asset to animate, but instead decided to dive in to ZBrush. The final 2 million poly model was exported at a lower poly count to Cinema 4D, where the high poly displacement map was added, and the texturing and animation were then completed! – I’m just wrapping up the tutorial now, and when the issue goes live, I’ll also add the animation to the site – it’s looking creepy! 😀
Finally, after a few weeks without time or inspiration, I have finished my first full digital painting on the Wacom Cintiq. I am very pleased with the final result, although I am having some indecision on the background colour – either cool grey as here, or the original warm orange tones! Watch this space for more paintings soon 🙂
Recently commissioned by MacFormat magazine, this Apple NetBook concept is based on the belief that the innovative company is working on such a device, and assumed to be coming out this year. The illustration has been doing the ‘blog’ rounds this last couple of weeks, and like other concepts I have developed, seems quite popular overall! 🙂 MacFormat NetBook page
I have advertised in various source books for a few years now (American Showcase, PLAY), and have decided to give Directory Of Illustration a go this year. The book won’t be released until early next year in fact, but hopefully it will open up new client possibilities. This is my page!
Feeling the need to explore old skills, but using the digital tools I have become so familiar with, I have been trying out a Cintiq 21UX from Wacom. This device works like any other Wacom pen tablet, but with the enormous advantage of also being a screen that you can draw and paint directly onto within the likes of Photoshop and Painter etc… … this thing really is stunning, and has had me so convinced that I am really painting again (after at least 10 years not doing it!), that I even tried to smudge the paint with my finger tip at one point, and blow away any dust (from pastel/pencil) on another! 😀 This is a crop of a full body portrait I have been wanting to paint for a number of years – still a work in progress, but the face & hair are mostly done now.
After quite a long haul, I completed a calendar of Anime inspired females for Cirrus Logic (digital audio processor giant). The calendar is to be circulated amongst the companies clients/retailers etc, and represents many of the sectors their company provides technology for. This ‘Rock Chick’ character was one of my favourites.