The designers from BBC Arabic requested some training at the Maxon UK offices in Bedfordshire, and Maxon asked me to be the tutor. We focused on materials, shaders, lighting and rendering. We didn’t have very much time to prepare, but with a combination of specific queries for the BBC team, some of their scene files as well as mine for examples, we had a constructive 2 day session, despite the sudden heatwave! Maxon and I are considering doing some masterclasses where I dissect a few of my key images/scenes, and take a group through the processes involved in their creation, if you are interested in this, please drop me a line!
Yesterday, Apple finally announced the iPad tablet that people have been speculating about for several years. I have created a number of concepts based on the rumors and conjecture, amongst them is this one I created for MacFormat magazine back in March/April 09. I just struck me as very close to the new iPad with keyboard dock!!? Maybe a gift wrapped, full spec iPad with a note from Steve Jobs and Jonathon Ives would be in order!? 😉
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!