Saturday, November 29, 2014

Vector Portrait

Hello, everyone!  I hope you're all getting to enjoy your weekend.  I thought I'd share a little bit of what I've been working on this weekend.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Presentation: Photoshop Workflow Basics

Hey, everyone!  Here's a slide show I put together for an event I was invited to speak at.  The slides were composed for a specific audience, but other than the first 4 or 5 slides, any beginner can find something useful in here.  Enjoy!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

3D Model of a Video Camera Created in Blender

Even though Photoshop is what you might call my "first love", in the interests of staying versatile I spend quite a bit of time working in other applications: After Effects, Flash, Illustrator, Audition, etc.  This weekend I found myself sitting in front of Blender, a 3D modeling program.  Here's what came out:

Full render
Rendered without materials

This camera is fully modeling, textured, and rendered from scratch.  For those who care, I used only one image at a single angle for reference.  It's rendered in Cycles.  The sample size is 1000 at 1920 X 1080 resolution.  No textures were used.  It's all done using Cycle's material engine with only a tiny bit of node work.  There is a bit of graininess.  It could have used some more time cooking in the rendering engine, but big renders take lots of time, and it's time to play video games, so couldn't have my computer tied up all night.

Anyway, there it is; a near-photo-realistic picture of a camera that was not taken with a camera.

Comments and feedback are welcome.


Saturday, August 16, 2014

2.5D Mario - A Homage to the Classics

Hey everyone!

I just can't seem to shake my fondness for 8-bit gaming.  No matter how advanced rendering technology becomes these are the characters I appreciate most.

In honor of that I've started a graphical series called "2.5D".  Here's our friend, Mario, being portrayed in the first installment.  As you can see we stayed true to the classic pixel art of the 8-bit era, then we gave it some depth and rendered it under realistic lighting.  It's a new twist on an old favorite.

Stay tuned as more of your favorite classic video game characters get the treatment.


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Minecraft Texture Pack

So I've got it in my head to try and put together a Minecraft texture pack.  I've done a few samples but haven't decided to go all the way.  What do you think?

Friday, May 30, 2014

Real-time Update Preview Window

Hello everyone!  In this tutorial we'll learn how to set up a live preview window so you can monitor your progress while zoomed in at extreme magnification.  With this simple trick you can spare yourself tons and tons of yo-yo zooming.


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

"Resistance is Futile"

I wouldn't call myself a Trekkie, exactly.  I know very little Klingon.  I am a fan, though.  I just got a new workstation and decided it needed a custom wallpaper.  I quickly whipped this one up.  Enjoy.

Monday, February 24, 2014

CGP 2014 Promo Poster

Hello everyone!  Life sure is busy these days.  Here's a look at the project that's been keeping me occupied lately.

This is a promotional poster I designed for the Computer Graphics and Programming department at school.  This sucker is huge!  It's 3 ft wide and 6 ft tall.  I wish you all could see it live and in color.  It looks great!  Unfortunately, unless you live in the West Plains area, you're stuck with a tiny web image.  Oh well, we take what we can get, right?  Enjoy!

Thanks for viewing.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Facebook Cover Image

We have a new cover image on our Facebook fan page.  Go have a look!

While you're there remember to give us Like.  Help us spread the word!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Reality Bytes

A friend of mine has started doing comedy video commentary on video games, movies, and other sorts of entertainment media. If you're familiar with "Let's Play" it's something similar to that.

Pop on over to his Facebook page and give him a little support:

Or go directly to his Youtube channel:
Reality Bytes on Youtube

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