This is a five mile hike near Mecca, CA... in the canyons east of the Salton Sea. The R2 that you'll spot is actually mine from when I was a kid... i.e. I've had that little dude since 1978...! He's a little battered and missing his middle foot, but holding on nonetheless... given that he's 37 years old. Oi... that's weird. Anyhow, this was an awesome hike, with various forks in the trail that were marked by arrows made out of rocks by past travelers. Without them it would have been easy to get very very lost... So thank you... whoever you are.
New galley in the photography section! Decided to try my hand at shooting bracketed photos for HDR tonemapping... so I drove out to Death Valley on a four day exploration. Album also includes some things along the way such as Vasquez Rocks, Fossil Falls and Mojave. Definitely was an inspiring journey... makes any attempt at digital landscape making seem a little futile. Heh. Turns out that HDR tonemapping is really fun but man... definitely just stepped into a rabbit hole! Time to figure out where i'm heading to next...
I just released a couple new DVDs on working with satellite data to create terrains using a variety of tools: Google Earth, The National Map, GlobalMapper, ZBrush, Maya, Photoshop and Mental Ray. There's over ten hours of lecture over the two titles, so a lot of info!
I was comissioned to create a cover illustration for 3D World magazine, which was a lot of fun. The editor Ian Dean contacted me asking for 'a stone head in a jungle'. I ended up having about three weeks to create the image, so a lot of late nights as I used this project to finally delve into SpeedTree... which is awesome. I also wrote a four page tutorial on the creation of the image for the issue. It was an honor to be asked, and hopefully I can do something for them again one day!
I've been obsessing over natural environments lately, developing my workflow for plants/trees and techniques for object placement. Maya, Mental Ray, Paint Effects, Onyx and a little Zbrush for the path. 110 million polys. Rendered with physical sun/sky and all miaMaterialX. Surprised by how many polys I can throw at Mental Ray!
New image made with Zbrush, Photoshop, Bodypaint and Maya/Mental Ray. This project started as an interest in trying out Dynamesh, an amazing new modeling methodology in Zbrush. I started with a sphere, which become the demon, and then decided to give him a place to exist. Learned a lot about rocks/plants/etc and now feel way more comfortable with the mia_materials. Hope people dig it... was a lot of fun to make!
Well this was a surprise... Fast Company magazine recently announced their list of the ten most innovative companies in film, which included Gnomon! Weird but very cool... my sincere thanks to them for the accolade! Click here to check out the complete list.
Very cool... this month's issue of 3D Artist magazine (issue 25) features an eight page story on Gnomon! Thanks so much to Lynette Clee for the support and amazing article! Click here to order a copy...