Friday, December 31, 2010


A have-fun 10sec animation -'Heart Beats' made for the coming new year.
Tools: C4D, CS tools.

Best regards to everybody in 2011, and Happy New Year !

Wednesday, December 22, 2010


By Amjad Olabi

This is my latest 3D illustration. I wanted to get some feedback about this piece so any comments or crits would be greatly appreciated. Thanks

Monday, December 20, 2010


Here is a 3 min quick environment concept I get inspired by Justin's thesis. I use Screenflow to record the whole drawing process, if you want you may download the application from the site here:

Sorry for low quality with this first post, need to spend more time to figure out the best presentation with condensed format.

 For some peoples' information, I list some tips I used to use with photoshop digital painting:
1. With brush tools selected, hold 'Option' then you can use dropper to grab the color on canvas.
2. Always draw with navigator window opened, that help you to preview the whole compostition.
3. Use Gradient Map to adjust your images, combined with blending mode, to find the best tones for your works.

I hope it helps, and please feel free to drop a line if you have any comments, questions.


The Red Shoes (1948)


ballet part 1

ballet part 2

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Controversial Steve Jobs figurine appears to sell for $2,500 on eBay

A company started making these funny little Steve Jobs dolls back in November. Apple didn't like it so they had to stop production but now they have been selling on ebay for $2,500. Courtesy of AppleInsider.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Google Body Browser

Google Body Browser is like Google Earth for the Human Body Check it out here: You will need to have a WebGL equipped browser like Google Chrome Beta or Firefox 4 Beta to view it.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Summer Wars Trailer

This looks like it could be the next Paprika.

Google Docs Animation

As part of Google’s Demo Slam, a team of three artists created a piece of animation using the spreadsheet program Google Docs. Tu+ Uthaisri designed and directed the piece; Nam Doan and Arthur Metcalf animated the piece. Here’s a link to their source file (BIG!) if you want to see how they made it. It makes me smile to think that some day animation schools could be teaching students Google Docs instead of Flash.

Courtesy of Cartoon brew

Open Source Alice in Wonderland

Art Director of the Blender Foundation's 'Sintel' Open-Source film project, David Revoy uses a Linux system's Blender, Mint , GIMP , Mypaint and Al.Chemy to create the Above illustration of Alice in Wonderland. I can't say I'm a big fan of the final image but it is curious that he used all open source software in creating it.
See the full article on CG society here.

EXPOSÉ 9: Call For Entries

If you got an image, 2D or 3D, you should submit. you still have time.
Registration and submissions are free.
If you get in, it's great exposure.

EXPOSÉ 9: Call For Entries


A great for all plug-in for timeramps.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Creating CG Nature

This is a really helpful tutorial on how to create trees, grass and terrain in Maya. I used this for my thesis and got some good results.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Monday, December 13, 2010

Rockbots 3000

RockBots 3000 is a third-person action-platformer with a musical twist. In the year 3000, music and the devices upon which they are played have co-evolved into towering, sentient robots to preserve mankind's culture and spirit. After a golden age of collaboration, war breaks out between Rock and HipHop. Play as the last HipHop-Bot as he attempts to reconcile the damage done by the powerful RockBots.

Rockbots 3000


A blog from Waltz with Bashir's Director of animation where he posts a new animation everyday. Check it out.

Meet Buck from TeamCerf on Vimeo.

Salesman Pete from Salesman Pete on Vimeo.

I just saw this new software on CG Society it looks impressive. What do you think?

You can download the Alpha version of Clarisse here

There is a huge installation at PS1 showing Feng Mengbo's videogame. They project gameplay footage on two huge walls that face each other it is definitely worth checking out. Feng Mengbo at PS1

Creating Topology in Topogun from Joe Pikop on Vimeo.

Topogun is cheap ($100) and appears to be excellent at creating low poly versions of digital sculptures.

Six Tutorials on Light and Shade

Part 1 - Sunny Afternoon
Part 2 - Twilight
Part 3 - Moonlight
Part 4 - Electrical
Part 5 - Candlelight
Part 6 - Underwater

Final Gathering Tutorial

Tips for Rendering Fur with Mental Ray

Sunday, December 12, 2010

A really good blog for modeling

Untitled from pointpusher on Vimeo.

This is the blog for a guy who used to work as a modeler at Blue Sky and teach at SVA

Abstract Animation Inspiration- Flux

F L U X from candas sisman on Vimeo.

Test - Animation inspiration1

Headless studio reel 2010 from Headless Productions on Vimeo.

Batman - Series Writer's Bible

I guess this came out about a year ago, but its been sitting on my hard drive for a while. This is the Series Writer's Bible for Batman: The Animated Series. This guide lays out a lot of the characters and some basic story and plotting rules for the series. It seems like a great resource for anyone looking to pitch an animated show. Either way, its an interesting look behind the scenes of the show.

Lego Minifigure Promos

These have been online since the summer, but I may as well post these. These are three promo spots I worked on while I was at Semerad (with Tom Gambino) earlier this year. I primarily worked on animation and rendering. The animation is pretty simple here, but we were fighting against some mo-cap animation that was provided to us. Overall they turned out ok.

(Animation and rendering done in Softimage.)

For Old Times Sake

Two useful sites

This site has a lot of free hi res textures all you have to do is register and it doesn't cost a thing

This site is what gave me the idea for Digital Play Pin. A lot of different artists showing their work and learning from each other. Check it out.