Sunday, October 30, 2011

New Sculpting App for the iPad "Forger" looks great! (and it has OBJ export!!!!)

"forger is a digital sculpting application for the artist who wants to be able to sculpt anywhere. forger lets you sculpt while you are on the train, sitting on the couch, or waiting in a queue."

"Featuring an intuitive multitouch interface, several deformation brushes, the ability to import/export OBJ files, and many other awesome features, now thanks to forger you can sketch out ideas anywhere you go."

Here are just a handful of Forger's features. 
Learn more about Forger here:

Saturday, October 29, 2011

"The German" short film by Nick Ryan (Plus VFX breakdowns)

Evelyn Evelyn "Have You Seen My Sister Evelyn" Music Video by Hoku Uchiyama

You can view more work by Hoku Uchiyama here:

Teaser Trailer for "ParaNorman" Laika's next 3D stop-motion feature.

"Here’s a teaser for Laika’s next 3D stop-motion feature film, being directed by Sam Fell (Flushed Away, The Tale of Despereaux) and Chris Butler (storyboard supervisor,Coraline, Corpse Bride). Love the use of Donovan’s Season Of The Witch for this.ParaNorman will be released by Focus Features on August 17, 2012."

"Game of Thrones" shot breakdowns from SSVFX

Friday, October 28, 2011

"StarCraft: Final Metamorphosis" by Cristian Ciocotisan

This is a pretty impressive piece of work considering it was done almost single handedly by Cristian Ciocotisan. While the style of it is not my cup o' tea, I gotta admit that is high quality work and a lot of it.

You can read more about it here:

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

"Sketch Travel" by Dice Tsutsumi

Dice’s passion project for the past few years has been Sketchtravel, an idea that he hatched with illustrator Gérald Guerlais, and which features the participation of some of the world’s most well known illustrators, comic artists and animators. (We’vewritten about it before on Cartoon Brew.) The project has finally come to a conclusion: an auction of the original sketchbook artwork was held last week and raised over $100,000 for charity. A printed version of the book is now available in France, too.

To support the Sketchtravel project, Dice made the following animated short using his color scripting technique:

In an email, he explained the challenge of making an animated film as someone who comes from a painting background:

“Since I’m not an animator, my focus is to carry a story through all the visual staging elements — color, lighting, and composition. I painted every singleframe of the film by myself with a little help from friends and a small amount of After Effects movements. It took me six months to complete it while I was preparing for the auction event.”

Courtesy of Cartoon Brew:

Here is an interview with Dice about his "Sketch Travel" Project.

A look into the building of "Gears of War 3".

The making of "Diablo III Black Soulstone" cinematic

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Friday, October 21, 2011


"Take a look at WindMills, a beautifully stylish graduation film from France’s Georges Méliès school, directed by Guillaume Bergère, Guillaume Coudert, Maria Glinyanova, Bruno Guerra and Charlotte Jammet.

Synopsis: It is a dead, lightless world, where a little girl, despite her father’s renunciation and despair facing the death of his wife, maintains their dream of building a machine powered by magic winds to fly and reach the sun."

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Blender 2.60 Released

Blender 2.60 has been release and is available for download here:

"The Blender Foundation and online developer community is proud to present Blender 2.60. This is the beginning of the Blender 2.6x series, targeted at including all work that happened in branches or patches past years.

Most notable in this release is 3D audio, UI translation, improved weight painting and a lot of animation system updates."

Find out more about the new features in Blender 2.60 here:

Monday, October 17, 2011

New "Adventures of Tintin" Trailer

Panoramic Camera you throw to take a picture

"Jonas Pfeil University of Berlin Graduate has just come up with this novel solution to panoramic photography using a soft throwable ball packed with 36 2 mega pixel phone cameras."

Courtesy of CG Everything

Female figure I've been working on in Mudbox off and on.

This one still needs a lot of work.  One of these days I'll find the time to finish her.

A Tree Model I've been working on in Sculptris for a while.

I've been working on this tree for a while off and on. I'd like to build several versions of it and use it to make a small forest scene when I can find the time.

Friday, October 14, 2011


This is a pretty impressive little piece by Neil Stubbings of LeMob, particularly when you consider that he made the whole thing almost single handedly.

"Ho-Ho" this message is boiling hot

Friday, October 7, 2011

Four interesting pieces of experimental Computer Animation

Topologies (Excerpt) - Tiepolo from Quayola on Vimeo.

Pico from takcom™ on Vimeo<

Prismatic Planes HD from Alex McLeod on Vimeo.

chiral | projection artwork | MOCA Taipei 2010 from Robert Seidel on Vimeo.

Courtesy of Cartoon Brew:

2011 Siggraph presentation of "Paths of Hate" with an interview director Damian Nenow along with making of materials

"The trailer for Paths of Hate showcased its effortless combination of comic book visual style with dynamic dogfighting camera motion and kinetic editing. The film was created at Poland’s Platige Image, home of Tomek Baginski, Grzegorz Jonkajtys, Michał Socha and, of course, Paths of Hatedirector Damian Nenow.

The short film has shown at a number of festivals worldwide, and won awards at Annecy, ComicCon, and SIGGRAPH to name a few. Damian Nenow was at the SIGGRAPH Autodesk Booth presenting his short film, including a four-minute excerpt that includes new material not in the trailer. For those unable to make it to a festival screening, this footage is the closest taste you’ll get until the DVD gets released later this year."

Read the interview and watch the making of videos here:

Damian Nenow's SIGGRAPH presentation at Autodesk booth from Platige Image on Vimeo.

"How to Eat Your Apple" directed by Erick Oh

How to eat your Apple from Erick Oh on Vimeo.

「How to eat your Apple」 is an extension of Erick’s recent illustration series in the form of an animated poem. It is without a protagonist, a defined narrative, set point of camera view or any other aspect of mainstream film language; 「How to eat your Apple」 surrealistically portrays human nature and its essence in the circle of life, its change and death as shown by re-compositing various symbols and objects. This piece flows more like a moving illustration than an animated film, and connects to Erick’s other static illustration pieces and written stories which finally culminates to one big quintessential question on life. 

‘사과 먹는 법’은 오수형 작가의 최근 삽화 시리즈의 연장선에 놓여 있는 단편 애니메이션 작품이다. 특정한 주인공이나, 뚜렷한 사건의 발단과 결말, 정해진 시점을 비롯한 영화 언어가 갖고 있는 기법을 전혀 사용하지 않은 채, 이 작품은 탄생과 변화, 소멸 그리고 또 다른 탄생으로 이어지는 물질과 생명의 모습을 재치 있게 보여준다. ‘그려진 영화’가 아닌 ‘움직이는 그림’에 초점을 둔 이 단편 작품은 작가의 개별적인 다른 삽화 이미지들과 글과 어우러져, 살아가는 방법과 이유에 대한 근원적이고 총체적인 하나의 큰 질문으로 이어진다.

Find out more about Erick at:

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs

Rendering Synthetic Objects into Legacy Photographs from Kevin Karsch on Vimeo.

A quick and painless way to insert 3D objects into photographs. 

Read more here:

Adobe launches more iPad and Android Apps

Adobe Photoshop Touch lets users transform images with core Photoshop features in an app custom-built for tablets. With simple finger gestures, users can combine multiple photos into layered images, make popular edits and apply professional effects. The tablet-exclusive Scribble Selection Tool allows users to easily extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep and then what to remove. With Refine Edge technology from Adobe Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges, such as hair, are easily captured when making selections. Additionally, the app helps users quickly find images, share creations, and view comments through integration with Facebook and Google Search. Using the syncing capabilities that are a component of Adobe Creative Cloud, files can be opened in Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Collage helps creatives capture and refine ideas and concepts by allowing them to combine inspirational images, drawings, text and Creative Suite files into modern, conceptual mood boards. Features include importing of images, four customisable pen types for drawing, adding text, and applying color themes. A virtually unconstrained canvas grows as needed to accommodate more assets. Files can be shared or transferred for access in Adobe Photoshop.

Adobe Debut allows users to present designs to clients and stakeholders virtually anywhere. Adobe Debut quickly opens tablet-compatible versions of Creative Suite files for convenient and beautiful viewing on the tablet, including Photoshop layers and Illustrator® art boards. Feedback is gathered using a markup pen tool to add notes and drawings on top of the work.

Adobe Ideas is an easy-to-master, vector-based tool for drawing. By using a stylus or finger, strokes appear smooth at any zoom level. Starting with a blank canvas, users can choose color themes, and pull in tablet-compatible image files that can be controlled as separate layers. Finished results are easily accessed in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop.

Adobe Kuler makes it easy to generate color themes that can inspire any design project. Color can be explored and discovered, with hundreds of thousands of Kuler themes already available via the creative community. Social engagement in the community is enhanced by rating and commenting on themes, which can be exported as color swatches for Adobe Creative Suite projects.

Adobe Proto enables the development of interactive wireframes and prototypes for websites and mobile apps on a tablet. Ideas are communicated and shared with teams and clients using a touch-based interface. Gestures quickly express a design concept, explain website structure or demonstrate interactivity. The wireframe or prototype then can be exported as industry standard HTML, CSS and JavaScript, and shared in popular browsers for immediate review and approval.

Read more about it here:

"Paths of Hate" from Platige image

Paths of Hate from Imaginaria Film Festival on Vimeo.

Thanks to Freddy Fleck for pointing this out.

First demo of Anzovin Rig Tools for Maya