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A zbrush project

Posted by on Mar 11, 2011 in 3D | 0 comments

A zbrush project

Well, been very busy the last few days, sorting a website out, and finally working on a zbrush project that I have been trying to find time to start for a long time. Its now well on it way, but I suspect there will be a few problems to come

I have taken some  snapshots at stages of the build so far, and I will try and explain the procedure  for each photo.

Mitchelin Man

Mitchelin Man

Posed zsphere

Posed zsphere model

Mesh view

Mesh view

 

 

 

 

 

A. This is one of the many ways to start a model in zbrush. Its constructed using what’s called a zsphere. These zspheres join together and can be stretched or compressed, moved in 3d space to create a base structure. This structure can then be posed by moving each end of a zsphere.

Mesh from zspheres

Mesh from zspheres

muscles have started to be sculpted into the mesh

Start of muscle sculpt

Finished muscle structure

Finished muscle structure

 

 

 

 

 

B. Once You are happy with your posed model, its time to convert the zspheres to a mesh in order to ‘rough out’ the model. The mesh at this point will not have many polygons( think of chicken wire, only squares instead of hexagons), not in zbrush terms anyway( 25000 maybe). Now you can start building up the shape using a number of ‘brushes’ ,I use the inflate brush to give basic mass to the structure.

C. As the body mass is built up, I start thinking of the structure of the muscles, although I am not going into detail, they will be in my mind all the time. Without a good muscle structure it will not look right, even aliens will have something that holds them together somehow, so these next couple of stages are very important. Finally I have got to the stage where the muscles have been sculpted, and  the  form is correct, I will move on to the next stage which is where I reconstruct the topology in order to create a model with consistent sized polygons and they flow correctly, ready for animation, something i will go into again some time.

 

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zbrush starts here

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 in 3D, CG Art | 0 comments

zbrush starts here
Tylwydd Teg

Tylwydd Teg

Am about to start a sculpture in zbrush of a character that was featured in a short film I created for my final degree project , a lot of time of this project  was spent doing the preparations, storyboards, story reals, colour tests model tests, what you have to understand is that I am not an animator, this is more about the creativity involved in producing such a movie. The story is based on local legend/folklore ( when I say local I mean Snowdonia) Y Tylwydd Teg. over the next few weeks I will post updates on my progress.

Hope you like it 🙂

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Corel painters’ clone tool

Posted by on Feb 27, 2011 in CG Art | 0 comments

Corel painters’ clone tool
Corel painters' clone tool

Just had to add this, came across somebody’s art work on facebook, a few potraits and a few lanscapes, and they look amazing, that is, to somebody who does not know about painters quick clone effect , and it really bugs me when someone posts images and then does not mention that they have used it, its false and its damaging to the industry, use it by all means if its what you want but explain how its done, your not doing yourself any favours by hiding the truth, I would almost go as far as to say its cheating, but maybe thats a bit childish,

you can check out the process here Quick clone in painter

My Paint

Posted by on Feb 27, 2011 in traditional Art | 0 comments

My Paint
My Paint

Anybody used mypaint. I like it for its simplicity, great for creating quick sketches, the assortment of brushes allow you to just create shapes, from which something may evolve, I create stuff using this process most of the time in my sketchbook (digital or otherwise) this one just started as a dark edge with some highlights, added a few perspective lines and just carried on from there, the people were added after i realised it looked like some shop fronts, added the squiggle that is the manaquin in the big window after the main person , who is looking at it

Oriel Mon

Posted by on Feb 27, 2011 in traditional Art | 0 comments

Oriel Mon
Oriel Mon

Just been for a trip to the local gallery, its changed a bit from my last visit, went to see a show by a guy called Iwan Gwyn Parry, an artist who taught me during my foundation year. Interseting body of work, his style has not changed much since he taught me, but in my opinion his work has improved greatly. Some very large canvases, and masses of vibrant colour, slightly abstract in some cases, but he does bring out a certain mood in his work. The work is, again, based on his experiences of the island, except you get the impression he is trying to capture the place as a living thing, that has been alive for thousands of years.

Also went to have a look at Kyffin williams’s work, I’m not the biggest fan of his pallete knife work, but i do like his quirky, almost cartoony sketches in ink and wash, he does capture the subject matter  very well. I love his sketched of the sheepdogs and characters of snowdonia

All this can be seen at Oriel Mon, Llangefni. Iwans exhibition end tomorrow, but the kyffin exhibition is a permanent one

Ryan Church

Posted by on Feb 26, 2011 in CG Art | 0 comments

Ryan Church
Ryan Church

Ryan Church

Have a look at this guys work, he also does a lot of tutorials for painter with Gnomon, hope he doesnt mind me puting one of his images up here, I just wish some people who think working on a computer is cheating, could watch one of his tutorials, the work and thought that goes into one of his images is awesome,

Saint Anne, the Virgin, the child and Saint John

Posted by on Feb 24, 2011 in traditional Art | 0 comments

Saint Anne, the Virgin, the child and Saint John
Saint Anne, the Virgin, the child and Saint John

Well I did say if I found my version of this drawing by leonardo I would put it up here,

I havnt tried to replicate it identically, its just my version, i just wanted to try and imitate the flow of the drawing more than the lines. I havnt used chalk or toned paper just pen and pancil, I did however apply a wash of ink on the paper first,what do you think?

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Sketchbook

Posted by on Feb 23, 2011 in traditional Art | 0 comments

Sketchbook
Sketchbook

Finally got round to uploading some images from my sketchbooks, not sure whether it was the right move to show them to the world, but hey, what you goto to understand is that generally these would not be shown, and the beauty of that is you are totally free to express yourself without the fear of people knocking your work, although i wouldnt dream of calling my sketchbook work fantastic, i do feel that some of my best work in terms of freedom has been created in them.

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Favourite drawing

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in traditional Art | 0 comments

Favourite drawing
Favourite drawing

Just thought I would post an image on here, Madona and child with st anne and the young st john(1507-08) had the privilege of seeing this for real at the National Museum a few years back, and its without doubt my most favourite image of all, I have attempted to replicate it a while back, if I find my copy I will post it,. its unbelieving to think how much work went into this image, its not small, its actually 1.41 m by 1.04m using charcoal and chalk on tinted paper. I love the complexity of the fine lines next to the subtle light shading and how he using white chalk to depict light and warmth on the tinted paper. I rote my final thesis on light in art, titled ‘Seeing the light’ and it has a major role in my work. I am constantly trying to portray light, working in the world of CG 3d has helped me immensely with this. I have had to gain an understanding of ambient and reflected light, how the light falls on objects and how shadows play a major role in form.

If I can touch the surface of what Leonardo da Vinci did i will be a happy artist.

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Studio work

Posted by on Feb 22, 2011 in traditional Art | 0 comments

Studio work

Well after about 6 months of construction I have finally started to move my gear into my new studio, its only small,(its part of a bigger garage/workshop I’v built). Dug out all my old sketchbooks(20’ish) and had a nostalgic journey looking through them. hopefully they will rekindle my enthusiasm for working without the ultimate aim of selling the work, as I find this always screws things up for me, I become far to precious, always thinking about whether people will like it, it then tends to become very safe,.

Next step, add a gallery to the site and scan in some sketchbook work for you to see, and then start adding some new stuff