Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Where does the time go??

Well, I havnt fallen off the face of the planet, yet anyway. I have been finding it hard to fit in working on maya bits inbewteen working all the hours I can get at my currnet job, (of which the season is ending soon)and looking for a new job, (even if its somthing to get me through the winter.)

The last project I was working vanished from my hard drive while I was on holiday and have not since recovered any scraps of it. Strange things have happened. However not to be disheartened, I have been working on yet another indoor environment to practice my modleing, setting and lighting skills. This project is not very far along but heres a preview.

There are still plenty pf issues to fix and objects to add. Its work in progress.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Animation Testing

Using transparencys to represent styles of movment. E

merging from the egg...

Creating the Cocoon...

Thursday, 19 August 2010

First the Caterpillar ...

...and then the butterfly

The wings are not right yet but there getting there.

Friday, 13 August 2010

A New Beginning

In resent weeks I have spent a lot of time working trying o scrape the pennys together and enjoy the summer. In the time I have spent a home I have begun a new poject to keep the creative juices flowing. Its an animation about the life cycle of a catterpillar. Here is a beginning preview to tickle the taste buds.

Monday, 2 August 2010

Abandoned Saloon Update

I havent had much timeon my hands to keep up with to much maya work with working almost full time hours and getting back in touch with friends and fam who have returned home after there time away at their unis but I have fit some in where I can. I thourght that through one of my currently rare oppotunities to use the computer I would give an update of whats been going on with my saloon, so here is a few images of where things are at.

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Abandoned Saloon

Over the last few weeks I have hand my hand in a few pies, with many things going on. I have spent many hours each week at my part time job trying to get some money together, (no more student financing to fall back on all year round. I have also been helping out a friend of the family create their website, a nice new little challenge to pass some time, as well as various other day to day events. Along side all of which I have been keeping a hand in working with Maya.

I want to spend somtine working on enviroment design projects, from reading many books in my spare time I have decided to create my impression of some scenes and locations. The image below is a work in progress of an abandoned saloon bar from the book The Host, by Stephenie Meyers.

Sunday, 6 June 2010


In the first year the 3rd project was about the use of space and learning simple animation through the process of anamorphosis. The original project worked well in terms of animation the illusion but the overall model and texturing abilities are of a low standard, acceptable for the first year then perhaps, but I have gone back and remodeled and textured the environment, with a few modifications to the animation.

The original Scene:

The Improved Scene:

In the improved scene I have so far paid less attention to the anamorphosis stage and instead concentrated on the animation and texturing of the book itself. The animorphosis stage is my next priority.

Previous Blog Projects

Here is just a quick post (which should have been the first) to list and preview all of my previous blogged projects for anyone to check out as I spend time redoing and improving upon many of them. Not all of the projects to come have previous blogs so for those I will give more information about them.

3rd Year Major Project

15 Week project which ran from January 2010 - May 2010.
A digital story of history about Guy Fawkes and the Gun Powder Plot.

3rd Year Minor Project

15 Week project which ran from September 2009 - January 2010.
A digital recreation and history of the Temple Church in London, founded by the Knights Templar in 1184.

2nd Year Transcription Project

15 Week project which ran from January 2009 - May 2009.
A court room drama version of the classic children's story Jack and Bean Stalk.

2nd Year Simulated Environment Project

5 week project which ran through March 2009.
A gaming environment project designed around a painting. 'Blue Sky' by Kandinsky.

2nd Year Models and Metaphors Project

5 week project which ran from January to February 2009.
A documentary about tornadoes.

2nd Year Character Design Project

5 week project which ran from October to November 2009.
A character design of a female with traits of the mythical siren.

Thursday, 3 June 2010

Digital Environment

The first project I under took was recreating the digital enironment scene from the first year. With a better knowledge base of what I can do in Maya and a fuller understanding of producing an effective scene it was a good project to start with for making improvments.

The Original Scene:

This project was influenced the liveing pictures by Gregory Crewdson. This Image was surposed to provke a primale fear of the plant life taking over a modern, civilised, and very human setting.

The improved scene works better to provoke that desired mysterious effect with a more finalised location.

The Improved Scene: