Tuesday, 29 April 2014

A toadsome post...

I get bored so easily. Starting to think I might have ADD or something. I can't seem to get myself enthused enough to spend any amount of time on a model, and I keep wanting to move onto the next one before I've even finished something. It's becoming a problem. A first world problem admittedly, but a problem nevertheless. You'd think it would be made easier by the fact I don't really have specific stuff in mind, I just want to keep moving on.

Anyway, pinterest.com came to the rescue once again when searching for ideas for something to model. This time I came across the artwork of Tony DiTerlizzi, a guy who does book covers (amongst other things - don't ask me, what am I, his biographer?), and he has some amazing character designs including one of a toad which he'd done for the Spiderwick Chronicles, a film which I have yet to see. Yep. there you have it. Couldn't be arsed to do the research, but went ahead with it anyway. Height of laziness! In fact, if it weren't for the geekiness of Phil McDarby, I wouldn't even have known it was from that film. Thanks muchly Phil for filling me in.
The design of this thing is absolutely beautiful though and got me thinking that I'd like to have a crack at it...

So anyway, as I was going through it, I made some small changes here and there, and then thought, this guy needs a story, rather than just have him standing there like a pleb.

Exhibit A - Plebicus Boringus

So having got to this point, I decided the poor fella needed something to do, or at the very least some company, so I found some old models lying around on my hard drive and threw them into the scene. I posed them a little, gave him a little spear (as in the original design), and will probably leave it at that as I'm bored now and wanna move onto something else. Sound familiar?

Exhibit B - Lesser Spotted Posed Toad

As usual, everything done in ZBrush with the exception of the signature. 

Hope you like him!


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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Making an ass of...

So I made an eyesore!
No - wait... that doesn't sound right. It was an eeyore... yeah, that's it, that's what I made.
An Eeyore.

A friend at work likes cartoons (you know who you are), and having enjoyed doing Louis the alligator from some 2d concept work a few days ago, I was presented with the perfect opportunity to do another fun cartoony piece, with the excuse that I was just doing it for someone else. In truth it was as much for me as it was for them. (I know, it's really a form of abuse, right?)
But shhhh... don't tell anyone.

Only took a few hours and was a lot of fun to do (I even got some extra fonts installed in the process). He was always one of my own favourite characters, and as he reminds me so much of the self deprecating character of the person I made him for, it was a perfect match! 
Hope you like it. 

- Seán

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Louis the 'gator

Fan art. Or fan of art. Or the art of being a fan. I'm not sure which I am, but I'll happily be involved in any of them...

So anyway, BoredPanda posted a little article about some dude in Blizzard Entertainment who had the wonderful idea of taking still frames from The Sword in the Stone and painting them up to see what it would look like. Genius! And beautiful results too. Really talented guy.
I'm a fan (see that? I just slipped that one in there..).

Browsing through pinterest on one of my many trawls through the artwork neatly organised on there, I'd recently come across some concept work I really liked of the alligator (called Louis) from the Princess and the Frog, and it got me thinking - why not do something similar, only knock it up in ZBrush instead? So, yep, here's the result. Done on a Sunday evening with a lunch hour or so added in for good measure while I played around with some SSS effects in Zbrush.

Hope you like it!

And the original sketch? Here it is, lovely isn't it? I'm not sure of the name of the person who made it, so can't credit him here unfortunately. If you know who it is, please let me know!


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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Lunch crunch - but not the tasty kind... unfortunately

They have this thing on the interweb. You'll find it on the google. They have it there. They call it a lunch crunch, and it's basically a very simple idea; you take a theme (Batman, Space Pirates, Mongeese of a Certain Persuasion, Whatever), and you attempt to do a quick sculpt during your lunch hour. It's a great way to get your modelling speed up and have a bit of a laugh during lunch.

Now I don't know how many of you have been using pinterest.com, but I've recently discovered it and it rocks. Rocks like a boulder field being smashed by a chain gang into a field of even smaller boulders. Or... er... rocks... eh... as it were...

You get where I'm going with this.

So yeah, if you start to follow a shit-load* of art related boards such as ones for some dude called John Nevarez, you're gonna find some pretty sweet 2d concept artwork which just screams** - and I mean screams - to be modelled. Otherwise, just follow other boards and you're bound to find something interesting anyway. Like my board. What I'm just about to pimp...

So on a totally unrelated note to the paragraph above, I've created my own board for stuff that inspires me (think I just got away with that), and, not having the wherewithal to use a name like "Inspiration" for my board, I went ahead and created this one:

But I digress; this John dude had a lovely little image which I used as a jumping off point for a little head sculpt I could knock out over lunch in ZBrush. So here it is, 45 minutes later (w-e-l-l-ll, okay, so a quick photoshop touch up took a few minutes longer, but the modelling and painting was quick enough).

I'm pretty happy with it. Let's see when I review this blog a year from now though. <gulp!>


* A shit-load being more than a bucket-load but less than a standard bushel.
** Some screams are silent. Just sayin'.

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