Thursday, September 17, 2020
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Added a photobash picture pack from Arches National Park in Utah to Artstation and Gumroad. Great for concept art, matte paintings and general reference.
Used these photos extensively for many of my "The Story of Inc" artwork.
Tuesday, September 8, 2020
A tangent simply is an area where two things in an image are nearly touching or actually touching, and in doing so create a visual mistake that the human eye doesn't like. It can lead to confusion in the viewer, like it can draw the eye to a part of the painting that's unimportant, it can just feel wrong or strange, or it can confuse the viewer as to the relative depth of the two objects. This lesson explains in more detail what a tangent is, and the best ways to fix them in your own artwork.
Tuesday, September 1, 2020
A Concept Brief is a document that a client / art director makes for the concept artist to explain what they'd like them to design. It includes information like what the object / character is, what format the art should take, reference images, etc. Watch or read this short lesson on how to write a good concept brief, or if you're an artist, what things you should expect from one.
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Added a Photoshop Brush pack of Tree Silhouettes to artstation and Gumroad, great for far away trees and super closeup trees that don't need any interior details.
And here's a painting I did many years ago with these brushes, along with a tutorial discussing how to make your own tree brushes
Sunday, August 23, 2020
Each pack contains a mix of previously available assets, updated assets and brand new assets. Hopefully you'll find the new stuff worth the $1-2 I'm asking for each pack.
First up is my texture pack, now with 15 brand new high res textures. Metal, Concrete, Paint, Rust, Cloth, Leather, Marble, Weathering. Check them out here http://www.neilblevins.com/art_assets/textures/Soulburn_TextureAssetPack_Variety_1.htm
Next is my robot material pack. If you use 3dsmax and vray, everything you need to make a good rusty and worn industrial robot. http://www.neilblevins.com/art_assets/materials/Soulburn_MaterialAssetPack_Robots_1.htm
Used the robot materials to do all the texturing on my "Inc The Robot"
And here's a video tutorial showing you the best way to use these materials: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogqAWmFTYck
Third pack is my material variety pack, 32 materials including Concrete, Pottery, Plastic, Marble, Clay, Fabric, Leather, Glass, Metals, and Test / Utility materials. http://www.neilblevins.com/art_assets/materials/Soulburn_MaterialAssetPack_Variety_1.htm
And finally, once you've applied the materials to your models, you'll want some neutral lighting rigs to test out your materials for consistency. http://www.neilblevins.com/art_assets/env/Soulburn_EnvAssetPack_NeutralLightRig_1.htm
And here's a tutorial discussing the value of a good neutral lighting rig, and how to make your own: http://www.neilblevins.com/art_lessons/neutral_lighting_rig/neutral_lighting_rig.htm
That's it for now. And I have 4 more packs of all new assets in progress of reference pictures, brushes, previs models and spaceship textures that I hope to have ready in the coming weeks.
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
Having now worked for almost 3 years doing concept design for games (after a 16 year film career as a digital artist), wanted to write an article about some of the differences I've noticed between concept for film vs concept for games...
Saturday, August 15, 2020
People frequently ask me "Can I use an image like your Starship Hull as a texture?" The answer is no, not as is, but with some alterations they can be. For a more details, see the update to my "Painting Starship Hulls" lesson: http://neilblevins.com/cg_education/starship_paneling_photoshop/starship_paneling_photoshop.htm
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
No in-person https://lightboxexpo.com/ this year unfortunately, but I'll have a virtual booth in their Online Expo along with 100s of awesome professionals in the entertainment industry. Got a sneak peek at the expo format and it looks amazing! So join us Sept 11-13th!
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
Welcome to the third official Megastructure Book Project Update! For those new to the project, Megastructures will be a visual encyclopedia of scifi megastructures, everything from orbiting space habitats to solar system spanning stellar engineering projects. Dyson Spheres, Ringworlds, O'Neill Cylinders, etc. Each structure will include a scientific explanation, followed by paintings and diagrams that bring the concept to life.
Since our last update 6 months ago, we have completed another 20% of the artwork, for a total of 81% artwork complete. I think we're still on task to finish all the artwork by end of 2020, with 2021 focused on layout and publishing.
Some of the latest images we've finished include the Birch Planet, Launch Loop, Worldhouse Roof, Undersea Habitat, Movable City, Seastead, Cloud City, and Dyson Sphere. I have 2 more paintings to complete myself, and our roster of guest artists have 7 paintings to complete, and then the artwork is done.
One of the steps of making a book is the "Rough Layout", where we put together a rough copy of the book to make sure we have all the art we need. The final book will be laid out by a professional, and will be fancier, may have a slightly different aspect ratio (currently slated to be a vertical format with a 2 page spread minimum for each structure), have background, etc. But I decided to include a 2 page spread from the layout rough just to give you some idea on the general format: Painting (or in some cases, 2 or 3), Diagram, and text for all 40 Megastructures. Expect it to really sing once the real layout and graphic design pass happens!
Thanks again for following along, will continue to provide updates as we go!