Sunday, September 30, 2012

Pixar Update and Personal Artwork

First, a quick Pixar update.

Bunch of new DVD/bluray's coming out soon I wanted to mention, including the release of Finding Nemo on Blu-ray.
  • Brave (Out Nov 13th)
  • Pixar Shorts Volume 2 (12 short films including Presto, Day & Night, La Luna, etc) (Out Nov 13th)
  • Finding Nemo Bluray (Out Dec 4th)
I'm still working on our film "The Good Dinosaur" making environments and props.

And sorry for the lack of new artwork recently, the only time I have to do personal art is a few nights a week once the family is all asleep, and I'm currently working on a larger concept project, so no time for one offs. But hopefully in a month or so I'll have some time to do some more personal stuff, and hope to show the bigger project before years end.

Opensubdiv for Max Update

Some of you may remember a post a few months ago about the Pixar OpenSubdiv Initiative. So the first few steps in getting Catmull Clark in 3dsmax have been taken by Marius Silaghi, he has just implemented them inside max as a plugin that you can buy here: http://www.mariussilaghi.com/products/turbosmooth-pro

I bought a copy of the plugin and it works quite well!

But do note, there are a few drawbacks. The main one is that you can't use fbx to export the creases to other apps. So, for example, if you want to export your model to mudbox so you can add some detail, the creases won't come along for the ride, and so you won't be able to successfully paint or sculpt on the mesh.

This is why I still believe that autodesk really needs to integrate this technology themselves into max, so they can make it full compatible with fbx. My hope is that maybe they'll just license the plugin from Marius, he's already done a lot of the work, and he really should be compensated for his pioneering spirit.

So if you don't plan on moving assets between multiple 3d apps, give the plugin a try. Otherwise, lets keep pestering autodesk to get it integrated into the new max release!

Toy Photo Page Updated Sept 30th 2012

WWRp Bramble MK2.5 Heavy Iron Panda Shoot 1
62 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157631654651609/

Here's a sample...

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Toy Photo Page Updated Sept 23rd 2012

WWR Caesar Sand Devil Shoot 1
83 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157631606105961/

Here's a sample...

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Toy Photo Page Updated Sept 17th 2012

Popbot Portable Popbot 2HandPopbot Shoot 1
34 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157631554845211/

Here's a sample...

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Popbot Portable Popbot Sangreal ZeroDay Shoot 1
22 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157631554838087/

Here's a sample...

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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Toy Photo Page Updated Sept 8th 2012

WWRp Bertie MK3 Mode A Deep Powder Shoot 1
75 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157631475598408/

Here's a sample...

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World War Robot Group Shoot 57
6 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157631475721424/

Here's a sample...

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Friday, September 7, 2012

New Painting: The Northern Gate

This image came to me in a split second before getting home, in appeared in my mind with such clarity, that I feel as though it may not have been a moment of inspiration, but instead a memory of an image I once saw. But I can't for the life of me remember what image it would have been. Something by John Harris maybe? Steve Burg? Maybe the subject is something pretty common that lots of people have done? I just can't remember. So if you see an image that looks just like this one, here's my homage to that image. If not, then I'm pleased that this came with such ease.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

New Tutorial On My CG Education Page

The Soulburn CG Education Page has been updated:
http://www.neilblevins.com/cg_education/cg_education.htm

Toy Photo Page Updated Sept 2nd 2012

WWRp Bertie MK3 Mode A Sand Devil Shoot 1
50 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157631368130888/

Here's a sample...

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