Sunday, December 30, 2012

Soulburn 3D Education Page Updated Dec 30th 2012

The Soulburn CG Education Page has been updated:

http://www.neilblevins.com/cg_education/cg_education.htm

Friday, December 28, 2012

Toy Photo Page Updated Dec 28th 2012

3A WWRp Caesar Medic Shoot 1
60 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157632366827391/

Here's a sample...

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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Starting Over From Scratch (Every Year)

I don't keep a traditional sketch pad. I know there's lots of good reasons to keep one: having one area to store all your quick ideas, it's important to practice your drawing and observation skills, it's a great way to see your skills progress over time. But personally I always found my sketch pads to be rather empty. And it was because I was fearful with every drawing that I'd produce something that looked bad, and "ruin" the sketchbook. So a sketchbook for me was actual the opposite of what it should be, it was a reason not to draw.

While I was at blur, one of my coworkers showed me what ended up being the answer. He did all his drawings on standard sized photocopy paper. So if he made a bad drawing, he just threw it out, and it was gone, never to be seen, and didn't taint any of his other work. Of course you could do the same with a sketchbook and rip out the bad drawings, but using loose paper just made it that tiny fraction easier conceptually. So now for the last decade I've only drawn on copy paper, and it actually got me drawing way more than I used to.

In a similar vein, every year I look back on the work I've done and some of it I like, and some of it I just ask "what was I thinking?". So by the end of the year, as much as possible, I try and finish all my in progress images so I can end the year with everything finished, and start the year fresh, with no mistakes. If I suck at something in 2012, I haven't yet sucked at it in 2013, so in that spirit, I hope to make not just more art in the coming year, but better and different artwork. It will always be my "style", but hopefully improved in a number of ways, and with extra spice taking my work to somewhere slightly new. At least until the end of 2013, where I can let go of all the bad artwork I will certainly make in the coming year, be pleased with the good stuff, and prepare for 2014.

So I invite all of you to look back on the work you've done this year, throw away the bad stuff (and don't feel bad, even bad stuff helps you learn), and get ready for a great new year of artwork. Lets call it "Starting Over From Scratch" day, the 1st of January, 2013, and lets celebrate it every year hence.

Thank you for all the support, and have an excellent end of year!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Toy Photo Page Updated Dec 23rd 2012

3A WWRp Caesar Gravedigger Shoot 1
63 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157632321520217/

Here's a sample...

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Friday, December 21, 2012

New Project: Inc

So since the world didn't end, I've decided to post one last new teaser painting from a series I plan on developing next year code named "Inc".


Happy 2012 and see you next year!

Monday, December 17, 2012

3 Paintings For A New Project: Light And Letters

Here's the first of a project called "Light And Letters", where I'm working with my buddy Don Campbell. Basically, Don will write a short story and I'll do a speed painting to accompany, or I'll do a speed painting and he'll write a short story to it. Click on the link after each painting for the short story...



Light And Letters Lost Things Rough



Light And Letters The Giant Color Sketch



Light And Letters Winter Rough

Two new paintings

This is a concept design for a custom paintjob I'll be giving one of ThreeA's toys from the World War Robot series. Always best to plan out what I'm going to paint before painting for real. This is a photograph I took of the blank figure and then painted on top in Photoshop.



20 Min doodle playing with selection marquee. Decided to end the year with something very un-Neil. It involves things in daylight, and using 2 very saturated contrasting colors. I must have gone insane!! :D I promise more monochrome in the new year though. If I ever decide to push this image further, first step is taking the sphere and adding some nice robotic patterns to it, an alien spacepod.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Toy Photo Page Updated Dec 15th 2012

3A WWRp Caesar Bromwich Shoot 1
50 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157632257741732/

Here's a sample...

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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Toy Photo Page Updated Dec 9th 2012

3A WWRp Caesar AP-PEL Shoot 1
42 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157632204201014/

Here's a sample...

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3A World War Robot Group Shoot 58
13 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157632204182744/

Here's a sample...

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Toy Photo Page Updated Dec 1st 2012

3A WWRp Square MK1.5b Bomb Shoot 1
18 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157632151060114/

Here's a sample...

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3A WWRp Caesar Deep Powder Shoot 1
58 Photos
http://www.flickr.com/photos/soulburn3d/sets/72157632151068140/

Here's a sample...

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