Monday, April 16, 2018

Pacific Crossing

Look where the boat that's carrying "The Story of Inc" is located! Now comes customs and then the truck trip to the middle of the country. Approx 2 weeks. We're so close!

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Sunday Morning Sketch

Very little time for personal work these days due to a ton of freelance, so here's a super rough sunday morning giant robot sketch, and a close up of the robot's head...


Saturday, April 7, 2018

SoulburnScripts Updated Apr 7th 2018

The scripts have been now fully tested in Max 2019!

Updated 2 older Maxscripts:

twoDPlanView: Added 3 modes, "Scene", "Scene Visible" and "Selection", which should allow you to more carefully choose what objects the script should work on.  
instanceFinder: Modified the code and interface a bit, no new functionality.

http://www.neilblevins.com/cg_tools/scripts/3dsmax/soulburnscripts.htm

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Inc Books Are On The Boat, And Have Left Port

Hey everyone! So I finally have a concrete update, and it's good news! After getting through the backlog of Chinese New Year, and a final fix to the covers of the premium edition, our boat left China on April 01, 2018 and will be arriving at Los Angeles port on April 15, 2018. From Los Angeles, shipment will move by truck to the Amazon warehouse in Kansas, the truck trip and customs will take approx 1.5 weeks. Then it'll take 3 days to process at Amazon, then I provide amazon the list of people to send the book to and they start shipping the books to everyone. So we have forward movement!

Thanks everyone for waiting, now that I know about all of the factors that go into printing and shipping, my next book should have a much more accurate estimated delivery date. Next update will be when the boat arrives in the American port, so speak to you again in 2 weeks!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

New Artstation Store and New Video Tutorial!

Hey everyone! So Artstation recently added a new store to sell digital goods, and I'm currently selling all of my tutorial videos on the store, so if you'd prefer to purchase your videos on Artstation rather than gumroad, go check it out...

https://www.artstation.com/artofsoulburn/store

And to celebrate, I've posted a new video tutorial on painting a robot design. This 30 minute video discusses how I use simple 3d, hand paint and photomanipulation in photoshop to render a more detailed design of a robot character. Watch clips of the painting process while I discuss the techniques, and then get a more in depth layer by layer tour of parts of the painting. This video can be purchased on gumroad or artstation for $2, just follow the links below, and thanks for the support!

https://gumroad.com/l/ZBzMG
https://www.artstation.com/artofsoulburn/store/oVO/painting-a-robot-design

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Cover To Digital Art Live Online Magazine

Digital Art Live Online Magazine put "Gas Walker 1" on the cover to their latest issue, thanks guys! Check out the issue here: Digital Art Live Issue 27

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Rescue Party

The original expedition disappeared without a trace a week ago. But a weak signal was found, and a search party was sent to the surface from the orbital ring to find out what fate befell the first team.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Heart Of The Giant Crew Pod 1


A space pod for my Heart Of The Giant project. Transports crew members and VIP's to and from land based and orbital facilities on all the major colonized planets.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Dig


An asteroid mining robot, the dig is designed to land on an asteroid in swarms and scrape the surface with its strong paws. Since many asteroids are basically large piles of rubble, and opposed to solid rock, removing material from the surface is actually quite easy. The disturbed surface material will then be caught in large nets for transport to a refinement facility.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Space Ship 15 Line Sketch

A quick spaceship idea, I guess the thing in the front is a cowcatcher? Maybe to clear the path of micro-bolides? My wife thinks it looks like a belt buckle.


Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pen Sketch Of Futuristic City

Quick little pen sketch exploring composition. I think the angle was inspired by a painting I saw on Art Station, can't find it now.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Chinese New Year Update And New Inc Wallpaper

Hello everyone!

So Chinese New Year is upon us, and I wish all of the wonderful people who helped print "The Story Of Inc" book a fantastic holiday. If you haven't heard of Chinese New Year, it is a huge holiday that basically shuts down the entire country for 3-4 weeks. A little reading on it here: http://www.ewmfg.com/chinese-new-year/

Anyways, the downside of the holiday is if your book isn't on the boat before the holiday starts, it will sit until the holiday ends. So you can probably see where this post is going. The books haven't left the port yet, and so they won't until the holiday ends in about 3 weeks. It's my fault for not scheduling the book printing earlier, and asking for a final tweak to the premium edition, so I apologize to everyone, I have sure learned a lot and will take all of that new knowledge with me into future projects.

In the meantime, I am uploading a new Inc wallpaper for your computer as a thank you for being patient!

http://www.neilblevins.com/books/inc/Inc_Kickstarter_Wallpaper_2.zip
The zip file contains 4 wallpapers: 2560x1600, 1920x1080, 1920x1200, 1600x1200

I will inform you once the book is on the boat and has left the port, and will inform you again once they arrive at the stateside amazon warehouse and start shipping to you! Thank you all!

Monday, January 22, 2018

Spider Walker Robot 6


The Spider Walker MK 6, affectionately known as "The Pup", was a Mars military tracker robot. Its head carried sensors of every sort, from telescopic cameras to radar to infrared sensors to footfall detection. It's job was to pursue its target, pinpoint their exact location, then call in a strike team to capture or kill. It also contained a self destruct mode if the strike team couldn't arrive in time, and there was danger of the target escaping. While its large head was excellent for holding all of the tracking equipment, it was also one of its major design flaws, since it made the robot somewhat unbalanced, and a strong blow to the head could lead to it tipping over. Spindly legs allowed it to move fast over a variety of terrain, but didn't help the balance problems.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Inc Advance Copy Has Arrived!

Happy new year everyone!

The printer has sent me an advance copy of the Standard Edition of "The Story Of Inc" book, and I'm really happy with the results. See a couple of pictures below. The blacks are black, the colors are vibrant, the binding looks solid, overall I think the printing company did great, and I'm sure you'll agree once your copy arrives.

All the rest of the Standard Edition books (including all the copies for the kickstarter folk) are currently waiting to be put on the boat for their cross Pacific trip to the Amazon warehouse (I had heard they were already on the boat, but now I have the official word that they are just ready for shipment).

What about the Premium Edition you say? Almost there, the cover needs a little more time to cook, but once it's ready they'll be heading across the pond as well.

I'll give you more updates when I have them, thank you so much for believing in this project and being patient. I so wish shipping several tons of books across the globe was a faster affair, but sadly, it still takes longer than we'd all like. They're coming!








Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Thusolan Teardrop Craft


The Thusolans are a species of intelligent liquid dwelling lifeforms, each creature is almost microscopic, but together they form hive minds capable of incredible computational power and limited telepathy. Their spacecraft are basically giant bottles of liquid, each filled with enough Thusolans to form a local hive, these teardrop craft traverse the galaxy in search of raw materials for their interstellar projects.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Heart Of The Giant: Ganymede Freighter Aphelion 1



Ganymede Freighter Aphelion is a transport ship that hauls raw materials between installations on the moons of Jupiter. In the future, mining crews melt giant sink holes in Ganymede's icy crust down to the salt water oceans below, a little like ice fishing in the arctic. The ocean is used as a source of propellant for deep space exploration ships. Freighter Aphelion travels between the moons in space, and then lands on the Ganymede Ocean where it converts to an amphibious vehicle, glides along the water to the port, and receives its cargo. Inspired by Star Wars ships, submarines and tug boats, after an initial sketch, this image was painted digitally over a few simple 3d blocks.