Thursday, June 21, 2018

Are you an artist who would love to make your own art book?

Are you an artist who would love to make your own art book? So I wrote a detailed post about the Making Of "The Story Of Inc" book. This is all the information I wish I had had before taking the plunge. So check it out!

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

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Future City 2

A futuristic city inspired by the art style of James Gilleard, and architectural style influenced by Syd Mead.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Incredibles 2

So Incredibles 2 came out this weekend (95% on rotten tomatoes!), and I wanted to say a few words. The first Incredibles was my first film at Pixar, and Incredibles 2 was my last film at Pixar, as I left in January after 16 years of service.

While I did a number of things on Incredibles 2, my biggest contribution was the giant drill vehicle the underminer uses. I helped design it, and then did 99% of the modeling and texturing of the vehicle, interior and exterior. While I don't have any specific stats, I seem to remember the modeling coming in somewhere in the couple of hundred thousand separate object mark, and the whole project took me 8 months to complete. Certainly the most challenging single model I have ever done, and I want to say huge thanks to Nathan Fariss, Josh West and Chris Burrows for basically handing me the vehicle and letting me do my thing. With all the pipes and rust, it was the perfect prop to end my Pixar career on.

Please go see this film, or if you've already seen it, please go see it again and again. Buy tickets and tell all your friends! I am proud of the film, proud of my team, and may Pixar continue to do the Incredible!


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Lake


"The Story Of Inc" is a scifi narrative artbook that centers around a man and his robot trying to survive on an almost waterless desert planet. For more artwork from the book and to buy a copy, please visit http://www.neilblevins.com/books/inc/inc.htm


Monday, June 11, 2018

Oh No!

Oh no! What on earth has happened to Inc? You'll have to read the book to find out: http://www.neilblevins.com/books/inc/inc.htm

Bill Zahn modeled and textured the human model, then I replaced the hooded head with a photo of myself from the back (since we didn't have any hair on our 3d model), and then I made the robot and the environment was painted mostly in 2d.


Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Inc Alien Meeting 2


From "The Story Of Inc" Book project. A great example of a team effort, Gio Nakpil did the initial creature design, the final alien was modeled and textured by Mohammad Modarres, then I painted the environment, lit and composited the alien into the scene.

For more artwork from the book and to buy a copy, please visit http://www.neilblevins.com/books/inc/inc.htm

Monday, June 4, 2018

Inc Landing


From "The Story Of Inc" Book project.

For more artwork from the book and to buy a copy, please visit http://www.neilblevins.com/books/inc/inc.htm

Monday, May 28, 2018

Megastructure 10: The Bishop Ring

A Bishop Ring is a space habitat similar to but much smaller than a Niven Ring. Instead of being centered around a star, it is orbiting a star or planet, thus has a much smaller diameter.

It was first proposed in 1997 by Forest Bishop of the Institute of Atomic Scale Engineering. The original proposal would have it be 1000 km in radius and 500 km in width, although other proportions would be possible.

The ring would spin to produce artificial gravity using centrifugal force, and would not need to be enclosed as is the case with other spinning space habitats, as it would be large enough for the atmosphere to stick to the surface through gravity and possibly an atmospheric retention wall.

By giving a tilt to its orbit, you could achieve a natural day and night cycle, or illumination could be achieved using mirrors or an artificial sun at its center.





Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The Story of Inc On Sale Now!


"The Story Of Inc", a scifi narrative artbook, hardcover, 168 pages with well over 200 paintings by 11 professional artists in the film and videogame industry. A story of a man and his robot trying to survive on an almost waterless desert planet. After a successful kickstarter in 2017, the book is now for sale and ready to ship! Order your copy today!

https://gumroad.com/artofsoulburn




Monday, May 14, 2018

99% of Kickstarter Books Have Shipped

So great news, first off, 99% of the kickstarter books are now in the amazon queue for shipment. Some of them have already in fact shipped and arrived, so there's people out there with their copies of Inc in hand, and we couldn't be happier! Of course, some orders will take longer to arrive depending on what country you're in, so don't worry if it doesn't show up in the next week, it is in the mail and headed your way as fast as the post office can get them there.

You may ask "Why 99% shipped?" Well, it turns out that one country has been particularly difficult to deal with. My home country of Canada! Apparently there's a law that states that amazon is not allowed to ship books to Canada from the US, as it endangers the Heritage of Canada. No, I am not kidding. So to my Canadian friends and family, due to government silliness, I will be shipping these books by hand, which will take extra time, so hang tight!

Once you get your book(s), if there are any issues at all, it arrives damaged, you get the wrong book, the wrong number of books, etc, please don't hesitate to contact us, and we'll get it resolved ASAP. We want everyone to have the best experience possible!

Also, the last item that will be sent via email to those who ordered it is the "Secret Stash", a pdf of extra Inc artwork. Since the artwork contains mild spoilers for the story, we will wait a little longer before sending it out, so you have a chance to read the book first. But it is coming!

Thank you again to everyone who donated to the kickstarter. We are already working on new books that will go on sale in the coming years, so if you've enjoyed Inc, follow along and see what new projects we're up to. We'll also be selling additional copies of Inc starting tomorrow, May 16th, 2018, so if you missed it the first time around, or need extra copies, your chance will be here. You all rock, and we hope you enjoy the book!

Inc Coral Desert Wandering

You can never have enough paintings of Inc and Landis traversing the Coral Desert :) Again, most of my environments start off as a simple thumbnail like this, so I can focus on creating a striking composition, then worry about adding details later in the finished painting


Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Monolithic Buildings


A bunch of thumbnails of monolithic buildings, all my environmental paintings usually start off as one of these simple thumbs, in the hopes of finding the perfect composition

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Books Are Shipping

The mailing started last friday on The Story Of Inc, and wanted to get you a photo of the Premium Edition final cover. This edition, as well as the regular edition, will go on sale in about 2 weeks, after the Kickstarter customers have all been shipped. When your books arrives, send me some pics, would love to see the book out in the wild.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Look What Showed Up At My House Yesterday!



After a long trip across the pacific, "The Story of Inc" is finally here. So there are two shipments now, one came to my house, and the second went to the amazon warehouse in Kansas.

The Kansas shipment has arrived at amazon, and the truck is in line to drop off the books, however, and this is pretty shocking to me, the line is currently about 1 week long! It's insane how much stuff they must receive to cause a 1 week long truck line.

So, I'm going to start shipping the kickstarter books personally, you've waited long enough, and once the amazon ones get unpacked and put on the amazon shelves, I'll use amazon to ship the remaining books that I haven't had a chance to send yet. Whether you get the book directly from me or amazon, it's the same book, protected in the same cardboard bumper box so it arrives brand spanking new.

And for those of you who didn't join the kickstarter, I will be placing the book up for regular sale right after I get all the kickstarter books sent.

Thank you everyone for your patience, not long now!

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Megastructures Star Lifter 3

Work on the megastructure book continues, here's an alternate Star lifter design. As a recap, a star lifter removes mass from a star for either raw materials or to change the nature of the star itself. For example, you may remove mass from the star to collect hydrogen or other elements. Or you could remove mass in order to extend the life of the star, to make the star dimmer, or reduce the chances of a super nova.

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.