Cintiqs and Sketchbook Pro

I was helping Fowksey with the setup of a Cintiq 21UX in his office yesterday. The Industrial Design program has a few and it is nice to see them in the hands of designers like this. He is a fan of…


Logo Thinking

I had some fun doing a few logo sketch ideas for TouchStrategy (for a friend of a friend, Hi Julian and Andrew). The logo ideas have my cartoony kinda feel to them - at least they do when in this…


Cyber King and ABC iView

Yes, Dr Who is back for another Christmas special and we get some cybermen and a rather cool steampunk giant bot - "dreadnaught class" no less. There wasnt that much CG actually, just enough to give…


New Desk

Was struggling a little to get everything working on my little desk - so a trip to Freedom later and now I have space to burn and it looks swish as well. I now have some more room for external…


Vue 7 comp

[Promo Vue 7 image from the website] I have admired (window shopping style) E-on Software's awesome Vue software for some time now and I like how it regularly has people thinking the renders from it…


Maya Tutes & Serenity

Slow going - maybe only because I keep getting distracted - but the Autodesk Learning Maya book is proving fun. It certainly dives right in there with poly modelling of a character straight off the…


Electric Cars

Browsing through the goodies on Inhabitat revealed a wealth of advancements on the electric car front which followed nicely from the extended discussion on the TWIT podcast around the Tesla. Our car…


Maya 2009

I received and installed Maya Unlimited 2009 just now from its nice shiny little box. It will be fun to see how quickly things come back for me. I was able to get a fair bit from the software when I…


Dell XPS730 Labs for FBE

FBE are all set to fill labs 1 and 2 with a suite of Dell XPS730 gaming workstations fitted out with a pair of NVIDIA GeForce 9800GTs to go along with the 2.83 quad and a nice 23" HD monitor etc etc.…


Win7 and OS changes

We had a bit of a play with the Windows 7 Beta recently which is kinda fun. It didnt leap of the screen as being dramatically new, there are a few UI changes (the new taskbar is neat and seems to…


CryEngine Architectural Visualisation

Andrew Wallace graduated from FBE not so long ago and working with Lara Caldera Architects has brought several real-time visualisations into play using a range of game engines and technologies. One…


Maya gear-up and Nikki Braine

With my next session coming sooner than I am ready for - I have ordered a nice shiny new copy of Maya 2009 (comes with other software that wont run on the Mac - but hell it might be fun to try Mudbox…


Photoshop Explosion Tute

I found this pretty neat photoshop explosion tutorial by Arindam Baruah (FrnkCrnk) on PSDTUTES which goes through the many elements it took to generate the complex space explosion shown below. I…


New Frockandments

Following from yesterday, I did a bit of work on another banner for The Frocks today. This was a little simpler, but still took a while - everything seems to take longer than one thinks. I had the…


Frocks Imagery

I have started doing a few images for The Frocks and more particularly their mighty drummer, Raelene from FBE (Go Raz). Anyhow, they have a range of imagery on their website and others that are used…


Mac Dock Tidy

Just a little thing really, I hadnt got around to making the dock on my mac neat and tidy until now. Using David's Let Stacks Keep Your Dock Tidy article I created a set of new folders to house all…


Michael Turner - Memory

[Michael Turner Wonder Woman sketch via the Comic Art Community gallery] I remember well my jaw hitting the ground when Michael Turner arrived on the comic scene in titles like Witchblade and…


The Tale of Despereaux

I hadnt planned on seeing this little animated film actually - but off to the cinema we went to see what The Tale of Despereaux had to offer. There are perhaps too many parallels with Ratatouille and…


Blizzard Fan Art Program

Those guys at Blizard know a thing or two about keeping the community around their games strong. There are machinima tools, forums, events and a host more things to keep people involved in their…


Personal Lego Computing

I am a very laptop-centric person at the moment, though the idea of scratch-building something small and nifty still appeals. After seeing the LMac concept - some quick Google and Youtube searching…