Asus W90 laptop beast

I have been re-looking at another laptop for home, tossing up between a uni priced HP workstation type config, another mac and a more game-centric one - more on this later. On the way through this…


Hellboy Trailers

One thing is for sure the Hellboy movies and their creative folk have the talent, visuals and developed world to create some awesome trailers. I do keep saying that the art of making trailers is a…


Hellboy

[Hellboy/BPRD cover art from the Dark Horse Comics Hellboy site] Just a quick post after watching both the Hellboy films on DVD over the last few days. I recall having quite fond memories of the…


Oinkfrog Refinements WIP

With my finger only mildly annoying now, I went back into Maya to help out the Oinkfrog. I havent managed to tackle as many things over the last few days as I wanted - but things are still better.…


Recent Viewing and Fun

I love my nice new blu-ray of The Dark Knight, amazing film. Australia was beautiful (also blu-ray) to watch, seeing our country come to life, with the stellar cast and some stunning effects work. I…


Wiggly Stereoscopy

I was having a little look around at some 3D stereoscopy methods for the desktop - starting in NVIDIAland. The interesting thing I discovered along the way is a quirky little way of playing with the…


Injuries and the Oinkfrog

I had a plan to do a fair bit more Oinkfrog Rigging today, alas a game of soccer later and I am sporting a cracked toenail and more relevantly a nice swollen finger from a stint in goals - hmmm.I am…


Oinkfrog TODOs

After class and given the level of progress needed for next week here is a list of the TODOs for the Oinkfrog model and rig: Eyebrows - parent to bones rather than skin, setup scale for distance and…


Wiiiiide TVs and Berg's movie

To help with the promotion of Philip's extra wide (cinema proportions 21:9) TV they have a fancy new site showing off the ratio and the ambilight fun. The whole widescreen concept has been…


Stanley Lau art wonders

[Stanley Lau image via his DeviantArt gallery] There is a feature article on Stanley Lau in the current ImagineFX magazine, I love getting this mag each month - never fails to inspire. The article…


Oinkfrog gets some more skin and rig treatment

Some more work with the skin weights tools and Oinkfrog's bits and pieces are starting to be controlled by the right bones. Here we can see that his mouth is starting to get the character of the…


Oinkfrog Skinning

I have a heap of rigging to do yet to get things even remotely as cool as I am driving for. But I thought I would run through some skinning on him to start to get a feel for the intricacies of this…


Immersive 3D

One of the smaller projects we will run this year in FBE revolves around some nice kit for handling our capacity for presenting real-time environments. As the student (and research) models arent…


Oinkfrog Eyes

I played around with Oinkfrog's eyes more today. I love the Aardman look and having the pupil and lids animated through Set Driven Keys is very cool. Alas with the degree of distortion that the…


Oinkfrog Rigging WIP

Using various references from class and online (I like Will's vids - 'bones' in funny places, crazy dogs and all), I have been rigging away on little Oinkfrog. Without knowing exactly how it would…


A Little Inspiration

The next release of Ballistic's Expose series (number 7) looks like it will be jammed with inspiration for both the 2D and 3D digital artist alike. While I have been rigging with the Oinkfrog of…


Generi Detonator V2

Ok, a few tweaks on the animation, some changes in the video and hey-presto another version of the Generi Detonator clip. Though the animation is the critical component here, the explosion at the end…


Rig, Eyes and more UVs

I rewatched all the reference vids on the weekend and feel like I can improve the Oinkfrog model and do some nicer UVs than I creted thus far. I want to completely redo his eyes and need to explore…


Generi Detonator V1

Ok, after a heap of time refining things and working through as many elements and principles as I could I have arrived at version 1 of little Generi and his Detonator. In showing it around the home,…


My Animation Checklist

Doing the initial research for my own version of the oft referenced animation principles and checklists revealed some great work by some legends of the craft. Reading the SIGGRAPGH papers and…