NVIDIA and AMD graphics

The long awaited new Fermi chips are on our doorstep from NVIDIA and the battle is on again with AMD. Anandtech have a great review of the current state of play, with the new GTX480 and GTX470 being…


LHC Screeniness

Just had to post following last nights fun as the LCH team broadcast from their various control rooms as the massive collider did its thing. The science is incredible, the engineering astounding and…


Autodesk Show Reel 2010

I love a good showreel, and with everyone using the 3D creative tools from Autodesk, it must actually be quite hard to narrow down the choices to a short video. Well, here it is, covering plenty of…


Art books and the Parkablog

One of the things I like most about getting my copy of ImagineFX each month is the admiration and inspiration - great art by talented people. I dont have many 'Art of' books but I do love to leaf…


Alice in 3D

Had a great time with the kids watching Tim Burton's 3D take Alice in Wonderland. As always with his films, a real visual treat wound between a suite of interesting characters and the dynamics…


Cartographer Unity Landscape 2

I have done a bit more work on the Unity 3D landscape for my Cartographer audio piece. This is a critical element upon which the audio sits and presents the above and below map themes. It also serves…


Cartographer Place Concept Sketches

Here are two more concept pencil sketches showing how the Cartographer landscape works, with its lumpy hills, tower buildings, sculptures and of course the maps.


Cartographer doodles and chimes

First up, here is a fun little sketch I did during a meeting inspired by Cartographer... Here is one of the many sketches for various ideas relating to the wind chime and streamer elements. I am…


Alienware Beast

The guys at Hot Hardware have a nice review of the upgraded Alienware Area-51 desktop behemoth. With new intel chips and graphics solutions around, it is fun to see Alienware pull together machines…


New Grunty HPs

We are already anticipating the arrival of our first HP 8540w mobile workstations - still a few weeks away from actually arriving. In the meantime it looks like HP are set to unleash the revised…


Cartographer AV concept video

Here is a video proof of concept for some of the ideas for my audio piece for this session. I created a quick landscape in Unity3D, added the lush grass as per the concept sketches. After adding the…


Arch Viz and Viktor Fretyan

[Architectural Visualisation by Viktor Fretyan via BlenderGuru.com] With session in full swing here at Built Environment UNSW I feel drawn a little more to posts like this one on the blogosphere by…


Recycled & Garbage Sculptures

A less digital post today, though I see relationships between these works and what we do on the computer - lets let the craft here have its day. There is some very cool art around that makes use of…


GoW3 - Character Concepts

There is a great series of videos via machinima.com covering the creation of God of War 3. Part 5 below covers the character concept element which flows on quite well from the Jason Chan videos and…


Cartographer Unity Landscape

I dived into the free version of Unity and have created a little sample map that explores some of the ideas of the Cartographer landscape. The 'rolling' hills of lush grass with the 'sea' of maps.…


Syd Mead Event

Last night we were at the Orpheum theatre for a screening of the doco on legendary design illustrator and concept wizard, Syd Mead. The event had the feel of a convention with lots of us fans, young…


Cartographer Heroine tonal

Well here is my first attempt at the Cartographer heroine using a process more like that used by Jason Chan in his videos. Well it isnt completely hopeless and I can see myself getting better at this…


Character Concept Videos

As promised, here is a little look at the 3 videos available from Massive Black & ConceptArt.org by Jason Chan covering his explorations of character design and concept work. It does feel a…


Artist - Jason Chan

I have been watching the super videos via Massive Black of Jason Chan working through 10 character concepts - they are a complete joy to behold. I will talk through these videos and what I am…


CryEngine 3 Tech

GDC has revealed all kinds of goodies, we know for sure now that Sandbox3 will ship with Crysis2 and put this kind of tech in our hands: