Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Walking In Circles, Amazing new web series about dragons and stuff!

Hey all, so you may remember a while back I posted something about working on a dragon character for an upcoming web series - Walking In Circles. Well shooting is well under way and going swimmingly as I understand it, and now promotional material is beginning to surface, so check it out on Facebook, Twitter et al, and leave me a comment to let me know what you think!

Friday, March 25, 2011

New Animation combining 2D and 3D (In the most minor way possible)

So this latest addition to my demo reel is a little lip sync test of Charlie from FX's It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia which uses my Stu(like) rig in 3D with Maya, and a 2D animated mouth done in Digicel Flipbook.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2D Animated Shot - Cartoon life lesson

This shot is a little idea I've had milling about in my head for quite a while, in which a hapless little 2D cartoon fellow shows us the wisdom that cartoons have imparted on us. Mostly through pain. Lessons like, if you run over the edge of a cliff, don't look down or you will plummet, or tiny umbrellas do nothing for you against giant falling boulders, or just don't ever buy acme products. So this one is the first of that series, demonstrating the lesson; if you are holding onto a heavy object which is imminently going to pull you down a hole, let go of it.

This shot like all my 2D work was achieved with Digicel Flipbook.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

New Demo Reel, and also it's my Birthday!

Hey avid readers, so here is the latest update to my demo reel, I have a couple of new things in there, including some 2D animated shots achieved with Digicel Flipbook (among which is the previously teased pelican shot) and a small snippet (actually not even, its a test shot) for my Evolve CG Heroes and Legends Contest entry. It has certainly been a busy couple of months since my wife and I started out reteaching ourselves animation, and it has been a lot (and I really mean a lot) of hours and dedication, but I am very glad I put those hours in, and I want to thank my supremely talented and wonderfully supportive wife Yaoyao for not ever letting me slip. Thanks babe - It will all be worth it soon!

All 3D elements achieved using Maya 2010, Thanks to Josh Burton for creating the Morpheus Rig!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Upcoming 2D Animated Shot

So I am currently working on a 2D animated shot for my show reel using Digicel Flipbook. This is a little teaser image of the shot which happens to involves a pelican. I would love to hear feedback in the comments section!

Turbosquid.com - Over 1000 Dollars Profit!

Hey avid readers, just a quick note before I was heading to bed, I checked my Turbosquid.com sales, and saw that I had just passed the landmark of $1000 earned. People often ask me if it's worth posting their models on Turbosquid, if you can really turn a profit or not, well I have been a member since 2009, but I have only posted up about 40 products, most of which are in the $20 - $50 range, and I have amassed a thousand dollars from those sales alone. If you wanted to make a living off of the site, I would say that you need to be posting a new product daily for about 6 months (keeping the quality and usability high obviously, nobody wants a model of "your house from when you were 5" that has no textures and is 5 million polys). When I was posting a new City themed product every couple of days for a month, my average monthly profits rose from about $40 to about $100, so do the math.

that is all avid readers, I hope that this has given anyone with doubts about Turbosquid a bit of insight. In my humble opinion it is WELL worth doing, especially if you have models that you have already made, it cant hurt to throw them up there. Sure they take a large chunk (40 - 50% depending on your seller level) but in the end, its pure profit off of something you have already done, so why not.

Anyone with experience using Turbosquid, please feel free to register your opinions and experiences here in the comment section, I would love to hear about it!