Sunday, October 25, 2009

Halloween Fun

Just getting into the Halloween spirit with a little Photoshop rendering of myself. I combined a real photo of myself, and a photo of a skull I found on the Internet, with some digital rendering on top of that to bring it all together.

Monday, October 19, 2009

3D modeling homework

We had to model something already existing, so I chose to do an Audi R8 wheel. I picked this wheel in particular because it has a lot of nice little details. It ended up being a bit harder than I thought to model, but now if I were to do it again, it would take half the time.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Various Flying Machines

These are some of the various flying vehicles I've sketched.

Short Story Illustration

I had to illustrate a scene from a short story I wrote in my English class, so decided to do a quick digital painting. I'll probably post the story here too in the future, once its been revised.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Just Playing Around

I got bored last night and sketched this out. I rendered it really quickly in Photoshop. Total time from pen to paper to clicking save, about 1 hour.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Final Design

I've revised this recently so I replaced the rendering and description that was here with the new page out of my portfolio.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Beginning Modeling

This is the first time I've touched Alias all summer, but its coming back to me. I just started building the model up from my pencil sketch, and at this stage I like to consider the modeling like sketching in 3D. Nothing is set in stone, and I can continue to evolve the design, as I can spin it around and look at it from any angle to see what works and what doesn't.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Digital Oscar!

I created this 5th scale, 200 dpi Oscar from scanning a real one, and putting each movable part on a separate layer so you can pose him however you like. Also just scale him to fit whatever size drawing you're working on. It's free for all to use, just say thanks if you download it.

Download here: 5th Scale Oscar

Monday, August 3, 2009

WE DRAW CARS: Narrowing it Down

Here are some more sketches I did for the "We Draw Cars" blog, searching for a final design. I came across some photos of some old board track racers, and that's what inspired these.

I really liked the look of the blade style forks. These would work like normal forks, but the moving parts are hidden from view, so it appears the wheel is floating up and down between them.

This is a composite of a few sketches from above, and the ideal direction I'm heading. I'm going to integrate the exhaust a bit better on future iterations. I figured stuff like that might become more apparent once I start drawing it from different angles, and working out volumes.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Pinup Project

My girlfriend 'commissioned' me to paint something for her to take back to school in Scotland, and this is what we came up with. It's a airbrush painting done by George Petty for Esquire back in the early 40's. I'm going to redo it using gouache instead, and thought it would be interesting to document the process here.
I use cold press 110lb illustration board, and I cut it down to 16"x20" so it will easily fit in a standard frame. I like to wet both sides of the board down pretty good and let it dry flat to start. This relaxes the fibers and helps prevent it from curling when wet paint is applied later.

Thunder over Michigan - Airshow

These were taken on 7-19-09, but just now getting around to putting them up.


Mig-15 intake closeup

If you were to stick your head up the rear-end of a Mig-15, this is what you'd see (if it wasn't running.)

F-4 Phantom



The rear control surfaces of the Spitfire are fabric.

Closeup of Spitfire elevator.

Blue Angels panoramic photo-stitch.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Motorcycles for 'We Design Cars' project

These are just some sketches from my sketchbook from throughout the year. These are completely random order, just looking to get some input for a direction to head I guess.

A quick sketch mostly focused on proportion.

Girder forks, single sided swing arm. Focus is on the motor.

Rectangular cross section forks, Ram air scoop on top of tank, and exhaust incorporated into swing arm.

A sporty, compact, liquid cooled twin with girder forks

Wheels are overrated.. Star Wars speeder bike inspired.

A sport bike with a chopper stance.

Fairly typical street fighter, with some motocross styling inspiration.

First marker rendering in months! Now if I could just translate my abilities to Photoshop renderings, I'd be thrilled. Stay tuned to see if that happens...
This is my first attempt at running a blog, so lets see how it goes...