lørdag den 23. oktober 2010

Old news

I have wanted to post these for a while, but have first gotten myself pulled together to do it now..
These are some of the drawings I did in the summer holiday, in Rome.
It is highly recomentable to sit down and draw, if you find some interesting statues or paintings, when at a museum. Thats what I did and it was a real nice add-on to the museum experience..

Triton - better version here

Seasnake wrestleress - better version here

The goddess of superfluity - better version here

The Dying Niobide - better version here

The calm sea's horse - better version here

Appia's wife - better version here

onsdag den 13. oktober 2010

Operation Jazz-hound - part II

After we finished the maquette, we started working on our backgrounds. We started out with designing how the landscapes and scenes should be.I knew that I wanted mine to be and open scene, a brought landscape that should be joyfull and made from instruments. So I designed trees, bushes and hills in various ways. And so we begun sketching thumbnails (small drawings, helps you decide how your scene should look, fairly quick to make)..

These are the best of the black/white thumbnails I did. I chose two of them to continue developing on.

This was the first of my bigger thumbnails/layouts for the Jazz-Hounds music-landscape.
Here I think I got the felling I wanted in the walk of the Jazz-Hound. But the pipe organ mountains in the background made it look very stiff. So I wanted to
do another one.

This secound version of my bigger thumbnails/layout for the Jazz-Hounds music-landscape.
I liked the form of the Jazz-Hound in this one, but the fact that it was not facing the audience was a minus. Besides I really liked the landscape in this one as well.

A combination of them both was the version that I ended up using for as the reference in the 3D-program Maya.

Here I am building the set in the 3D program we are currently using, Maya 2011.

The 3D model of the set and a basic stand-in figure for the Jazz-Hound, which is currently in the making.

And more will come when there is more to show - do enjoy.

torsdag den 7. oktober 2010

PvZ Fanart

Im kind of bitter right now.. My favorite games company, Valve, has just released Left 4 Dead 2 for the Mac. I have been waiting for this since last april, so I was rather eager to begin.
BUT! It did not work.. Grr - I got mad and decided to do a Plants vs. Zombies fanart instead.
Here is the result:

My two favorite plants from PvZ.. The Gatling Pea and Torchwood!

You can see a bigger version of the picture here.

tirsdag den 5. oktober 2010

Mega 3D-update! - operation Jazz-Hound

I have been meaning to post some stuff from the 3D-course im at, for some time now. And so, this is it. At the course we are working towards a final project, this being a stillshot made all in 3D. So we started from the bottom, developing a concept and a character.
We had a british teacher, Julia, who has been working with Nickelodeon and Warner Brothers, who tort us how to develop a character from a idea to a concept and further on to a maquette.

My original idea, for the project, was that I wanted to do a robot made out of music instruments. For one part because I love making robots, another part because I think music instruments look totally badass! So, she asked if I had any previous experience with drawing instruments or generally knew something about music and instruments. And I have and did - at the same time this picture came to my mind.
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It was a musicthemed catsuited villainess and her two partners in crime, which I did quiet some time ago.
My teacher got very fascinated with the two music-animals and asked if I would be interested in doing something like that instead of a robot, for my project. I felt good about it, so it was a natural yes.
I started doing a lot of reseach, finding different instruments and started doing collages with them to find out what kind of music-animal I was going for.

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So, as I looked through the different animals, I found that I really liked the fox-type character in the top left corner, the grasshopper-like creature at the middle right and the frog like animal in the bottom left.
I tried to draw the characters, that I liked, from other angles and not as flat as the collage in order to see if they were capable material for 3D-modeling.

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The design, I ended up continuing with, was the very last one on the right. The Jazz-hound with the piano grin.
And so our class started doing our maquettes (sculptures made from clay - a method that are also used at Pixar, Dreamworks and other big 3D-companies in order to give the 3D-modelers a solid object to relate their digital sculpting to.) The following pictures shows the development from skeleton (pro-term; "amateur") to finished sculpture:

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Aaand thats it for now - yearh, very analog 3D so far, but we will get there in the next update. There will also be a couple of detail shots from the maquette.
You can click any of the pictures to enlarge and please leave a comment if you have any constructive criticism.

Over'n'out - Bjørn