Sunday, November 29, 2009

Finally made the maya house..

Took my time but finally got around it. I only rendered the images in 640x480 as it rendered quicker.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Final Painting #3

This last painting is of:
The Hall of Bright Carvings.

Final Painting #2

Gormenghast Castle, The first image (Blue'er) was the first attempt for the right time of day but I then thought it would look better being sunset/sunrise :) here they are.

^ First Attempt ^

^ Final Painting #2 ^

In this painting I decided to make a different time of day, I chose sunset/sunrise, I also tried adding a glow to everything by using the 'colour dodge' brush and layer settings. I think there is still something wrong with this painting though, but I cant work it out, Any ideas?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Final Painting #1

The Room Of Roots:

I feel quite acomplished with this painting, the thing I am most proud of, is the big tree to the left :) not much going on though.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Another Painting in the works.

Well ive been working on another painting.. Heres how its going.

Thursday, November 19, 2009


New concept art of castle hallway. (TITUS GROAN CASTLE)

Part 1 (20mins Ish)

Part 2 (50mins Ish)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Digital Painting..

Well as I havent uploaded my Digital Paintings I shall do so now..

Hmm Problems uploading.. Trying again..

Nope not able to upload.. Will try again in a few hours..

Found the problem, Cant upload *.Tif files... stupid blogger.. i have 3 *.Jpg and one *.Tif and for that one file it doesnt like uploading them all...... uploading the three I am able to upload..

Here They Are:

This First painting is of a cave, has nothing to do with my book but instead was a trial at getting used to the graphics tablet on the first session with Simon Holland.

This Second painting is of a 'hallway' which I feel is a bit too bright and under 'furnished' :/

This Third one is W.I.P I think it is successful so far as the cliffs on either side give depth to the scene, I have placed a 'castle' type building on the left in the background. Also thinking of changing the scene to be more 'dead' and darker.

Working on a new painting now.

Friday, November 13, 2009


Right First point. Does anyone have a copy of Maya as the one ive got somehow is 64 bit when my comp is only 32... it used to work... So No maya done this week for me... and only just sorted out my gfx tablet... so yh not been a very productive week for me...

Thursday, November 12, 2009

nice lil video...

Socalled - You Are Never Alone.

I duno how you embed a video from youtube on here.. If anyone wants to help i'd be happy to listen.. :D Now I do :D thanks Ruben

Digital Painting Help Please..

Hi all, I have just sat down to do some digital painting and plugged the wacom in, its all setup correctly, but the brushes arent changing to 'pen pressure' on the tablet? Any help please? I set it up the same as I set it up before but I am just getting the one size instead of variance...

Heres the Settings..

*& ive turned on dual brush.. to give my brushes a different 'texture' to them..

Please help ASAP thanks.

just found out theres a strange '!' icon next to them. the tool-tip says I need a pressure sensitive tablet to use the features.. Now correct me if im wrong but intuos4.. is..

*ahh maybe drivers... will download and try again..*

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Batman stuff..

Stuff I might need..


"Batman: Arkham Asylum is an action-adventure stealth video game based on DC Comics' Batman for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. It was developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Eidos Interactive in conjunction with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Comics. The PS3 and Xbox versions of the game were released on August 25, 2009 in North America and August 28, 2009 in Europe, and the PC version was released on September 15 in North America and on September 18 in Europe.

Batman: Arkham Asylum, written by veteran Batman writer Paul Dini, is based on the long-running comic book mythos, as opposed to most other Batman games which are adaptations of the character in other media besides the source material. The Joker, Batman's archenemy, has instigated an elaborate plot from within Arkham Asylum where many of Batman's other villains have been incarcerated. Batman investigates and comes to learn that the Joker is trying to create an army of Bane-like creatures that threaten Gotham City, and is forced to put a stop to the Joker's plans. The game's main characters are voiced by actors from the DC animated universe, namely Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, and Arleen Sorkin reprise their roles as Batman, the Joker, and Harley Quinn, respectively. The game is played as a third-person perspective action-adventure game with a primary focus on Batman's combat abilities, his stealth and detective skills, and an arsenal of gadgets that can be used in both combat and exploration.

The game received extremely high praise from critics, earning a 92% average on GameRankings, a game aggregator. This also earned it a spot in the Guinness World Records for "Most Critically Acclaimed Superhero Game". Sales were also high, selling over 2 million copies within its first two weeks of its console release."

Monday, November 09, 2009

Inspirational Research..

Massive Black -
"Massive Black is a full production artwork and asset outsourcing studio that has contributed to over 85 projects for multiple video game platforms, film, print, toys, comics and more."
KillZone2, inFamous, Tennis Masters. (-For all the gamers :P)

Concept Art -
"We are a web community of artists who are here for one purpose. We want to help eachother learn about art, provide the best place to showcase work, further our art educations, and to meet other artists
from around the world."

Concept Art World -
District 9, Section 8, Transformers 2, Guild Wars 2..

Ryan Church -
Worked on Transformers 2, Star wars, Dead Space, War of the Worlds.

Last one for now..

Hydro Pix -
"My name is Bruno Gentile and I have been working in the video games industry since 13 years. I started as 3D Artist ("Alone in the Dark IV") and Concept Artist at Ubisoft Montreal ( Prince of Persia Warrior within, the Two Thrones, prince of persia 2008, and farcry 2). I'm currently Art Director at Ubisoft Montpellier, in France, where we are developing... a mysterious new game :)"

Essay Choosing

I Have chosen to do my essay on Batman Arkham Asylum.

I like comics and thought it would be a good idea to research deeper into the game.

The original comic 'special edition'

The Joker Concept.

Poisen Ivy Concept.

The Haunting

The Haunting a horror film was made in 1963, and directed by Robert Wise. Which is also an adaption of The Haunting of Hill House: Shirly Jackson. The film is based around a team of 'Paranormal Investigators'in Hill House, which they spend a few nights in and witness the strange happenings in the house.

**Something went wrong with blogger when trying to upload picture.. Still editing.. Just re-booting internet explorer... Problem Sorted :D**

Right back to it.. Uploading Image..

I especially liked the look and feel of The Haunting as for starters the b&w had appealed to me for this kind of film. Dark scenes where necesary and lighter where needed. I have yet to see the remake but according to classmates and reviews its nothing like the original..

Looking forward to the upcoming films Phil is going to show us. :) thanks Phil for showing me a new light on 'Older' films. :D


Alien, THE original.

I really enjoyed this film due to the 'scary-ness' and the environments. The vast amount of detail that went into each and every shot. Even the ones which are only seen for about 20 seconds at max. (Last Pic) Ill admit, I did laugh at the part where the baby alien (1st Pic) burst out the guys chest. Well I think quite a few of us did ;) It also made me laugh when the people who said they had seen it before, still jumped a few times when the 'Aliens' Jumped out. :)

Saturday, November 07, 2009

Ian Millers Take on Hall of Bright Carvings

This is Ian Millers take on The Hall of Bright Carvings, I had a different view of the 'HoBC' from the reading of the chapter, as from the previous post I have a long hallway with a shelf, which wasnt on the sketches.. but this example looks much more brighter, and 'open' I though to my self when I started this project to keep specifically to the text but from this image I see, it's my own interpretation.. So ill have a whack again during tommorow ;)

Friday, November 06, 2009


Well my first time using a grafix tablet so yh.. I think I could have done better but overall I think I have accomplished the feel of the room. There are a few more bits needed, A shelf with carvings on, dust everywhere, a stream of light behind the camera, The door at the end of the hall... Lots more to be added.... anyway...

Please let me know what you all think :) I do think the yellow'y tint is a bit too much?

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Simon Holland - From Text to Maya

Always use a PIPE line..

Read the brief, find out what it is you need to do.
Highlight good phrases
Plan Time Wisely
Look for descriptions
List words with Strong Meanings

Look for Atmospheric Detail
Find Existing Examples of this work
How should you Tackle the genre
Try to view from the authors perspective
Research, Gather other artists work
Start Drawing, Take notes, Photos

Thumbnail Sketches, (16:9)
Play with compositions, persective, shapes, colours
Important Decisions
Get work online and around, Get FEEDBACK
Get as much feedback as possible

Combine Research, Prep work, and experiments
1. Rough Drawings 2. Final Image

Create Your Own Style

Phil Gomm Conceptual Art.

Phil Gomm's Lecture/Seminar on Conceptual Art.
Images will be Sorted soon...

Ron Cobb Concept Art, Nostromo Interior, Alien 1979

HR Giger Concept, Alien 1979

The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, Peter Greenaway 1989

Ken Adam Concept, Bond Movies: GoldFinger, Dr.No, Thunderball, Moonraker.

Ralph Mcquarrie, Star Wars

James Clyne, The Fountain, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Minority Report.

Ryan Church, Star Wars 3 Revenge of the Sith

NecroVision, Prince of Persia 3.

Good News!!!

Finally, Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake!! I ordered it on the saturday after we got our briefs.. Took that long to get through... Long enough.. Now I shall get reading and taking notes. Making doodles and sketches, what ever I feel I need to take note of I shall...

Well yeah.. uhmmm I shall start... Leave me be :P

The Night Of The Hunter

Well this film was a Comedy/Horror :P
At the time of filming, 1955, this was classed as a Horror. A typical scene of horror in 1955 was when the main character, Reverend Harry Powell, jumps up from the bottom of the screen. Everyone in the lecture theatre yesterday was laughing at him :P

We also found it funny when the lady at the end, that takes the children in, points the shot gun at Rv Powell, and shoots him, he runs off screaming and shouting like a girl :)

This film was not recognised very well on release with the critics/audience, which lead the director, Charles Laughton, away from the movie industry. He never directed another film. The Film has a slight touch of German Expressionism, with strange shadows and strange camera angles, to create a disturbing atmosphere.

AND! It's number five in the list of films you should see by the age of 14!!! Well, According to:
(I know.. wikipedia... but thats a useful list :D)