Thursday, November 27, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar #2

Antarctica was quite a challenge. Here are some of my early designs of the set. I also did some effect design explorations for the glacier crumble effect when the DreamWorks logo gets revealed in the opening sequence. I created the effect using photoshop and after effects. The last image is a 3D model I created that I passed along to previz and modeling. I was happy to see that the down shot to the whaling ship was very close to the final version you can see in the movie.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar

Penguins of Madagascar is released in theaters today! Take your family and everyone you know to watch it!
Penguins is kind of a special project for me. It's by far the longest I ever stayed on one single project. It has been almost 3 years since I started (2.7 years to be precise).
I went through a lot of up and downs but I'm very proud of what the movie has become throughout this long journey. It was for sure special to be the first artist on the show and the last to leave. I was lucky enough that I got to do a lot of different tasks in this project. Starting with color scripts, style guides, lighting keys, prop designs to 3d set designs, motion graphics, animated effect designs, stereoscopic 3D delivery and title design. So make sure to stay all the way throughout the credits as I designed and animated the main on ends titles as well. I will be posting my work on penguins throughout the next few weeks so stay tuned!

These are some early design explorations for the "North Wind Headquarters".

CTNx 2014

Here is a little summary of the CTN!
Was great to be able to catch up with all my friends. And congrats Pascal Campion to his successful book launch! I feel honored to be part of it!

My fellow artists in this vid are
Brett Bean, Alina Chau, Robh Ruppel, Angelo Vilar, Kory Heinzen, Carlos Zaragoza, Aurora Jimenez, Chin Ko, Stephen Silver, Sean Galloway, Rober Kondo, Dice Tsutsumi, Lindsey Olivares, Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay, Normand Lemay, Bobby Chiu, Kei Acedera, Liana Hee, Britney Lee, Avner Geller, Pascal Campion, Tuna Bora, John Nevarez, Peter Paul, EliOli Ceballos (twins), Floriane Marchix, Baptiste Rogron, Pierre-Antoine Moelo.

Friday, November 21, 2014

CTN 2014

Who is going to the CTN? I'll be there tomorrow for the 3000 Moments book signing by Pascal Campion Art since I'm a guest artists in his book. We'll be in the parlor 127 Room from 3-5pm on Saturday. And for all people that are already going today, don't miss out on Pascal's visual storytelling workshop at Model Station 01.
See you there!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

512 Paintings in 365 Days

A year ago today I joined the daily spitpaints group on facebook for daily 30min paintings. (just type daily spitpaints in the search field on Facebook if you wanna join) Although I've been doing the same daily drills back in 2004 over the years I lost motivation to keep practicing on a daily basis and got a bit too comfortable with where I was at. This group lit up the fire inside me again since a lot of my friends I used to post with at forums like sijun and cgtalk joined the group as well. That brought back a nostalgic feeling of the good old days which made me start doing the daily paintings again. I wanted to use this opportunity to tackle my weaknesses and to polish my strengths. Today I reached 512 paintings since I joined the group on October 23rd 2013 which brings me to a total of 1218 speed paintings since March 2004. (512 paintings in 365 days is also my personal record so far). I can’t describe how much I learned through the past year and how much more comfortable, faster and better I got. So I’m not planning to stop any time soon. Let's see if I can break the 512 mark next year!

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