Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Happy Holidays

Happy holidays everyone!
My brother came over from Japan a few days ago. He brought me a very neat X'mas present. A radio controled mini helicopter. Totally awesome. He took some pictures while I was trying to control this little thing ^^;

The Strange Behavior Challenge winners were announced last week. Unfortunately my painting 'CU-02 in Love' didn't win a prize but it was an awesome challenge! Congrats to the winners!

Monday, December 17, 2007

Niko Lentäjän Poika

The website of 'Niko Lentäjän Poika' (Way To The Stars - English Title) is online!
I'm currently animating my last sequence for this film.
The original Language is English. The website is finish cause it's a finish movie. I guess an english version will follow soon.

Niko Lentäjän Poika

Thursday, November 29, 2007

uh....

A lot is happening right now...the Deadline for the film I'm working on comes close and the whole team is working overtime. There is so much work left that I don't even know how we gonna make it (°_° ;) but it always works out somehow..right?

Sorry for the lag of updates...I'll be back with more after X'mas ^^. Tomorrow I'll fly over to Ludwigsburg to go to the Premiere of the short film 'Descendants' I've worked on the past year. I'm really excited and maybe I'll find some time to paint on my DS too. ^^
I'll be back on Sunday.

Today I recieved an e-mail that my painting 'CU-02 in Love' was awarded with the CGTalk Choice Award. Now that's cool \(^_^)/. The judging for the Challenge still takes a couple of weeks I guess...

meanwhile a DS doodle...



hmm what else...
I updated my blog links. Just added my fellow artist Heiko Hentschel. Go check out his amazing characters and drawings!

Enough of the bla bla ^^;
Need to pack my things for tomorrow. Lubu here I come!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Strange Beavior Challenge

That's it! The strange behavior challenge on cgsociety is over. It was an awesome challenge with many outstanding artists. I'm really curious about the judging.
The challege started on June 25 2007 and ended on November 15 2007. It was kind of hard to create this painting besides work. But fortunately I could finish my entry in time. I guess I worked about 3 weeks fulltime on this painting. The detailing took most of the time.

The title for my entry is 'CU-02 in Love'. It's about a cooking robot, who forgets about his work because of a beautiful white cat he fells in love with.
You can read the full story below.

I want to thank everybody who supported me during the challenge. m(_ _)m

So this is it! 'CU-02 in Love'


Monday, November 12, 2007

Beanie

DS Painting with 'COLORS'

I recently found a link to an awesome tool for the Nintendo DS. Jens Andersson is the hero who coded this great painting tool 'COLORS'.

With 'COLORS' you can paint whenever and wherever you want.
Surprisingly, the DS touchscreen is even pressure sensitive so you have full control over the opacity of your brush.
Here are my first paint attempts with the DS.




Check out the amazing colors gallery. There are some incredible DS painters out there. You can even playback the painting process of each ds painting (not only on your ds but even online!!). Just click on the playback button at the bottom of each image page.
My fellow artist Sparth is getting nuts with his DS! Take a look at his awesome ds sketches...

This is a really great tool. It's fun to paint without layers and undo function. It really makes you focus on the colors and compositions. More DS speedies to come...( ^-^)/

Sunday, November 04, 2007

AIR Sphere

Fist of all, I wanna thank you all for your continuous support with all the nice comments. It's always a great pleasure to get feedback on your work and also very encouraging! So thank you, you guys rock! ^^

Maybe you remember that I did two 3D images for CGSphere.com early this year. Ei-Bot and Sphere House.
If you want to post images on CGSphere you must obbey certain rules.
After finishing those two pieces above I had another spherical idea and started sketching it. A spheric shaped shoe.


Modeling it in 3D was pretty time consuming that I couldn't finish it for a long time because I was busy at work.
But last week I laid sick in bed because of a nasty virus infection and I wasn't able to go to work for a couple of days. But laying all day at home doing nothing made me crazy and I started working on the shoe again. There wasn't much left to do anyways. ^^ I'm glad that I managed to finish this piece. Often times I find it hard to get back to your unfinished work after a long break, and the file is rotting somewhere on your Hard Disk...
Fortunately this didn't happen ^^, this is the 'AIR Sphere'.


some detailed renderings...


and a breakdown of all objects I modeled.


And Finally the rendering I postet on cgsphere.com


This was a fun little project and I learned a lot of new modeling techniques. Maybe I'll have another 'spherical' idea soon! ^^v

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Owl

I finished my entry for the "Strange Behavior Challenge" on CGSociety earlier this week. I'll post the result as soon as the challenge is over.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sijun Tiles

I recently participated in the sijun tiles game over at sijun forums. The official theme of this Sijun Tiles Game was "what may come..."

My Tile


The Rules of the Game (by Awetopsy):
1) There will be 25 tiles altogether. Each tile will be 320x240 pixels. This way when we sew it all together it will equal out to 1600x1200 wallpaper size which can be resized easily.

2) Tiles must be created based on the theme "What may come..."

3) Please keep the tiles content clean (no nudity/swearing/inappropriate imagery/defamation etc.)

4) Tiles will be sent out in the general order of who signs up in the thread unless specially requested otherwise.

5) After I receive the first tiles back I will send the next four with 15 pixel borders of the previously completed tiles. Your job will then be to blend your tile in with the border you are sent. Please be careful not to change any part of the 15 pixel border you receive as that is part of somebody else's tile.

6) I will host the entire project on my web server for everyone to see. Each tile will be posted in its original state. However I reserve the right to make minor adjustments to any tiles that don't quite line up with the edges of the tiles on its borders. But the main content of your tiles will be unaltered.

7) Each participant will have 48 hours, from the time they receive the tile, to complete it and send it back to me. If more time is needed you must let me know before the time runs out or your tile will be assigned to somebody else.

And now it's done!
The participants were (each row from left to right):

Destinatus :: seth1 :: the_insider :: Critical Pete :: Faeklone
Max :: bobthedinosaur :: Daryl :: Nag :: Tinush
Vahn :: ExonGep :: Samsonreaper :: Andro :: Mitsui (me)
3Nasty :: NeFF :: Hideyoshi :: ironwolf :: med
Nag :: J.edt :: Octavian :: fruity_loops :: Notic



It was a really fun game with many cool ideas. I'm looking forward for the next tiles game.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Bunny Highschool

Strange Behavior Challenge is ending soon...and I'm almost finished with my entry. I guess I'll get it done by this weekend.

After work painting


It's getting cold in Germany....Winter comes.... T.T

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Sketches...

Just another sketchbook page...
As you can obviously see I recently watched Surf's Up. I liked the movie very much...The characters were fantastic and the environments and waves were like o_O;
I also liked the documentary style of story telling. Worked surprisingly nice. I'd say it's a must see!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

chase

A lil sketch for the sijun comic thread...


I started to work at Pictorion Magma as a Character Animator about a month ago...damn time is moving fast. It's a nice little studio. My collegues are super nice and the working environment is great.
The Film I'm working on is called 'Way To The Stars' and will come to the theaters in winter 2008. Stay tuned!

Oh! By the way....the new Heroes season started two weeks ago, yey! Every week is now a torture cause you have to wait for the next episode...
For those of you who watch Heroes, check this out it's hilarious!!

Monday, September 17, 2007

Birds

Waaa...sorry for the lag of updates. I started my new job two weeks ago and was kind of busy. I'm still working on my CGSociety Strange Behavior Challenge entry. It's about 85% done but there is still a lot of work left.

So here is yesterdays doodle...

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Queen Mary 2 Day

I went with my buddy Stefan (alias 'Dr.Pepper') to the Queen Mary 2 Day.
The Queen Mary 2(the longest passenger ship of the world) departed from Hamburg harbour to London. I've never seen a ship like this before. (The Titanic was 76m shorter than the QM2). Tenthousands of people came to say goodbye.
We went through the old 'Elbtunnel' to the other side of the Elbe canal to have a better view and it was totally worth it! Check it out!





and some nonsense...pepper and me ^^;


It was a great fun day!

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Saturday, August 18, 2007

Finally 500 Speedpaints!!!

When I started speed painting in 2004 I decided to number them so that I always know how many paintings I've done.
I've just finished my 500th speed paint yay!

To infinity and beyond!

Monday, August 13, 2007

Hamburg Speicherstadt

Yesterday I went with my old friend Makio to the harbor to take some photographs. We had a lot of fun until thousands of mosquitos attacked us and we had to run away ^^;
So here are some pictures...

lol^^








Monday, August 06, 2007

Holo Mouse

Back in town!

My work in Ludwigsburg is finished and I moved back to Hamburg last week. I was cut of from the internet for one week cause the neighbours craftsmen are restoring their house and they accidently cut our current and phone line :(
Thank god I'm back online! ^^
I watched Trasnformers and Simpsons in the theaters the other day and was amazed by
both of them. The transformers vfx are like o_O and the simpsons almost killed me cause I laughed so hard during the whole film ^^;
Anyways I hope I can post some new stuff soon. Thanks for your comments everyone!

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Day Out

Sorry for the lag of updates. I'm currently working on my 'Strange Behavior' entry and on my new animation demo reel.

Anyways here is a lil lunch time speedy...

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Ratatouille

I went to a Ratatouille screening in Munich yesterday!
The Movie comes to the theaters in Germany in October but indac in co-operation with Buena Vista made it possible to do this event with a Q&A session with Andrew Schmidt (Animator at PIXAR) after the screening. The short film 'Lifted" was screened before Ratatouille.

I have to say WOW! I think pixar pushed 3D animation to the next level.
I was blown away right from the beginning. The story was great, the character designs were awesome, the environments where beautiful, and the animations were out of the world! The trip to munich was totally worth it!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

CG Challenge: "Strange Behavior"

I decided to join the new CG Challenge on CGSociety. The topic is "Strange Behavior". Click here for my challenge thread.

This challenge draws on one of the most popular artistic themes – unusual behaviors and relationships. Whether it’s a giant robot admiring a fluffy teddy or a sheep in wolf's clothing; a cow that thinks it’s a helicopter or a warrior going into battle dressed as a giant pink bunny – they all make you stop and think. They also stimulate discussion – what one person finds funny another thinks is demented. Unusual juxtapositions and humor allow us an unprecedented freedom of expression. They can also bring us closer as we laugh together and at ourselves.

The Challenge ends on October 29th 2007. For more information, check the Challenge Page.

Challenge Sponsors
BOXX Technologies, NVIDIA, Autodesk, Softimage, Pixologic, Luxology, e-on Software, Maxon, REALVIZ, Corel, Stash, Gnomon Workshop, MudBox, Ballistic Publishing.

This is gonna be fun!

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