Saturday, 14 January 2012

Mini studies

Here's a few warm-up photo studies I've been doing lately. Mostly sticking to just the default round brush but adjusting the hardness accordingly. If you tend to get bogged down in detail all too easily (like myself) then I'd recommend doing some of these.



Wednesday, 11 January 2012

Material Study #2: Leather (Close-up)

  • Fairly specular
  • The surface is split into a pattern of raised interlocking "rounded warped diamond" shapes with fillets between them. 
  • These shapes are connected together into a sort of web.
  • Sets of near-parallel lines run across the material where it's been folded. These tend to fit into the fillets between segments.

Sunday, 8 January 2012

Material Study #1: Magma

I did some material studies a while back, inspired by one that Matt Kohr (thanks Matt!) did in his sketchbook many moons ago.. anyways, I've decided to start doing these more often and keep them somewhere safe for reference. I'll add some notes where I can based on my observations which might hopefully be helpful to someone. If I've got anything wrong or you've noticed something I haven't then I'd love to know! Here's the first one.





  • The most molten part gives off the most light and appears slightly blurred due to the heat.
  • The black "islands" are where the lava has started to cool and become more solid. These areas have some specularity and are far more rounded than typical rock. They're also slightly raised above the molten material below since they're floating on top of it.
  • The hottest areas have fewer solid formations. As we move away from the hot-spots there are more more of them and they begin to join together.
  • The cooler lava has the highest saturation and is strewn between the black rock "islands". These areas also have the most visible texture to them.

Landscapes


Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Clouds and Rocks

Couple of semi-referenced cloud studies, an environment thumbnail and a lotr still study.





Tuesday, 3 January 2012

Baraka Redesign - Retrofit

Decided to see how the new Baraka portrait doodle would work on the old character redesign. Also, watch this space for more MK stuff.. got a sketchbook full of redesigns, just need some time to get the renders done!

Lizards and Logos

Here's a recent character design (along with sketches and variations) that the client has very kindly given permission to be shown. Also a logo that I designed last month for the PPV racing team...