Tuesday, December 19, 2006

final tidepool

well I'm tired, so here's my final version of the tidepool as far as completing it for the class. I'm still gonna work on it over break. I like it, and I think I may have taken it about as far as my current skill will allow me, so I'll be workin on some other painting exercises and then return to this.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

a little more maya

spent the last weekend doing more EXTRA stuff in Maya (which I turned in as part of my final) instead of getting sleep. learned about soft bodies dynamics (like cloth blowing in the wind). from today until midnight Sunday I paint. the end.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Project update

So the semester is coming to a close...classes are officially over as of yesterday and the next week and a half is just working towards finals. I just finished my Maya final project: the self portrait where I have to model myself in 3D. I'm quite happy with how it came out, but I did cut a couple corners and didn't do a real hair texture and cut short on fully modeling my hands (I don't have finger nails), and jumped to practice more rigging...I rigged myself so I could try posing my model for different pictures which, as you can see, I was able to do. I wound up using previous projects to have fun with the poses and make things a little easier. I spent the last straight 17 hours finishing the model (3 hours for the hands, 1 for the shoes, like 5-7 rigging, and the rest posing and rendering) and I'm starting to get delirious in addition to the cramped hands and eyes from working on the computer for so long...on the plus side, the project's not even due til this coming Monday so I have this out of the way and essentially have a week and a half to devote to my Tidepool. Speaking of it...there's a picture of its current state where I've started cleaning it up especially in the foreground and trying to get texture and really make things "sing". I'm happy with how it's going too.

Winter break plans:
1. J.C. Leyendecker gallery at Stockton
2. finish xmas shopping
3. xmas with mom's side of the family, then dad's
4. spend a couple days helping mom move into new house in Roseville (only a couple blocks from grandma/grandpa on dad's side..haha)
5. at free time, engage in various learning tasks: either learning more of Maya (rigging especially), learning Flash, constructing my Tidepool in Maya, drapery studies, or possibly continue painting my Tidepool
6. Wisdom teeth removal first week of January....FUN!
7. get back to campus ASAP so I can work on traditional 2D animation skills
8. winter break's over and it's time for classes!

Monday, November 20, 2006


Yay Maya! Third project is done where we had to model a car or plane, so I beat Januel to the punch and chose the Batmobile (but he did my second choice: the Delorian). Anyways, after a solid weekend of modeling it, I pretty much finished it except for a couple minor details which I handled in the past week, and finally put it in a scene today. It's still a little rough in some areas...it's pretty tough getting the whole thing a perfect smooth like it should be...at least for now it's tough. Anyways, here it is. I've been painting my tidepool a lot lately too but I don't have the time to take a picture of its current state so I'll just post that later. and no..the golden dog doesn't make a return appearance in this project.

Friday, October 27, 2006

mid-semester update

So I've been pretty busy with tidepool and maya, but I finally have stuff worth updating my blogger with..I guess. So first, my tidepool: it's underwater off the coast of the Galapagos Islands. The key is the marine iguana, found only among these islands. The males will swim out and dive up to 45 feet deep to forage for good algae while the females remain on the wave-crashed rocks above the water level. My "easter egg" is the large school of fish swimming into the distance on the top right, which happens to look like a traditional Chinese dragon! actually...it happened on accident as I scribbled it in photoshop, and didn't notice it until I printed it enlarged for the pencil render. I also wanna try to hide my golden dog in there...heheh.

Speaking of the golden dog (which first made its appearance in my black and white and color renders in 113a), here's a shot of its appearance in my latest Maya project: the Generi Tribe Pinball Extra Ball Awarded animation (no that's not the title). I originally modeled it for the first project where we actually modeled a specific object and I made it an Indiana Jones-esque story. At some point I'll throw my animations up onto my myspace (myspace.com/donisofjuanis) for viewing.

I'm having a lot of fun with Maya...both classes actually...I can't wait to get to painting my tidepool soon and I'm spending a lot of time learning more about Maya...way more than is required of in this first class. Anyways, I need to get to sleep, as I'm already pretty damn sleep deprived from the past week, and I plan to work a lot through this weekend. Until next time!

Friday, September 22, 2006

Holy Crap another update in a week!?

yes indeed, I'm updating with yet another sketch post! holy crap. and crap it is...haha. I was just doin some more animal sketches with a little playing around with making little character/story outa them...well..outa the elephants again. the damn gazelles were pissin me off. soo anyways...it's all about the poor elephant's struggle to get even the smallest morsel of food (the leaf)....and...yea. that's all.

Friday, September 15, 2006

It's about DAMN TIME, eh? haha!

Yes indeed, I have gone and finally updated my blogger with new images! What follows are elephant and elephant character sketches I did at Oakland Zoo, a sketch of a highly refined pirate, a watercolor from the Borders balcony at Santana Row on a Farmer's Market day, and my egg and object paintings for tidepool class (I love my Homer). I don't really have much to say about em...they are what they are. I have looked at Heinrich Kley's drawings (he does a lotta elephant characters)...I think I'll be lookin at his drawings again soon, especially paying attention to his technique. Other than that...uh...yea...that's about it! hahaha.

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

time for an update

well...it's about damn time I update this cause I haven't touched it since the beginning of summer and a lot's happened since then..geeze not only do I have to post some new crap, but I gotta update links too!

well...soon. HAHAHAHA!

Really..I will.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

first stuff of the summer

well...technically not, but these two watercolors are the first things that I'm posting from my summer sketching. One's from Santana Row and the other's from Cupertino Village. Still learning watercolor, and even got a new watercolor set since creating these (which were done with watercolor pencils).


well, here's my first art post. It contains some of my choice pieces up until the end of this past semester, but not all of those pieces. Some (mostly major projects) can be found at my myspace here. Anyways, included are pages from my sketch folio which was part of my portfolio for the review to get into the program, as well as my single favorite figure drawing which was done just before the review. My profile pic is a shadow-shape self portrait on toned paper which I did for the sketch folio during the short period that I had a mohawk.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Ahh a new place....

So I've gotten a little tired of dealing with the limited number of pictures in Myspace and having to put the images in photobucket and then putting the image tag into my page just to display them...so why not just move to posting my work at a place where I can just leave it all permanently and write about them as I wish? so here I am, and here comes my crapalicious work..eventually...gotta go!

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