Low Poly Female Character

I’d like to share a few more images of my 3D female character model.

High poly sculpt for normal map completed in ZBrush.

High poly sculpt for normal map completed in ZBrush.

The high poly sculpt was completed a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been working on completing her clothing for some time now.

I’m very happy with the quality of the sculpt, which I have used to produce a normal map to apply to the final low poly mesh.

I look forward to finishing the clothing, hair, and texture with the same high quality work.

Props project

I paused my progress on the high poly sculpt of the female character model to make a couple of new entries in my portfolio using a model created during my time in grad school. For my MFA thesis project I created a sculptural character made of around 50 different props. I dubbed her “the Juggler”, as she’s inspired by all of the working parents out there juggling the responsibilities of work and home and family. I believed that the character would be a perfect way to show that I’m a well-rounded modeler that can sculpt both organic and hard surface models, but I think perhaps I made her too compact and hid too many of the props that I spent so much time modeling.

I’ve been told that my portfolio is lacking in props and hard surface items. I do definitely focus more on organic, and it’s true that my portfolio is somewhat lacking on low poly hard surface, but this character is made up of so many props that I think I just need to feature them more. To accomplish this I am making exploded views of each of the character’s limbs to clearly showcase the numerous props that make them up. I would love to make a bunch of textured, low poly props for my portfolio as well, but since I’ve had a request to show that I can make props and I don’t want to spend too much time away from my progress on the characters I’m working on at the moment, this will just have to do for now.

After many fun computer crashes eating up my work time today, here’s what I’ve got so far:

Juggler Right Leg - Kitchen Props - final render

Juggler Right Leg - Kitchen Props - final render

Juggler Left Leg - Housework and Hobby Props - Work in Progress  I’m still working on getting the lighting right in this image because Modo is acting extremely unstable on my computer right now and crashing every time I go into render mode on this scene. I’m hoping that by hiding some of the more ridiculously high poly props (like the tea ball mesh) I will be able to get the render view working correctly tomorrow.

Juggler Left Leg - Housework and Hobby Props - Work in Progress

I’m still working on getting the lighting right in this image because Modo is acting extremely unstable on my computer right now and crashing every time I go into render mode on this scene. I’m hoping that by hiding some of the more ridiculously high poly props (like the tea ball mesh) I will be able to get the render view working correctly tomorrow.

New Project

After 4 years of working 2 jobs and never having time to add to my portfolio, I’m finally down to only one job, so I’m using my time off to update my portfolio. Here’s my latest work in progress:

Low Poly Base Model created in Maya

Low Poly Base Model created in Maya

Close up of the face of the Low Poly Base Model created in Maya

Close up of the face of the Low Poly Base Model created in Maya

Early progress on the High Poly Sculpt in ZBrush. The character’s mouth, particularly, needs more work, but it’s a start.

Early progress on the High Poly Sculpt in ZBrush. The character’s mouth, particularly, needs more work, but it’s a start.

The Sketchbook Project: Kangamoo Mouse

My latest page features a colorful backdrop and a kangamoo mouse named Skippy!

I've been using blank pages to wipe off marker tips when they clog or pick up other colors. So far they've made a design I'm quite fond of on the page next to Skippy:

I hope to make something spectacular on that page for you all very soon!

The Sketchbook Project: First Pages

I have completed the first 2 pages of my sketchbook with the exception of a little round sign on the inside cover that I intend to fill out once my book has been completed and is otherwise ready to mail. May this image bring you as much joy as it does to me:

The Sketchbook Project 2018: Pages 1 & 2

The Sketchbook Project 2018: Pages 1 & 2

The Sketchbook Project

The Brooklyn Art Library in New York City has a program that I'm proud to say I will be a part of this year: The Sketchbook Project. As part of the project, anyone can purchase a sketchbook from the library and fill it almost any way they desire. The participant then mails the sketchbook back to the library, and the sketchbook becomes part of their permanent collection, travels across the country to art exhibits, and will be catalogued and rotated for viewing at the Brooklyn Art Library as long as it stands.

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I have filled my book with patterns and textures. Now for the fun part...

Daily Art Update

Daily Art has been suspended due to the fact that I have been working on a couple of projects recently with results that I have been contracted not to share publicly.

As such, I will revert back to utilizing this space on an occasional basis to share my works in progress that are entirely my own and such small artworks as are inappropriate for my professional portfolio.

Daily Art: A Really Rough Sketch

May 21st:

This was an extremely quick sketch that I did just before bed to get an idea down on paper. I had a vision of a creature-version of mother nature where her entire abdomen is shaped like one of those woven, hanging bird nests. I haven't really nailed down the rest of the concept except that her limbs should be somewhat spindly in contrast to the rounded abdomen.

Daily Art: This Idea Needs Much More Work

May 20th:

I had an idea for a little creature whose bones got longer as they radiated out from the center of it's body instead of shorter - a creature of backward proportions, so to speak - but it didn't work out quite the way that I planned. This was another poor drawing day. I think that the idea was good, but the execution left a lot to be desired.