Friday, 23 April 2010

Textured Flag Test

So I ripped up my flag a bit and gave it a texture... I'm happy with it! I particularly like the way the light comes through the holes at some points. Now on to bigger and better things, I want to do some experiments with creating water.

Flag Test Textured from Kieran Duncan on Vimeo.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Maya cloth test

 So it was 2.30am and I was bored.

Leanred how to make a cloth test in maya of an untextured flag. I wanted to experiment with cloth, lighting, motion blur and camera movements. None of which I've really done before. I put in some additional post processing in After Effects. I'm really pleased with how my Maya and compositing progress is coming along.

I reckon if I texture this bad boy and play the shaders and lighting I can get it looking pretty realistic, considering this is the default shader and just untextured polygons. I'm gonna add a bit more motion blur next time too.

Maya Cloth Test from Kieran Duncan on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Kirk Teaser II: Now with 3D and even more gore!

So I finished inbetweening the keyframes for the opening 10 seconds, I really wanted to have a go at colouring so I scanned in all the frames and very very quickly coloured them. Unfortunately I scanned them in at 72dpi to save time, not realising just how low-res that is but at least I got an idea of the process. For some reason Vimeo makes all my videos look really high-contrast and the colours look horrible, but I'm not sure if it's just me.

Andrew and I finished the animation on our UFO the other day and got it rendered so I included a snippet of that in the video. I'm really really happy with how the UFO looks, I've basically doubled my Maya knowledge within the past 2 days just animating and rendering it.

I should have a finished linetest of the full 40(ish) seconds soon. Although,  whether it all gets scanned, coloured and composited in time has yet to be seen.

Kirk Teaser II from Kieran Duncan on Vimeo.

Thursday, 15 April 2010

"A Peculiar Story" backgrounds.

So over the past couple of months I've been working with some 4th years on their degree film "A Peculiar Story" as a background artist. I didn't draw the designs but was tasked with colouring them. I had quite a lot of creative freedom which was cool, pretty much left to my own ideas as far as colours and styles were concerned. It's certainly kept me busy, the idea is that all the backgrounds here are sets on a stage-show. So I went for a kind of hand-painted look which has paid off pretty well. The giant circular piece is a whopping 3480x4070 so it took a loooong time to paint in but I'm pretty happy with it. 

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Monday, 5 April 2010

Bored in After Effects.

I was bored so I made the after effects equivalent of a doodle. Nothing too major.

Yargh! from Kieran Duncan on Vimeo.

Friday, 2 April 2010

"Kirk II: Kirk Harder"

So I got bored and thought it'd be fun to draw a doodle of Kirk in a movie style poster. My Friday nights are just THAT exciting. I prrooooobably should have spent that time doing inbetweens or something useful though.
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