Out of all the illustrations and descriptions of the typical ‘grey’ alien archetype, this particular image has fascinated me for years.Â There’s something about the head shape and features that looks so creepy.Â ItsÂ familiar and humanoid in some ways, yet very strange and alien in others.
Sculpt & Polypaint
One of the coolest bad guys ever! Lord Zedd from Mighty Morphin Power Rangers…
Not much to go off other than low quality vidcaps.
As it’s my birthday I’ve taken a break from work and instead did some 3D for fun in the form of a Magog from Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda…
Pretty pleased with him for the most part, I think the fur could be better.Â The eyes are modified versions of the ones I’m working on for my dissertation, don’t look too bad either.
MSc Practical Assignment
The Mechanical Modelling module required us to visit a museum and take reference photos of a vehicle . Using the gatheredÂ reference we had to design and model both a vehicle form that could transform into an alternative robot mode, in the ‘Transformers’ style with the final model being able to transform within Unreal Tournament 3.
I selected a WW1 British Tank or ‘Landship’, and had a trip to The Museum of Lincolnshire Life in Lincoln to take reference shots of one of the few surviving today.
The ‘robot’ form is based in theÂ Decepticon characters in the original animated series of Transformers, specifically the character ‘Megatron’.Â Additionally he is embellished with elements from WW1 artifacts and a ludicrous Kitchener-esc Mustache.
High Resolution Model
Low Poly Renders
40K Space Marine Stronghold
For this project we were asked to create a UDK environment made up of a small number of modular elements.
In Game Screenshots
This project was to create a Unreal Tournament 3 character to be playable in-game.Â I chose to model the character Tyr Anasazi from Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda.
Tyr Anasazi Reference
Low Poly Render
UDK environment based on the bridge of the original series of Star Trek. Animated and accurate down to the console layout.
The CGI in the new series of Battlestar Galactica is absolutely stunning… except for the Cylons! The new Cylons are extremely bland and completely lack what made the originals so awesome.Â Naturally I had to have a go myself
One unique element to this piece was working out a way of rendering the bright lens flares glimmering off their chrome armor.Â I needed a solution other than Photoshop fakery as this was originally an animated sequence and therefore would require a more procedural solution. I achieved the effect not through the native Maya solution of camera lens’ but through a modified specular render pass.
Virtual Etruria is part of ‘Digital Wedgwood’, the Wedgwood Museumâ€™s 3D recreation of Josiah Wedgwoodâ€™s now lost factory at Etruria, Stoke-on-Trent.
Working through Staffordshire University the team produced fly-overs & walk-throughs of the Etruria site, based on achieve material such as photography and site maps.
The environment was to be modelled and rendered as authentically as possible. This posed one of the principal challenges as the historical site changed substantially over its 180 year operation and only a single building from the site remains today.
There were structural changes, changes in landscape and inconsistent/unavailable reference material. In most cases, no guide as the location of photos and illustrations, made the first stage of reconstructing the site largely investigative, attempting to align images to locations on a rough out ‘monopoly board’ 3D model derived from aerial illustrations.
The 3D walk-through is a continuous animation, punctuated by preset ‘destinations’ along 17 routes.
Virtual Etruria is an exhibit at The Wedgwood Museum, Barlaston, Stoke-on-Trent.