Out of all the illustrations and descriptions of the typical ‘grey’ alien archetype, this particular image has fascinated me for years.¬† There’s something about the head shape and features that looks so creepy.¬† Its¬†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.¬† The eyes are modified versions of the ones I’m working on for my dissertation, don’t look too bad either.
The result of my first attempts at sculpting in Mudbox.¬† As a Maya user I found it very intuitive, the controls are practically identical.¬† Similarly, the hair was done with Joe Alter‘s “Shave & Haircut” as a play around.¬† Certainly far better than any of Alias’s own hair/fur solutions. Quite easy to get to grips with and a fairly good system for controlling the hair follicles, if still a bit unwieldy at times.
This was a project for SE Controls, a specialist provider of smoke and natural ventilation solutions.
The brief was to produce a virtual residential block to serve as an example of how the company would approach fitting out a building with their products.¬† Additionally their product range was rendered for a consistent aesthetic.
This imagery was used throughout the companies new promotional material, including catalogue, video and website.
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.¬† 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.¬† 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.