Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Video Games

2D Examples-
Rocket Knight Adventure- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EstCB5NbQGk

I pick this game because this is a very challenging game. I gives you a variety of different ways to damage foes and try to save your life, and as you progress thourgh the game it just gets harder.

3D Example-
Bioshock- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MCnsSiBqybc

Bioshock is my favorite game. It is a first-person shooter horror game. I like this game because it gives you a lot of random abilities and weapon to try and survive against splicers and big daddies and also endless way to combine attacks. I also like the old style setting and soundtracks. This is a truly beautiful created game that has very detailed surrounding.

Just Dance 3- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VevE4v065sA

The reason I chose this game is because it not really 3D or 2D but all the content mostly goes on outside of the screen. Yes you will look kind of funny and stupid but its a lot of fun to do the dances, especially as a party game. I love the idea of the kinect and that's the reason I got the game for the xbox (even though I am a playstation person). So because you didn't need a controller to play, I enjoyed playing this video game and got a new experience.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Head Update

Updated version of the my head. I used a stencil of my face to do the front of the face and the used a skin stencil to do the rest of the skin and to make it match the skin color of my front face I took my skin color from my picture. Still needs hair but almost done.

Friday, February 10, 2012

3D head model

For this project I had to create a 3d model of my head. There is still a lot I have to do, but I tried to get each part of my face detail as much as possible in the time allotted.
To do this I used muddbox and maya to shape and mold a base head model into more of the look of my face. I mostly use the sculpt tool to sculpt out the face or invert the tool to sculpt in the face. I used the grab tool to pull out edges, and I also used the smooth tool to get rid of any rough edges that appeared as I was sculpting. For more help in making the model I used a stencil of my face as a basic outline.
To me this still needs a lot of work, and various things need to be added, like hair and the textures.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Traveling with Rebirth Animation

This animation is about rebirth, a deer that loves trouble. Rebirth has a short main series, but this animation is more of an add on that takes place more than a million years in the past a when rebirth is a young deer.
This on has to do with rebirth and a mouse monster. The mouse monster stops by the edge of a cliff and rebirth suddenly appears and notices it. He mocks its size and boast that he can make it to the other side. So he runs jumps and makes it to the other side. The mouse, unimpressed, changes into a dragon monster and flies across. Once he reaches the other side he accidentally knocks rebirth off the cliff.

Animation process
To do this type of animation is done by using three programs, flash, photoshop, and aftereffects. First start in flash.
In flash you need to sketch out the entire scene. Make sure to put all moving parts on separate layers. Draw out anything that changes frame by frame and also tween when needed. Doing all this will provide a base outline for a finer animation. Now export the file as an avi. and then import it to photoshop with covert video frames to layers.
In photoshop go through the layers and find where there is no change in the animation, this is usually the background, or where there is just tweening. Delete those layers to save space. Go back to the first layer and in a more defined style fill in the outline of anything that doesn't change throughout the animation. Once done with that start on the things that do change. To do this, on each frame draw out whatever change the is. Make sure to keep each different object on a different layer. If something complex is being animated, like a person, make each body part on a separate layer. Once all the body parts and animation is draw out, make sure to save. Then merge all the body parts together for each change. Save an edited just in case you need to go back and change anything. Once all has been drawn out, save the finished product.
Go back into flash and import your photoshop file. Make sure you have your outline open also. Only import the layer that have finished drawings. To get your photoshop layers to go with the outline frames, match each of the outline with the correct photoshop drawing and then drag it from the library to the correct position in your workspace. Using your outline, set up every none changing drawing that appear on the first frame. Then set up everything else that appears or changes throughout the frames. Make sure to keep every separate object on an separate layer.
Once everything is set up export that as an avi.
Import that into aftereffects, and once you get all your other scenes, put them all together. Make any video edits and add any sound. Once done make movie into an avi. and make sure to have the audio on.

Curret State
The base of the animation is done, but the are still some scenes that are missing, but it is over 30 seconds. Even though it is still a long way from being perfect.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Thursday, October 20, 2011

New School Year

New year means new art. But not only that, new organization (website is really messy).
So far my class is doing an animation project and I'm also heading 3 more projects. So I've got a very tight schedule. New post will be up soon.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Website design

My website would be called The Blacksafirepheonix. For my website design I wanted to keep an orderly and classical look. What I've don is just the layout so things may change. Their still is a lot to filled in, like the homepage image. I wanted to include drop down menus and maybe a photo album type affect for my galleries. I also want to link to other page if I have time to create them. For all the pages I want to keep the basic layout how it is, the only thing I want to have change on each page is the main information and the side bar. I want to also make the Logo a link back to the homepage and an effect that when u roll over the logo on any other page the text "Back to Home" will appear.


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