Saturday, May 10, 2008

Summer Already!

I thought I should start my summer off with a bang. To that effect I took a trip down to Zion National Park where I spent a day and a half wandering the park taking photos and drawing sketches as my whim took me. In one day, I figured I hiked over 9 miles, and one of those hikes was the craziest, but funnest hike I have ever done. For those of you who know it, its called Angels Landing. For those of you who don't, its only a 2.5 mile trail, but you climb about half a vertical mile and the last half mile is just you the sandstone trail, some chains to help you out and two sheer cliffs on either side. Some crazy stuff there. I think they said that on average 2 people die every year on this trail, but that could just be imagining things. It did lead to some inspiring views though:

This little beauty was also right on a cliff, which actually had a huge arch being carved in it. The trail to get there was much easier and had only a moderate level of cliffs involved. Its called canyon lookout.

There was also quite a bit of wild life that came my way. The most prominent were the squirrels which liked to come right up to you:

They even started going through your bags if they thought there was a treat inside:

Other then the squirrels, I saw eagles, deer, chipmunks, wild turkeys (huge), quite a few insects and other creepy crawlies and a few lizards. I only wish I could have completed the whole wildlife gambit with some gray foxes and a cougar. Overall it was a great trip with some nice rejuvenating "me" time.

In other news I got a call from Sony Pictures Imageworks this week and they offered me an internship for this summer. I don't know all the details yet, but supposedly I'll be working on their upcoming feature film and will be there from mid June to mid August. I am super excited!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Some Animation

I thought it was about time I posted some animation on my blog. This is a weight test I did for class. This is the first animation I've done focusing on the techniques and principles of the masters. If I have time in the future I would like to add his face throughout and his tail, and maybe eventually his hat, but for now I must move on.

Fox Weight Test -First Pass from Qenops on Vimeo.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Senior Film Concept

I painted this up for some concept environment for our senior film. I did it in about an hour. In the end they said they didn't like it because our main character's don't live in areas this dry, but I enjoyed doing it.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Well, I guess I'll do it my way

So Blogger has been giving me troubles recently. I wanted to upload a simple movie, but no matter what format or when I try, it just doesn't want to work. So I decided I'd do it my own way.
This is a render of the fox I've been working on for the last semester. The reason for the grid is that the fur was created using a trial version of Shave and a Haircut. It is also why the movie isn't a full turn-around; the trial ran out before the rendering was done.
He's all rigged up and I'm doing some animations with him. I'll post playblasts when they are looking good. For now enjoy the movies. The high res version is about 9MB and the low is about 80KB.