Phoenixart's blog


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My preferred manga of my childhood

I loved many cartoons when I was a child – and still I do – though one has been really my favorite. It was quite different from all others as, for the first time the story wasn’t about aliens or monsters. It seemed more like a real story, a story of war with fear and emotions on both sides. Gundam also started a new trend in terms of design, a trend that lasted till today.

I picked part of that design and re-arranged it in order to work on this element. Modeled and rendered in Softimage.

Some Skecthes

I was thinking to buy a tablet for home since a while now. I already used the Intuos 4 lot of times at work, really good tablet but just never got real advantage of it as I always used it as mouse replacement. Also, it was the medium size and if you ask me I never felt really comfortable with it since I use the keyboard a lot. As switching between tablet and keyboard is mandatory for my habits that means that my posture it’s awkward most of the time. Said that, I wanted to give the small tablet a try and eventually I went for a Bamboo Connect. I wasn’t really sure about this tablet as I thought it wasn’t precise enough for sketching. Well, it’s really a good tablet! Perfect size to don’t get mad with my posture and great control of the pressure.

I’m enjoying it a lot and I’m really having fun with MyPaint.

Look up

Not much time lately. I’ve started a new image in Softimage that I’ll post soon.
Anyway I was checking some old pictures I took a few time ago and I found the following one. Nothing exciting, but then I played a bit with it and I thought that rotated could be more interesting. Also I find that black & white suits better in this case.

Look up!

[have a look at the original]

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Ok, let’s make it simple

Hard to pass a night without touching SI, even though it’s just to throw out some basic stuff. So, after messing around with Power Extrude I’ve had to add a floor. And then a light. And eventually I wanted to see a different material from the default one. So, here it is.

A Silent Night & a Getty Villa

There’s no particular connection between the two pictures below. They were just sitting on my desk for a while, then I decided to post them here. It’s been a nice Christmas and lately I’ve got a very relaxing day at the Getty Villa.
Well, probably they both remind me good moments, that’s a connection after all.

SI: little steps forward

Another little test playing with Softimage and Final Gather.Playing with this lighting stuff in Mental Ray is *so* different!

My feeling is that at the beginning one is gonna spend a bit more time to figure out how to get the proper parameters that play well with the scene (still fighting with FG settings.) But is a time well spent as it then gets easier to get more convincing results.

This image is a bit Soft

So, what’s the deal? Well, I’m trying to overcome the first obstacles as I’m thinking I want seriously study Softimage (formerly known as XSI.)
Really, this is a great package. Of course I still use Blender and C4D with their and my limitations. In fact I prefer C4D when it comes to drop quick mograph stuff, yet Blender is my preferred weapon of choice when it comes to model, prep quick scenes setup (still so fast about lighting) but not much about motion graphics.
Right, there is no perfect tool. Nonetheless it’s the artist not the tool, even though I find the latter not exhaustive (let’s try to paint an oil portrait with charcoal.)
So, why Softimage?

Yeah, I know: the lighting isn’t accurate, the buildings need an acceptable cutout, and so on…

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