Phoenixart's blog

Phoenixart's blog

Phoenixart's blog

Lion is the King

Some fun with random elements and a pair of objet trouve. After all, I really loved Surrealism and Dadaism and the idea of tossing random objects revealing hidden unrevealed connections it’s always been fascinating to me.

Modeled in Blender and Softimage. Rendered in Softimage / Mental Ray. Post in PS.
For the color version click below:


There’s something really fascinating about connections: it’s the structure our neural activity relies on, it’s the base of the web itself (i.e. hyper links, the most powerful thing since its birth yet), it’s the bond among people, and the list can only goes on.

Lately I’ve got really interested in connections again, mainly for two reasons. One is a Steven Johnson‘s book, pretty interesting reading if only for its good flow of thoughts.

The other is a project who a friend of mine told me a few time ago now. It’s about connections and structures of data related to Marketing research.

Anyhow, I’ve started to experiment around this idea, below two early tests:

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.