Inspired by imagination-fueling fantasy films like Harry Potter, I created this matte painting using a combination of Cinema 4D and Redshift for design and rendering, KitBash 3D and TurboSquid for models, Filter Forge and Substance Source for materials, and Photoshop for finishing touches.View Post
A cloudburst of ideas. Created with Cinema 4D, Redshift renderer, and Adobe Fuse.View Post
If the idea of creating millions of tiny flowing particles that can be shaped into smoke, clouds, fairy dust, or flames excites you, Trapcode Particular by Red Giant is the go-to After Effects plug-in. When Red Giant released their latest version of the Trapcode Suite last month, I fell in love with the promo […]View Post
During a recent visit to Crested Butte, Colorado, my family experienced homemade ice cream and donut bliss at the Third Bowl Homemade Ice Cream shop. Since Crested Butte is a mountain biker’s paradise, a wonderful painting of a bike with fat donut tires was on display. The whimsy and creativity of the painting inspired […]View Post
Inspiration has a way of peeking out from the most unlikely places. While flipping through the pages of a paper art book called Push Paper, I was struck by an image of a paper car made entirely from maps. The image set my wheels in motion and I came up with the idea of […]View Post
PixelSquid’s spinnable objects make compositing so much easier than it used to be. In this example, I found a free photo of the Golden Gate Bridge on the Unsplash site and combined it with 360-degree spinnable kraken tentacles available on the PixelSquid site. Inspiration for this composite came from exploring the compelling work […]View Post
As I embark on a journey to learn 3D and animation, I feel a sense of elation. I love the idea of creating beautiful scenes from scratch. Playing with reflections, lights, shadows, and shiny materials like the ones in this whimsical inflatable carrot scene makes my heart feel light.
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Working through Corey Barker tutorials on his Master FX training site is just plain fun! Here’s a photo composite I created while following along with his “3D Compositing: Aerial Dogfight” tutorial. I learned a lot during the process.View Post
Breakfast anyone? Created with Cinema 4D’s MoGraph features and a free donut model from _blankRepository. Finishing touches added with Photoshop.
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If magical portals get your pulse racing, you’ll appreciate today’s 10-second fantasy-based animation. Thanks to the always-inspiring After Effects tutorials of Andrew Kramer, I learned how to create two portals (one for a beautiful enchantress and one for a sinister sorceress) using turbulent particles crafted from a single smoke element. Which gateway strikes your […]View Post
If you’ve ever seen one of those wonderful toy pin sculptures that kids love to press their hands into, you’ll enjoy today’s 20-second animation. I used Cinema 4D to build, texture, light, and animate the sculpture. Adobe After Effects and Element 3D provided the tools to produce moving depth maps that pushed the pins […]View Post
Thanks to a fabulous tutorial from David Brodeur of GreyscaleGorilla, I learned how to sculpt geometry in Cinema 4D. To practice this technique, I created melting cubes and other fun shapes, then animated a camera sweeping through a maze of spinning objects. Cinema 4D is full of so many surprising creative possibilities!
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