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“TACHAAAN!” short film

Posted on January 28, 2010 
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The short film finally surfaced. Really, really nice. I think the pacing is a bit off in places but it is still very appealing visually.

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Annecy 2010

Posted on January 27, 2010 
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Life drawing session 03

Posted on January 26, 2010 
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Here is the pose we worked on yesterday with Marc again. 1h40 pose. Longer poses are great as they allow for corrections and trying different techniques. I got stuck with the feet so moved on to do some shading in order to define the belly a bit better and try to create some volume.

Contains nudity

session 03

Craig Penn’s showreel

Posted on January 22, 2010 
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I rarely go to CGTalk but looking for tips on rigging I came across that really cool Animation showreel from Mill/Framestore animator Craig Penn. He has everything that people would recommend to avoid. Fully rendered shots, funky Frutty Loops sounding music, animated titles ;-) . I still think it is great and I must admit that I love his low proxy pig animation on the end titles. Brilliant!

Life drawing session 01

Posted on January 21, 2010 
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Working in Guildford is just as good as London as I found an Art center offering evening life drawing classes. I enrolled to two life drawing classes and 1 watercolour painting class. It has only been a week but this is looking really promising. The teachers in both classes are really good artists … which doesn’t mean they are good teachers but I have some of Glen Vilppu tapes and the Force: Dynamic Life drawing for animators book which are really helpful.

I regularly sketch from memory while commuting on the train but the first drawing proved really overwhelming. I didn’t know where to start!

Hit the link for my drawings. Obviously this post contains nudity

Here are my first drawings for this week, mainly 20 minutes poses. I was trying to get the proportions right but also experimenting with different styles and type of shading and I am learning a lot!

Faking it

Posted on January 16, 2010 
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“Fake it until you make it” they say. If you are interested in personal development and want to see some individuals pushing through their comfort zone to become the exact opposite of what they have been until now to eventually participate to a competition where they will have to pretend to be someone else.

From Kickboxer to Ballroom Dancer, Ballet Dancer to Wrestler, Webdesigner to Surfer, the series aired few years ago and is now available online for the UK residents. A lot of fun!

One of the funniest would probably be the one where a country boy fan of Haendel and 17th century french painter Poussin is challenged to become a Graffiti artist in few weeks. Getting ready for his new life he tells his mum: “I will have to pack some working clothes” to which is mum replies “you don’t have working clothes” ;-)

No matter your background, with the right mentors and a serious boot camp, you can achieve pretty much anything.

Jamie in “3d World” issue 126

Posted on January 16, 2010 
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3dworld magazine

3dworld magazine

Following the release of his new book “Realistic Architectural visualization with 3ds max and mental ray”, my friend Jamie Cardoso was asked to write an article about Mental Ray for the january edition of “3d world” (issue 126).

I didn’t get a chance to read it yet but knowing Jamie, this is probably a very thorough article demonstrating the abilities of Mental Ray when used in Visualization.

Related post:
Mental Ray for visualisation second edition

Gaston the TV series

Posted on January 13, 2010 
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Gaston, my all time favourite comic by Franquin is finally airing on french TV. I wasn’t too excited when I heard they would be using After Effect rigs to give life to the useless intern but Normaal did a really nice job I must admit.

I would also like to mention an other one of my favourite comics, Leonard. That one has been given the 3d treatment by Ellipsanime and is looking very cool!

via Castuka and Henk

Related post:
Gaston Lagaffe by Franquin

Xbox gaming room

Posted on January 10, 2010 
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Xbox Game Room

Xbox Game Room

I am about to buy a new game console and didn’t know what to choose between the Xbox 360 and the PS3 since my Bluray movie library is increasing dramatically but this is something exciting coming on the Xbox 360!

This looks like a clever move from Microsoft. This looks like the Itune version of Arcade games and this is a great opportunity for the old Arcade developers to bring their old IPs out of the dust and fight against or conquer the illegal emulator scene. Pac Man at the click of a button on your Xbox 360 or what about “Ghost and Goblins” with portable achievements!!!!

I have the feeling “The King of Kong” will have a sequel in no time ;-)

Angouleme International Comics festival 2010

Posted on January 10, 2010 
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Angouleme festival

Angouleme festival

Well, well, well…. It looks like I might be able to make it to the Angouleme International Comics Festival this year. It is running from the 28th to the 31st of January in the gorgeous town of Angouleme.

Just for a reminder, as well as some NLP and Reframing tips, here is what Bobby Chiu had to say about the festival after visiting it last year:

Bill Presing also posted some pictures on his blog last year:

Is anyone else interested in going? I have no clue what kind of accommodation I will organize but I am sure it will be fine.

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