Time-lapse: Cake Topper

     I was asked by the Bride and Groom to make a Cake Topper for their wedding.  It was very challenging and took a lot of work, but everyone liked how it turned out.  It is made from Sculpy Clay and various other materials.  Here is a time-lapse of me working on it, and the final product.  Congrats again Laura & Joel!

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C2E2 – Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo 2014

     I went to C2E2 (Chicago Comic & Entertainment) this year in Chicago, and it was a blast.  Way more fun than I expected.  Here are a few highlights from a great weekend.

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Doctor Who – TARDIS Animation in After Effects

     We’re going to see the Doctor Who: 50th Anniversary Special in theaters tonight.  So why not celebrate with a few Doctor Who TARDIS graphics?  I created the initial 3D Model using Blender and brought it into Element 3D to create the scenes.  It’s a great plug-in to use with After Effects.  I got creative and tried out a few different animations using my TARDIS model.   This project took over 15 hours to complete.  A lot of time was spent modeling in Blender.  Below is a compilation of some of the renders.  After using Element 3D for about a year and a half, I’ve been very impressing with what it can do.  Most of the renders on average took about 15 mintues.

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Here are a few images within Blender of the TARDIS in progress:

‘Sherlock’ Drawing & Time-lapse

Sherlock Drawing Master

     Trying out some ‘fan art.’  I finally got the chance to break in my Bamboo Tablet, and tried out a drawing of Sherlock Holmes from the BBC’s ‘Sherlock.  I probably spent 7-8 hours working on this, and eventually want to develop more of  my own style.  I think most of the drawings I end up posting will be more cartoony though.   ‘Sherlock’ is now on the Netflix instant queue, and I would highly recommend it!  Visit their website at bbc.co.uk.  The track used in the time-lapse is titled ‘The Game is On’ from the Sherlock Soundtrack, which can me downloaded on iTunes.  Enjoy!

iPhone 5 Animation in Element 3D – After Effects

     I did some more experimenting with Element 3D for After Effects.  I used a pre-existing iPhone 5 model provided by videocopilot.net.  The main purpose of this project was to use the texture mapping in Element 3D to create a Custom Layer over an object.  In other words, getting actual video to overlay and match the movement of an object layer.  When the iPhone rotates, so does the video layer.  This project was also good for animating a 3D particle emitter and “evolving” the movement of each individual particle.  Plus, I enjoyed this project for creating a 3D room, or replicating a single tile to create a wall or floor.  It’s a great After Effects plug-in, and I highly recommend it!  The footage on the iPhone screen is from the final performance of ‘The Graduate.’  Check out there performance at TheGraduateTube YouTube Channel.