Friday, 4 March 2011

JSC Images

I liked J. Scott Campbells little story (on Twitter) about his Black Cat image (see below) was pulled from his Facebook page for being too sexual or raunchy or something - huh!
Anyhow, looking it up I still like the style that JSC brings to these cover style illustrations. These are via his Deviant Art Profile/Gallery.

[J. Scott Campbell images via DeviantArt]

Dettmer book sculptures

[Work by Brian Dettmer via MyModernMet]

Here are some wonderfully artistic pieces carved from old books by Brian Dettmer. The article on My Modern Met has these plus many more to inspire and a link to the interview with Brian as well. So these arent digital in any way, but they are certainly clever, beautifully crafted and a joy to see.

[Work by Brian Dettmer via MyModernMet]

realtime rendering and graphics cards

By way of a quick update on things in this arena, we have the announcements from Autodesk of the 2012 releases of things including 3dsMax 2012 (coming very soon). We get improvements in the viewport acceleration (quicksilver is cool) and the GPU powered iray renderer and even 'stylistic rendering options' (check out the videos on these features)
Case studies showing off the capabilities of GPU rendering are becoming more common and with tools we know and love like iray and V-Ray RT. We have one HP8740W with the 4000M card under the hood in FBE already, need to get some numbers from it, anecdotally it is fast.

My 8740W sports a 1800M card - this is now a lowly 79th on the Notebookcheck Mobile Graphics Cards Benchmark List. With even the 400M only coming in 17th we can see how fast the development of the cards still is for us. I still like the game view as well.

Crysis 2 - Demo, 3D and Platforms

The multiplayer demo for Crysis 2 is out, we grabbed it on Steam in the office so we could see the glorious 3D in action straight away. Wonderful stuff it is too, the floating HUD, the depth of the experience is just something to behold. Now I find myself wondering how to replicate this experience at home now...

There is a cool post on inCrysis drawing together a set of screenshots showing off CryEngine3 on both PC and xbox.

[Crysis2 comparison images via inCrysis]

Sunday, 27 February 2011

MvB Coloured Concept - Mk2

I found this coloured concept sketch just now and felt the compulsion to go in and make a few quick changes - change the effect on the sketch layer, glowify things and add a lens flare or two just to show off how sparkly she is.

Ben Proctor Avatar Art

Ben Proctor has a set of his concept art for Avatar on his site and it shows just how many different talents come together to create James Cameron's vision. Ben's designs are full of mechanical style covering the HellsGate Ops Centre, the BioLink, buildings and vehicles.

[Ben Proctor Concept Art for Avatar via his site]