Wednesday, 25 July 2012

SEM SPL

I decided to do a search for some groovy Scanning Electron Microscope imagery of Moths and Butterflies and quickly cam upon the marvellous resource that is the SCIENCEphotoLIBRARY. Here searching for these two categories of SEM images revealed so so many. The incredible complexity that is obscured by the tiny size of these structures is fascinating and so gorgeously organic. Congrats to all the different 'photographers' - that caterpillar is super ugly btw...

I know I will use the site for wing reference going forward, but here are a few of the cool images from the library of Moth and Butterfly in extreme close-up!












[Moth and Butterfly SEM images via the Science Photo Library site]

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

SIGGRAPH 2012 promo

More trailers and goodies are out for this years SIGGRAPH, we have trailers for the Computer Animation Festival as well as some of the real-time tech.



I like the idea of morphing characters on the fly. One game concept I had been toying with as all about characters moving through a soup of mutagenic juices which would bring about largely random mutations providing both beneficial and unwanted powers. The idea of those characters evolving on the fly would be very cool.

You will have noticed one of the demos is for Chrysaora which is a lovely little web demo of some simulated 3D jellyfish rendering out in Javascript righ there in our browser without any plugins. Take a look in the debug options as below and you can see all the rendering layers required to do these things we take for granted. How pretty are they (here in Chrome) with the suns rays streaming through the water...



Monday, 23 July 2012

Exquisite Forest

This new website, This Exquisite Forest, allows people across the net to add to each others animations using the in-browser drawing toolset. The interface allows us to browse the tree of each animation seed to see where the various artistic talents are taking things. Unlike the idea of The Exquisite Corpse that inspired the idea, here we can see all the animations and branches, in fact that interface is quite nice to explore.
With the backing of Google and the Tate Modern gallery I am hoping this will attract some primo artistic talent.



There are some nice seeds there in the forest, but few of them are carried through with much quality. I quite like Evolving and the Forgotten Gardens of Xanadu.