Work in progress – trying out bevel, poke, wedge and subdivisions in Maya..

Brownie - very beginning stages; first hour

Brownie - very beginning stages; first hour

mmmmm....

mmmmm....

A spot of tea?

April 30, 2009

Further creations from Maya!

I have decided to make another cup in maya, I am making food objects in 3D so that I can spin around them in my schematic piece. (see my later posts of schematic design; preferably the Areva and Slagsmålsklubben videos.

this shape was a bit more challanging than the ordinary cylinder mug, I tried several ways of making a hollow half-sphere – Difference Boolean, Edge Loops, Fill Hole and just simply deleting the points on the sphere!

In the end I went into Vertex mode and selected half the points of the sphere, then I selected the Edge Loops and dragged each of them down into the other half sphere. (Folding the sphere back in, on itself.)

I then went into face mode and selected each face that I wanted the handle to stem from. I had to snap to the axis on the grid to get the riddlely bits to sit straight, as the shape of the sphere was making the extrude shapes go all strange and diagonal.

I then selected the two faces inside the extruded handle stumps and pressed, bridge. I then created and Edge Loop on the center of the handle to make it puff out a little bit.

Then I went onto the base of the cup and selected the bottom points and scaled them out, to create a little foot, like an ornamental teacup!

Then I selected smooth to create a more finished object.

Here it is!..

My teapot on the grid - perspective view (2)

My teapot on the grid - perspective view

My teapot on the grid – perspective view

Teapot 2

teapot 4

teapot 4

I was using blender for sometime, and I got really frustrated with the interface.. it was so messy! So, I ended up giving in and plunged myself into Maya!

…and I am amazed! I thought it was so hard to use, but after struggling with Blender for so long, it just seemed so much more.. friendlier? I’m so glad I tried this software, I am very impressed and almost obsessed – and all this from just a few hours of getting to know the interface!

I decided to make for my first attempt; a starbucks style mug (- as I have decided to make my project diet and nutrition based, after watching the Aardman NHS adverts)

My very first attempt in Maya

– At first it was quite jaggered and awkward looking, but the more little tools I found, the smoother it became..

very first attempt on maya

very first attempt on maya

Tweaking the first attempt

I learned more about adjusting the levels on the smooth menu and using Edge Loops to fine tune the appearance. At first, when I had applied the smooth mesh on my mug, it was very rounded and uncharacteristic of a Starbucks mug. So I decided I wanted to get it right and more realistic – so I used to Edge Loops to sort of contain the roundedness to just the top and bottom rims of the mug. I also tweaked the handle to make it alot smoother – especially the parts that join to the main body.

using smooth tool and edge loops

using smooth tool and edge loops

I’m off to make a teacup now!

Healthy Eating by aardmanA fun, lighthearted way of introducing healthy eating to families who are not aware of it. I’m not sure if this advert is suitable – but maybe, it makes healthy eating and diets positive and fun – rather than a chore and being lectured at.. maybe so!

I just love the silly comments underneath…

Viewer Comments on Youtube

A HP ad by post-production company Blackburn Edit (impressive portfolio!)

I love this video, I’d love to make the song first then create a video to go with the song. Instead of vice-versa.

Great animation! Reminds me of ‘Chasing Pavements’ video by Motion Theory.

Oren Lavie

Motion Theory

‘California ShakeOut’ (2008) by Theo Alexopoulos

I really like, the narration on the infographic videos I’ve seen, i’m trying to decide if I should have sounds, music or voices.. I think the ones who use all of these techniques are ok – but I think the message must be kept plain and simple, perhaps.

I think some of the music in this video, is a bit OTT – I’m surprised they used it to be honest! However, I think overall, it’s a very powerful and informative piece.

It made me think about maybe using a strong narrative, describing an event or technique/process – rather than just random facts about something (which were my first ideas)

Looking to architecture!

April 26, 2009

Servex US

Schematics: Designing interiors and environments

Using influences from the world of architecture, I’ve been looking at the different programs they use such as; FormZ, 3D Studio Max, Fusion 5, Blender, Combustion, After Effects and Maya.

Here’s my little treasure trove of nice videos using infographics and 3d/vector elements… enjoy!

Discovery Channel: Journey To The Centre Of The Earth.

I really like the globe element in this piece, I’m noticing that morphing is a constant technique used in infographics, it adds interest and is a good transitional tool.

Marco Chiang for Hong Kong Art School

In this video, I like how to camera is panning a page/canvas and the drawings are just appearing on the page. It gives a sense of movement and interest, you can’t see whats going to happen next

Fatih Mehmet from Istanbul

In this video the elements are appearing in sync with the music and the overall pace is very fast, I really like this. I just need to evaluate if this will be beneficial to my infographics piece, depending on how much factual information I want to present.

Stranger Than Fiction Intro (Will Ferrell)

Oh! I love this film, it’s so unique! I just love the graphics they use, you instantly get a feel for who Will Ferrells character is like, just by the information given and the way it’s delivered. Those are techniques I definately must pay attention to when planning my piece. As I found with (the post before) the ‘Organ Harvetsing’ motion graphic piece, I found the delivery and the style was just not appropriate, not to mention the music! I couldn’t tell if it was a Happy Mondays video, or an Amnesty International campaign!

Experiment in Blender

April 24, 2009

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