This month I've already begun work on this CG Jurassic. Though I have traditionally sought to composite my prehistoric creatures onto photographs, it has been in those pieces where I put in the extra effort to create a fully CG environment that I get the best results. In the future I plan on at least one major entry into the time capsule galleries that is completely CG.
Creating a forest has been surprisingly difficult. I do like the fact the Carrara has a handy plant generator tool, but it still requires a lot of honing and tinkering to get right. I'm very happy with my costume texturing jobs of the trunks and leaves, and the scene is a great deal more realistic with them.
My efforts to build Sauropod inhabitants started with this, my old Mark 2 Sauropod. It hasn't been overly touched since I built it in late 2007 (other than a texturing job in early 2008).
It is not my best effort, but at has served as a good base to start on building a greater Sauropod.
I guess I shouldn't be so hard on the model, as I did produce this great pic for Traumador a little while ago. Despite the old 3D model, I am quite pleased with the composition of this piece, and the compositing with him and the water worked well.
This shot also gives you a better idea of the changes the model under went last night.
During 5 minutes talking to Peter on the phone (before running out the door on an improved date with Lady R), I tweaked the "generic" Sauropod into this okay Brachiosaurid. Now I'm not claiming this is done by any stretch. If anything it is only the beginning for this poor guy. However for a 5 minute remodelling effort he isn't half bad.
Another of my huge priorities is the completion of my Squalodon (way to Glendon on the ID!) for Dr. Fordyce. Sadly this has been delayed by the good doctor and my own schedules being polar opposites (or rather exactly the same working hours). Until I get him to examine my whale with his technical expertise I can not really proceed past this point.
I'm wondering if perhaps another smaller dolphin would interest him, and possible a detailed sea floor (including shellfish based on fossils from the layers this guy was found in)?
My biggest conflict (and regret) has been how The Tyrannosaur Chronicles have been suffering in my palaeo-art shift. Sadly I just don't have the time or energy to focus on both equally, and thus Traumador (with his current lack of probable monetary or professional payoff) has become secondary.
I do love the character, and I will be sticking with him (thanks to my many confidantes who have been pressuring me not to kill this key outlet for my child like tendencies), but perhaps not at the same rate he enjoyed in 2008.
His return trip to Canada has taken about 4 months too long, and it is only 3/4 done at moment... fortunately as of his next two posts he will FINALLY be leaving Drumheller (for now) I may get re energized by his adventures in Calgary and beyond...
The key Prehistoric Insanity creators of Traum have made me sit down and with them (over skype) and start scripting out Traum's upcoming NZ adventures. We're wondering if this will help the rate at which he gets through adventures...
Though let us know your thoughts. Has Traum's trip to Canada been enjoyable (despite its length)...
With all the work put into some of his return to New Zealand adventures it'd be sort of a shame to quit now. Though there are a lot of photos that need to be taken in the next 2ish months before I leave, for this is to happen. So the script needs to be completed soon!
Peter has been toying with the idea of making another movie (possibly a Skinwalker themed project) I'm not sure I can get into this creative outlet anymore.
Movies are a LOT of work both in making and putting together. At our level of production (aka no budget) the results are nothing spectacular, and will almost certainly not get us any paid gigs...
So I wonder these days if such efforts are worth my while... Especially given how my Palaeo-art is approaching (but not quite at) professional levels...
I do intend on working on Delta Patrol heavily in the new year, especially while me and Peter are in the same town for February. Perhaps through this effort my interest in movies will return. I'm just not sure at moment though.
What is an ADD artist to do with his limited time?