Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Round 8

Sunday, March 29, 2009

50 East Chesnut

This was a project I completed for RDGI in Chicago. It was a prototype for previewing apartment units before they were constructed and it worked with a touch-screen interface. I was responsible for the coding of the interface as well as making sure the engine ran smoothly.

Please note that this is not the finished version. The final version also tracked the player's location on the map, providing information on the current room and illuminating the map accordingly.

Oh and it's also a bit long, so feel free to skip around a bit ;). The modeling and design were done by these two chaps:


50 East Chesnut from Graham Ross on Vimeo.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Round 7

I believe this was a ten minute drawing

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Round 6

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Round 5

I've been meaning to come back to this one and extend the flowers out a bit so they go past her silhouette, but I haven't had time. Someday ;).....

Monday, March 23, 2009

Round 4

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Round 3

I've been trying to push the way I design people's faces. I remember this was one of the first drawings I did in class where I decided to elaborate on the model a bit.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Round 2

A fault that I find sometimes with my drawings is that I get caught up in the tiny details. I'm learning that while it's important to see those things, it's also important to step back and see the whole pose. This drawing is from about a year ago.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Post #200!

Well, I've finally hit post 200! I almost missed it, but I just happened to spy the number out of the corner of my eye while I was getting ready to post!

My idea for this post and the ones following is to compile the drawings I've done over the last year. I was very busy with my thesis (still am!) and didn't have time to put these up. So I'll be putting up a new drawing every few days until I'm done.

I want to prelude this by saying that while it's important to look forward to where you are going it's just as important to look back. I was looking at some of my old posts and I'm really happy with my progress. You just have to keep positive and learn as much as you can.

Onward and upward!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Animation and Jazz

Music has always played an important part in my life and I spent many years studying music and playing in bands. When I started animating five years ago I noticed a lot of similarities between them, most noticeably with Jazz. The counter-rhythms of Jazz and the ways that melodies clash or combine reminds me of the offsetting of limbs in the body or two characters within a scene working with/against each other.

I've just discovered the work of Michal Levy who did some wonderful 3D animations timed with Jazz music. Really really amazing and inspiring.


I found information about her at the Drawn! blog, another awesome site.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Lighning test

My first test for a fully rendered pass with effects and everything! I think it feels a bit fast still. The lightning was drawn by hand and then modified in After Effects.

Lightning test... from Graham Ross on Vimeo.

The film is coming along well. I'm still trying to polish a lot of shots and have just started doing tests with lightning.

Monday, March 09, 2009

Keepin' busy

I really like these. I've been going back to doing a light red underdrawing and then ink on top. I think the trick is to stay loose in both stages, even when inking.

Also I was recently told by my friend Mark that someone stole his work and was passing it off as his own. You can read about it here. Mark's original image is located here.

My opinion with people taking my work has always been give credit where credit is due. And if you didn't create more that %90 of the work, it's not yours. That goes for animation, illustration and even coding. Unfortunately tracking this stuff is really hard with the availability of stuff on the net. I'd say it's up to you to decide on whats responsible, ethical and fair.

Sunday, March 01, 2009

More Doodles!