3D Visual Effects Projects

I just finished up my 3D visual effects class at BYU so I thought I’d post my projects from the class.

The first one is something that I’ve posted before as a previous version here. I’ve made some adjustments to it for the final, so I thought I’d post it again.

The second project is the final for the term. The assignment was to produce an effect in Houdini and composite it with a photo or video. I chose to add lightning to a photo and found that it was a challenge because there aren’t as many stock lightning simulations in Houdini as there are for fire, water or smoke. Through some investigation and help from my instructor I was able to come up with something that created nice lightning bolts. After that it was a matter of compositing it in a realistic manner. I’m super familiar with Photoshop, and while that’s not the ideal industry tool to use for such things, I found the animation features to work well for what I was trying to accomplish. Here it is:

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Sketchbook Stuff

Well, I’ve made a few posts lately of things that I didn’t do, so I thought it might be a good idea to post some of what I’ve been doing lately. I’ve been taking Ryan Woodward’s Gesture Drawing class here at BYU and I’ve decided that I’d concentrate on my creativity in my sketchbook that’s required for the class. Here is a sampling of sketchbook pages for the class. There have been a few themes this term, which include “Romance,” “John Hughes Films (Stereotypes),” “Ponies,” “Sci-fi” and others. It’s been a lot of fun and I’m especially enjoying the Sci-fi one.

These are in chronological order. I’m happy with the progress I’ve made. What do you think?

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