Sir Argus the Dragon Killer

In between teaching Digital Compositing and Animation at Ringling College, I have the opportunity to continue working as a freelance CG artist in my favorite industry. One of the recent gigs was with my good friend Gianni- an amazingly talented Lighter and Compositor who has contributed to such classics as...
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The Wide World Of Emoticons

If you’re one of the huddled masses who hover over that little phone screen like myself, then you know what Emoticons are: those yellow smiling faces that convey the writer’s mood or facial expressions that people send to each other. The game geniuses at OneUp Games are including a whole...
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All Aboard For British Colonialism!

So you’re standing on a train platform in Cairo in 1903, bags packed, and you absolutely, positively have to get to Cape Town, South Africa – 8,000 miles away. You’re out of luck. The British Empire never bothered to finish it. Granted, it was a big, expensive hobby project that...
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Viva Le Bistro!

I was walking down a Brooklyn street one day and came across this amazing little bistro called Moutarde. I have no idea what that means. I don’t even remember the food, but the facade struck me as just beautiful. Like most artists with their heads in the clouds, I didn’t...
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Who’s Up for Heads.Up.Displays?

Funny things about HUDs (Heads Up Displays) – the coolest ones are always found in movies and video games. A closeup view of Robert Downy Jr’s IronMan helmet with a contemporary F-15 Falcon HUD is going to look pretty silly – especially considering he’s a technological genius. What they failed...
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The Mummy Escapes

Without a doubt, if I wasn’t an artist and had a time machine, I would be digging up artifacts with a torch and a bullwhip. The sights! The smells! The curses! This piece most likely came about after watching Raiders of the Lost Ark for the nine hundredth time. In...
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The Steampunk TinMan

Granted it was 1939, but the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz never really looked to me like he could actually work. The Scarecrow could BE a scarecrow if he had to… and the Lion… well, never mind the lion. But what a waste of design potential for that...
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It Came From Outer Space! …or my mouse.

I love old movies – Frank Capra, Jimmy Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Humphrey Bogart, Bing Crosby – so basically every CG project I undertake is a period piece. Why make something contemporary when you could just look out the window? This is a throwback to those great pulpy invasion...
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