Been a while since I made a blog post and I can’t quite post the stuff I’ve been working on professionally, BUT! I have some works that I did almost a year ago when I started at FXVille. My art test was my first foray into the Unreal engine, so my boss trained me up a bit. Here are the results of that very first week:
This was the re-do of the explosion from the art test.
Lots of people believe that Walt Disney’s Snow White was the first feature-length animated film. Well it wasn’t. That distinction belongs to Charlotte “Lotte” Reiniger’s The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926). It was technically a stop-motion film using beautiful, ornate silhouettes. So, I wanted to pay a little tribute to her:
Dig the hair style, Lotte. Fresh, fly, fierce.
Just look at those delicate digits. I can’t even draw hands that nice, let alone cut them out of black matte paper.
Cultural appropriation was all the rage for pre WW2 left-wing film makers. Sew exotique. Still, an amazing work of artistry and skill.
Here’s my tribute!
That weird geometric contraption next to her is a bastardized multiplane camera. And a ladder.
I may take these assets into after effects later and do a lil animation with them. Breathe some life into this homage. Or I won’t. We shall see.
There’s a lot that I added and changed for this last draft. I added some asymmetry with the big plume of smoke, I added big mesh chunks of barrel that break apart (it happens really quickly, sorry if you missed it!), I added an additional fire element to increase the asymmetry even more, Adjusted most of the textures to be a little more detailed and hi-res, and decreased the amount of ash.
For funsies, I decided to change all of the textures so it’s a cartoon! Because I’m a big dweeb.
A couple of years ago (holy cow, YEARS??) I made this:
It was based on one of my favorite works of art by Toulouse Lautrec:
I decided a while ago that I would do another homage based on the same piece, but a different month. This time, though, I did a bit more research and found out some way cool stuff. Jane Avril was a real person!
Taking this into account, I tried to mimic her real features more than Lautrec’s interpretation of her features. I was especially drawn to her deep set eyes and strong jawline.
And here’s the USA version (since we also celebrate our independence in July):
It’s mostly cool because my favorite Jane piece features a snake on her dress, and I got to incorporate that here as well. In the first piece, it’s a tattoo on her leg.
Note: The American flag had 44 stars in 1892, which is when Lautrec created a lot of these pieces.