Monthly Archives: March 2012

Vipers and Volumetrics

Starbuck: Why can’t we use the starboard launch?
Tyrol: It’s a gift shop now.

These are frame grabs ( I know!  Why didn’t I just Render a frame? Or take them from my Image sequence !) from a animation I did last night.  It was just a flyby, but I was testing out my “local space” and volumetric thrusters.

Motion blur at 30% with particle blur.  Wish I could find a good way to post vids.  Still working on that.

Viper MK2 by Sean Kennedy


“My God, it’s full of stars!”

Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is…

I have been trying to create a really good “local space” for my CG space scenes for a while.  When I started with Lightwave I used the stock star models, but they were not very realistic.  Eventually I found and used the techniques in Kier Darby’s Better Space tutorials.   I used that for along time, but I never was 100% happy with the results.  So I set out to find the tutorials again and I did (thank you Taranis and the Internet Wayback Machine).   Still having redone my local space I wasn’t happy.  So I found all the tutorials I could and mostly all the techniques were  the same, but different.   Little variations.

So doing my own things and bits from each I think I’m getting a pretty good looking “local space”.    I need to paint some new nebulas, but more on that at another time.


Ray Harryhausen heroes and legends

The other day I posted about some artists that inspired me.  I wanted to post about a major influence on me who probably will not be  a big influence on future generations directly although he should be.  Unfortunnately I believe the films of the great Ray Harryhausen and his FX will be too dated and “hokey” for them. 

The mythological tales and fantasy tales featuring his stop motion fx were brillant.  I was fasinated as a child and still am now.  I have everything he did.  As a teen I did some stop motion on 8mm film and then as a young adult with a videocamera.  Then I moved into 3d animation.  I give alot of credit to  Ray Harryhausen for that.   Harryhausen put  heart and soul into his work and it shows.  That is something many of todays CG artist should do. 


Artists That Inspire Me

 With the deaths of some of my favorite Sci-fi artists I thought I would post some of my favorite “Sci’fi” artists.  They have all been an inspiration to me.

Ron Cobb

Ralph McQuarrie

Chris Foss

Jean “Moebius” Giraud

Syd Mead

H. R. Giger

Doug Chiang

Stephan Martiniere

There are many others, but these are all coming to my head right now.

I’ll cover my love for Ray Harryhausen at another time.


USCGC Magnolia WAGL-328

My stepfather was in the coast guard back in the 60’s and was on a buoy tender the  USCGC Magnolia WAGL-328  or “maggie mae”.

I started building a CG model of her a while back but never finished it.  I need to go back and finish her sometime.  Was great when I printed out the pics I had done of her so far and the excitement he had over them and the stories he told about serving on her.