Design based on Pulsar PSR B1919+21

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Some motion graphics I made based on a graph of radio emissions from pulsar  PSR B1919+21. You might be reminded of the the cover of Joy Division's debut album, Unknown Pleasures. Designer Peter Saville and the band got their inspiration from the same source.


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Alien Skin Exposure 5 (Exposure 6 is coming soon) makes a nice way to enhance the look of drawings and paintings. I like the color grading choices, as well as the paper and border textures. These are virtual liths and cyanotypes applied to some quick anatomical sketches I did.

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Maxwell Render v3 subsurface scattering (SSS) presets as defined by the default material wizard settings. A reference.

Follow the link to see the example renderings...

Maxwell Render Neon Tube Test

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A Maxwell Render test trying to hone in on a look for neon.


This test consists of a thin emitter tube within a thicker tube of some roughness, a colored transmittance (in this case red), and short attenuation. I'm trying to make it seem like a hot gas inside a glass tube. This may not be the optimal solution but it's not far off for my liking.



The Photoshop Blend-if sliders are a great way to interactively blend two images based on luminosity ranges.

I sometimes use it to wear away an image of a painted graphic against an underlying wood grain or brick texture, to make it seem as if the paint is very old. When I do this I often wish I had a layer mask to use to control the blend, so I could take it into, say, Maxwell, and make a layered material with the wood rough and the paint smooth.

Here's one way to preview the composite using the Blend-if sliders and extract the underlying luminosity mask into a layer mask.

Snow Warrior

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A computer generated vehicle commissioned by Chicago photographer Robert Randall as part of a larger Snow Warrior composition of his. Maya, ZBrush, Photoshop, Maxwell.

Galatea

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Probably one of the more complex CG models I've made. It's a digital prop commissioned by photographer Matthew Cherry.

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There's quite a bit of detail in the model. It was designed to hold up in a high resolution medium format composition.

Pygmalion & Galatea

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