Messing with Video: Daydream 

Hello everybody in TV land! Over the last few months I’ve been dabbling with recording myself while painting and it hasn’t been very fun. I’ve used everything from GoPros to Powershots and from headmounts to my wife holding a camera for an hour. Now after much procrastination I’m gonna share one of my recent tests with you. I still have a long way to go but hey, maybe we can learn together! Anywhoo, check it out and please share any feedback, suggestions, ideas or requests. Enjoy! ūüôā

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Dire States: New York

When I was approached by¬†tournament organizer Nestor Medina to design the logo for his upcoming Infinity tournament, I said “Sure thing buddy”. When he said he’d like me to paint up a bad ass model as prize support, I said “Hell yeah!”¬†The tournament in question is Dire States: Battle for the Empire State, and the sexy ass model is Ajax the Great. So here’s a few nice pictures to stimulate¬†your geeky little eyeballs. Enjoy!

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Here’s the logo that I¬†designed. I figured the¬†Empire State Building was a¬†perfect,¬†recognizable¬†icon that would translate well¬†as a patch. The¬†tech-styled shapes in the background are inspired by the Infinity game art for hackers.¬†I used Orbitron for the text¬†which¬†is used a lot throughout the Infinity rule books and art. The colors are taken¬†from¬†the Albany flag. Now onward to the really pretty stuff. Behold, Ajax the Great!

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I got to try out a lot of new techniques on this model. First off, I¬†applied¬†almost all the khaki with my airbrush.¬†I still need a lot of practice for anticipating where the paint will come out from the gun, but the final results worked out¬†great. This is also my first attempt at painting metals without using metallic paint. Also known as non-metalic metal (NMM), this technique is something that I’ve never been a very big fan of, but tried it here because¬†it’s more reminiscent¬†of the studio Infinity models. I have to admit, I really enjoyed painting the metal like this and will definitely use it more often in the future. Finally, I’ve never attached a model onto an acrylic base before, but it’s pretty straight forward. ūüôā

Well, not much else to say about that folks. Hope you dig the pictures and keep those brushes wet! O_o

Voodoo Ninja in 3D!

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My good friend and fellow artist, Alex Cheparev took a character that I designed and brought it to life using Maya, a 3D modeling program. He’s been documenting and posting videos of the entire process on  his youtube channel, Crashing Maya. If you have any interest in learning how to design in 3D I highly encourage you to check out his videos and subscribe to his channel. His tutorials will really help you appreciate how much work and attention to detail go into 3D modeling. Yessir, Alex is a true wizard using evil pacts to create artificial life!

So now that Alex’s work is done, it’s my turn to jump in. Very soon I will¬†have a¬†3D printed model of Voodoo Ninja for my painting pleasure.¬†The plan¬†is to¬†paint this little guy and record it for my Youtube Channel. Furthermore, you can buy this model at¬†Shapeways! That’s right ladies and gents, you can be the proud owner of you very own Voodoo Ninja model. So that’s it for news folks. Click on those links and sink some time into videos. Cheers and happy viewing!