The Future of Art


I’ve re-cut my
animation festival award winning short "The Future of Art" and released it on YouTube.   I cut more than five minutes off of it.

This was my first independent animation that I ever created.  I quit my job designing video games (Beyond Games) and spent the  next six months in my basement creating 9 minutes of animation.  It took a bit longer then because my main workstation was a 750 mhz PC with one gig of ram.  I think that’s what my cell phone has now…. 

The original won "Best Animation" at the SlamDunk
film festival in Park City, Utah (2001).   The standards were lower for 3d animation then. 😉         A detailed interview about this animation is available <here>.

Now with the song "Metavoid" by Lustmord.   I did the crappy sound effects.



YouTube comments <Here>


Siggraph Animation Festival Artwork

I was to asked to create the main image for the 2008 Siggraph Animation Festival.   I worked with Jill Smolin, the conference entertainment director of the festival this year on both the 3D digital sculpture and a holographic RabbitHoles version for the Nokia Center.  Created with Maya 2008, Zbrush, and Groboto.  Groboto is an amazing program that I am currently studying.  It is created by  Braid Art Labs and is worth a look.


Black and white version



Click Image to read a feature story on the image itself and to see the festival preview trailer on

A.D.D. Zbrush for Illustration

The creation of the image "Arm Upgrade" was originally screen-captured real time, finishing with a total of around 21 hours of footage. It was then edited down to 323 minutes of lecture and detailed explanation for the Gnomon Workshop training dvd – "Zbrush for illustration".  In the dvd, I explained my techniques for using Zbrush 2 (!) to create a high resolution illustration from scratch. I build the 3d elements directly on the canvas and then arrange them into an composition and render the final image using the internal Zbrush renderer.  This DVD is out of date now, most of the techniques that I used don’t even work anymore in the new version.





I’ve created a version for people with really low attention spans, now the entire video is under five minutes.  I’ve also added music by Lustmord so that blind people aren’t completely left out.   This version is also great for robots or aliens that can scan through web or book pages in an effort to quickly understand a concept over the course of a single quick-cut montage.  No learning will occur during the viewing of this video for standard humans.


YouTube comments on this video HERE.



At the Lustmord studios. I was lucky to get out alive.


A high resolution print of the "Arm Upgrade" image in the background.

There is nothing interesting happening in the foreground.