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  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Kinda Funny Gamescast
  • Playing: Heavenly Sword
  • Drinking: water
So I'm going to my first Fanime convention this weekend, which I'm looking forward to. I'm not really sure what to expect, but I should have a good time even though I'm more of a casual anime fan and have only watched a few animes all the way through. I have a friend that I'll be meeting up with, so I'll probably hang out with him most of the time. I'm not gonna cosplay, but I'll wear my fedora all four days. It's very likely that I'll run into people that I haven't seen in a while, so I have that to look forward to as well. I'll probably post pictures if I take a reasonable amount.
Moya render by reivax
Moya render
The render of the Moya ship from Farscape that I sculpted in Zbrush when I took Modeling I. I had a texture and a bump map originally on the mesh when I made it, but I didn't like the results I was getting and couldn't find the bump map, I ended up taking the model and texturing it Mudbox to have a more realistic-looking result. I used photographic projection for my texturing, which gave me a chance to get better at it. After that, I applied Maya's DirectX 11 shader to the model and plugged in my diffuse, normal, and specular maps. I think painting the texture by hand was worth it and so was tweaking my maps in Photoshop so they looked reasonably good when plugged into the DirectX 11 shader. Never hurts to revisit one's work to refine it and get better results.    
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Post-apocalpytic environment by reivax
Post-apocalpytic environment
My final project for my digital painting class where I rendered a post-apocalyptic environment. I like how this came out and enjoyed painting it. I guess, in a way, I was influenced by Eric Carle's collage style with the way I implemented my textures. I didn't even realize that until another student in my class pointed it out, which I thought made sense because along with the organic shapes, it's interesting spin on a post-apocalyptic environment. I went with organic shapes because I originally intended to do a fallout shelter, but pushed my idea further because I couldn't find a lot of reference for a fallout shelter.

The idea for this is that survivors of a nuclear holocaust -- as I've attempted to indicate with background -- would go to place like this to rest and loot whatever they can find. There are cross graves for people that died as well as a gas mask, a cyborg arm, and some worn out tire pieces. I thought that the discarded objects would help to add to the story element of the piece. The only things that I think need some more work would be the window and the clouds. This project was a lot of fun and probably my best work from the class.
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John Crichton render by reivax
John Crichton render
The render of John Crichton (from Farscape) for my Modeling 3 final. I sculpted him and his gun in Zbrush and made the belt, vest parts, eyes, teeth, and hair in Maya. I did reptopology in Maya, baked normal maps in xNormal, and textured in Mudbox and Photoshop. Yeah, my texturing could've been better, but it's pretty good for texture painting a whole model for the first time. The likeness, for the most part, is there except for some minor things due to trials and tribulations that came about. Oh well...you kind of have to expect that when working with technology whether a file gets corrupted or a program crashes or your bump map detail doesn't show up or what have you. I would've spent more time on the hair if the semester was a week longer. This is also the first time I've worked with Maya's ShaderFX feature for plugging in my texture maps, which I tried to improve upon after submitting my project. I haven't taken a texturing class yet, so I don't have as much experience with shaders in comparison to others who are gaining experience with computer graphics. Still, I tried and am happy with how this came out despite texturing issues. I learned a lot from this project and will apply what I have learned from it in future endeavors.
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  • Mood: Daily Needs
  • Playing: Suikoden
  • Drinking: water
Hey guys, I just wanted to follow up on my last journal regarding BAAU Down 14 to say that it has been released. If you're interested, you can but it here: tinyurl.com/k2hpr7c As far as I know, the proceeds will go to next year's BAAU Down, so no one that has contributed to the book is making money off of it. My sculpture submission is in there, which is exciting for me because it's the first time that my art has been published in a physical format. I also wrote a short bio so that way people know a little about me. I appreciate anyone who supports not only me but all the other artists that have contributed. The book will also be available at local conventions in the Bay Area if you're able to take advantage of that option.

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James
Artist | Student | Digital Art
United States
In terms of creativity, I'm mostly a do-it-yourselfer. I find myself enjoying the simple pleasures in life whenever possible and I like to make people laugh. Not only am I blessed with what I have, but I tend to have a positive outlook. Art is something I enjoy and I hope to make a living out of it some day. The thought of working for a big corporation and not doing what I wanna do disgusts me, though.

Current Residence: San Jose, CA
Favourite genre of music: Pretty much anything
Favourite photographer: Sure, whatever.
Favourite style of art: comic, surreal, and street art
Operating System: Windows 8
MP3 player of choice: iPod Nano
Skin of choice: My skin is just fine.
Favourite cartoon character: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Personal Quote: Life at best is bittersweet.
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  • Mood: Excited
  • Listening to: Kinda Funny Gamescast
  • Playing: Heavenly Sword
  • Drinking: water
So I'm going to my first Fanime convention this weekend, which I'm looking forward to. I'm not really sure what to expect, but I should have a good time even though I'm more of a casual anime fan and have only watched a few animes all the way through. I have a friend that I'll be meeting up with, so I'll probably hang out with him most of the time. I'm not gonna cosplay, but I'll wear my fedora all four days. It's very likely that I'll run into people that I haven't seen in a while, so I have that to look forward to as well. I'll probably post pictures if I take a reasonable amount.

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:iconeugenbehm:
EugenBehm Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanx for Llama!
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HenningOL Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015
Thanks for the fav :D
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:icongilbertbernhardt:
gilbertbernhardt Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, James, for adding Lightning Snake and Thunder Bird to your favorites collection.
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reivax Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
No problem.
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darkwitch123 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014
Thank you so very much for the +fav Hug 
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Moombeam36 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi thanks for the llama! :)
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Plasticn00b Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2014
THANX FOR THE LLAMA!
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Sting-raptor Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for llamas.
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scholarwarrior-lad Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
It's all about framing, right?
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reivax Featured By Owner May 28, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yep.
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MewStars Featured By Owner May 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the llama!
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TwilightAngelKey Featured By Owner May 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you ^^
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scholarwarrior-lad Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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reivax Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Student Digital Artist
:lol:
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scholarwarrior-lad Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:sing: So happy, together! :music:
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