Saturday, December 25, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Hi all, here's a little Christmas gift. Its a song from a Christmas CD my siblings and I are making for our family:

Angels We Have Heard on High by Josh Cotton


Sunday, December 19, 2010

Finally Postng some DRAWING again :)

Aloha from BYU,

This week I decided to do a bit of catch-up posting. I've been drawing a lot, but most of my blogging time lately has been spent editing videos, so I haven't had time to scan or post images. But I have a little bit of time tonight, so here goes! :)

The Savior enduring the mock- adoration of the Roman soldiers. The crown of thorns was meant to sting, but they couldn't know they truly crowned a king.

A Nephite warrior mid-strike

Aaron in prison. Aaron was a missionary to the Lamanites who was captured and imprisoned; later on he was freed and allowed to preach to the king, who was converted

The idea here was kind of a Nephite Herald. The trumpet is based on Aztec designs. Oh, and the sword is kind of fun. Its hilt is carved out of an antler, so it's curved like Count Dooku's lightsaber from Star Wars :)

You may recognize this drawing as Lehi from a previous post. Just goofing around with digital painting, lol :)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Replica Plates

Hi everyone, a quick update on the Trailer-

David Baird, traditional metal craftsman and owner of Historical Arts and Casting, Inc. was kind enough to allow us to borrow a hand-made replica of the Gold Plates. Brother Baird is an expert metal worker and has studied for years the firsthand accounts of the people who actually saw the plates. His replicas have been used in various exhibits and professional film productions, including Joseph Smith, Prophet of the Restoration.

Above is a rough version of the final shot at the end of the trailer, accomplished Using Brother Baird's replica plates and Adobe Aftereffects software.

Joseph Smith (played by Joey Lestarge) with the plates

The same shot after color correction

As a final note, above is a test render of the opening shot where the Savior descends over Bountiful. The model is unfinished, but I really am starting to like the mood and the way the cloth is moving.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Meet the Sims- Book of Mormon Trailer Update

Simulated cloth, simulated hair, simulated fire, "Sim Cities"- this week has it all. At least in progress. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Taking shape!

I started conceptualizing this shot about 6 months ago for a different project, a concept art assignment drawn in 2d for Cynthia Hogan's animation class (see below). It's finally taking shape as part of the Book of Mormon movie trailer :) Basically what is happening is a scene in Helaman chapter 5 where two missionaries have been captured by an army in hostile territory. They are imprisoned, and eventually their captors come down to execute them. Instead of being executed, however, they are saved by a pillar of fire that comes down from heaven and protects them. God's voice speaks from Heaven and convinces the captors of the error of their ways, and the would-be murderers become missionaries themselves :)

The shot isn't done yet, it needs people and some more tweaking. But I like it so far :)