Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Book Review: The Art & Making of Monster House

This is the art book that started all the scrapbook-styled art books. It's easily the best and it still is. Inside the book's cardboard cover is a top quality glossy dust jacket.

This book has 160 pages and is literally filled to the brim with tons of stuff. There are "collectible" cards, storyboards, small booklets, post-it notes and amazing beat boards. The breathtaking beat boards sometimes take up to 2 pages. The photos I've taken below just didn't do enough justice, compared to holding the book and flipping through those pages yourself.

The book is divided into 2 main parts. The first part talks on the making of Monster House. It's where they come up with the conceptualizing for the movie. Topics such has character designs, lighting, music, the artists and actors to employ.

The second part is the art and story of Monster House. There are hundreds of storyboard panels fully painted. The main artists for the beat boards are Khang Le and Chris Appelhaus. Included also are some 3D models and miniatures photos, showing how certain scenes are framed.

Every page entices me to flip to the next, yet the beautiful artwork just make it so difficult to. It's a thoroughly enjoyable and fun book.



The Art of Monster House
The Art of Monster House
The Art of Monster House
The Art of Monster House
The Art of Monster House
The Art of Monster House
The Art of Monster House
The Art of Monster House

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

foureyes

Great photos in this gallery.

John Hyde

Found some very good nature photography here.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Book Review: Surf's Up: The Art and Making of a True Story

This book followed scrapbook styles of Monster House and Open Season, with little booklets and postcards placed within pages of the book. A plastic cover that housed the hard covered book, which comes with no dusk jacket.

Glorious illustrations, character designs, story boards and set renders filled the pages. Story boards were beautifully painted. There were lots of character designs on the penguins. The book was literally packed with action because of the layout design of the pages. High energy brush strokes were used a lot.

The write ups were short and interesting to read.

Any fan of 3D animation should get this book.

Stocks do run out for art books, as I've realized, looking at older art books from amazon.com. So if you're into buying art books, you really don't want to miss this.

Art of Surf's Up
Art of Surf's Up
Art of Surf's Up
Art of Surf's Up
Art of Surf's Up
Art of Surf's Up

Art of Surf's Up




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I've Jack Bauer's Bag


I've finally got my hands onto Jack Bauer's bag. It was ordered from a third party merchant on Amazon.com. Cost US$20 with another US$20 for shipping. Well worth it, considering the build of the bag. Now I can pack my gu.., nope, my gears into it.

Ah, the power of product placement.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Outside A Particular Bar At Powerhouse

Hantu Bawak Motor

This is very potent. More potent that Just For Laughs!

Select Poly Behind Current Poly

Maya Poly Selection
This is for Maya users.

When you have a lot of stuff on your scene, it's sometimes difficult to select what you want because it's hiding behind other objects.

There's a way to select objects directly even if they are block.

Open the Preferences dialog box from the menu, Window -> Settings/Preferences -> Preferences.

In the Categories tab on the left, choose Settings -> Selection.

Check the Pick Chooser checkbox.

Now when you click on any object in the scene, a small pop up will appear at your mouse position showing you all the objects that are situated under that pixel.

Don't select the points at the back

This is for Maya users.

Maya points selection

Creating more viewing space in Maya

This is for Maya users.

If you use Photoshop or Illustrator, you'll know that hitting Tab makes the toolbars and palettes go away. This tip is the Maya equivalent.

Maya Viewing Space

Creating ONE shortcut key to smooth and unsmooth

This is for Maya users.

(Adapted this trick from one of AREA's tutorials)

Tip: Creating ONE shortcut key to smooth and unsmooth

1. Open the Hotkey Editor ( Window -> Settings/Preferences -> Hotkeys. )
2. Under "Categories" scroll down to "User" and on the far right press "New".
3. Give it a name ( e.g. pSmoothUnsmoothPress )
- Write this into the command-field:

SmoothPolygon;
select -cl;

- Then click "Accept" and the recently created command is listed under "Commands"
- Assign a hotkey for this operation and make sure "Press" is selected

4. Create another command called pSmoothUnsmoothRelease or something similar.
Type this into the command field:

undo;

- Assign it to the same button, but make sure "Release" is checked.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Prince Of Tennis


Have been watching Prince of Tennis lately. Pretty good, I must say. 50 episodes down, 128 more to go. Gulp!

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Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Inconsiderate Morons More Lethal Than Bed Bugs

This morning, some inconsiderate moron dragged his bed mattress onto the lift lobby on my floor. It was infested with a zillion bed bugs. Which amazes me because there's actually a person who can sleep with a zillion bed bugs.

Emile's Workout Animation Test

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