Howdy! So this page is a collection of 3D projects I've worked on over the past year or two. I am fairly new to 3D but I've quickly fallen in love with it. In terms of illustration and using it for brand development, I think it's an incredible toolset to have in your utility belt. Mostly the stuff below are projects I've done for myself to further push my education in 3D modeling and design. Color, materials, staging, and lighting have been challenging but the process as a whole is fun and very rewarding.
So take a look! I hope you enjoy what I've been working on.
The graphics above were made for the LendingTree CRM (email re-marketing) team to be re-usable assets the team could place in generic or targeted email blasts to LendingTree account users. The graphics were made initially as a test to see how users would respond and results were a positive lift in user engagement with the emails. More graphics have been commissioned and are in production.
I've also worked on a cheeky little motion graphic for a LendingTree 404 error page and a 6-part poster series to celebrate LendingTree's core principles. You can see more of those projects by clicking on each project's jump link below.
Fun fact: Logan (2017) is one of my favorite movies. The film takes some inspiration from a comic I also love, Old Man Logan.
Upon re-watching Logan AGAIN one night, I got the idea to do a little homage project to both the film and the comic by creating a 3D character render for what Logan (aka Wolverine) would look like in my 3D cartoon style. I didn't do any rough sketches or pre-vis work before diving right into the sculpting process in Blender. I had a solid vision in my mind as to how Logan would look and just kept myself accountable to that.
Overall the project came out pretty close to how I envisioned it. I had a fun time adding the gore effects by vertex painting over the mesh.
I rendered the finished images using Blender 2.8's new real-time render engine, Eevee.
From the original post: This project was birthed out of a random conversation with a couple of friends about the world's hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper. During this conversation, I decided to look up the pepper online and was amused with how funky and peculiar the pepper looked in contrast to most other peppers. The odd visual texture of the pepper mixed with the name gave me the idea to try and create a 3D model of what a mascot for the pepper would look like. The visual popped in my head and I quickly took a flashcard I had on my desk and drew out an EXTREMELY rough concept. With that my plan for the weekend was formed. I proceeded to spend the weekend working on concepts and modeling the 3D illustration you see above.Go To Original Full Post ⟶
I've seen Avengers: Infinity War 4 times in theaters and countless times after at home on iTunes. And then Avengers: Endgame came out in theaters and my wife and I were in tears by the time the credits rolled. Needless to say, I am a big fan of Thanos and I did this project as a little piece of fan-art to show my love for the mad titan. I sculpted the model initially on my iPad Pro using the app, Forger. Then I ported the model over to Blender and created the color materials, arranged the lighting and asteroid set. The nebula background was achieved using Mark Kingsnorth's free Nebula Node.
See more progress photos on my instagram account, here.
Sleepy Hollow, especially Tim Burton's film adaption of the classic, has always been one of my favorite scary stories. I decided to draw from it for my annual Halloween card. It was a lot of fun to make but I wish I added more atmosphere to finished render. Still, it was a great step forward in learning 3D and playing with lighting color, posing, and framing.
The renders above were born from quick 3D modeling sessions, usually a free weekend and wanting to see if I could pull off a certain concept in 3D. While not entirely polished, I am rather proud of these tests and think they show a lot of range in my 3D design abilities.