Monday, November 24, 2008

Thomas Perkins from the archives

While organizing some archival artwork, these designs were rediscovered. Tom Perkins was a student at the Academy several years ago and distinguished himself as a powerful and unique character designer and as an artist with inimitable visions. The samples are from Visual Development. They were class assignments that Tom completed in Photoshop. Clicking on the image will enhance the view.

Tom went on to become an instructor with us and has since established himself as one of the industry's leading designers. His blog is high on the list of must sees. Follow the link below:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Joshua Lam lights it up

This semester we're happy to have back with us Joshua Lam. He was a student at the Academy back in its earliest days. Since then he's had a successful career in the graphics department at Warner Bros Studios, has started his own company, got married and is raising a family.

His return has been notable for the exceptional work he's doing in class. Here's an example of his latest. In Visual Development, one of the things we strive to do is have our students explain form through the use of a light source. In Joshua's case he's taken his assignment to a masterful level by lighting the subject from three different angles. The first is from above, the second from above right, the third from below right. Click on the image for an enhanced view.

His approach in this light study along with his attention to the dimensionality of the design is very conducive to 3D modeling. His attention to form would translate very well into a computer generated image.

It's great to have Joshua Lam back, especially when he's creating studies as compelling as this. To see more of his work, visit his blog through the link below:

Monday, November 03, 2008

Carl Aspuria explores

A recent student to the Academy, Carl Aspuria is getting into his assignments for Visual Development. In this sample from class, he's taken a single design image and has used it to experiment with gray tones, color and form relative to a light source. Clicking on the image will enhance the view.

A healthy approach to developing basic skills, Carl's marker studies are an excellent example of how to efficiently utilize an image for maximizing one's creative experiences relative to one's artistic growth.

Visit Carl's DeviantArt page by following the link below:

Looking forward to many more impressive works coming from Carl.