LabTable: Hall of Armor
December 26, 2013

I'm really impressed with the Sideshow Hall of Armor modules for their sixth-scale Iron Man figures. The big stuff really isn't my thing (apart from big Minimates I guess), but I would like to have a Minimate scale versions for the recently released Hall of Armor 10-pack. Time to break out Blender.

Here are the first renders. I still need to work on making it modular and how to best light it. Oh yes, there will be LEDs.

Updates to come.
 Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Contest
November 19, 2013

I know I've commented here about how contests are a good way to motivate me to create something. Here's another example. Diamond Select created a photo contest to promote the new line of Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Minimates. They allowed software manipulation to create energy effects, so it was a nice opportunity to learn how to use my new Cintiq tablet.
I've been out of the video game world since the Game Cube replaced the SuperNES. So it was nice that this game features features a lot of the old Capcom characters I knew. Based on screenshots, I tried to replicate the Phoenix and Iron Man effects. The background was some Mega Bloks sets that were handy.

I was never really satisfied with the output, but there was less than two weeks to the deadline. More time probably wouldn't have helped, but I might have tried something more ambitious. Unfortunately the post with all the entries on the Art Asylum web site has been lost to the aether.
 World War Hulk Cover
October 23, 2011

The Minimate Multiverse Cover Contest made its return this year and I decided to take a stab at it and create a 3D entry using Blender. After some difficulty deciding on which cover to replicate, I settled on World War Hulk #4. It had five new Minimates that I hadn't yet converted to 3D models along with a few opportunites for special effects.

This is a fairly image heavy post that shows each step that I took to recreate the cover.
 JP1000 & Friends #1
August 3, 2009

Sorry that hiatus was longer than I expected but I always underestimate how much SDCC will take out of me. It was good though. Met some friends, didn't annoy Chuck too much (I hope), and bought a ton of new Minimates.

This post details the construction of the first illustrated episode that I did for the Minimate Headquarters web comic, JP1000 & Friends. It was a small departure from my usual Minimate graphics. Up to this point the Minimates were are featureless blanks. For this image I had to figure out how to recreate the full design.