Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Displacement Maps

I have been experimenting with Displacement Maps recently and here are a few results.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Creating Ad Layouts for "La Tour de France 2017" in Photoshop

I watched everyday this summer the "Tour de France". To me, these athletes, are all about endurance. In fact, they define the word. I am currently teaching Photoshop classes at Macomb Community College and one of the assignments in our Advanced Photoshop class is to design a set of ads. The first step is to design 3 possible layouts first and to then choose one that will work for 3 ads utilizing a single layout.

The other 2 layouts are featured here.  I decided to go with the third layout design at the top.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Department Identity for GM Product Design Group

When working for the Design Model Team over at General Motors Design Center, I was approached to come up with an idea for their Department Identity. This is the design that is utilized today.

Presentations Boards

These are two presentation boards created for Mbtech, a German company doing work for Mercedes Benz here in the states.  I was responsible for coming up with the layout and design showcasing their capabilities to engineer an aluminum light body vehicle.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

My Little French Bistro in Maya

I am excited to show my final project for my Advanced Lighting and Rendering class for Maya. We were given models to choose from and decide what we wanted to create from them—what kind of environment, time of day, etc. I choose this model of an old stairway. Actually it looked more haunted then anything else but I choose to make it into an entry way for a French Bistro. There is an image of the Eiffel Tower through the window, vintage posters on the wall and a chalk board menu that is part of the look and feel of what I envision my Paris Bistro on the Left Bank to look like.

This is my result which I will be handing off this week to sum up a lot of information and material that we learned in this class. There are so many levels and layers to what you can do with lighting or texturing, that I feel this is just the tip of the iceberg. I feel that my work as a fine artist, helps to create an interesting composition and use of color. The 3D model was created by Dan Wade and the lighting and texturing is of my own creation.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Texturing in Maya

Expanding on the fruit bowl scene from previous post, I am adding material and texture to the model. So now I have the lighting in place, the camera angle and texture added to the scene. With the use of some utility nodes, I was able to make the grapes more translucent. The tablecloth is a UV texture of a checkerboard design.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

A Cosmopolitan or Dielectric?

Wow! I am learning to create a martini using the dielectric node in Maya. Now that is bound to come in handy in my set of skills for the multimedia world! But you never know. I also became familiar with using the dgs material node for the cigarette case to give it a gold metallic appearance. But it continues to be amazing what Maya is capable of doing. And I am just hitting the tip of the iceberg of all the endless possibilities but nonetheless, I am hitting the iceberg! The marble table utilized the "marble" node and the candle utilized the mia material. Only those in Maya can relate to this strange language. But here is a result of all this strange language.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Another Project in Maya

This time we are learning about combining textures. What a mass of nodes connecting to each other and performing all kinds of functions for texturing. I'm not going to go into all the detail but this image of a spilled glass of wine to look as real as possible in Maya, is no easy task!

Monday, October 4, 2010

Final Gather

Lesson in Final Gather. For those reading this blog, final gather is another lighting option available in Maya.

Advanced Lighting in Maya

I currently am taking a class in Maya for advanced lighting and texturing. This is a scene of modeled a modeled fruit bowl in which we are first rendering with grey blinn material so as to set our lights first and see where the light is landing. We first created a key light, rim light, and a spot light. The first object was the composition of the scene and setting our camera. Once that was established, we went on to assigning the material for each shader. This also was a lesson in Global Illumination. More is to follow as we continue to develop next the textures.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Digital Layout—Island Designs

Using Adobe InDesign, here is my design and layout for the cover and back of an Hawaiian Shirt Company by the name of Island Designs. Some photo enhancing was done in Photoshop. As you can see, I tried to capture the flavor of the island and show its colorful and tropical side. So far, I am now able to design for digital layout in Quark Xpress and Adobe InDesign. Both programs accomplish the same objective, but because InDesign is part of the Adobe package, the interface is easy to create with.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Sting Website Design

For my remaining project in Indesign, I had to design a website for a favorite musician or musical group. I chose Sting! The emphasis of the project was to come up with a pleasing design layout for the web. This is what I created for my favorite performer/musician Sting. I felt it suited his character as a musical artist by being contemporary and classy. The images taken from the net were used and enhanced using Photoshop. My layout to navigate to other pages were created using the stroke option in Indesign and 'beefed' up to a point to no longer resemble a simple line. The font is Arial and Times New Roman. There were 8 pages in all designed, here I am showing 6 of those. I wonder if Sting would approve. Maybe I should contact him some way to see it he likes it.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Detroit Jazz Festival

Detroit has some 'cool' jazz and these invitations to the Detroit Jazz festival that I designed using Adobe's InDesign software helped to convey that message. These are four designs for invitations to the jazz festival for various companies and sponsors. I also used filters from Adobe Photoshop to create a painterly, watercolor image which I felt sets the mood.

The ability to use the tools that Adobe provides in their suites and combine them to achieve certain creative goals adds another tool (or brush) to my palette of endless possibilities.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

My Ferrari 458 Italia 30 Sec. Spot

I am currently working with After Effects and here is my 30 Sec. spot on the Ferrari 458 Italia.
Comments are welcome. video

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Going Green

This 10 second short movie created in After Effects, was created by making the shapes of the leaves and butterflies and sun in Adobe Illustrator. The growing vines were animated using Track Matting. The track matt works as an animated Alpha Channel. The leaves were scaled at different sizes and then keyframed to make them appear to be actively growing. Set an expression for the continued rotation of the sun's rays. All in all a fun project.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Paper Arts of China Website Design

As part of my career in multimedia, I am creating websites using Dreamweaver. I am all about making something as attractive as possible and I feel that I accomplished that with this layout. This is an informational website and guide to the ancient Paper Arts of China. The index page shows floating luminaries and when the colorful bags are rolled over, they glow and the name of the other pages reveal themselves. The additional pages are consistent in basic layout and design with a few changes unique to each page. The last page of links shows the same background as the index page although a little more darkened to show the links more clearly. All in all, because of the subject matter, it allowed me to create a pleasing website.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Effects in After Effects


The plane was a sequence of images. Here we learned how to parent layers together and coordinating the audio. My favorite part is the "Shatter" effect at the end.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Move Over


Here is another project in After Effects. We had to bring in a layout of the earth and clouds, wrap it around a sphere effect, have the earth spin and the clouds rotate at a different speed to make it look more real. The lettering was done in Adobe Illustrator and using a series of masks, was able to have it rotate around the earth and disappear in back of it. The lens flare created a simulation of the sun. Oh, can't forget about the fog layer at the bottom or the stars created in the background. All in all, very interesting techniques.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010



This is what can be achieved in a relatively short period of time with this program. The best is yet to come but for now I lasered my name utilizing some of the "effects" in the application. Early on in this program, I am getting a feel for it and adapting to it fairly easily. Although this was not my sentiment a few weeks ago when I was just getting into it, but all of a sudden, it happened. Compositing could be a really good way to go. No matter what the software or the paint brush you use, it all boils down to one thing, a creative mind. And if you don't have that, all the software in the world will not make you an artist.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010!!


I started my AfterEffects class! We were asked to animate these fun peppers and this is the result. I think that I will enjoy AfterEffects probably the most. I created the movement of the peppers from a path and adjusted the squish squash affect as they hit the floor from adjustments made in velocity. The audio was supplied by my nutty professor actually recording his voice making the

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Website Design No.2

Here is design number 2 for website layout highlighting my work as a watercolor artist. I am leaning more toward this one.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Layout for New Website

Here is my new layout for my website currently under construction. I am in the beginning of my Dreamweaver class and am pleased with my design. This is a website highlighting my watercolor paintings. Just the beginning but off to a good, strong start.

Photo Manipulation in Photoshop

I have been experimenting with photo manipulation in Photoshop.
Both of these images are based off of actual oil paintings of royalty that I turned into the King and Queen of the jungle. Both images could become a spring board idea for a children's book or could become an inspiration for a painting. Photoshop is such a great designing tool that allows an artist to experiment with an idea and manipulate images to such an extent as to produce several ideas within a relatively short period of time. More ideas to come.

Friday, December 18, 2009

2008 Alfa Romeo 8C Spider

Is it a photograph? No it is not! It is a rendering in Photoshop! Another piece painted in Photoshop CS4. Not bad, hey guys?

Gradient Meshes in Illustrator

I love the movie "Rataouille". When asked to work with gradient meshes for an Illustrator assignment, I immediately was attracted to the little french chef going by the name of "Skinner" in the movie. I conquered the gradient mesh and it shows in my final rendering.