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Aaron Townsend
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manta ray vfx shot and breakdown
this is the culmination of several terms of learning, relearning, and persistence. looking back, there are a ton of things i'd do differently both for simplicity's sake as well as efficiency and quality. still, i'me pretty happy with this as a learning expe...
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compositing a manta ray
the lighting didn't end up looking right in my last render, so i adjusted the image based lighting set up and brightened the shadows so they aren't more intense than the shadows in the plate. i used a pretty neat plug in called reel smart motion blur in ado...
compositing a manta ray
compositing a manta ray
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rigging a manta ray day 2
while weight painting the manta ray, i learned that i hadn't modeled it in an optimum way for animation. the muscle spline system i created for it's spine and tail was working, but distorted the mesh too much. i decided to just use a simple FK set up for th...
rigging a manta ray day 2
rigging a manta ray day 2
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manta ray sculpt
a few progress shots of my manta ray, modeled in maya and sculpted in mudbox. only normal maps were used in the final render.
manta ray sculpt
manta ray sculpt
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modeling the Tantive IV
one of the first 3D models i tackled in school
modeling the Tantive IV
modeling the Tantive IV
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rigging a manta ray day 1
i created this manta ray back in my modeling 2 term, textured/shaded it a few months ago, and will finally be rigging it for a compositing project due early january.  i started by creating a quick skeleton, trying not to create too many extra joints i'll ha...
rigging a manta ray day 1
rigging a manta ray day 1
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egg turntable v1.0
model, textures, and shading by German Rodriguez concept art by eosvfx
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pose exercise 1
about 15 minutes each
pose exercise 1
pose exercise 1
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