I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I would be working on some zBrush head sculpts this summer, to fill out my portfolio, to have more samples of my work for my Midpoint Review, and to practice my modeling skills.  I learn a lot in each of my AAU classes, but ther information sinks in better when I apply what I’ve learned to my own work.

I’m going to enter one of those head sculpts in another deviantArt contest.  I’ll share the link after I’ve finished an posted it.  I’m using skills I learned all the way back to Maya 1, and from classes including Organic Modeling, both beginning and advanced Texturing and Lighting, and anatomy from Anatomy for Artists and Ecorché.

But you, you’re probably hear to read more about my badass, undead gunslinger, Bodacious Creed.  Check within the last few posts and feel free to download the latest version of the proposal, which has lost of great concept sketches by Joshua Stewart.


Here are some new sketches that Josh did of Scrumptious, the robot in my thesis.

Again, please check out Josh’s site!  That’s Joshua Stewart, one of the winners of last year’s Illustrators of the Future contest.

We may be adding one more illustrator to the project!  I’ll share more on that later.

If you’re new to this blog, you may be thinking, “Those are some cool sketches!  But what is he talking about?”  You can go back and read more of the blog, and you can also check out the proposal.

I’m Jonathan Fesmire, a 3D Modeling MFA student at the Academy of Art University.  This blog is for my thesis, Bodacious Creed.  An art school thesis is unlike any other type!


Yesterday (or was it the day before?) I mentioned that I was going to be entering art contests that I find interesting.  Combining modeling, texturing, fur, and lighting, I created a picture for the Splice Create a Creature contest on deviantArt.  You can see it in my gallery here.

Next: I’ll be working on head sculpts in zBrush to practice those skills.

All this ties right back into the thesis.  The more I practice, the better I’ll get.

More specifically on Bodacious Creed as it comes in!

End of Semester!

http:The Spring 2010 semester at Academy of Art University just ended!  Let me just take a moment to relax.

Not too long, though.  True, it appears I will receive an A for my Pre-production class, the class in which I developed this thesis, Bodacious Creed.  It was a lot of work, but so much fun, it didn’t really feel like it.

I’ll be signing up for my Midpoint Review in about a month, and doing the actual review in about two months.  Meanwhile, I have much to do.  Those things include:

1. Refining my thesis proposal.  A big part of this is working with illustrator Joshua Stewart, who is doing concept art for the project.  I’m also seeing if I can get another concept artist on board, someone who is a Masters student at AAU.  Joshua is fantastic, but I’ve been encouraged to also work with a school illustrator, if any come forward.

2. Creating models for my portfolio.  I really want to show what I am capable of come the time of my review.  I’ve been doing so much class work over the last few years that I haven’t done enough personal, portfolio work.  I have some great ideas for this.

I may be entering various art contests too, when I see ones that would use my modeling, texturing, and lighting skills. Then, I could also use the pieces in my portfolio.

I plan to start working on the first Bodacious Creed vlog soon, too.  I’ll let everyone know when that’s up!

Here’s a funny thing.  Yes, I realize that Bodacious Creed rhymes with Tenacious D, though I didn’t realize this when I thought of the name.  You can bet that if BC becomes a movie, I’ll want TD to write songs for it.

Proposal Turned In

http://www.mediafire.com/file/ltdjmzlgdjm/Bodacious Creed Proposal-Public.pdfI just turned in my proposal to my Pre-production class.  This is the final version of the proposal, for class, but not the final version.  I need to have that ready by the time of my Midpoint Review.

Here is a slightly trimmed down version of the proposal for the public.  It’s an Adobe Acrobat file.  Along with the concept art done so far by Joshua Stewart, it includes the latest version of the back story and the proposed set of models.

It looks really nice, too!  Check it out!

Us Marshall Robert Creed – Alive

Here’s Josh’s first sketch of the living Bodacious Creed!  Story-wise, this is, of course, what Robert Creed looked like before he was murdered.

For those of you new to this blog, Josh is Joshua Stewart, a 2009 Illustrators of the Future award winner, and the illustrator doing concept art for my thesis.

Oh, and if you are new to this blog, check previous posts for what it’s all about!

Josh nailed the facial structure for Creed.  I’m very happy with this.  He’s going to alter the hair style to better fit into the 1860s Old West, but he captured not only a look I’m happy with, he also got the character or a handsome, tough, and bright US Marshall out for justice.

Joshua Stewart’s second Set of Sketches

Josh came up with some new concept sketches for Bodacious Creed!  These images include ideas for the characters Anna Lynn Boyd, Bodacious Creed, and Scrumptions, Anna’s robot.  I emailed Josh back to let him know what I particularly liked, and what direction I want him to go in with the drawings.
More later!

Joshua Stewart’s first Bodacious Creed Sketches

Joshua gave me the go ahead to post his concept art for my thesis.  So, here are the first rough sketches he did of the main character of my project, Bodacious Creed!  The second drawing from the left–the one that looks different from the others–is a concept drawing I did, which Joshua used, in addition to my descriptions I gave him, as a reference.

Joshua Stewart is a 2009 Illustrators of the Future winner.  I encourage you to check out his wonderful Web site.

It’s fun working with a concept artist, and Joshua is amazing. These are the images he came up with for the main character of my thesis. As this is a 3D Modeling thesis, what’s important is that I, of course, do the models. Collaborations on other aspects, such as getting a concept artist, are encouraged.

I’ll share more of Joshua’s concept art as he completes it. Meanwhile, check out his site!

Project Timeline Here

Here is the current timetable for Bodacious Creed.  I think I’m giving myself plenty of time in each area.  For instance, I’ve given myself a month or two to block each model.  I just blocked out an organic model for a contest, and that took only a few hours.  But, my thesis is going to be pretty complicated!

There’s overlap with many areas of the project, which will allow me to be using a variety of skills over the same time period.  That seems like a smart way to keep in practice, and to move the project forward.

I also got some great rough sketches from Joshua Stuart who is doing concept art for me.  With Josh’s Okay, I’ll share those later.

Project Timeline

I’ve created a timeline for completing each phase of Bodacious Creed.  It includes over two months for the concept art, and then the year and a half I will have before graduation.  The stages include blocking of models, detailed modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering, and posing.

Once I get it revised a bit more, I’ll post it.

Meanwhile, I should be getting some sketches from Josh by the end of the week.

My instructor, Vince DeQuattro, has contacted an illustration instructor at AAU whose students might be interested in working on this as concept artists as well.  It’d be pretty sweet to have a small team of concept artists working on this.