Anna’s Saloon

Josh sent me this sketch of Anna Lynn Boyd’s saloon and brothel.  This is the setting component of my thesis, meaning this is the setting I will model.  I may need to ask him for a more finished drawing, but that will depend on what the review board says.  I’m confident I could work from this drawing as a basis.

I thought of each model with a specific purpose for each.  Basically, they each fill a niche in the thesis, and show various skills I need to have mastered as a modeler.  What they’re each for is laid out in my proposal, but I thought I’d explain in more detail here.

1. Bodacious Creed and Anna Lynn Boyd.  Creed fills the spot of the human(oid) organic model that, if in a movie, would have to be done as a CGI character to look right.  Anna Lynn Boyd is there to show that I can do a realistic human, which is valuable in a film when using digital doubles.

2. Coconino.  This coyote fills the need for an animal model.  The steam-cybernetic parts will show that I can do something different with it.

3. Scrumptious.  Anna’s robot will be a hard surface model, as opposed to an organic model.  While organic models are living or naturally occurring things, like animals, plants, and mountains, hard surface models are manufactured things, like buildings, cars, and robots.

4. Anna’s Saloon.  While this could also be considered hard surface in most respects, the more important aspect is that it’s a setting.  It’s a pretty complex one at that, and will be very involved, but also very fun to complete.

Coconino Turntable

Josh sent me the turntable of Coconino last night!  Here it is.

Now, he’ll get me some sketches of the bordello soon, and I’ll be able to send my proposal for the university.  I found out from my adviser today that, if they want more finished drawings of the bordello, I’ll have a month to get them in.

So, I’m about to post this to my deviantArt gallery, and then I’ll work more on the blog later today.

Team Change

I regret to say that it looks like Allison Stigall won’t be able to continue on with Team Bodacious.  Still, I’ve provided the link under her name here, because she is a wonderful artist, and I hope you’ll have a look at her gallery.

Josh is going to provide the rest of the concept art, and for that I’m grateful.  With the time constraints, he’ll be doing the Coconino turntables.  I hope he’ll have time for some sketches of the bordello as well.

The vlog is coming along well.  I think I’m going to put in some shots of Maya and zBrush and model examples, even do some simple Creed-esque modeling, just to give an idea of what I will actually be doing in detail later.

Oh, and time permitting, I plan to put some more products in the Bodacious Creed store on Zazzle today or this weekend!

Here’s a graphic from the Anna Lynn Boyd shirt:

Another Tee

I created a sweet Anna Lynn Boyd tee shirt tonight.

Any profits from these Bodacious Creed tee shirts is split evenly between Josh and me, so if you get one, you’ll be supporting two artists.

I wonder how this will go, creating merchandise and buzz for a project in progress?  Time will tell.

Title Change

If you think the title to this blog changed recently, you’re right.

When I originally started it to chronicle my thesis, I didn’t even have an idea yet for what the thesis would be about.  So, the title was just, “Life of a 3D Thesis.”

The other day, I finally got around to changing the name to “Bodacious Creed: The Thesis.”  Specific concept, specific name.

Tee Shirt and More

Just a quick note here, since I’m heading out for a walk in a minute!
I just submitted my request to do my Midpoint Review, and should be hearing back from AAU within a week for the date and time of my online appointment!  I’m excited.  I’ve put a lot of work into this, as has Team Bodacious, and I plan to give an outstanding presentation so I can continue on as an MFA candidate.
The first vlog is coming along, bit by bit!  I do, of course, have other responsibilities, and it’s going a little slower than I had hoped.  It looks good though and I’m eager to share it with everyone.
So, like Bodacious Creed?  Think this should eventually go beyond the thesis?  Into my whole Steampunk/Old West/Horror blend?  Then check out the first Bodacious Creed tee shirt!  I will be splitting half of the profits from this with Josh, who did the concept art.  I also have plans for an Anna Lynn Boyd shirt, which I will, hopefully, have time to get done today.

Human Reference, Etc.

Here’s another intermediate, “What I’m Working On But Isn’t Ready To Show” post.

First, I’m busily working on the first vlog.  It takes time to edit a video correctly, to make it just right!  Plus, while I know what I want to say in the video, I’m figuring out the order, and making sure that the video and music work together for best impact.  I hope to have it done very soon!

Second, I just asked a great stock artist on deviantArt if she’ll post some pictures of herself standing in the anatomical position. I think she has the right body type for Boyd.  So, using a real human reference in addition to Josh’s drawings will help enhance the character.  She’s done tons of great poses for artists, but I can’t recall seeing any in anatomical position.  Her other watchers will probably appreciate them, too.

And, I think that’s it.  Oh, I have started writing a Bodacious Creed graphic novel.  It feels like a natural thing to do while working on this project.  In many ways, writing a graphic novel is easier than writing a novel.  The tricky part will be going back to the script when it’s done, and breaking it up into frames.

I have indeed written novels.  Now that I’m focused on being a 3D modeler, I didn’t know if my writing would be useful.  True, I can write an “A” paper for school in two drafts.  It also helps with creativity.  The ability to generate, organize, and fuse creative ideas is just as helpful in the visual arts.  It’s good to know that being a writer for so long wasn’t a complete waste of time. 😉

Joshua Stewart’s Final Creed Concept Art

It’s hard to believe that the concept art phase for Bodacious Creed is coming to a close!  Josh sent me the his final images yesterday and today.  It was strange for me to get the final one and to think, “Okay, what is he supposed to send next?” and realize that the answer is, “Nothing.”  It’s been a blast working with him.  I hope to work with him again in the future, but I know he and I will be following each other’s work.

So, here are those pictures.  First, we have the clothed turn around images of Bodacious Creed.

Finally, we have Josh’s innovative work on Creed’s heart unit.  This isn’t actually an artificial heart.  As I think I talked about early on in the blog, it’s an ether power cell that energizes Creed’s body and keeps him, well, undead.

I’ll be putting all this together in my proposal soon, so that I can send it off to the university, so that the review board will have it when I do my Midpoint Presentation.

The Head of Creed

Josh just sent me these great head shots of Bodacious Creed!  This is the look I’ve been wanting.  And, these are going to be great to model from when I’m detailing Creed’s head.

You can see the mechanical parts that Anna Lynn Boyd put in Creed’s head to fix his jaw and some of his facial muscles.  I love that we can also see the stitching on skin and muscle alike, plus of course the muscles and bones themselves.

I’ll also be using these in my first Creed vlog.  Good times!

First Creed Turntable

Here’s the first turntable image of Bodacious Creed, courtesy of Joshua Stewart!

I’m expecting a couple more Creed turntables from Josh.  He’s just about finishing up his batch of the concept art!

Meanwhile, I’ve been working on the first Bodacious Creed vlog.  Video editing takes time to get just right, but I hope to have it done in the next few days.  It’s set to the karaoke version of Jonathan Coulton’s tune, “Better.”  Head over to his mp3 store for a free listen and you’ll get why I felt this song both musically and thematically fit with Bodacious Creed.