I haven’t exactly been active on this site much over the past year. It is mainly due to a few different factors. One being that most of the motion graphics work I have been doing has all been pieces I can’t share online, which kind of sucks. That is just one of the downsides of working on stuff for medical industries.
The work I have been doing that I can share online, is all being posted over at , which was mainly set-up to showcase my “everyday” images, of which I have now been doing for over 1 year. That means I have somewhere near 380 images from last year, the majority of which I actually like. Though there are a few really pieces of serious crap in there.
Oh yeah, and to get personal for a moment, I also spend the last year planning a wedding and getting married, and now I am trying to buy a freakin’ house! So yeah, life just flows on!
One of my favorite C4D resources, ThePixelLab.net just released a gigantic pack of C4D materials.
It is a pretty nice collection of a huge variety of materials. I really enjoy creating my own from scratch, but it is also great having a really nice base to start from and tweak from there.
Great resource for only $50!
At some point last week I decided that I should put one of my dusty URL’s to better use. PocketSnacks.com has been sitting dormant for some time now, so it occurred to me that maybe it would make sense to post all of my “everyday” images over there, as well as various Instagram images.
There are a number of really simple, yet elegant and slick, grid based Word Press themes out there, and it just seems like a steady stream of images is more suited to something like that. So that is where I am going to move the “everydays”.
We’ll see… This could just be a dumb idea and a waste of two good weekend nights.
Anyhow, check out pocketsnacks.com. It will be mostly eye candy. Plus it is kind of an awesome name for a website.
Last year I was asked by my good friend and C4D whiz, Jen Rizzo, to do technical review for a Beginner’s Guide to Cinema 4D book she was writing. Seeing as how I was in contract/freelance mode, and had a somewhat open schedule at the time, I said “Yes”.
The review process was kinda cool, and gave me a bit of insight into what goes into making something like this. I’m not sure how much my feedback helped, but I gave it anyhow, because, ya know, that’s what I was asked to do. Oh and I got a lil’ blurb in the front of the book.
On to the book itself. If you are someone just trying to jump into C4D for the 1st time, then this is a great place to start. It really does cover the basics and almost all the major functionality of Cinema that a noob would need. The way Jen presents the information is really nice because she is able to provide lessons that hit on a wide variety of common techniques and solutions, in a nice linear flowing way. Having taken a class Jen taught, a few years back, I can attest that she really knows her stuff and is great at conveying that info, and she was able to translate that into this book as well.
The only downside to this book is the quality of the print. The pictures are pretty grainy and low quality and at times look like they were made on an office printer that has a wonky toner cartridge. The e-book version however, is clear and colorful and frankly just looks better. And I have to say, when trying to learn software, it can be a bit easier to put the ebook on a 2nd monitor or an iPad or something, and read along that way. So maybe this is a case of going digital over analog.
Despite my best intentions of keeping this site updated with fresh tid-bits, it seems I became rather busy. I went from being freelance and contract and working on a variety of different things, to being asked to come on full time at a place I was contracting for. It is a good position at a good company with good people and good pay, so I took the job.
I am also getting married this year, so wedding planning has taken up a nice chunk of free time as well.
So what this all means is I am going to have to make an effort to do new personal work outside of my job. And to help with that, I am going to take a page from the prolific beeple who, for the past 2073 days (as of today’s count), has been picking a different medium every year and making one piece of work in that medium everyday. I have wanted to try this for some time and what better time than the beginning of a new year. I am going to start with drawing, and it will most likely be digital drawing, but not always.
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Join us at 222 Hyde in San Francisco for the next SemiSexual Record Label night.
With music from Stridah (Live), mr. projectile, comma & pauley unsaturated.
September 25th – 222 Hyde – SF CA – 9:30-2:00am – $5