Over New Years, we headed to Wales, as stretch our legs and walk up in the snowy mountains. Here’s a few photos that I took from the tops of Y Glyderau, the first from Castell y Gwynt, looking towards Glyder Fawr, the second from our ascent – looking over towards the epic Snowdon Horseshoe, and the last as we were heading down Bwlch Dwyglydion, with Llyn Cwmffynon at the bottom. Fantastic day out in the snowy Welsh mountains.
I had a great time animating this one, and had some great help from my old colleagues (thanks Mariano!) as I progressed through it.
Huge thanks goes to Oasim Karmieh for whacking together a nice shader and light setup for me to render with Viewport 2.0.
One of my favourite, recent animated films has to be ‘Hotel Transylvania’, and in a fantastic move by Sony Pictures Animation, they’ve gone and released an actual rig from the upcoming sequel to Hotel Transylvania, for free, for Maya!
During my coffee break this morning, I went ahead and opened up the rig, and just had to pose him. He’s incredibly easy to play with, and such a great character to knock out some poses with. I’ll see if I’ll get a spare few hours to actually animate the great character.
To download the zombie – here’s the link: Hotel Transylvania – Zombie Rig
A couple of weekends ago, I headed back to Wales for the weekend – for a short break, hiking and beach fun with Regi. I borrowed a friends 60mm and 10-20mm – both fantastic lenses. Never thought I’d have so much fun with the 60mm macro lens as I’m really comfortable using a wide angle lens for my mountain photography, but I loved playing around with it.
The first picture is from Ynys Llanddwyn, and the second is the sun set down at Dinas Dinlle.
Just a quick post to say that I’ve created a new page for my ‘Sketchbook‘. Over the Winter months, a few of us from work headed every Thursday to the Trinity Arts life drawing classes, which I really loved, I haven’t actually sat down in a life drawing class since my collage days, so it was a fantastic break to the week attending these classes.
As the Summer months are upon us, classes have stopped, and in order to keep up with my drawing, I’ve come across two great life-drawing websites (Quickposes & Figure a Gesture Drawing) which I set to anywhere from 30 seconds to 2mins, and draw away. I’m very new to drawing on a Wacom, but it’s great! I’ll be updating my Sketchbook page hopefully every week with a new page or so.
I’ll also upload a selection of pages from my actual sketchbook that I took with me to the life drawing classes.
A couple of weekends back, myself and a couple of friends decided to head over to the West Coast of Ireland for a short break away from work and Dublin. I decided to experiment a bit more with my 50mm lens as oppose to my usual panorama pics, and I must say – I’m really enjoying playing around with it.
It pushes me to think differently about the shots, and focus on ‘hidden’ elements, such as the grass in the midd-ground, it sure is different to my usual pics.
As I spent all of my Christmas holiday relaxing to the max in Germany, I decided to head over to Wales to say ‘hello’ to my family and friends the second weekend of January – and for a second Christmas.
Since I don’t get the chance to go out much around Dublin/Ireland these days, I often look on Flickr to see of any nice locations people are finding in Wales, and making a list of where to visit when I get the chance to head back home. However, this time – by pure coincidence, I came across an very small thumbnail of the Nantlle Ridge, taken from somewhere that I’ve never seen before. I personally love the Nantlle Ridge, I’ve always tried my best to capture it as best as I can – but this new view I saw from the thumbnail was mighty epic. I put my OS Map skills to work, and quickly figured out that it was taken from above Cilgwyn, on a wee hill called Pen-y-Cilgwyn. This was somewhere I’ve never visited before (in all my years living literally 5mins away) as it leads up to the Cilgwyn landfill site – but boy! does it have a view – my personal new favourite view of the Nantlle Ridge:
The last image is of the mighty Snowdon Horseshoe – taken from a wee lay-by in Dyffryn Mymbyr, as I drove around taking in the landscape when I don’t get a chance to head up to the mountains when I’m home.